Apr 22, 2019 - Apr 23, 2019
2 guests - 1 room
The hotels in Connecticut's state capital are mostly concentrated in a dense cluster in the downtown area near the Connecticut River; no surprise as that is where the capitol building is, and travel for legislative sessions is one of the primary reasons that hotels in the city get booked. This also puts many of them a very convenient distance from Hartford Station, where the Amtrak train stops.
Hotels in the downtown Hartford area are mostly of the midscale-to-luxury chain variety; expect Red Roof Inn and Best Western at the lower end, and Marriott and Sheraton at the higher end. There's a handful of budget properties in the mix, though, such as Super 8 and Econo Lodge. Options get a bit thin outside of the downtown core. You'll find a small handful in both East and West Hartford along Highway 84, and a few more south of downtown along Highway 91.
Peak season for tourism in Hartford is during the fall when the leaves put on a brilliant display as they change color. This generally starts in late September and lasts until the middle of October, but the exact timing can vary from year to year. Outside of this annual event, there's no one period where Hartford is overwhelmed with tourists. You'll likely see higher numbers in the summer as people take advantage of the warm weather (and summer school break) to check out some of the city's historic sites or enjoy the Connecticut River, but for the most part it is not a tourist hotspot.
Traffic instead is heaviest (and hotel prices are highest) during legislative sessions. The General Assembly starts in early January and lasts until early June, but traffic will vary depending on what is actually going on each week. The busiest weeks are usually the first and last. Special sessions may also be called later in the year as needed.
Hartford is also home to a number of annual events and festivals to be aware of. Most of these take place during the warm months. The Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz is the largest held in New England and usually draws thousands of people over one weekend in mid-July. Hartford has also recently gained an LGBT Pride Week, which usually takes place in early September. Several major business conferences are also held in Hartford in the summer months such as the CT Business Summit (early June), When Women Lead (early June) and the Connecticut Legal Conference (mid-June).
As mentioned, Hartford is served by Amtrak's New Haven-Springfield line. This line connects to the Northeast Corridor at New Haven, where it proceeds on through many of the major cities in the northeast along Interstate 95. Hartford Union Station is within walking distance or a short taxi ride of the state capital as well as most of the downtown hotels. There is also connecting bus service to and from the airport.
An extra postcard from the city of Hartford, Connecticut in the daytime (Credit to News 8 live weather cams at around 3:30 PM)
I like Hartford. I'm a city person. Hartford has great restaurants and great history.
Hartford's first European settlers were Dutch, and they arrived in 1633. Some years later, the English came in and named the settlement Hartford.
Hartford is (or was) the second largest city in New England, mostly due to the concentration of insurance company headquarters. I've always found it a dull place.