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The Coastal Traveller at Delamar West Hartford

Although it is roughly 49 miles from the Long Island Sound, the Delamar’s newest property is bringing its famous nautical, refined, but unstuffy flair to West Hartford. The hotel is situated in the heart of downtown West Hartford and close to several popular attractions like the Harriett Beecher Stowe House, The Mark Twain House, and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, as well as Bradley Airport and Hartford Union Station.

All 114 rooms are LEED certified, and many are pet-friendly. Hotel guests have access to many complimentary amenities including a glass of champagne at check-in, a daily breakfast buffet, valet parking, Bvlgari bath amenities, free admission to the New Britain Museum of American Art, and more. There is an award-winning onsite restaurant, fitness center, and also a full-service spa that is open from 10 am – 6 pm daily.

I checked into the hotel for some much-needed R&R on an unseasonably cold and rainy day. After a particularly exhausting work week that lasted through the weekend, I was delighted to not only be reunited with my fiance but also the other true love of my life: bubbly as a cheerful staffer offered me a glass upon check-in, to which I, of course, accepted.

After settling into my room for a few minutes, and falling so deeply, madly in love with the faux fur throw strewn on the bed that I demanded to own one of my own, I headed downstairs for dinner at the hotel’s onsite restaurant Artisan.

Helmed by executive chef Frederic Kieffer, who also holds the E.C. title for the Southport Artisan location as well, curates a diverse menu of dishes that are undoubtedly New England-inspired, but with a European accent. While many a Connecticut kitchen claims to serve farm to table cuisine, local is a ridiculous understatement here because of the lush, sizeable on-site garden that grows several varieties of produce used in the kitchen’s dishes daily.

I feasted on a crab gazpacho so good I considered doubling up my order and having seconds for my entree, but instead, I chose a special southern style dish of scallops, fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese that made me wonder how I would ever enjoy these ingredients apart from one another again. Dinner was topped off with the restaurant’s new private label rosé sourced from the Côtes de Provence region, and several desserts that were quickly devoured by all members of the dining party, myself included.

After an incredibly sound sleep, the bed is a dream, I had a facial at the Delamar Spa. The facialist examined my skin, determined the best products to use (all from Biologique Recherche, one of the world’s leading luxury skincare brands) and proceeded to whip my skin into blissful, bright submission that kept me glowing for days.

Sadly, I had to depart, but in less than 24 hours I felt more refreshed and ready for anything than I had in weeks, which is exactly why sometimes the best vacations are local staycations instead.

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