RETRO SPECTRA | Retrospective + Metropolitan
A new era of downtown living has begun in Hartford, and Spectra Boutique Apartments is at its very center. Once Hartford’s grandest hotel, associated for decades with innovative design and celebrity style, this extraordinary residential building redefines a new tradition of urban living. Spectra, where the glamour of “Then” meets the lifestyle of “Now.” Retro Spectra, indeed.
The Sonesta Hotel, originally a 287 guest room hotel, was built in the early 60s and quickly became an integral part of the Constitution Plaza office/retail complex. This modern 12-story concrete and glass structure with a 2nd story pedestrian walkway, a through street under the building and a terrace surrounded by the Plaza Court is well situated in the corporate center of Hartford and just 200 yards from the scenic Connecticut River. Well known as a fixture in entertainment, famous for its restaurant The Rib Room, and Sonesta Sounds, it was the pinnacle of the downtown Hartford scene for two decades. After it’s time as the Sonesta Hotel it became known as the Summit Hotel, Hotel America and finally in the 1980s, the Clarion. Since the Clarion closed its doors, the building has stood untouched. It took two New York City developers, Joseph Klaynberg of Wonder Works Development and Jeff Ravetz of Girona Ventures, whose vision and tenacity breathed life back into this marvelous structure. Spectra Boutique Apartments, became the central fixture of the downtown revitalization plan that would include two more Spectra locations and positions itself once again as a keystone in connecting the Connecticut River to Constitution Plaza.
We're ready when you are. Go BRIO. Go BOLD.