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“A stay worth mentioning” 5 of 5 stars
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The Desmond Albany
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   660 Albany-Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211   |  
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Ranked #18 of 51 Hotels in Albany
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Troy, New York
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“A stay worth mentioning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

My wife and I stayed at The Desmond for a little time away from the real world. Originally, we had planned on going away but our financial standing just would not allow it at this time. From the time we checked in to the time we left, I must say that our little time away from home was well spent at the Desmond.

Service was key to our stay as we felt that the staff throughout the hotel was more than what we had expected. It seemed like at every wrong turn, their was someone asking if we needed help. This was a major plus since the hotel is very large and we had gotten lost quite frequently.

The hotel offers shuttle service to all their guests and we were able to dine outside the hotel and even take in a movie. The bell hops also serve as drivers which I found quite interesting..

Our stay was short but the ambiance of the hotel and the great staff made our getaway a success.

Room Tip: Rooms are very clean although the furnishing can use a little updating. We had a room with a King be...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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 of 5 stars
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Oakisland
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43 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Located within a mile of the airport, the Desmond Hotel is a large full service property that is very busy hosting meetings and large and small groups. The hotel is quite experienced at meeting the needs of large functions. A particular strength of the hotel is the quality of service and food that is offered overnite attendees when they stay at the hotel. If you are willing to pay the price, the hotel is very convenient to the airport for single or multiple night stays for those in town for business. The hotel offers shuttle services upon request. Having stayed at the hotel over 20 times for meetings, I was never disappointed.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nyack, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

This hotel was a great value. Clean and updated rooms made to look like Colonial America. Rooms face the courtyard indoors and it looks and feels like a village. Used the work out room and swam in the indoor pool. Also used the whirlpool spa...worked great. And all were clean and a pleasure to use. But the best part was the restaurants...Scrimshaw ( fine dining at it's best ) and from appetizer to soup to entree to dinner...unreal...the best New England clam chowder ever ! Simpson's and The Tavern...both great places for food. And the service...top notch. Will definitely stay here again if traveling to Albany and areas nearby. Mr. Frank Rivera...director of restaurants...you deserve a lot of credit for managing and running great restaurants. A great experience all around.

Room Tip: Ask for any room facing the indoor courtyards.....a great look. Not noisy even with events going on...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stanfordville
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6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We often take an early Christmas morning flight from the Albany Airport and find the Desmond an excellent sleep the night before. The rooms are spacious and clean with the morning in room coffee several notches above the usual. Staff is efficient and friendly. We leave our car there while we are gone knowing that it will be looked after. When we arrive back an early call from the airport gets the snow cleaned off!! The restaurants are well staffed and the food is excellent. We had a first - fried calamari in garlic sauce. Yummy

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burlington, Vermont
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I was intrigued by the courtyard of the hotel, which is made to look like an old-fashioned town. We had a nice-sized room with a pull-out couch for my son. My whole family slept amazingly well, even my small baby.

We had trouble starting our car in the morning because it had been very cold overnight. A member of the hotel staff was extremely helpful. He stayed with us a good fifteen minutes - out in the bitter cold - figuring out what was wrong and helping us on our way. He went above and beyond, in terms of service.

Great, great place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the Desmond for a wedding reception. The hotel was very interesting. It had two inner courtyards decorated like Colonial era town squares complete with some relics from the time and flags and signs. Our room had a four poster bed and great decor. The only negatives were the pool was closed for maintainance when we tried to go there. Also the hotel had a strange musty smell.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Elba, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Very nice stay recently at the Desmond. If you are traveling for business this is the premier hotel in Albany NY area. I attended a convention at the Desmond and wow did they go all out. Service was extraordinary and management made sure that all needs were taken care off. Rooms were very well decorated and room service was super. If eating in make sure you save room for the Bread Pudding for dessert. Can't wait to stay again!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 660 Albany-Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211
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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 Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Albany
#9 Family Hotel in Albany
#10 Business Hotel in Albany
#10 Romantic Hotel in Albany
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Desmond Albany 3.5*
Number of rooms: 322
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Desmond Hotel is conveniently located at the entrance of the Albany International Airport (ALB), adjacent to shopping on Wolf Rd and minutes from downtown Albany via I-87 and I-90. As Albany's premier hotel and conference center, The Desmond is an independent, family owned and operated property that is proud to celebrate over 40 years of providing superb accommodations, outstanding service and a one-of-a-kind experience. Deluxe accommodations await with 322 guest rooms and suite options including king size four-poster beds, double queen beds, executive suites, junior suites and spiral staircase duplexes. The hotel offers exceptional dining choices in our casual, sophisticated Simpson's Grille and The Tavern, an English pub. Modeled after a colonial village square, our two indoor courtyards feature mock storefronts, brick pathways, a koi pond, beautiful fountains, and balconies that overlook our year-round landscaping. Together with our elegant ballrooms, these indoor courtyards provide a gorgeous and unique backdrop for weddings and galas. Versatile facilities, award-winning food, and personal service make the hotel an exceptional venue for meetings and conferences. We invite you to experience The Desmond. ... more   less 
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