The Goodwin

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Hartford is the capital of Connecticut. It’s home to the Mark Twain House & Museum. The 1874 mansion contains thousands of artifacts, including the desk at which Twain wrote his best-known works. The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center includes the author’s Victorian house and many period furnishings, plus a garden. The broad collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art includes Renaissance and impressionist works.

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1. The Goodwin 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Hartford Connecticut

The Goodwin
The Goodwin

Set in Hartford, within 350 feet of XL Center and a 4-minute walk of Hartford Stage Company, The Goodwin features a fitness centre, business centre, and a bar. Free WiFi is offered.

Each room offers a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a work desk and a coffee maker.

Guests can enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, which serves a variety of Italian dishes.

Trinity College is 1.6 miles from the property, while TheaterWorks is 350 feet away. Bradley International Airport is 11.8 miles from the property.

In vibrant downtown Hartford and surrounded by public transportation options, this chic boutique hotel in an 1800s terracotta building is a 10-minute walk from both Connecticut Science Center and Bushnell Park.

Featuring a mix of modern and period-style furnishings, the stylish rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, mini fridges and Keurig coffee makers. Some have fireplaces. Suites (some bi-level) add living areas and/or pull-out sofas.

There’s a trendy French/American restaurant and a chic bar. A breakfast buffet is available. Other amenities include a fitness center and a yoga studio. Valet parking is extra.

The Goodwin story began in 1881, when two brothers, James J. Goodwin and Rev. Francis Goodwin, developed this classic structure as a landmark apartment building. Originally developed as an upscale apartment building and later converted to a hotel, The Goodwin was a classic and prestigious address from the start.
With a star-studded history, characters like J.P. Morgan resided there during visits to his hometown, and it has retained its sophistication and appeal ever since. The hotel was converted in the late 1980s in conjunction with the Goodwin Square project, its façade was preserved from the apartment building, and has become an iconic Hartford landmark. For its 2017 rebirth, The Goodwin will exude a vibrant City style, while retaining elements of its history, heritage and tradition to demonstrate the authentic character that makes it so special.
Guest rooms have been re-imagined. Interior spaces have been thoughtfully designed as welcoming gathering areas. Original fireplaces remain, built-in wood closets restored. The entire staff has been classically trained in the lost art of service and hospitality. And a world-class brasserie adds to the unmistakable Goodwin experience. Cosmopolitan and urban-chic…yet grounded in a timeless and rich history. Welcome to the only boutique hotel in Hartford.
This hotel in Downtown Hartford is very nice, from the convenient location to all the eatery’s and the economical price. It has a nice decor in the room and some rooms have fireplaces as well. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a nice place without having to travel really far.
 The standard room was large, modern, and had beautiful details. The bed was large and comfortably firm. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The free shuttle was handy to use in going to and from the train station. The art deco lobby was beautiful. The breakfast was excellent. The refrigerator in the room was handy. And we were able to walk to and from our concert at the Bushnell. Dinner at Salute (Italian) was great! We would highly recommend and would stay here again.
This is a very nice property. Perfect location in downtown Hartford. The staff at the front desk was very nice and helpful and the rooms are well appointed. Hotel has a nice feel to it. Rooms are a tad small but nice.
Overall, great hotel in a nice location, just a block or so from a beautiful park (complete with beer garden!) for running or walking, and lots of restaurants as well, including an awesome one on site. There is a convenience store just two doors down for amenities. Our room and bath were quite large, beds very comfortable, and service at the valet, in the restaurant and bar were perfect. The room was a little noisy though – we were right above the valet station and the “beeps” from people locking their cars got annoying.
Thankfully it was a weekend night in downtown Hartford, so it didn’t go too late. Check in was more efficient than friendly, but everyone else seemed to go out of their way to be nice. Breakfast area was fun, and the donuts were delicious. Would definitely return, but maybe ask for a room at the back, away from the hotel entrance.
Gay Friendly Hotels Hartford
Gay Friendly Hotels Hartford

How much does a room costs at The Goodwin?

