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“Plenty of space, convenient downtown location” 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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Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Hartford
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boston, ma
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50 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Plenty of space, convenient downtown location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We were very pleased with our stay at this Residence Inn. We were upgraded at check in two a two bedroom unit (from a 1 bedroom). The staff was great, whether it was the front desk or repair of the sink disposal, the staff was really friendly and attentive. The unit had plenty of amenities with the full kitchen and living space along with two bedrooms and baths. The unit was very clean, the breakfast definitely good for a day's start. On the downside, the furniture is definitely showing its age and should be replaced along with the very firm mattresses. With the benefits of everything else we could overlook the shortcoming. I hope by our next stay they might change those mattresses though.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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4 Thank chris1gill
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WHGGuestService, General Manager at Residence Inn Hartford Downtown, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you for your valued feedback. We are glad we were able to provide you with the upgraded suite that you enjoyed. We understand your point about the furniture and mattress. We are scheduled to receive a full renovation of the property toward the end of this year which we are very excited about. Thank you again for your comments.
We hope to see you back to enjoy our renovations with us!
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Kingston, Massachusetts
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87 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I was staying with some old friends and we wanted the following amenities:
1. Large, clean room (check)
2. Friendly Staff (check)
3. Convenience to downtown restaurants/bars (check/check)
4. Easy Parking (check)
5. A pizza place that is open after bars close right next door (check...well, ok so that wasn't a deal breaker, BUT it was an excellent perk we took advantage of at 2am)

We had a perfectly fine night at the Residence Inn and all expectations were met. We missed the breakfast so we can't comment on that, but I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
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1 Thank bridgton
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San Francisco, California
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143 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank belomiser
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Newtown, Connecticut
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134 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 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
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank BMorrell
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Nashua, New Hampshire
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515 reviews
101 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 222 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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1 Thank Ron L
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Sao Paulo
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142 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 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
Helpful?
Thank jnha
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williamstown, ma
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14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 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
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Thank journey500
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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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Address: 942 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Location: United States > Connecticut > Hartford
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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#1 Business Hotel in Hartford
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Hotel Class:3 star — Residence Inn Hartford Downtown 3*
Number of rooms: 120
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