History

A new era of downtown living has begun in Hartford, and Spectra is at its very center. Once Hartford's grandest hotel, associated for decades with innovative design and celebrity style, this extraordinary new residential building will redefine a new tradition of urban living. Welcome to 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. Refurbished into modern apartments and renamed Spectra Boutique Apartments, this central fixture of the downtown revitalization plan positions itself once again as a keystone in connecting the Connecticut River to Constitution Plaza.

Entering the lobby is an experience in itself. With over 14 foot, soaring ceilings, your eye is drawn to the original exposed detailing, artfully reclaimed with a modern vision. The result is a dramatic environment that recaptures the true beauty and strength of a building steeped in history. The combination of the striking modern furnishings and lighting with the nostalgia of the existing marble staircase and other original elements add to the uniquely stunning design.

The first phase involved building out boutique living spaces on floors four through twelve and Live + Work city homes on levels two and three; all unique. The first three floors also create the impeccable amenities package Spectra residents will enjoy, including a 40+ seat movie theater, an indoor half basketball court, a 12,000-square-foot health/fitness center called Club RetroFIT and The Library a hub of relaxation. New heating, air-conditioning and ventilation systems were installed with efficiency in mind. Each studio, one, one + office, and two-bedroom apartment home will have contrasting European style cabinetry, stone countertops, Italian-made armoires in entryways and bedroom(s) built-ins to provide storage. Each apartment bathroom feels as if you've just stepped into a luxurious boutique hotel with spacious layouts and contemporary fixtures/finishes.

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