You've spent a long day at the Connecticut Convention Center pretending
to be interested in PowerPoint presentations, spreadsheets, various
panel speakers and keynote addresses. You're ready to blow off some
steam; you can practically taste an icy-cold martini.
You're in luck: You won't have to venture
too far from the convention center to get your kicks. In fact, the
$81 million Marriott Hartford Downtown, attached at the hip to the
center, will boast several venues for getting a workout, getting
a good meal and getting that much-needed drink.
The Waterford Group, the owner and developer of the hotel, has some
fun, relaxing public spaces planned for visitors to Hartford when
the hotel opens in August. A quick walk through the connector between
the center and the hotel will bring guests to the Marriott's Crush
Lounge (a seductive bar), Vivo (an Italian trattoria) and Glo (a
rooftop fitness center and spa).
Destinations within a destination, these venues were planned with
both the conventiongoer and local residents in mind. Both Crush and
Vivo will have their own entrances on Columbus Boulevard so that
patrons won't have to go through the hotel lobby to enter. Both areas
will be marked by soaring vaulted ceilings and windows that face
The 1,500-square-foot Crush will
sport a "residential" feel
with oversized ottomans and sofas. The bar will feature specialty
drinks and entertainment. Vivo will be a 180-seat Tuscan-style grand
trattoria with a built-in Italian wine bar and Milano market expo
kitchen. The menu will feature classic Italian dishes interpreted
in a contemporary American style. Vivo's big: 4,800 square feet and
includes two private dining rooms.
The Marriott's top floor will be home to a rooftop oasis called
Glo. The fitness center and spa will feature massage therapy treatment
rooms, men's and women's locker rooms, a 960-square-foot fitness
area and an indoor heated pool. Best of all? Glo will offer spectacular,
sweeping views of the city.
The hotel will also be home to a Starbuck's cafe. There will also
be a full-service UPS store, just in case you really will be working
at the convention center.
Reprinted with permission of the Hartford Courant.
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