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Stroll through brightly-lit shopping malls with tempting window displays, laugh aloud at comedic performances in age-old main street theaters, and explore local history in the Mark Twain House and Hartford Children’s Museum for a glimpse back in time in this notable neighborhood. The center of Hartford is a melting pot of cultures and architecture styles, from the towering spires of gothic churches to the stark modern facades of contemporary offices. It’s bustling and busy, a hive of activity in its central streets, filled with students taking a break from laborious study, and tourists snapping photos of columned civic buildings, and the stone-built battlements of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Things to see

From the lush pastures of Riverside Park you can just about see the glittering surface of the Connecticut River as it meanders past, although you’ll need to wind your way through the towering wall of leafy trees to reach its tranquil banks. It’s a serene spot in the heart of a busy city. At the art deco period Webster Theater, modern acts come to perform at this historic, retro venue. Behind its glass-bricked façade, alternative bands battle it out in music challenges in front of screaming crowds. The Westfarms Mall is a modern, swanky megamall on the edge of town, an enormous contemporary gallery in the heart of a colossal parking lot. Inside, trendy name-brand stores take up space in the air-conditioned walkways, showing off with glittering window displays or the wafting aromas of handcrafted chocolate and freshly ground coffee.

Hotels in Hartford

Dotting their way through the heart of town, hotels in Hartford range from low-budget inns and guesthouses to high-priced fashionable affairs. They sit in busy shopping districts, enjoying easy access to local boutique stores, fashion houses, and sophisticated galleries. The facilities you’ll find in the luxury hotels in Hartford are second to none. Overlooking the Connecticut River, which reflects the glimmering of lights from passing boats, they provide outsized bedrooms, elegant en-suites with luxury toiletries, and impressive cityscape views. Discount hotels certainly have smaller rooms, and they don’t enjoy the same panoramic outlook, but they’re still a good standard of hotel with modern conveniences and free breakfasts in the morning.

Where to stay

Right on the waterfront, Downtown Hartford pulsates with energy. Glamorous restaurants serve delicious seasonal menus beneath flamboyant awnings along Trumbull Street. On Main Street, high-rise art deco office blocks and shopping galleries sit next to energetic bars and chic late-night bistros. Staying within walking distance of hotels in Hartford, Bushnell Park is dominated by its unique memorial arch, just a stone’s throw from neon-lit entertainment complexes and fashionable nightclubs. Away from Downtown, Hartford becomes less commercial and much more residential, a blend of house-filled avenues, occasional shopping centers, and a few straggling chain restaurants.

How to get to Hartford

Just outside Hartford, the Bradley International Airport is a great choice of arrivals terminals for foreign travelers. Not only is it easily accessible, but equally it’s a short drive from the central streets of Hartford, providing plenty of options for reaching your hotel. Making the journey by bus and rail are both possible thanks to regular schedules. The airport also accommodates car hire companies for travelers who like their own independence. Once you’re in Hartford, you could easily ditch the car if you wanted to. The Downtown area is compact and bijou, easy to navigate on foot, and within a short distance from most of the major hotels.