Our stay at the Homewood Suites in Downtown Hartford was perfect for a 1-night stay for a concert at the XL Center. The hotel is literally RIGHT next to the XL, making it super convenient for anyone attending an event there.
The staff was friendly, and check-in took less than 3 minutes. On site parking for $16/night.
The hotel itself is pretty outdated, but clean. Our room had a full-size fridge, kitchenette, table, couch, etc. Full suite setup. Elevators a bit small and rickety. Only ice machines on the floor (no vending/drink machines). Hallway smelled like old cigarette smoke. Perhaps stuck in the carpets and wallpaper.
Hotel dining was underwhelming: no dinner service on the weekends and no hotel bar. We had trouble getting in anywhere to eat before the show, so we were going to resort to the hotel service, to no avail. Breakfast only served until 10am on the weekend as well.