JN+A and HVS overhaul Goodwin Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut as city’s sole boutique hotel concept

Vacant for nearly a decade, the revitalized property, which was originally built in 1880, is the city’s sole boutique hotel concept.

Rockville, Md.-based practice Jonathan Nehmer + Associates and HVS Design has completed work on the eight-month overhaul of the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford, Conn. Vacant for nearly a decade, the revitalized property, originally built in 1880, is the city’s sole boutique hotel concept.

The renovation maintained historic elements, contrasting against whites, graphic patterns and "playful" accents. The front desk has a black marble inset with a paneled black wood jewel box enclosure with brass details. A blue envelope is a key element in the bar/lounge space, along with milk glass pendants in asymmetrical styles and varied furniture configurations.

The property has more than 5,000 square feet of meeting space with white walls detailed with charcoal, as well as brass and linear crystal lighting.


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There are loft-style accommodations and six suites included among the 124 guestrooms. A neutral black-and-white palette is mixed with with splashes of vibrant tones, while mahogany floors are appointed with a blue, hexagon-patterned area rug. Original fireplaces and built-in wooden closets were worked into the aesthetic, while headboards are flanked by sconces. The bathrooms have showers crafted with subway tile.

For dining, the property has the French-inspired Harlan brasserie. The bar has a jade-green ceiling and a complementary graphic patterned tile floor, while round booths upholstered in cognac leather line the windows at street level. There are also yellow velvet banquettes on the opposite wall. White marble tabletops are paired with black bistro chairs and brass lighting, all against the backdrop of white walls, white oak plank flooring, and glossy ceilings.

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