Prices start 299$/night for Deluxe King Room. The Studio Room is  695$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This apartment features air conditioning, seating area and cable TV.

Where to book online – The Goodwin – Gay Friendly Hotels Hartford CT – you can find the best hotels deals in Hartford during Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival  which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Hartford CT on or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


2. Inn at Middletown 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Middletown Connecticut

Inn at Middletown
Inn at Middletown

This Middletown inn is 10 minutes’ walk from fishing and boating in the Connecticut River and Wesleyan University is 5 minutes’ walk away. This hotel has an elegant décor complete with an on-site pool and hot tub.

The on-site restaurant is the Tavern at the Armory and it serves American cuisine that is inspired by the New England region. There is also a fitness centre and free Wi-Fi.

Rooms at the hotel are decorated in light, warm tones and include a flat-screen cable TV.

The Inn at Middletown is located on Main Street and is less than 1 miles from shopping and local restaurants at Riverview Center Shopping Center.

Hotel details

Set in a former colonial-style armory on Middletown’s Main Street, this elegant hotel is a 5-minute walk from Wesleyan University and a 10-minute walk from Kidcity Children’s Museum.

The traditionally decorated rooms and suites offer free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Room service is offered.

There’s a warmly decorated tavern serving New England-style cuisine Amenities also include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool and a hot tub. Morning coffee and parking are free.

Opened November 2003, the former National Guard Armory on historic Main Street in downtown Middletown has been transformed into a 100 room boutique hotel. The marble lobby is enhanced by a spiral staircase that goes up to the second level pre-function area. Guests can enjoy a variety of on-site amenities including the Tavern at the Armory restaurant and lounge, indoor heated pool, exercise room, and Jacuzzi. In-room dining, free high speed internet access in all rooms, and valet parking.

Clearly the best appointed accommodation in the area. Staff was friendly. Special requests were honored without question in a timely manner. Did not love breakfast but we might be picky. Restaurant staff was charming.

Overall very clean, pretty hotel. Very convenient to Wesleyan University. We would certainly stay again.

Older hotel with nice upgraded rooms. The room was spacious, but bathroom was a bit small – it’s an older hotel. Very friendly service and helpful staff! Great valet parking available. Downstairs breakfast – excellent breakfast included with our stay. There is a pub also onsite. Room was very clean, comfortable, and quiet. Housekeeping was very responsive when needed. We would stay here again – plus it’s right in the middle of the town and a manageable walk up the hill to campus, or a 5-minute drive to the athletic center.

The staff is Friendly! The rooms are newly decorated and pretty. The Tavern has a lovely menu. Breakfast is delicious! The hotel is convenient to restaurants and Wesleyan University! There is a drug store almost next door. Valet parking is helpful! Overall a wonderful experience.

What a wonderful place to stay. I recommend it highly. Comfortable, affordable and elegant. We were there for a wedding and it was absolutely beautiful. Food in the Tavern was great and so was the service.

t was nice to find a hotel in a great location right on main street. The large newly renovated rooms were on the larger side for a hotel room. The staff was quite pleasant and helpful. I did not eat in the restaurant but it was packed when I went to check out. They have a pool and nice gym which I was happy to use. Lots of events happening the night before but the hotel was nice and quiet. I liked being able to walk the entire main street and not have to drive to dinner. Will definitely be back.

The housekeeping did amazing jobs. Very clean roomsclean bathrooms and smells fresh. This place is classy, elegant and cozy all wrapped up. Our two queen beds were like sleeping on a cloud in heaven. The shower was amazing, if I wasn’t so conscious about saving water I would have stayed in there half the day. The indoor pool was great way to get some exercise. The indoor hot tub was just what we needed after a long stressful day.

We loved sitting outside on in their courtyard, just wished the music was on both days we were there. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed my stay! I just wish it was longer. This outstanding and beautiful Inn is located not far from many local shops and restaurants. They also have some amazing food on site at The Tavern at the Armory.

Gay Friendly Hotels Hartford CT
Gay Friendly Hotels Hartford CT

How much does a room costs at Inn at Middletown?

