Stayed at the Desmond for 5 days during a business conference.
The service from the staff was excellent. I was very pleased by the way they attended to our needs.
Once you get accustomed to the layout of the hotel it's not too confusing, but got lost a couple of times on the first day. Every hall and corridor looks exactly the same. May be time to update the wallpaper.
Rooms and hallways have a musty smell that never receded no matter how much air freshened I sprayed or scented candles I burned.
Unfortunately, the food offered to the conference guests was inedible. The worst I ever tasted. But people who ate at the hotel restaurant seems to enjoy the food there.
Great location. Lots of stores, restaurants and malls nearby.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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- Desmond Americana
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