The Desmond Hotel

3 stars
View map of 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.3
out of 5
47 reviews
baseball cooperstown

not enough time to enjoy the hotel and all the amenities. See full review

  • gary s.
  • Jul 19, 2015
Desmond at Christmas

We always stay at the Desmond for Christmas. In particular, the members of the staff at great: warm... See full review

  • Single female traveller
  • Dec 30, 2014

Designed to resemble a colonial village, The Desmond Hotel provides the perfect blend of historical detail and high-tech amenities. Interior courtyards are filled with plants and flooded with light from a four-story atrium. Fountains and brick walkways emphasize the feel of a colonial streetscape, fitting with Albany’s history as a 17th century trading post. At the same time, up-to-date services include free Internet access and extensive business facilities with multimedia capability. On-site parking is complimentary at The Desmond Hotel.

Dining

Diners at The Hotel Desmond can indulge in traditional American fares for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the in-house Simpson’s Grille. After a full day, patrons sit back and unwind with refreshments and snacks at The Tavern on site.

Rooms

Elegant furnishings, handcrafted woodwork and original oil paintings are the features of all 322 guest rooms at The Desmond Hotel. Many rooms and suites include a private balcony overlooking two indoor courtyards. Suites feature four beds, wet bars and separate sleeping and living areas. All units have four beds, wet bar, work desk, Wi-Fi access, and separate sleeping and living areas. For the ultimate in privacy, space and luxury, choose from one of our unique and spacious two-story Duplex Suites. The room service is exceptional featuring classic selections from Executive Chef Michael St. John and his award-winning culinary team.

Property features

Guests at The Desmond Hotel take advantage of a billiard room, fitness center, Jacuzzi and indoor pool. Departure information from Albany International Airport is broadcast in guest rooms and the lobby. Fireplaces in the lobby, and The Tavern give guests a sense of warmth.

Highlights
  • Distinctive hotel design in the style of a colonial village
  • Indoor pool
  • Two-story duplex suites available
  • Complimentary airport shuttle and on-site parking

 

Nearby attractions
  • University at Albany – SUNY (3 mi/5.3 km)
  • New York State Capitol (6 mi/9.1 km)
  • Empire State Plaza (6 mi/9.2 km)
  • New York State Museum (6 mi/9.5 km) 
  • Times Union Center (6 mi/9.6 km)   

 

Business
  • Business center
  • 20,000 square feet of function space
  • Amphitheater hall with multimedia capability and seating for 100
Transportation
  • Adjacent to I-87
  • Albany International Airport (1 mi/2.1 km)
  • I-90 (3 mi/5.1 km)
  • Greyhound bus station (6 mi/9.9 km)
  • Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak station (7 mi/10.8 km)

 

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The Desmond Hotel Rooms

DELUXE - GUEST_ROOM
All 322 luxurious guest rooms feature hand-crafted woodwork, finely detailed fabrics, original oil paintings and elegant furnishings. Many of our rooms and suites offer a private balcony overlooking our two indoor, beautifully landscaped, all-season courtyards. Our elegant guest room suites feature four beds, wet bars, and separate sleeping and living areas. For the ultimate in privacy, space and luxury, choose from one of our unique and spacious two-story Duplex Suites. Each room is equipped with a writing desk and wireless internet. Our Room Service is exceptional featuring classic selections from Executive Chef Michael St. John and his award-winning culinary team. The Desmond guest rooms redefine comfort and luxury for full-service hotels. Elegant and sophisticated enough to impress the most seasoned travelers. Comfortable and casual enough to allow you to kick off your shoes and surf the Web or curl up with a classic novel.

Amenities

  • WiFi
  • Airport shuttle
  • Free parking
  • Indoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Elevators
Activities
Indoor pool
Fitness center or spa
Fitness Center
Dining
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Laundry service
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Gift shop
Internet
WiFi
Transportation
Airport shuttle
Parking
Free parking
Accessibility
Accessible Rooms/Facilities
Service dogs allowed
Accessible parking

Nearby points of interest

  • Times Union Center: 5.8 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
Walk into a room, stand on a stage, plug in your laptop, and talk to thousands. Advanced Conference Technologies define the meetings and conference facility at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center. Hold a meeting for 10 people in an executive board room or talk with thousands in our Town Hall meeting room with powerful capabilities to keep your message within its walls or transport your ideas across the globe. No other meeting and conference destination in the Capital District can match our technology or our commitment to providing seamless interaction between attendees.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
4:00 AM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

Ratings and reviews for The Desmond Hotel

Overall score

4.3 / 5
5.01.0
47 out of 47
Amenities:
4.2
Cleanliness:
4.4
Hotel staff:
4.6
Comfort:
4.3
Location:
4.5
Value:
4

98% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of The Desmond Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
gary s.
Business
N/A
Jul 19, 2015

baseball cooperstown

not enough time to enjoy the hotel and all the amenities.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Desmond Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Single female traveller
Business
N/A
Dec 30, 2014

Desmond at Christmas

We always stay at the Desmond for Christmas. In particular, the members of the staff at great: warm and welcoming.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Desmond Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
smart 1 mark
Business
Columbus ohio
Nov 7, 2014

good for business

Clean nice little dated. WiFi was good for work. Food and bar were nice.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Desmond Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
It's worth the trip
Business
nyc
Nov 3, 2014

Great Stay

Peaceful, Pleasant & Warm People. Comfortable bed. Clean environment.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Desmond Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Long Trip From North
Business
Holiday Inn Asheville - Biltmore West
Oct 23, 2014

The leisure trip

The hotel is an indoor english tudor style housing under one huge roof. You can enjoy 365 days inside of this hotel without any crazy weather. This hotel is a reminisced of english tudor.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Desmond Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Amanda Hug N Kiss
Business
Brooklyn
Oct 20, 2014

Something Different

I stayed at this hotel as part of a wedding party. I enjoyed my experience and was pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of the hotel. It's definitely not a "cookie cutter" hotel. I especially loved the indoor atriums that made you feel like you were outside with beautiful skylights. You could sit by the fountain and enjoy the little fish that would come to greet you. The rooms have a colonial feel to them which makes them a little dated but they are spacious and have everything you need. You can open the windows that look out to the atriums which is pretty awesome. For the price of this room I feel you get a great value.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Desmond Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Nowclouds
Business
Coronado, Ca
Oct 16, 2014

Home away from home

The answer is always yes! We travel miles out of our way just to stay here. The staff is delightful, unlike any other hotel in the area. A large hotel with a small town feel! We especially enjoy Edie, hostess in Simpsons Restaurant. Attitude is everything in this lovely hotel!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Desmond Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
SreyMysterious
Business
New York, NY
Sep 1, 2014

Nice Hotel

Great hotel right off the highway. We couldn't get a room in Lake George area for Labor Day weekend, and decided to stay an hour away to cut the cost of the pricy weekend. This hotel did not disappoint me at all. The room was nice, clean, and spacious. The bathroom is just a perfect size. I totally recommend this hotel if space and cleanliness concerns you.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Desmond Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
jodoughe
Business
White Plains, NY
Aug 27, 2014

Like a Country Inn

Like a country Inn in the middle of suburbia. Nice quiet atmosphere, clean rooms and a friendly staff.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of The Desmond Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Eveyln
Business
Virginia
Aug 19, 2014

Nice place

If you plan to stay at the Desmond, I'd like to recommend to request a room on the 3rd floor and parking lot view. It would be light and quiet. House keeping was wonderful! I stayed there for 5days, and I was impressed that every single day they keep the room very nice. Restraunts in the hotel is kind of pricy, and it took too long time.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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