FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Delamar West Hartford

by Tom Goldman

Dec 1, 2018
December 2018

Arrival/Check-In: I arrived at the Hartford, Connecticut, train station on a journey that began in Trenton, New Jersey, on an electric-powered Amtrak bound for Boston. The trip required a cross-platform train change in New Haven to the diesel-powered trains that operate north to Springfield, Massachusetts, and beyond. It was nice to complete the trip on the train instead of the buses that replaced the train while the line was refurbished and new stations were built along the route in Meriden, Wallingford, and Berlin, Connecticut. The return trip on the Amtrak Vermonter provided through service without a train change, only a quick change to an electric-powered locomotive.

The 15-minute ride to the hotel in West Hartford brought me to the circular drive around the entrance’s bubbling water fountain. The hotel car valet immediately greeted me, and the doorperson opened the door before I could reach for the handle, offering a friendly welcome. I learned this was the typical customer service approach by everyone on the staff, who went out of their way to offer help, bottled water and directions. Check-in took place at a small reception desk by the main entrance. The friendly clerk offered information on the free WiFi access available throughout the property and the time and location of the free breakfast and the 24-hour coffee and hot chocolate machine in the lobby area. Within five minutes I was in my suite.

Guest Quarters: The hotel, opened September 2017 in the commercial center of West Hartford, is one of three boutique luxury properties operated by the same company. The public spaces display artwork from the pulp fiction collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art — worth a perusal. Public areas also feature designer furniture and a custom-designed, glass-topped baby grand player piano in the reception seating area.

The suite opened into a foyer with a clothes closet stocked with an umbrella matching the ones available at the hotel entrance as well as a wet bar, refrigerator, Nespresso machine with bottled water and a well-stocked minibar. A separate living room provided a large area suitable for business meetings with table and side chairs, a large sofa and a delightful easy chair and ottoman. The bathroom off the living room provided direct guest access, allowing the bedroom door to be closed to provide privacy and a business-suitable appearance. The bathroom contained a free-standing modern bathtub and a large, separate, glass-enclosed shower.

The bedroom featured a king-sized bed facing a largescreen TV over a shelf with TV controller, informational books and writing material. A Tivoli radio, with instructions for use, topped a side table. The side table also provided multiple outlets for charging electronics. Traditional turndown included large chocolate squares and bottled water. Slippers and the use of luxurious bathrobes completed the bedroom amenities. The only negative was the lack of a clock in the bedroom.

Services/Amenities: In-house amenities included evening snacks for takeaway on a hall buffet table including M&M’s, fruit chips and cashews. The free breakfast was a delight with fresh-baked pastries including different flavors of mini muffins, rugelach and chocolate croissants; frequently replenished fresh-cut fruit; perfectly prepared scrambled eggs unlike the usual hotel buffet variety; bacon; and potatoes.

The hotel features a full-service restaurant, Artisan, packed the two nights I was there. Local contacts said it enjoys a positive reputation. The hotel location is in the center of an upscale area near Blue Back Square with many restaurants including chains, coffee houses and casual dining establishments. A brief walk at night highlighted the resurgence of the area with large numbers of people on the streets and at the dining and entertainment facilities surrounding the hotel.

The hotel has a well-equipped 24-hour gym with treadmills, Peloton bikes and weights, and provides free individual-use earbuds as well as a separate full-service spa on the second floor. With 114 rooms and suites, it also offers more than 5,000 square feet of private event space.

TOP TAKEAWAYS:

◆ Until the Delmar opened, the nearest quality hotel to West Hartford was in downtown Hartford or 15–20 minutes west of the town center in adjoining towns of Farmington or Avon. The convenience for those staying or working in West Hartford is a major plus.

◆ Unlike other farther-out standalone hotels, the Delamar offers walkable access to many restaurants and even a Whole Foods Market across the street.

◆ The hotel provides free limo service within five miles, and Uber and Lyft service is readily available for longer trips to the train station and to Bradley International Airport, 20 minutes away.

