When you think of New York’s Hudson Valley, the first places that come to mind have names like Nyack, Tarrytown, and Yonkers. But don’t forget about the beautiful capital city of Albany—a place where the bustling streets of downtown fade into sleepy avenues of white-picket fences. A place where the state building looks like something George Washington Vanderbilt III would live in. A place where you’ll be welcomed by friendly locals like you are a long lost friend. Let Travelocity show you the best places to stay in Albany so your vacation to the Hudson Valley will be unforgettable.
Where to Stay in Albany
When you’re looking for suitable hotels in Albany, the downtown district is a great option. You’ll be within walking distance of more than enough nightlife, dining, and retail options, not to mention the proximity you’ll be to the New York State Capitol and the beautiful parks that sit on the banks of the Hudson River. Here are a few hotels to consider:
- Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown: Located between Monroe Street and Sheridan Avenue, this cozy hotel is perfectly situated in the middle of downtown. Start the morning off with a complimentary hot breakfast before making your way to the Empire State Plaza and checking out the New York State Capitol. The building looks more like the Vanderbilt Mansion than it does a state house. Tours are offered four times a day, Monday through Friday, and are well worth it. Keep an eye out for the ghost of a night watchman who’s known to roam the halls. After your day roaming around the capitol has come to a close, head back to the hotel and enjoy a meal at the on-site restaurant, Yono’s.
- The Desmond Hotel Albany: This brick hotel looks like it was built in the 1700s for one of the founding fathers. Though the fully-stocked koi pond in the center of the lobby courtyard is a good hint it wasn’t. When you book a stay here, you’ll have your choice of king guest rooms to presidential suites. And let us not forget to mention the award-winning restaurant, Simpsons. A nice filet mignon followed by a bowl of their delicious bread pudding will be just the thing to send you off to a sweet slumber.
- Best Western Albany Airport Inn: Few Albany hotels are closer to Albany International Airport (ALB) than this one. This place is perfect if you’re only planning on being in town for a couple of days on business. Or maybe you’re just passing through on your way to somewhere else in the “Empire State.”
- Ramada Plaza Albany: If you’re looking for an Albany lodging option that will stay below your budget line, this is the place for you. Wake up to a complimentary breakfast and then head down State Street, the main avenue that runs to the Albany waterfront. Check out the many shops and restaurants that line both sides of the street. Feel like enjoying a locally brewed beer? Stop into Druthers Brewing Company for a test flight consisting of the Fist of Karma Brown, All-In India Pale Ale, and Golden Rule Pilsner. And when you get hungry, you don’t even have to leave the brewery. They have an incredible menu featuring tasty dishes like a seven-cheese macaroni and cheese and a Cuban reuben.
You can’t just sit in your hotel room the entire trip. You’ve got to get out and enjoy the fresh air of Upstate New York. Get yourself a bike rental and cruise the Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail that runs adjacent to the Hudson River. Start off in Riverfront Preserve and make your way south to Corning City Preserve where “The Barge” Riverfront Bar and Grill is located. And like the name goes, it’s a lovely little restaurant that sits on a river barge.
If you listen closely, you can almost hear the capital city of the “Empire State” calling your name, drawing you in like the ancient sirens used to sing to sailors. But don’t worry, you won’t be experiencing a similar shipwrecked fate like those old mariners. You’ll experience a wonderful trip to Upstate New York. And when you book one of Travelocity’s cheap hotels near Albany, you’ll have plenty left in the bank for fun.