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“Excellent - The Best Residence Inn we've stayed at” 4 of 5 stars
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Residence Inn Hartford Downtown
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   942 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103   |  
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San Francisco, California
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114 reviews 114 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Excellent - The Best Residence Inn we've stayed at”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

What does one look for in a hotel. Great room -- yup one with a loft and large, good service -- a smiling person at the reception desk at 1am to the front desk folks who made you welcome when you walked in, a decent meal -- breakfast is included -- make your own waffles or have some cereal -- to some decent brews at the brewery next door.

We got there at 1am and there is a pizza place next door that does 'room service' go figure. :-)

Park underground behind the hotel for a reasonable charge, enjoy the dual TVs in your loft room that sleeps 4 and have a good time in Hartford

Kudos to the management at this Residence Inn. Please thank the front desk and the folks manning the breakfast room for their excellent service.

Room Tip: Get one with a loft
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Newtown, Connecticut
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 44 cities Reviews in 44 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Family of 5 really enjoyed the 2 King bedroom suite (and pull out sofa)! The staff was very helpful. Stayed to go see the show at the Bushnell Theatre, The Grinch! Pizza for lunch right next door. A beer and a burger for dinner after the show, right next door. Parking is behind the hotel.
15,000 points vs 20,000 at the Marriott which does not include breakfast. Free wifi and free breakfast and room for a family of 5 in one room, what a no brainer!

Room Tip: Room 325 is Massive, two full bathrooms, three TV's, and a kitchen.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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472 reviews 472 reviews
91 hotel reviews
Reviews in 127 cities Reviews in 127 cities
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

If you read the other reviews for this hotel everyone comments on the unusual interior design. That's what happens when you renovate an old building into a hotel. Yes, it is kind of odd but as a very frequent traveler - 200 plus nights in a hotel per year - something out of the ordinary is welcome as long as it is clean, quiet and safe. This Residence Inn meets all three criteria. My room was one of the bi-level ones with 20 foot ceilings and very quiet.

A couple specific critiques, though. First, if you are driving here enter your GPS address for 942 Market St, not Main St as that is where the parking lot entrance can be found. I went around the block twice trying to find it. Second, what's up with having sausage gravy for biscuits and gravy but no biscuits? The breakfast buffet was fine but I don't see why they had the sausage gravy and no biscuits! I travel frequently down South and this would have been an issue if not a revolt!

Other than those two minor concerns this is a nice place with a great staff. Everyone I met smiled and was very pleasant!

Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Sao Paulo
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131 reviews 131 reviews
46 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

The architecture of the building is really interesting... and the lofty rooms are a bit surprising, with a fully-equipped kitchen, a sort of lounge, and two TV sets (one on each "floor")... Good bedding. With such a big room area, it would be interesting to have two beds, because the sofa bed is definitely not a good option.
There is a parking lot just behind the hotel and the location is perfect, specially for those who need to go to the XL Center.
The complimentary breakfast is less than standard, unfortunately.
The price was a bit too high for what we got (maybe because there was an NBA game at the XL Center this very day).
A special mention to the front desk lady, Leslie, helpful, efficient and always smiling!

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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williamstown, ma
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

The best thing about this hotel is the architecture, not only historically, but also with the attached restaurant and the loft room. Loved the space with the lofts; I haven't seen this unique room arrangement before. Staff is warm and welcoming. Kitchen is full-service - we didn't stay long enough to use it, but I would definitely consider staying here for a longer term stay. I would have liked to see two bed options, rather than simply one king size (we don't consider sleeper sofas as comfortable options). The one and a half baths was convenient. Unfortunately our television was not working. We had to call downstairs to get an engineer to fix it (we had ordered in pizza and wanted to order a movie; when that didn't work, we wanted to watch tv, but unfortunately, no entertainment was available in the room then). The engineer took a sort-of look (not terribly thorough - slapped the back), then said, oh, we have had lots of problems since transferring to a new system. Nothing I can do, sorry. We offered him a piece of pizza for taking the time to come up, and he commented that we wouldn't believe how many people have complained about the television service. Well, that's part of the hotel service, isn't it? Some accommodation should have been made, but they said they had no other options (not quite good enough for us). The only other negative aspect was the noise level in the upstairs bedroom. Unfortunately we were next to some pretty rambunctious kids - at 6 in the morning, when we had planned to sleep in until 9 a.m. No chance. They were running rampant, up and down the stairs, screaming, and we heard every little bit of it. The attached steam brewery restaurant was excellent (the pizza restaurant on the other side, only so-so), with an interesting history, great beer on tap, terrific foodie choices - love that it was there so close. Had we had quieter neighbors and a television that actually worked - either upstairs or down - we would have offered a higher rating for this architecturally distinct, well-located and interesting hotel.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a quiet room, and ensure you have working television and movie service before...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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whgecomm, General Manager at Residence Inn Hartford Downtown, responded to this review, October 24, 2012
I have to agree with you that our hotel does have amazing, historical architecture. I am happy to learn you found our accommodations to be comfortable and were able to make a visit next door to City Steam Brewery as well (it's one of my favorites)!

I apologize for the inconvenience you experienced with your television during your stay. We discovered the signal component to the televisions is inadequate and we have addressed this issue. Please feel free to contact me personally at 860-524-5550 so we can discuss further and make things right for you.

I hope you will come back to visit us if you are ever back in the Hartford area on business or pleasure!

Mark Graham
General Manager
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saint paul
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here for almost 8 weeks in 2011 while or house was being renovated..we walked in yesterday, and Constance, at the front desk, not only recognized our faces, but remembered our story. She was beyond welcoming, and made us feel like we'd just come home..she totally took care of us, holding our belongings for us and giving us tips of things to do before check in.. She is simply awesome. Our room is gorgeous, staff is all so friendly.. We'll be back again and again.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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whgecomm, General Manager at Residence Inn Hartford Downtown, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
We know how difficult it can be when you are away from home for an extended period. I am thrilled to read your kind remarks on Constance who works at our Front Desk and welcomed you back! Although our hotel suites are geared towards making an extended stay more comfortable, it is Associates such as Constance that make our hotel what it is! I will be sure to share your comments with her and our entire Team. We hope to see you again; and please stop by to say hello!

Warm Regards:
Mark Graham
General Manager
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Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

I enjoy my 2 night stay at Residence Inn. The hotel parking is located in the BACK of the hotel. So if your coming off the Highway. Turn on Main st- Hotel on the left. Quick turn on Trumbell street. Parking on the right. 16 bucks a day :( But great locate from room. The check-in took about 10 mins. Smoooth! As my Girlfriend and I walked into the room. We couldnt believe the space of the room. I was thinking alil room studio with small partial kitchen, but NOOOOOOO. The room was HUGE. 20ft ceiling. Loft- style. Fully service kitchen. The deco was old-fashion. 60's-70's type of design. The room was a bit dirty. Hair, dirty brown spots on the towel paper, Dirty cookware.

The hotel is located in a safe area. Resturants and convenience stores are walking distances.
Westfarm Mall (10 min drive) Red lobster (20 mins) Casino (40 mins) Club Divi Divi- gay club (10 mins)

Room Tip: ROOM 317 is located on Main street. Its a Studio Loft.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 942 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Location: United States > Connecticut > Hartford
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Hartford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Hartford Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 120
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