Delamar West Hartford

1 Memorial Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
tel 860 937 2500
delamar.com

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Explore Excursions

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Jun 14, 2024

Former 1940s-Era Italian Bank Transformed Into Rome EDITION Hotel

It is hard to resist the pleasures of Rome, a city filled with world-renowned paintings; sculptures; thousands of colorful cafés; and hundreds of ancient buildings still standing and often used as offices, homes and museums. Certainly, Rome is the cradle from which all that is best about Italy emerged. It is difficult to open a new hotel in Rome without connecting it to the city’s history, art and culinary tradition. When Rome EDITION opened last year, it was the perfect fit for a city that lives and breathes all things extraordinary.

Welcome to Wyndham Monterrey Ambassador Centro

Wyndham Monterrey Ambassador Centro, operated by Aimbridge LATAM, opened its doors, welcoming guests to one of the most iconic and traditional properties in Monterrey, Nuevo León. Boasting 229 rooms and suites, the hotel, part of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, is ready for discerning travelers. Wyndham Hotels & Resorts is the largest hotel franchise company in the world with approximately 9,100 hotels in more than 95 countries.

June 2024
Jun 14, 2024

Loyalty Programs Revamp to Meet Changing Customer Preferences

Airlines and hotels consistently tweak loyalty programs to draw brand engagement based on shifting consumer habits, and the demands of younger generations make an impact. According to Chris Galloway, executive vice president, Strategy & Design, for brand loyalty experts Brandmovers, millennials are more active and engaged in loyalty programs than any other generation to date, and as Gen Z gains in buying/spending power, they also accelerate in their desire for loyalty and rewards programs.

Daily
Jun 14, 2024

Luxury Italian Farmhouse Launches 3 Seasonal, Hands-On Culinary Experiences

This summer, guests staying at Casetta Firenze, a luxury farmhouse in the Chianti region of Tuscany, can book three culinary workshops led by experts in the art of pasta making, traditional Tuscan dishes and vegetarian cuisine. Each workshop offers a multicourse meal, local produce and complementary wine.

Exclusive Savings: Cruise Along the Danube River with Global Traveler

Exclusive Sailing with Global Traveler

Daily
Jun 14, 2024

Top U.S. States for Golfers

Relocation experts at My Baggage recently conducted a study to determine the top U.S. states for golfers by analyzing the distribution of golf courses, driving ranges, tournaments and golf coaches per 100,000 residents in every state, along with the number of platinum clubs. From there, each location was assigned a score and ranked accordingly.

Daily
Jun 12, 2024

Langham Hospitality Group Opens Cordis-Branded Hotel in Foshan, China

Langham Hospitality Group opened a new hotel under its upscale Cordis Hotels & Resorts brand, situated in the southern Chinese city of Foshan, a key urban center in the country’s Greater Bay Area. The Cordis, Foshan and Lingnan Tiandi Hotel is becoming a promising destination for both tourists and business travelers thanks to its planned upgrades and prime location in Lingnan Tiandi.

Sail to the Tropical Splendors of Tahiti and The Tuamotu Islands with Windstar Cruises

This November, Windstar Cruises celebrates more than 36 years in Tahiti with an itinerary taking guests to the clear waters of Tahiti and The Tuamotu Islands on a journey exploring Tahitian culture, the ecosystems of Fakarava, and the sunsets of Raiatea and Bora Bora. The 10-day sailing aboard Star Breeze, Nov. 18–28, departs from Papeete and ends in Papeete.

eFlyer Reviews
Jun 12, 2024

Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs Review

It’s often declared Paris’ Left Bank, or La Rive Gauche, the local side of the Seine —  where bohemian and chic are used superfluously, albeit with some veracity. It only makes sense that travelers looking to stay on the Left Bank would seek as local an accommodation as possible — Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs is the new kid on the block and certainly delivers this with its design following the likes of a Parisian art collectors’ residence.