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By a verified traveler on Fri 17 Aug 2018

Hotel Description

3.5-star Colonial hotel near University at Albany SUNY

In shopping district

Within 3 miles (5 km) of this hotel, you'll find Colonie Center Mall and Siena College. Watervliet Shaker National Historic Site and Pruyn House are also within 2 miles (3 km).

Free shuttle, parking

This hotel features a restaurant, an indoor pool, and a bar/lounge. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 24-hour business center, free WiFi in public areas, and free airport shuttle. Enjoy the fitness center and perks like free self parking.

Free Internet, LCD TVs

The 323 guestrooms boast modern comforts like LCD TVs with digital channels, along with free WiFi and free wired Internet. Other amenities include room service, coffee/tea makers, and free newspapers.

Room, 2 Queen Beds, Accessible, Non Smoking (Mobility, Roll-In Shower)

Bed Count 2 Queen Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
$89* Per night/room Dec 21 - Dec 22

Room, 1 King Bed, Accessible, Non Smoking (Mobility, Roll-In Shower)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible, Non Smoking (Roll-In Shower)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Room, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking (Leisure)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Executive Suite, 1 King Bed, Non Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Desmond Hotel Albany ratings based on 16 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
3.7 out of 5 3.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.0 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Desmond Hotel Albany

Everyone (10)
4 out of 5

Posted by on Apr 21, 2019

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5 out of 5

Posted by on Apr 13, 2019

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3 out of 5
Unfortunately my circumstances in having to stay here was because of my mom passing away. I just felt like the woman I spoke with to book the room was less then cordial. I had no idea at the time fhey charge you a 75 dollar non refundable fee for us to bring our dog because we had no other options for her. They advertise pet friendly. No refrigerator, charging my card 30 dollars in case we went to the bar/restaurant, I’m hoping gets refunded. Room was clean, but for the money I guess I was expecting much more then what the room had.

Posted by , from Ma on Oct 29, 2018

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4 out of 5

Nice hotel, rooms outdated.

No safe in room...hallway carpets were dirty and need replacing.

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018

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5 out of 5
Great hotel close to airport. Nice sheets. Free parking

Posted by , from cooprtstown, ny on Jul 9, 2018

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4 out of 5

Wonderful - had a great time

Pros: I liked everything about this hotel with the exception of the tendency to become disoriented to surroundings.
Cons: I would recommend more obvious directional signs, but that would take from the historical atmosphere.
Location: I was so comfortable and content with the services provided I did not venture outside very much, but I loved the snow-covered grounds.
A little misunderstanding about airport shuttle. Had to take taxi. Once there, wonderful food in Tavern and Simpson's Resturant. Rooms large and pleasantly furnished. Staff Excellent - helpful, courteous, friendly, and quick to offer assistance. Once shuttle misunderstanding resolved, staff went well above and beyond what was expected of them. I would definitely recommend the Desmond Hotel and Suites to anyone for any need as they are prepared to meet any need. The facility is quite large and one can easily become lost if not paying attention to surroundings at all times.

Posted by , from Albany, New York on Jan 8, 2018

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1 out of 5

They need to know where concerts are!

Food was the worst I've had, ever! Wine was bad as well!

Posted by on Dec 30, 2017

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4 out of 5

Ok but location of room was near smokers entrance

Only issue was the room was right near the exterior entrance and smokers and partiers gathered outside

Posted by on May 8, 2016

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5 out of 5

Close to shopping and the activities in Albany

I have stayed at the Desmond before and always enjoyed my stay. We also enjoyed the restaurants .

Posted by on Oct 26, 2015

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4 out of 5

25 minutes from Saratoga

Pros: Liked the grounds, rooms, layout, ambiance.
Cons: Carpet in hallways needs replacing. Ice machine on my floor was closer to the airport than my room.
Location: Horse racing in Saratoga end of July thru Labor Day
Stayed here over the weekend to attend the races at Saratoga. Great location right off the highway. Rooms were comfortable, staff was very friendly and accomodating. We got there early on Friday, rooms weren't ready yet, they let us check our bags before we went up to the track. We had adjoining rooms, they even brought up a small refrigerator for the room to keep our perishables in. We had rooms facing the inside courtyard, it's like looking out on a street in a small village, very cool. Prices were reasonable, overall in good shape. Maybe the hallway carpets could use replacing, somewhat stained. Will stay there again when we go back up next year.

Posted by , from Avon, CT on Aug 4, 2015

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About the The Desmond Hotel Albany

Location 660 Albany Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211

Renovations + Closures

The property will be renovating from 24 October 2019 to 01 November 2020 (completion date subject to change). The following areas are affected:

  • Business center
  • Hallway
  • Meeting facilities
  • Parking area
  • Select guestrooms

Renovation work will only be conducted during business hours. Every effort will be made to minimize noise and disturbance.

Property Features

The Desmond Hotel Albany offers its guests an indoor pool and a fitness center. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. There's an onsite 24-hour business center. Event space at this hotel measures 28,000 square feet (3 square meters) and includes a conference center. A terrace, a vending machine, and a garden are also featured at the business-friendly The Desmond Hotel Albany. A roundtrip airport shuttle is free (available 24 hours). Free self parking is available. This 3.5-star Albany hotel is smoke free.

  • 323 guestrooms or units
  • 4 levels
  • 28,000 sq ft of conference space
  • 3 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1974
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Conference center
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Dry cleaning
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-in
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Wedding services available
  • Pool or billiards table
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor picnic space
  • Newspapers in lobby (free)
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Indoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Long-term parking (surcharge) , Free self parking


  • Airport: Albany, NY (ALB-Albany Intl.) (2.3 km / 1.4 mi)
  • Property shuttles: Free airport shuttle
  • Parking: Free self parking; extended parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

The Desmond Hotel Albany offers 323 air-conditioned accommodations with safes and complimentary newspapers. 32-inch LCD televisions come with premium digital channels. Bathrooms include bathtubs or showers, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • LCD television
  • Digital channels
  • Premium channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Bathtub or shower
  • Cribs (free)
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Newspapers (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 6:30 AM to 11 AM.

Simpson's - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Tavern - This gastropub specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch and dinner. Happy hour is offered. Open daily.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an indoor pool and a fitness center.

  • Golfing nearby


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them in the special requests field on the booking page after selecting your room.

  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage

Hotel Policies


  • Minimum check-in age is: 18

Special check-in instructions:

24-hour airport shuttle service is available on request. Fees may apply. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Airport transportation is offered on request 24 hours a day. Fees may apply. Please make arrangements in advance by contacting the property.


  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 10.0 per night.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets: USD 75 per accommodation, per stay, plus a deposit of USD 100 per stay
  • Only dogs and cats are allowed
  • Maximum 1 per room (weight limit: 40 lbs)
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation


Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

  • Only service animals are allowed
  • Service animals exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • 24-hour check-in


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10.00 and USD 20.00 per person (approximately)
  • Extended parking fee: USD 10 per day
  • Pet deposit: USD 100 per stay
  • Pet fee: USD 75 per accommodation, per stay
  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 10.0 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

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  • Desmond Albany
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  • The Desmond Hotel Conference Center
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You should know

  • The Desmond Hotel Albany offers transfers from the airport. Please contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation with your arrival details prior to travel.
  • Registered guests are the only ones allowed to be in guestrooms.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.
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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.