There wasn't anything particularly splendid or horrible about this hotel, so I'll just mention the things I liked, and the things that weren't as nice. Regarding the positives, the hotel is in an excellent location near the highways. The breakfast was terrific - healthy variety of items plus fresh pancakes and four hot items (usually eggs and meats). The breakfast area is huge and spacious, and overlooks a park and the Capitol - such a beautiful and serene scene. Also, the woman who sets up the breakfast is super friendly and helpful (wish I caught her name). There was free wireless internet throughout the hotel which was excellent, and paid parking out back (free to Priority Club members). Overall the hotel staff were responsive. Regarding the room, when I entered it was literally spotless clean and the heater was already on. The A/C/heater is a split unit that works really well. The room size was good, and the bed was comfortable. TV was flat screen with lots of channels.
Regarding the drawbacks, none of them were bad enough to prevent me from staying here again. However, first some spaces were cramped: bathroom was tiny with nearly no counter space (but love the marble floors and showerhead), business center had one computer, laundry room had one washer and dryer, and fitness room had just a few machines. They all served their purpose though. Although it was unexpectedly quiet considering that the hotel was booked solid, I could hear some noises (like alarm clock in room next door and woman singing in the hall) and on one midnight there was some kind of fight at the bar/club across the parking lot and even with 7 floors below me plus the entire parking lot I could hear word for word what people including the police were saying. But I guess that's what happens when practically the entire wall is window - great sunlight and view, but more noise.
By the way, the Holiday Inn website says this hotel has a microwave and fridge in the rooms, but I didn't have any in mine.
Finally, a tip - there are a few places to eat within a block of each direction of the hotel. However, I discovered a place with GREAT Mediterranean food and pizza called Aladdin. It's right around the corner (on Asylum with your back to the hotel, walk left, turn left on High and turn right at 121 Allyn st). I almost didn't see it since the shade covers most of the name.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Downtown Hartford . Our hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Hartford, the Insurance Capital of the World, and is easily accessed from I-91 and I-84. We are steps from the Union Station for visitors traveling via bus or train. The hotel is located directly across from Bushnell Park and features views of the Capitol Building. We are also just 14 miles from Bradley International Airport. At the Holiday Inn Express Hartford Downtown, you will find newly renovated guest rooms with all the comforts of home. You can stay connected in our modern business center or with our complimentary easy access, high-speed Internet. For the health conscious, stay in shape in our state-of-the-art fitness center. Guests on the go can start their day right with our complimentary Smart Start Breakfast featuring our world-famous cinnamon rolls. Business travelers are sure to enjoy our hotel while visiting the 'Insurance Capital.' We are in walking distance to many area businesses. Guests here for leisure will be happy to know we are walking distance to the XL Center, the Bushnell Theater, Connecticut Convention Center and many award winning restaurants. Whether you are traveling on business or pleasure, Stay Smart at the Holiday Inn Express, Hartford Downtown where our staff will be sure to exceed your expectations. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Orbitz, Expedia, Cheap Tickets, TripOnline SA, Agoda and Tingo so you can book your Holiday Inn Express Hartford-Downtown reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Hartford-Downtown Hotel Hartford
- Holiday Inn Hartford
- Hartford Holiday Inn