DoubleTree by Hilton Hartford and The Revel Apartments Celebrate Grand Opening with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

March 15, 2024

Hartford, Connecticut – The DoubleTree by Hilton Hartford and The Revel Apartments, a premier mixed-use development, today celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests, including Ned Lamont, Governor of Connecticut; Arunan Arulampalam, Mayor of Hartford; and William Fortier, Senior Vice President – Development, Americas, Hilton.

“We are proud to unveil the DoubleTree by Hilton Hartford and Revel Apartments to the community. It offers exceptional accommodations and a vibrant community hub near the XL Center, UConn, and more,” said Len Wolman, Chairman of Waterford Group. “The dedication of partners like the State, City, CRDA, Hilton, and many others was essential to this project’s success. This collaborative effort saved the building from closure and reinvested significantly in Connecticut’s and Hartford’s revitalization,” Wolman added.

The former Hilton hotel in Hartford was transformed into a hybrid hotel and apartment complex through resilience, adaptation, and ingenuity. The bold transformation saved the landmark property and injected new life into the city’s downtown core. Hotel ownership knew the building held potential beyond traditional hospitality, and they envisioned a new chapter that would cater to the city’s evolving needs. The $29 million redevelopment converted the upper 11 floors of the hotel into 147 modern apartments in partnership with RMS Companies. The lower floors were fully renovated and converted to the 170-key DoubleTree by Hilton.

“We are thrilled to unveil the DoubleTree by Hilton Hartford Downtown, offering both convenience and comfort in the heart of Connecticut’s capital city,” said Chris Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton. “Whether guests are here for business, leisure, or to explore the city’s rich history and culture, our warm welcome and thoughtful amenities will be a cherished destination for travelers and locals alike, providing unforgettable experiences infused with our signature hospitality.”

Designed to address the city’s growing demand for urban living, the hybrid model delivers a win-win for Hartford. This April, The Revel, a collection of sleek, modern apartments with panoramic city views, will welcome its first residents, offering a vibrant new living option in the heart of the city.

“We are excited to have been a part of this development which serves as a model partnership involving the State of CT, City of Hartford, Capital Region Development Authority, and the private sector to transform a dated building into a vibrant mixed-use property in the center of downtown Hartford. Looking ahead, I could not be more optimistic about Hartford’s future,” said Randy Salvatore, president and CEO of RMS Companies.

About DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Hartford
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hartford welcomes guests with 170 spacious guest rooms, each promising a comfortable stay. For those seeking to unwind after a long day, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an inviting indoor pool offer the perfect escape. Additionally, Herb ‘N Kitchen, the hotel’s casual, all-day restaurant, bar, and gourmet market, caters to a variety of dining needs. Nestled in the heart of vibrant downtown Hartford, the DoubleTree offers a sophisticated haven for both business and leisure travelers. Whether seeking a dedicated workspace or exploring the city’s rich history and culture, the hotel provides a convenient and comfortable home base. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with the signature DoubleTree cookie, a warm welcome that sets the tone for a memorable stay. Modern amenities and exceptional service further enhance the guest experience. Waterford Hotel Group professionally manages DoubleTree by Hilton Hartford Downtown.

About Revel Apartments
The Revel, a new 147-unit apartment building in downtown Hartford, offers unrivaled access to Connecticut’s Capital and modern amenities that will undoubtedly inspire one of the City’s hippest and happiest residential communities. With 10 floors of unique studio and 1-bedroom options—each designed for the modern urban dweller—The Revel promises a stylish cultural experience. Stunning views, sleek features and finishes, open concept floor plans, onsite coworking, lounge, and fitness spaces make for well-balanced living, working and playing. The building’s convenient location places residents within walking distance of vibrant nightlife and cultural attractions, while affording easy access to Interstates 91 and 84 and the CT Rail line, for those needing to commute or easily get from A to B. Stamford-based RMS Companies developed, owns, and will manage The Revel, which opens its doors to residents this spring. More at therevelhartford.com.