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... not comes to terms with anything, and I mean ANYTHING until the last possible second. Sooo most likely when I'm hugging a koala bear or snorkeling the GBR then it'll finally hit me I'm going to be living in Australia. Insanity at it's finest! I should probably start thinking about packing ...
We got up as planned at 3:15 am to be sure to get to the airport in time for our 5:15 flight! It was very cold - 2 degrees - wow, can't wait to feel the 90 degrees in Aruba.
We're leaving 10" of snow that came down Wednesday so it's truly a winter ...
... Chloe. I also totally beat her twice at Speed, which was great fun. Also bonded over our love for alexander mcqueen as we watched some of his runway shows (plato atlantis and another one)
I have also managed to lose my body wash which is a bit of a dilemma, hopefully it will show up soon.
Also predictably the snow melted today because of the rain (the weather here is bizaar)
So there was snow today!! i woke up to scraping noises and didnt know what on earth was going on so i looked outside and everything was white! I have learnt my lesson from the last time it snowed and then promptly melted, luckily i had a free period right after class so i donned my snow boots and multiple layers of clothing and went outside. I first went to the soccer fields and promptly lay down and made a snow angel.
... serve ice cream machine) which was very exciting.
Westover is awesome. I have learned 8 people's names and thourghtly loving my time
Student lounge: where snacks are sold, Met Dana the lady that runs it-she is really nice
Performing arts center: played on the piano for a little while which was nice and there was some artwork out for a while so i looked at that.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hilton Hartford
Hilton Total Renovation Reopening March 2005
this Hilton Hotel was closed for renovation all of 2004 and reopened with a totally new look, feel, ownership and management in March of 2005. Disregard any of the ratings or letters in 2003, this is now the new hot place to stay in Hartford. It has a great location walking distance (in blocks not miles) from all the restaurants and office buildings in town.
Pretty Darn Good for Hartford
This is a fine hotel, but it cannot overcome Hartford's sad decline. All is neat and clean. Design is beautiful. Especially loved the evening lounge bar in the lobby that converted into a coffee shop in the morning. Lots of attention to detail and excellent taste in the design of the small space. That carries over into the rooms that are also small but tastefully designed. Breakfast at Mort and Mindy's restaurant was better than dinner, but dinner was not bad. Restaurant staff and hotel staff are wonderful. Check in was a slight hassle, but check out was a breeze. The garage is kind of cramped. Hartford was to the insurance industry what Detroit was to the auto industry. The insurance industry has moved on and Hartford has not found a new life.
Located right in downtown Hartford....whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is up for debate. This place offers a steep parking rate (15 dollars a night, billed to your room...just make sure you validate it at the front desk, or else they'll charge you by the hour), a shiney-sparkely-yet-kinda-cramped lobby, and an absolutely BORED front desk staff that borders on attitude.
Here is a copy of what I sent to the hotel management:
Nicely redone. great city hotel
This hotel was recently redone, with new everything. It is neat, smart, and feels very European. Small rooms, but very functional. Great beds that rival the Westin and "W" chains. For HHonors premier members, the HHonors lounge is nice, and a good deal for breakfast. I found the rates to be very reasonable for business travel, but a little put-off by the $15.00 parking fees.
Dining onsite is marginial, but there is a nice resturaunt row a little walk from the hotel with great seafood and an Irish pub.
My choice for the greater Hartford area, especially on business travel.
My husband and I were a bit skeptical after reading the reviews, but...to our pleasant surprise, this hotel was fantastic!! The front desk was friendly, the hotel lobby was chic and classy. and the room was wonderful!!! The bed was beyond comfy!!! It was like sleeping on a cloud!! The rooms were newly renovated and they are beautiful and have a very relaxing atmosphere.....Also, we had breakfast downstairs in the hotel restaurant and it was great..I highly recommend the blueberry pancakes! I would stay here again in a heartbeat...
This was a return visit shortly after the big remodel, and I was curious to see whether Hilton has succeeded in resurrecting this big downtown Hartford hotel. From what I can see, the remodel worked and this is now one of the Good Hiltons, very good indeed.
Decent room, good location and very nice gym. Service was a bit lacking and parking was outrageous. Good for what it was.
- Front desk staff didnt smile or make any effort to make guests feel welcome. - In general, staff members appeared to have a morale problem, lacking any sense of pride in their jobs. - Our reservation for a kind-size bed was never honored - despite a 5-day stay. - There were numerous problems with our room including burned out light bulbs, no TV remote, no hairdryer, and most disgusting of all, what appeared to be ejaculate was stuck on the inside of the window! - Restaurant selection was poor. Only one (1) restaurant was open during busy meal times, and the food was cold when it arrived. - Several floors reeked of mildew. - The $1.00 charge per local call is usury and not competitive with other hotel chains that have eliminated such charges.Best advice - wait until the Marriott is completed in 2004!
Location great. Price was fine. Room ok. Front desk a little like the Soup Nazi-Stand in line, step forward, state name, state why you are here. This leaves a very bad taste. Management needs to train staff that even customers are people except that management probably does not believe it either and employees are simply reflecting mangement attitude.