Hartford, CT

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Hartford featuring heritage architecture, a city and an administrative buidling

Visit Mark Twain’s home city of Hartford, where restored Civil War-era mansions, museums and the country’s oldest park preserve the nation’s history.

Hartford is an almost 400-year-old city that has survived the ups and downs of America’s history. Explore the rich heritage of this destination that features some of the oldest institutions in the nation and the former residence of America’s beloved author, Mark Twain.

Start the day with a calming walk through America’s oldest public park, Bushnell Park. Located in the city center, this thoroughfare is decorated with graceful pathways, monuments to American soldiers and a huge archway crowned by two turrets. Relax under trees to escape typically hot and humid summers. In winter the park is often covered under a blanket of snow.

Walk to the nearby Wadsworth Atheneum to delight in more than 50,000 works of pilgrim-era and European art in one of the nation’s oldest art museum. Tour the exclusive rooms and stages of the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts or the award-winning Hartford Stage, then come back later to see a show. Both theaters host musicals, plays and orchestras several nights a week.

Many of the city’s restaurants and hotels can be found along the busy Asylum Street. Stop for lunch then walk to the nearby Mark Twain House and Museum. Here you’ll experience the living quarters of the famous author and see exhibits themed around his life. Take in more history at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and Library or the Butler McCook House and Garden. Both restored mansions, they feature civil war-era art and antiques and large manicured gardens perfect for a quiet stroll.

Hartford is the capital of Connecticut. At the Museum of Connecticut History see excellent exhibitions on the colonial formation of the state. Take children to the Connecticut Science Center, where there are hands-on displays and a 3-D digital theater showing educational movies.

In the evenings take the family to the XL Center, which has performances throughout the year. In winter you’ll find a public ice-skating rink and shows on ice.

Stay downtown next to the Connecticut River. Rent a bicycle and ride along the banks of the picturesque river and grab a drink at one of many bars, restaurants and clubs.

Where to stay in Hartford

The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,428 per night from Dec 22 to Dec 22
Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theater Works, XL Center, and Connecticut Convention Center. Hartford Hospital and Mark Twain ...
3.5/5 Good! (286 reviews)
"Fridge and microwave. Good heating/a/c, etc."

Reviewed on 2021/11/21

The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$4,974 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theater Works and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Hartford Hospital are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (976 reviews)
"The lack of restaurants"

Reviewed on 2021/11/28

The Goodwin Hotel
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$3,640 per night from Dec 24 to Dec 24
Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hartford Stage and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also ...
4/5 Very Good! (979 reviews)
"The staff at this hotel was very friendly. The room was immaculate in its cleanliness. The only ‘ding’ for this hotel was its lack of an in-house restaurant, perhaps due to Covid 19. The hotel was convenient to the sites I wanted to visit in Hartford."

Reviewed on 2021/11/8

Hilton Hartford
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Southington, CT
Homewood Suites by Hilton Southington, CT
3 out of 5
1096 West Street, Southington, CT
The price is NT$3,529 per night from Dec 30 to Dec 30
Situated in Southington, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Crystal Bees, Barnes Museum, and Southington Public Library. Hospital of Central Connecticut ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (565 reviews)
"Super spacious rooms, nice staff, breakfast options were great! Will definitely be back."

Reviewed on 2021/11/24

Homewood Suites by Hilton Southington, CT
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
3 out of 5
338 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of XL Center and Connecticut Convention Center. Hartford Hospital and Mark Twain House are ...
4/5 Very Good! (228 reviews)
Met my expectations
"Nice property, clean, good breakfast"

Reviewed on 2020/3/17

Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
Oakwood at Hartford 21
Oakwood at Hartford 21
2.5 out of 5
221 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
Located in Downtown Hartford, this apartment building is steps from Hartford Symphony Orchestra and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect space for family or couple
"The apartment was immaculate. It was spacious and comfortable. It is in a great location, next to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc. My family and I really enjoyed our stay there."

Reviewed on 2019/2/24

Oakwood at Hartford 21
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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