If I go to Saratoga during August, I usually end up booking last minute. The friends I go with often stay at the Holiday Inn Express on Western Ave., which is really a top notch place. Last August (2013) I made a last minute reservation and figured I'd try to save a few bucks while staying at a decent place. The Extended Stay American - Albany - SUNY - isn't far from Western Ave., and it was getting 4 out 5 in Trip Advisor reviews. Once I completed my stay there, however, I could not figure out why it would be rated so highly.
The room I was assigned to was close to an exit and echoed when people tromped up the stairway next to it. The room had an overwhelming smell of mold and mildew. I asked whether I could move rooms. While the front desk people could not have been nicer, they also said the hotel was full and that I couldn't move. The person at the front desk was kind enough to give me a giant container of Febreze to try and neutralize the smell. Unfortunately, it did not work. And the smell stayed the entire weekend. I just figured I'd deal with it since I was spending most of the day outside the room, and finding another similarly-priced hotel on short notice would be pretty difficult.
There were entrance ways to the hotel from different parts of its parking lot, but I chose only to go in the front entrance and park as close to the front entrance as I could. The lighting in the back parking lot was either not functioning well or no-existent, and I didn't feel like jeopardizing my safety just for the sake of getting a good spot.
The architecture of this place makes it look like it was converted over from a garden apartment complex. Its just not that nice looking.
I've stayed at other Extended Stay America properties that were much cleaner, more modern and priced reasonably. Again, the front desk people were very nice, but next time I'm in Albany, I'll probably spend a few more dollars to get a better place to stay.
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