Hartford is among the oldest cities in the country and boasts numerous first-rate museums, outstanding shopping, and world-class dining. The Capitol Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member is centrally located in the buzzing downtown area, making this one of the best hotels for travelers interested in exploring our city by foot.
Less than a mile from our property you’ll find the XL Center which hosts major concerts, expos, and sporting events. The pedestrian-friendly downtown will make it easy to check out exhibits at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art or catch a play at The Bushnell Performing Arts Center. Literature fans will want to add the Mark Twain House and Museum to their itinerary as well as the former home of author and abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe. Foodies will be in heaven with Hartford’s flourishing restaurant scene. From historic diners to creative eateries, there is something for every taste.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgable 24-hour front desk team for recommendations on things to see and do!
Things to Do
XL Center 0.5 mi
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 0.5 mi
The Bushnell Performing Arts Center 0.5mi
Connecticut State Capitol 0.5 mi
University of Connecticut 0.7 mi
Dunkin’ Donuts Park 0.7 mi
Cathedral of St Joseph 1.0 mi
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center 1.8 mi
Mark Twain House and Museum 1.8 mi
XFINITY Theatre 2.0 mi
Elizabeth Park Conservancy 2.5 mi
Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar 0.1 mi
Max Downtown 0.2 mi
Russian Lady 0.2 mi
Trumbull Kitchen 0.3 mi
Vaughan's Public House 0.4 mi
Salute 0.5 mi
City Steam Brewery Cafe 0.7 mi
The Capital Grille 1.0 mi
Republic at the Linden 0.9 mi
On20 1.1 mi
Just a half mile from The Capitol Hotel is the world-renowned Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Founded in 1842, this museum houses over 50,000 works of art including pieces from Andy Warhol and Claude Monet. Their collection includes European Art, Contemporary Art, Costumes and Textiles, and more. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the gift shop for an interesting souvenir to bring home. Visit their website in advance to learn about the multiple free admission opportunities!
One of Hartford’s top attractions, the Mark Twain House and Museum, lies just under two miles away from our property. This historic landmark was home to Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, and his family from 1874 to 1891. It was here that Twain wrote his most famous works, including, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In addition to exploring the stunning 25-room home, you can visit the on-site museum, and enjoy a Ken Burns documentary about the life of Mark Twain.
Visitors looking to add some outdoor time to their itinerary should visit the gorgeous green space of Elizabeth Park Conservancy. This property is just over 100 acres and includes walking trails, formal gardens, a cafe, and more. Elizabeth Park has over 800 varieties of old and new roses growing in the first municipal rose garden in the United States. Catch them in bloom from mid-June through fall. The park is open 365 days a year and is free to visit, so make sure to add it to your Hartford agenda.