Hotel Review: The Lloyd, Stamford, Connecticut

A hotel guest prepares for a brief nap

By Jonathan Spira on 15 February 2021
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Writing a hotel review during a global pandemic is fraught with peril.  While I felt completely confident in my selection, I wouldn’t wish to cause someone to abandon all coronavirus safeguards and dive back into travel unnecessarily or with reckless abandon.  Then again, I also believe that the overwhelming majority of the magazine’s readers would not do this, so here goes.

The brand new Lloyd, Stamford is a new luxury boutique hotel that opened in early 2020, just in time for the pandemic-induced decline in travel.  It is on the site of the former Hotel Zero Degrees, which closed in 2019.  It’s part of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection, which launched in 2017. The Tapestry Collection, Hilton explains, is for travelers who want an “independent hotel experience” while having “the consistency and reassurance they expect from Hilton.”  It’s also pet friendly, a necessity during the pandemic as who wants to leave one’s canine companion behind during such times.

This sounded ideal and, since Stamford, Connecticut is only an hour from New York City, I was quickly on my way on a crisp fall morning, with Snickers the Wonderdog in tow, more literally, in the back seat of 2021 Cadillac XT5.

Before arrival, I used the Hilton Honors app to check in and was given my digital room key.  This made it unnecessary to stop by the reception desk, which had been fortified with bank-like Plexiglas partitions to separate guest from staff.

Once inside, but before we proceeded to the lift to get to our room on the fourth floor, Snickers discovered the doggie amenity bar.  The bar had a water station as well as a bowl full of rather enticing dog biscuits and Snickers took full advantage of what was offered.

A clear chart reminded guests of etiquette when using the lift and social distancing, suggesting using the stairs whenever possible.

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