Review: Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, Rocky Hill, Connecticut, USA
A recent business trip to Hartford Connecticut, United States on my usual business circuit had me needing a short two night stay at a business hotel in the area. I ended up at the Sheraton Hartford South Rocky Hill property, which was located just off the highway in a suburban location near the Rocky Hill business park of Connecticut, United States.
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Review: Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, Rocky Hill Connecticut, United States of America.
“A Convenient Property Located next to Rocky Hill Business Park that Featured Higher on the Functionality scale than the Aspirational one”
Booking the Sheraton Hartford South:
On a recent work trip to Hartford Connecticut, I needed a convenient hotel near my appointments. As a Marriott loyalist, I ended up staying at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel. This was the only reasonable option in the area, aside from a nearby Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford that earns Marriott Bonvoy points at half the rate.
As this was a business trip, I ended up booking with a cash rate. The property seemed to average rates around $150 – $165 USD, with rates that were pretty static throughout the calendar.
The hotel offers rooms in the Marriott Bonvoy Rewards program with rooms offered for around 25,000 points per night for a basic Guest Room One King. While I can’t imagine anyone wanting to redeem Marriott Bonvoy points at this particular location, if you value Marriott Bonvoy points at 0.005 cents per point, you’d be ahead at redeeming points if your rate was above $125 USD per night.
As a Marriott Bonvoy Titanium level member, I would also be entitled to the best available room, including select suites, lounge access (when open), and a welcome amenity including breakfast, additional Marriott Bonvoy points or a local welcome gift.
Getting to the Sheraton Hartford South:
The Sheraton Hartford South is located in Rocky Hill Connecticut, United States of America. I arrived after the rental car counters were closed, and I took a taxi from the Bradley International Airport located in Connecticut, United States of America.
There wasn’t any traffic at two in the morning, and I arrived at the hotel after about 26 minutes.
The Sheraton Hartford South is located in a business park immediately off the Interstate Highway 91.There is plenty of free hotel parking outside of the hotel property so if you happen to self drive, parking is easily accessible without having to navigate a parking garage and their elevators.
The hotel is located several miles / kilometres from any off – hotel restaurants, so having a car is likely much more convenient to get around to the amenities of the area.
The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel location is a little remote and I wasn’t able to easily get a taxi back to the airport; having being quoted by the front desk a thirty minute wait for a taxi back to the airport. As a result, I ended up taking an Uber back to the airport with less than a ten minute wait. If airport travel is in your schedule, make sure you plan for extra time.
Checking into the Sheraton Hartford South:
On arrival to the property, it was nearing 2:30 AM. I was attended to promptly at the front desk. The lobby is a large area, with bright high ceilings and the usual Sheraton colours.
As a Marriott Titanium member, my status was recognized as a Titanium member. I was offered a welcome bonus of 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy Points in addition to a complimentary breakfast in the Common Restaurant with a courtesy warning the ath t Sheraton Club Lounge was presently closed.
The check in was quick. and smooth, which is just what you want at 2 AM. The lobby was spacious and mildly pleasant; much better than a tiny Fairfield Inn which is usually limited to a front counter and a tiny sofa area.
The lobby offered Sheraton Link computers with printers, which were convenient for print jobs.
While I checked in, I was offered the “best available room”, which in this case was a standard corner room on the Club Floor. There aren’t many suites or speciality rooms at this property, so by terms of scale, this was a reasonable upgrade.
When it came time to depart, I headed straight from meetings to the airport. As a result, I didn’t get an opportunity to try out a late check out offer at this property, courtesy of Marriott Bonvoy Titanium status.
The Room: A Guest Room, 2 Double
After being checked in, I found my way up to room number #429 which was on the top floor. I passed by the double elevators
Being a corner room my room had a strange “L” shaped entrance to it through a long hallway.
The room was decorated in the standard Sheraton beiges. While I didn’t book two double rooms, I didn’t mind having the extra space in order to stretch out for organizing my bags and other business stuff.
The room featured the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed along with the usual Sheraton linens.
The room featured a large flat screen television, and a small work space desk.
The room featured complimentary bottled water, along with Starbucks drip coffee. The room featured plastic glasses in a Four Points by Sheraton touch. I always appreciate having bottled water, as it makes the stay just that much more comfortable.
The room was quiet and, as a result, the sleep quality was quite good. The room was away from the elevators and didn’t have a lot of hallway traffic to disturb.
The bathroom attached to the room was compact and straight forward.
The in room closets offered the usual iron and ironing board, which was handy for pressing work clothes.
The room didn’t have too many aspirational views. The views represented the green areas that surrounded the hotel.
Around the Resort Property:
Sheraton Club Executive Lounge:
The Sheraton Hartford South offered a Sheraton Club Lounge. The lounge was closed for food service on our visit. The lounge was open but it only contained a mini fridge of small bottled waters.
The posted hours on the lounge doors were 7:30 AM to 10 PM. However, since the space wasn’t offering any food and beverage, this was more a sign of when the doors were going to be locked or unlocked.
The lounge offered some day light views, which is always appreciated in any Sheraton Club Lounge.
The property offered a Sundries Store that was located off the lobby. The store itself was pretty lean, and it was pretty basic in nature. I wouldn’t rely on the sundries store for dinner by any means, although it was handy if you were looking for a snack.
The lobby had a substantial amount of space. The lobby was often full of groups of people finalizing their business conversations for the day or otherwise completing their work projects.
The hotel offered outdoor seating in a courtyard. It was pictured a bit nicer than it actually was, as it contained many smokers. Some of the seats were also a little stained.
The Sheraton Hartford Pool was looking a little tired with no one in it. It did offer a space, although it was empty throughout my visit.
There was also a small hot tub located off to the side. The hot tub was closed during our visit.
Food and Beverage:
Common House Restaurant:
Marriott Platinum Breakfast:
The hotel offered food and beverage on site branded as the Common House Restaurant. As a Marriott Titanium member, I was offered breakfast in the restaurant (in addition to the welcome of 1,000 Marriott Bonvoy Welcome Bonus points).
The breakfast was in the form of a breakfast buffet which featured both hot and cold items. The buffet offered a self service toast station, eggs and the usual continental items such as fresh cut fruit.
During my visit, there were two ladies who were delicately taking their time throughout the same breakfast station. I was a little pressed for time so the ladies are going to feature in the hotel breakfast photos and trip report.
Just off the restaurant, the hotel offered a bar. The bar was closed during the morning breakfast hours.
The Bottom Line: The Sheraton Hartford South
The Sheraton Hartford was more of a functional property than anywhere I’d choose to stay for leisure purposes. The property is a pretty standard Sheraton property. While everything was function and mostly clean, the Sheraton, along with others of this generation, are starting to look quite dated in appearance and comfort.