I once considered this hotel, standing oh so near to the highway, a luxurious quick escape to artists and bands performing in Hartford...not really going in to see what it was all about. But since my visit on business, I came across a bunch of pros and cons to this hotel.
The location of this hotel is very convenient when eyeballing it from the highway, but there is only one major road you can access the front of the building on if visiting or dropping your bags off, otherwise, you need to access the parking garage, which so happens to also be near the front entrance, and one on the other side of the hotel. The front desk greeted me and were very quick and courteous when assigning me my room. The lobby was in a great shape and seemed very festive when the colors and places to sit. What REALLY won me over was the fruit water placed in the lobby. To me, that little gesture tells me that they don't mess around with customer service (While visiting in California, the Omni Resort I stayed at did the same and it was both healthy and refreshing).
I was placed on the 8th floor. Upon entering the room, I quickly caught glimpse of a few minor things that were displeasing, for example, the temperature of the room seemed clammy, the broken in doorstop on the wall - I also had a hard time understanding how the desk lamp turned on, it took me a while to figure it out. The beds weren't as comfortable as I anticipated, but since I wasn't staying too long and too much in the rooms due to business, as long as they could get me to sleep at night, I was alright with it.
I was impressed with the bathroom. The size, the cleanliness, and the amount of toiletries at my disposal. My only issue with it was there was no "fart fan". I'm a guy and a guy likes to fart. Thank goodness I was the only one in the room during the stay.
The view from my window wasn't what I expected, but there really isn't much to do about that, besides turning the whole hotel around, which let's be honest, not happening anytime...My view consisted of a HUGE parking lot, the "Welcome To Hartford" bridge (which was nice), and an empty pool with sand in it. Although I was on business, I did pack my luggage to enjoy a nice dip in a pool if it was available. Since my business was in summer, I was disappointed to see no water in the pool.
I didn't park at the hotel, but at the time I believe the price was $10 a night. Since the hotel is based in Hartford and parking is crazy scary sometimes, the price seemed to fit the security of the parking garage. This is a REALLY big help if you decide to stay at this hotel when coming to Hartford for a concert at the Xfinity Center.
Along with my stay on business, I got to enjoy a free breakfast buffet at the Z Cafe on the first floor. Since I am an average guy, I enjoyed the prepared quantity food like scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes, potatoes, coffee. There was an option for french toast or omelette, and from the sight of the other guests, they seem to enjoy it. A normal breakfast buffet for a normal guest ranges from $10-$16.
Pros and Cons:
Air Conditioning (my room was cold as the dickens!)
Various room flaws
Lack of pool
Not as comfortable bed as imagined
An average room for an average stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Busy travelers retreat to the Radisson Hartford Hotel, at the intersection of I-91 and I-84, in the heart of downtown Hartford. Our hotel's seasonal outdoor pool and fitness center rejuvenate guests after a busy day touring the Wadsworth Atheneum and attending an event at the XL Center or Xfinity Theatre (formerly the Comcast Theatre). In the evening, treat yourself to a cocktail at Z Bar or relax. ... more less
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