Where to Stay in Danbury: Hotel Zero Degrees

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The intriguingly named Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, Conn. offers a comfy/chic, convenient, and delightful place to stay. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The intriguingly named Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, Conn. offers a comfy/chic, convenient, and delightful place to stay. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Travelers with reason to visit Danbury, Conn. (right on the border of both Westchester and Putnam counties in New York) might look into a stay at Hotel Zero Degrees, which opened in the fall of 2016. This adventurer happens upon it thanks to a wedding invitation, and likes it so much I am certain to return. Here is what is memorable:

  • A modern, stylish décor with an environmental vibe. The lobby features plenty of seating, tables and outlets for those with electronic gadgets, and a fireplace. Natural lighting and easy segue to outdoor green space make this place very desirable. Look for green elements in the décor, too, like tree stumps painted silver that serve as tables. Corridors on upper levels feature sustainable carpet tiles (should the carpet become irreparably stained, only the damaged tiles will need replacement, not the entire carpet).

    Open space, natural lighting, a fireplace, and plenty of workspace and outlets are all part of the functional charm of Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, Conn. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

    Open space, natural lighting, a fireplace, and plenty of workspace and outlets are all part of the functional charm of Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, Conn. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

  • Woods, a fire pit, and an outdoor bar. Both my room and the lobby look out on the charming open-air bar and the woods beyond.
  • 114 comfy/chic rooms with plenty of well-placed outlets. The joy of a contemporary hotel is that it has been designed with today’s electronic needs in mind. That means great lighting on both sides of the bed and accessible outlets all over the place for phones, computers, whatnot. There is plenty of workspace as well as living area; a chaise lounge and a guest table make me wish I have more time to laze about here than I do.

    A guestroom at the boutique Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, Conn. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

    A guestroom at the boutique Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, Conn. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

  • Walk-in showers and waste-reducing bars of soap. ’Nuff said.
  • Free transportation! Shuttle service to locations in Danbury is provided at no charge.
  • Free breakfast! Coffee, tea, eggs, potatoes, breads, juices, and more are available for guests and can be eaten in an airy dining room that looks out onto the outdoor firepit lounge and the greenery beyond.
  • Terra, the onsite restaurant with a breadth of spirits. Friendly bartenders, a dazzling array of vodkas, whiskeys, gin, and other spirits combined with more great views tempt me to become a regular here.

    Terra restaurant at Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, Conn. is open for lunch, brunch, dinner, and cocktails. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

    Terra restaurant at Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury, Conn. is open for lunch, brunch, dinner, and cocktails. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

  • Reasonable prices. My visit is part of a wedding block; the room charge is $119 for the night plus tax.
  • A memorable name. Questioning the front desk about how the hotel came to be named, I am told that the staff tends to answer that inquiry by explaining that it is a moniker that visitors are likely to remember and that it implies a place to come in and get warm. And, indeed, this is a welcoming place.

Hotel Zero Degrees, 15 Milestone Road, Danbury, Conn. 06810

—Lori Tripoli

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