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Empire State Plaza Convention Center

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Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY
Phone Number: (518) 474-4759
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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The rooms we had for our meetings were all adequate to very good. The main room we used sat our 1500 or so folks quite well. Around the central floor area, there are 2 rising... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Scranton, PA
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were here for a business event. The room itself was fine. It was terraced so everyone had a good view of the stage. The main issues we had were getting to the correct parking area and the lack of available food. The cafeteria was open for lunch but could only accommodate 200 of the 1,500 attendees. That was fine.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The rooms we had for our meetings were all adequate to very good. The main room we used sat our 1500 or so folks quite well. Around the central floor area, there are 2 rising levels of seating which made for great viewing of the stage and the big screens and yet, we were still all fairly close to the... More 

Thank bigfundman
Stony Point, New York
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24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Located downstairs, underground. The only problem was to enter and exit on the Washington Avenue side you had to go through metal detectors. To enter and exit on the Madison Avenue side you did not. Strange.

Thank Patty M
Derby, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We walked through this area on our way to the NY state museum. It wasn't particularly early and we all remarked how deserted it was. We almost felt like we were in some apocalyptic world where we were the only humans left. The long reflecting pool is impressive along with the modern art sculptures. The EGG was an interesting sight... More 

Thank clairelouise2014
Barto, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We were passing through Albany on our way to Vermont and decided to stop and check out the Empire Center. You can see this place from a distance from the highway and it dominates the Albany skyline. It's a huge complex of buildings with a large courtyard and reflecting pool. The entire place is made of different kinds of marble... More 

Thank dabauer1701e
Fort Pierce, Florida
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299 reviews
119 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

If you are considering a conversation in the area, don't decide until you see all that this center has to offer.

Thank Felicia B
Albany, New York, United States
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

It may have been state of the art at one time however could use some accessibility updates from the entry area to main floor. When attending functions where meals are served, there needs to be more space between tables for the wait staff to maneuver. Stage is visible to all and sound system adequate.

Thank Jacqui W
Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Highly unusual huge plaza with a long reflecting pool, with 4 tall towers that are very oddly not named! Very futuristic, especially the theatre called the EGG. The 42 story Corning Tower stands opposed to the EGG. The whole place is very striking. The state Capitol is across the street and years behind in more traditional and beautiful architecture .... More 

Thank Carol O
Isabela, Puerto Rico
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59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 via mobile

Our visit was on a Sunday so we didn't had the chance to see the indoors convention center. But the outside is very beautiful. Love the water feature. The view is awesome. On one end is the NY Museum & the other end is the Capital & in a corner the famous Egg. Free parking on Sundays. Overall: Great.

Thank abrosa
Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I needed to do some genealogy research on the 11th Floor of the Empire State Plaza because the records are not online. It was absolutely worth the time and effort to get to the records. I paid $10 to park for the day but got everything done in 2 1/2 hours. Follow the directions to the center very closely. There... More 

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