Jennifer N. Dienst and Katie Kervin
New England charm, big-city space
In downtown Hartford, the Connecticut Convention Center is the Northeast's newest space for meetings, conventions, and trade shows. The 140,000-square-foot center, which opened in 2005, overlooks the Connecticut River and is adjacent to Adriaen's Landing, a 47-acre mixed-use development packed with dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The center is also directly connected to the AAA Four-Diamond, 409-room Marriott Hartford Downtown and is within close proximity to more than 1,600 hotel rooms in Hartford and 6,500 hotel rooms in a 15-mile radius.
Events are never without a dramatic entrance at the Connecticut Convention Center, thanks to the building's 110-foot glass atrium, which rises 10 stories above the grand public plaza and tree-lined, riverfront esplanade. But the good impressions don't end after groups arrive - the center's exceptional staff of professionals, from its award-winning chefs to the event-management team, ensure that every request is executed to perfection.
Eco-minded meeting attendees will appreciate that Hartford has New England's first biodiesel bus, the Hartford Star Shuttle, a free service for getting around the city. And the Bradley Flyer provides semi-express bus service from the Bradley International Airport to the Connecticut Convention Center for just $1.30. Within Adriaen's Landing, the up-and-coming Front Street District has plenty of dining and entertainment for attendees to explore - in fact, more than $1 billion has been invested into new developments in downtown alone. And attendees will quickly find they'll never go hungry in Hartford, since the city is home to more than 40 three- and four-star restaurants. With local culture and history around every corner, as well as celebrated attractions that appeal to every interest, the Connecticut Convention Center is the ultimate backdrop for mixing business with pleasure.
For more information: Connecticut Convention Center - (860) 728-2639 or (860) 249-6000; ctconventions.com
At a Glance Total space
Hotel rooms within a 15-mile radius Nearby attractions
- 540,000 square feet Exhibit space
- 140,000 square feet
- Dining and entertainment on Front Street
- Connecticut Science Center
- Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
- The Mark Twain House & Museum
- The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and much more