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

Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
370 Market Street, Hartford, CT, 06120
The price is $129 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1
$129
per night
Nov 30 - Dec 1
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Hartford. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4/5 Very Good! (373 reviews)
"the area was nice and quiet. my room was spacious and had all the fixings. huge bed with comfortable sheets. the pool would have been great except it wasn't heated"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT, 06103
The price is $150 per night from Dec 2 to Dec 3
$150
per night
Dec 2 - Dec 3
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 ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,001 reviews)
One night in Hilton Hartford
"Super !!!"

Reviewed on Nov 25, 2022

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 $379 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30
$379
per night
Nov 29 - Nov 30
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 helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,000 reviews)
"A beautiful renovation of an old beautiful hotel. Just feels wonderful and I love the bar and restaurant. Fitness center was great. Room was lovely. Could have done better with cleaning rooms promptly but every hotel is having those issues at this time. Thank you for a wonderful weekend."

Reviewed on Nov 11, 2022

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.
Clean and Spacious Bedroom
Clean and Spacious Bedroom
Hartford, CT
Stay at this apartment in Hartford. Enjoy 1 bedroom, a shower/tub combo, and air conditioning. Popular attractions Webster Theater and Cinestudio are located ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Host was lovely. Met us upon arrival and showed us around. Apartment is clean and lovely …as advertised. Neighborhood got a little noisy at night …and we were a little surprised and uncomfortable to see a security camera sitting on top of the refrigerator… pointing in the direction of the bathroom. ..."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2022

Clean and Spacious Bedroom
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 a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4/5 Very Good! (228 reviews)
Met my expectations
"Nice property, clean, good breakfast"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

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 a kitchen. Our guests praise the family amenities in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
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 Feb 24, 2019

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.

Getting around Hartford

You can get a feel for Hartford’s atmosphere by renting a bike and cycling through the city center, which has a good system of paths and a public bike-share program. Otherwise, use the extensive network of bus routes covering the city; a free circulator bus runs around downtown. You can also walk around most of the center quite easily, taking in the historic architecture. Visit the Connecticut Department of Transportation website.Browse Hartford rental cars.

Best time to visit

Visit Hartford during the peak season, in the summer months, and you’ll find hot weather which often reaches the low 90s F (low 30s C), with high humidity and the occasional thunderstorm. Spring can bring more manageable weather, lower prices and smaller crowds. The same is true of fall, which also brings the beautiful changing colors of foliage. Winter is cheaper and quieter still, but often bitterly cold.

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