The Best Hotels to Book in Stamford, Connecticut

The welcoming outdoor pool draws guests to the J House Greenwich
The welcoming outdoor pool draws guests to the J House Greenwich | Courtesy of J House Greenwich / Expedia
Claire O'Brien

Stamford makes the perfect weekend getaway. This small New England city, perched on the edge of the Long Island Sound, is under an hour from Manhattan by Amtrak train, but you’ll feel worlds away from the frenetic energy of New York City. Recharge by soaking in the maritime vibes, town beaches and vibrant international dining scene. If you are lucky enough to visit Connecticut during fall colors, don’t miss the chance to hike the trails of the Bartlett Arboretum to revel in the autumn splendor. Here are the best hotels in Stamford you can retreat to, bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa, for well-connected luxury by the Amtrak station


A modern double-queen room at Stamford Marriott Hotel and Spa
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Can’t decide between New York energy or New England charm? You don’t have to when you stay at the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa. Sitting in the heart of historic Stamford, this full-service four-star hotel in Stamford offers premium shopping and restaurants on its doorstep. And since it’s walking distance to the Amtrak station, you can be in Manhattan in less than an hour for a full day of exploring and still get back in time for a signature facial at the on-site Agora Spa.

2. The Stamford Hotel, for fitness fanatics on Broad Street


Upscale, modern king room with view over city at the Stamford Hotel
Courtesy of the Stamford Hotel / Expedia

The Stamford Hotel holds the honor of being the only wellness-oriented independent hotel in the area. What’s a wellness-oriented hotel, you ask? It’s designed to ensure you don’t abandon your carefully calibrated fitness routine the minute you cross state lines. The Stamford Hotel does its part to keep you on track with California-inspired cuisine and yoga mats in every room. A stay on their Wellbeing Floors take it up a notch with Be Well amenity kits, the Mirror (which offers thousands of on-demand classes in the privacy of your room), and state-of-the-art air filtration systems, which remove 99.99% of airborne particles. And since the real key to health and happiness is more puppy snuggles, the Stamford Hotel is pet-friendly!

3. Courtyard by Marriott Stamford Downtown, for food lovers near the University of Connecticut


The stylish green and white lounge area at Courtyard by Marriott Stamford Downtown
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If you’re visiting friends or family at University of Connecticut Stamford, this is the Stamford accommodation for you – just one block from campus. After sightseeing, invite your crew back to the hotel for an Italian-inspired meal at the highly rated Divina Modern Italian, Courtyard’s partner restaurant. And when it’s time to recharge, head upstairs to your comfy urban retreat. Some rooms feature terraces, balconies or separate living rooms for extra lounging space (and skyline views).

4. The Lloyd Stamford, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, for style near Mill River Park


Modern king room with wood floors and leather tufted headboard at the Lloyd Stamford
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The Tapestry brand from Hilton prides itself on unique, locally inspired decor, and the Lloyd Stamford is no exception. Think boutique New England vibe, but with the reliability of Hilton. The Lloyd Stamford is named for local prominent businessman and shipping magnate John Lloyd who made his mark during the 1700s. While the hotel nods to these historic influences, be sure that this Stamford hotel is dripping in modern touches. Each room is decked out in minimalist West Elm furniture to ensure you sleep in style. And for breakfast, a curated menu offers a selection of yummy quiches, or perhaps you’d prefer toast topped with cookie butter? (Pro tip: get both.)

5. Residence Inn Stamford Downtown, for self-catering in the heart of Downtown


Soothing bedroom in white and marine blue with two beds and L-shaped couch at Residence Inn Stamford Downtown
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If you are the kind of traveler who likes to keep your options open, the Residence Inn Stamford Downtown is your kind of place. You’ll have a full kitchen in your room to prepare breakfast for the kids, or a low-key dinner for two. Or, venture downstairs and check out the ONE Club Tequila Lounge for tapas-style cuisine. Or, head around the corner and start making your way through the dozens of local gems within a few blocks. In the mood for pizza, Peruvian, Japanese, Jamaican, burgers or bubble tea – even if you stay a month, you’ll never get bored of the downtown Stamford food scene.

6. Hampton Inn & Suites Stamford, for family stays on the Rippowam River


The elegant dining area of the Hampton Inn and Suites Stamford
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Traveling to Stamford with kids? This Hampton Inn & Suites is going to be a lifesaver. Parking is easy and free. Breakfast is hot and delicious. The rooms are family-friendly, with a mini-fridge and microwave in each. And best of all, the location is right next door to Mill River Park, a waterfront community green space with a playground and artisan carousel.

7. Holiday Inn Express and Suites Stamford, an IHG Hotel, for mod cons in Ridgeway


Modern king room with armchair and ottoman at Holiday Inn Express and Suites Stamford, an IHG Hotel
Courtesy of Holiday Inn Express and Suites Stamford, an IHG Hotel / Expedia

If travel brings you to Stamford’s Ridgeway-Bulls Head neighborhood, you’ll want to spend the night at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites Stamford. Rooms are bright and cheerful and feature mini-fridges and microwaves. If you prefer a full kitchen, upgrade to the executive suite (you deserve it). Proximity to green space like Scalzi Park means you won’t miss your morning jog, but if the weather doesn’t cooperate, there’s an indoor pool to get your laps in any time of year. The location is only 1mi (1.6km) north of the shopping and dining of Downtown Stamford, but if you don’t want to move the car, the hotel also offers a complimentary shuttle to Harbor Point or Downtown Stamford.

8. J House Greenwich, for high-tech rooms on I-95


The pleasant outdoor dining area with greenery and pergolas at J House Greenwich
Courtesy of J House Greenwich / Expedia

This boutique hotel has everything the techie traveler could wish for, and so much more besides. Every spacious room comes with 55-inch TVs, uber-comfy pillow-top mattresses and turndown service each night. In the bathrooms, you’ll find another Mirror TV, plus a Japanese-style toilet (with all the bells and whistles you’d expect in a plush Tokyo pad). This Stamford hotel is only 10 minutes’ drive from Downtown, but you may never want to leave, as the hydrafacials, outdoor pool with private pavilions, and sushi menu at Tony’s will tempt you to stay at the J House.

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