Prices start 270$/night for King Room.The One Bedroom Suite is  400$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite has air conditioning and cable TV.

Where to book online – Inn at Middletown – Gay Friendly Hotels Hartford CT – you can find the best hotels deals in Hartford during Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival  which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Hartford CT on  or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Best Western Hartford Hotel and Suites 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Hartford Connecticut

Best Western Hartford Hotel and Suites
Best Western Hartford Hotel and Suites


Close to Hartford attractions, including the Convention Center, this hotel features access to major freeways. Free WiFi is offered and free on-site parking is available.

All guest rooms include a microwave, refrigerator and cable TV.

Guests at the Hartford Best Western Hotel and Suites can start the day with a free breakfast or with an energizing workout in the on-site fitness centre. The hotel also offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool.

This laid-back hotel off I-91 is a 2.4-mile drive from the Connecticut Convention Center and 3.1 miles from the XL Center.

The traditionally furnished rooms offer flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, coffeemakers and free WiFi. Suites add kitchenettes and sitting rooms with pull-out sofas.

Amenities include freebies like a breakfast buffet, parking and local shuttle service. There’s also a seasonal heated outdoor pool, a fitness center and guest BBQ grills.

The BEST WESTERN Hartford Hotel & Suites in Hartford, CT is located just five – ten minutes from downtown and at the crossroads of New England – Routes I-91 and I-84. The hotel is conveniently located 1.5 miles from the Hartford Convention Center, and is near the CT Expo Center, XL Center, Downtown Hartford corporate offices, The Mark Twain House & Museum, XFINITY Theater, Goodwin Park Golf Course, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford Hospital, and St. Francis Hospital are nearby as well, including Aetna(R), the University of Hartford, and Trinity College.
Our patrons stay connected with business amenities like free high-speed, wireless Internet access and a business center. Join us each morning for a full hot breakfast buffet, enjoy a refreshing swim in our seasonal heated outdoor pool, relax in our indoor whirlpool or get an invigorating workout in our fitness center. The hotel is 100% non-smoking in all Guest rooms and Public areas. Must be 21 years of age to check-in.

We stayed here recently while visiting the Hartford area and was pleasantly surprised by this hotel.

It’s inevitable that some folks will have a negative experience of some type at one point or another. But our stay was more than we expected.

Sure, the hotel is in a industrial-type area across the street from a small airport. But we had no issues whatsoever. The room was clean and the staff was friendly. Also, the overall appearance of the hotel was clean with no issues.

The staff were fantastic — friendly, with big welcoming smiles. I felt genuinely cared for as a guest both upon check-in and again at check-out (in my experience this certainly doesn’t happen at all chain hotels). I also received a free upgrade (to an Executive suite — which was almost bigger than my apartment!) upon arrival — completely unexpected and totally made my stay.

On top of that, the fitness center is AMAZING (new equipment, big and airy) and the breakfast without question was the best I have ever had at a BW or similar chain hotel. Seriously mind-blowing the huge array on offer!

I also slept incredibly well — the quiet is very quiet.

Oh, and the shower? The best I have perhaps ever had in my ENTIRE life. Wow. I could have stayed in there for hours! The only issue I had with my entire stay was that the cold tap in my bathroom sink would not turn off properly, and it kept flooding the bench area.

Everything else was fantastic. I was in the area for a meeting at a local school, and I actually live in CT, so I don’t know if I’ll be staying in the area again, but if I do … I will 100% stay here.

Gay Friendly Hotels Hartford CT
Gay Friendly Hotels Hartford CT

How much does a room costs at Best Western Hartford Hotel and Suites?

Prices start 270$/night for King Room.The One Bedroom Suite is  400$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite has air conditioning and cable TV.

Where to book online – Best Western Hartford Hotel and Suites – Gay Friendly Hotels Hartford CT – you can find the best hotels deals in Hartford during Riverfront Dragon Boat & Asian Festival  which  is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Hartford CT on  or or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.