Stayed for a week at the Residence Inn Downtown Hartford while we dropped our child off to college (University of Hartford). Very Nice stay. Room was large, service was great.
They had hot breakfasts in the morning and hot dinners during the week. You could get by on free hotel food during the week if you wanted to. OK, the 'dinners' weren't great, but there was hot food there in the evenings!
Rooms were large but a bit odd. They had an elevated sleeping area (loft) in the middle of the room which did serve to separate the sleeping area from the living area, but it also served to cut off the kitchen from the living room. Not a problem, but odd.
The hotel is in a historical building (1875), but once inside, you would never know. That was a shame. I would have liked to see more architectural touches reflective of the original architecture. The high ceilings of the rooms were vestiges, but again, you would never know it was historic from the inside.
Great restaurants within walking distance. We ate at Black-Eyed Sally's BBQ, Vito's by the Park, and The Russell. We would recommend them all. Also toured the Old State House a few doors down. $3 with a AAA card