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The Desmond Albany

3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   660 Albany-Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211
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Ranked #11 of 50 hotels in Albany
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
FML96A Cortland, New York
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Cortland, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Went for an American Legion Conference. Very pleasant experience. The room was very clean. Employees in all areas were willing to help and personable. The decor throughout is breathtaking. The Pond and Courtyard are beautiful. A site to behold.

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New York City, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I read mixed reviews of The Desmond prior to my arrival, and so was not sure what to expect. I was there on a business trip, a small sized conference for two nights. I was pleasantly surprised that the hotel was charming, clean and efficient. Front desk staff was perfunctory and efficient, not particularly unpleasant nor unpleasant. There was a... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently stayed here for a work conference. I must say if coworkers had not prepared me for the experience I would have been taken off guard. The ambiance is a mix of colonial and I think is meant to be charming. It obviously isn't my taste in decor, but if you can get past that you'll enjoy your experience.... More

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Clear Lake City, Texas
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I were here for 5 nights visiting family close by. The hotel is dated and I guess good for conventions or meetings. There is no safe or refrigerator in the room and should be a must for a deluxe hotel. The hotel is dark and yes it is period like, but to me it just needs modern... More

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DesmondAlbanyGM, General Manager at The Desmond Albany, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for your suggestions regarding amenities, all comments are reviewed weekly by our managers and play a major role in our decisions as we discuss upcoming room renovations. We are in the midst of implementing several changes already, and always appreciate hearing feedback from our guests! Tyler Desmond General Manager More

McLean, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My mom and I just got here a couple of hours ago. Me beings history nerd I found this hotel SO CUTE! It's like being in a 1800's town on the inside! My mom and I went to the bar she seemed to enjoy her drink but the food we order was not very good. The clams we got were... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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11 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a short stay at The Desmond and it was a stay that was very comfortable. I travelled with a large group of friends and due to various travel issues on the way we ended up checking in quite late. The staff on reception were very friendly and made us feel welcome the moment we walked through the doors.... More

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DesmondAlbanyGM, General Manager at The Desmond Albany, responded to this review

Dear Guest, It is truly rewarding when a guest recognizes our staff's efforts, and takes the time to share their enjoyable experience with us! We are very pleased to hear that everyone was friendly and welcoming to you, we have passed on your comments to our entire staff. We do hope that you will visit us again if you return... More

Syracuse, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Colonial style design and "village" style courtyard areas with skylights. Very well appointed rooms (though another Conference member had unfortunate experience of room near creaky elevator and soda/ ice machine). Food here is as reliably good as their staff.

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Hackensack, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I juat returned from a conference held at The Desmond. The location is great, right off the highway and very close to the airport. The hotel itself was very charming and welcoming! It had a cozy fireplace in the lobby and 2 beautiful courtyards that although enclosed, had skylights so it felt very open and airy. The hotel theme was... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
25 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've stayed at this hotel a couple of times in the past year or so, and enjoy it very much. The Desmond is an unusual hotel, with old world charm, set up primarily to cater to conferences, weddings, and other large events. The rooms form the perimeter of a large courtyard where trade shows, jobs fairs, and the like, take... More

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DesmondAlbanyGM, General Manager at The Desmond Albany, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are very happy to hear how much you enjoy our "old world charm" and character as opposed to chain hotels! The Desmond has strived for the past 40 years to be a comfortable retreat from the everyday - a unique experience for all of our guests. As an independent, family-owned property we appreciate positive feedback like yours... More

Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
7 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to both Desmond's (Malvern, PA and Albany) and they are consistent and good value. Better accommodations than the mainstream chains for about the same or slightly more. And with the Desmond, you get more value, especially with food where there are much better options than a Marriott, etc. Perfect for a one-night stopover on way to slopes in... More

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Additional Information about The Desmond Albany

Also Known As:
The Desmond Albany Hotel Albany
The Desmond Albany Hotel
Desmond Americana
The Desmond Hotel Albany
Desmond Hotel
Desmond Hotel Albany
Address: 660 Albany-Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211
Location: United States > New York > Albany
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 Business Hotel in Albany
#12 Family Hotel in Albany
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Desmond Albany 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Desmond is Albany's premier hotel and conference center in the heart of Tech Valley. The landmark hotel is conveniently located within minutes of the Albany International Airport (ALB) at the crossroads of I-87, I-90 and downtown Albany. The Desmond offers elegance and charm with contemporary comfort in a business friendly environment. Voted 2013 "Best Local Hotel" six consecutive years by the Times Union Newspaper readers. Discerning and seasoned travelers appreciate the hotel's modern amenities and smoke-free environment. The hotel offers 323 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites. Guests can choose from deluxe spacious accommodations; two queen beds or a California king bed option or executive, junior, duplex and presidential suites. Hotel amenities including: complimentary WiFi, complimentary parking and local/airport shuttle, on-site ATM, indoor pool with Jacuzzi, fitness center, 24-hour business center, room service, billiard room and gift shop. Our exquisite ballrooms and indoor atria are stunning venues for weddings, other social events and business meetings. The hotel offers over 28,000 square feet of attractive event space encompassing 22 function rooms and boardrooms. Guests of The Desmond enjoy an excellent choice of cuisine at three popular restaurants: Scrimshaw, a AAA Four Diamond-rated fine dining experience offering classical Continental cuisine, Simpson's Grille, casual dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner and The Tavern, an English pub complete with a sprawling copper bar, flat screen televisions and comfortable table seating for cocktails and lite fare. We invite you to be our guest. A one-of-a-kind hotel awaits you at The Desmond. ... more   less 
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