From the outside, Hotel Zero Degrees in Danbury has the look of a ski lodge. The 30,000-plus-square-foot building’s striking exterior features large, exposed wooden beams that give off a modern country feel. Despite being mere minutes from Interstate 84, near the busy Connecticut and New York border, the new building is nestled in a quiet wooded area that wouldn’t feel out of place in Vermont.
Inside the boutique hotel, however, the atmosphere is less country retreat and more cosmopolitan chic with a modern decor reminiscent of upscale New York City lodgings. The lobby has the feel of a comfortable lounge with plenty of seating options and expansive windows that let in lots of natural light and look out at the wooded area behind the hotel. The hotel is also home to Terra of Danbury, a fittingly chic restaurant run by Z Hospitality, a restaurant group that manages several other successful Connecticut eateries.
Hotel Zero Degrees
15 Milestone Road, Danbury
The 114-room boutique hotel, which opened in late November, is designed to attract a mix of business people, travelers and locals drawn to the restaurant and more than 3,500 square feet of event space the hotel offers. It is the third hotel opened by RMS Companies, a Connecticut-based hotel and property management company. Zero Degree hotels opened in Stamford in 2009 and Norwalk in 2013. The company is also scheduled to reopen Hartford’s historic Goodwin Hotel this spring. Though that hotel will keep its historic terra cotta facade, the interior will be updated to remain consistent with the company’s modern style and sensibilities.
Randy Salvatore, chief executive officer of Developer RMS Companies, says Danbury was chosen as a new Hotel Zero Degrees location because “the corporate and residential growth over the past few years in this area of Connecticut has been astounding.” He adds, “We are looking forward to providing accommodations for business and leisure travelers.”
The hotel features rooms with one king bed, rooms with two queen beds and suites that are available for extended stays. Each room has an open layout with ample working, lounging and sleeping space, with oversized showers in the bathroom and tubs available upon request.
Rooms in early March ranged from $139 (double queen) to $249 (executive suite), but prices fluctuate. Kristen Cognetta, a member of the hotel’s sales team, says the venue has seen a lot of business guests during the week and many wedding parties and wedding guests on weekends. “There’s really nothing like this hotel in the area,” Cognetta says. “It’s probably long overdue.”
Another selling point is the restaurant. The original Terra restaurant opened in Greenwich in 1991 and remains a successful establishment on Greenwich Avenue. Z Hospitality group has since opened seven additional restaurants in the area, including Terra of Danbury. In Danbury, Executive Chef Albert DeAngelis has created an intriguing menu based off Northern Italian cuisine. Highlights from a recent tasting included goat cheese blintz, served with marinated beets, baby arugula and roasted walnuts, eggplant parmigiana and tiramisu. The restaurant also features craft cocktails, a wine list with more than 100 varieties and solid beer options.
In the warmer months, both the restaurant and hotel will add outdoor seating on a large patio overlooking the lawn and woods behind the restaurant. These outdoor spaces will create another place where guests can enjoy country charms with a cosmopolitan vibe.