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, 06103
The price is NT$3,070 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Hartford. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff in ...
3.5/5 Good! (352 reviews)
"The property was excellent and our stay went well. Breakfast was on par with most places, but wasn't anything spectacular. The only issue I had was with parking. When you park in the lot, you have to sign in and purchase your parking online. Unfortunately, the parking is not linked with the hotel, ..."

Reviewed on 2022/5/16

The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT, 06103
The price is NT$5,372 per night from Jun 10 to Jun 11
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Hartford. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (984 reviews)
"Free parking was a mice touch"

Reviewed on 2022/5/15

Hilton Hartford
The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT, 06103
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$6,203 per night from May 20 to May 21
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Hartford. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour fitness center, and a 24-hour front desk. Our guests praise the restaurant ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (978 reviews)
"Overall great place. Restaurant was quaint."

Reviewed on 2022/5/2

The Goodwin Hotel
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.
The Buckingham Apartments
The Buckingham Apartments
3.5 out of 5
177 Buckingham St, Hartford, CT, 06106
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Hartford. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions XL Center and Xfinity Theatre are located ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"It was really clean and neat,"

Reviewed on 2022/4/9

The Buckingham Apartments
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
3 out of 5
338 Asylum St, Hartford, CT, 06103
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hartford. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
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, 06103
Stay at this apartment in Hartford. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an in-room washer/dryer. Our guests praise the family amenities in our reviews. Popular ...
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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