Saturday night stay, Bed and breakfast package, gift from Christmas 2011. The good. Older property very well maintained. Room was nicely done with attractive wallpaper, a four poster bed, and clean carpeting (important, not often found). Common areas also attractive, inside courtyards (2) looked appealing. Desk clerk was in training and did not know how to do a gift card, but she and her mentor were friendly. Close to the airport but never heard any aircraft. The Not So Good. Ate breakfast in Simpsons Restaurant to use the breakfast credit, and boy is it expensive. $37+ for two dishes and coffee that runs half that at Denny's and not a bit better, the coffee was 3.50 each and was absolutely the worst we have ever had. Never found the Bar, didn't ask anyone, but I guess it's well hidden unless it was in the area being used for a private holiday party and off limits to the rest of us. As I said the room was beautiful, but there was no hotel information packet, nor any pen/paper. A first for me in 40 years of hotel stays. Only 2 towel set-ups in the bathroom, usually there are 3 or 4, the hot water in the shower had that little hot flash thing going on about every 30 seconds or so, and if you've ever been on a cruise ship that had a shower curtain that billowed into the tub, you are right at home here. Mattress so-so. None of these are game breakers except the breakfast and coffee though.
- 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 2014 "Best Local Hotel" seven 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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