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The Desmond Hotel Albany
Ranked #9 of 50 Hotels in Albany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Excellent and unique”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2004

I don't know how useful this review will be for the average guest but here goes...

I got married at the Desmond (ceremony, reception and two night stay) and the service was excellent, the accomodations were great and the hotel itself is a unique experience. Anything I needed or wanted was provided right away.

The bar is great. It has a mix of comfortable couches and chairs and wooden bar stools and tables. The bartenders are friendly, knowledgable and professional. Actually, the entire staff was like that.

The rooms themselves were a little ordinary (except for the suites). There was also an odd smell most likely caused by the indoor pool and live plants. Otherwise, no complaints.

  • Stayed October 2004
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Lenox, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2004

I just came from a conference that was held at the Desmond Hotel. What a chaming, lovely place. No signs of construction. I would stay again. This place would be double the price if it were near a tourist destination. The interior of the buiding looks like a Colonial Street. Everyhing was clean. The restaurants were great. Highly recommend.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2004

Stayed two nights at the Desmond in June of 2004. The Desmond offers large, clean, well-appointed rooms for the price. But beware, this hotel caters heavily towards the conference business, I was staying there for a conference. So this might not be the ideal place for the quiet getaway or family vacation.

Rooms either have an inside view to the colonial themed (think Williamsburg) atriums or an outside view. The noise level on inside rooms can get a little loud at times, and the lack of natural sunlight entering the room in the morning can feel a bit odd vs. the outside rooms.

The Desmond could have earned 4-stars had the staff not be rather indifferent at the front-end.

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Property: The Desmond Hotel Albany
Address: 660 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211-1056
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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:
#1 Green Hotel in Albany
#8 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 Hotel 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 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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