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Get to know the Empire State in Albany, New York

For a fascinating glimpse into America's industrial heyday, and to enjoy a surprising mix of cultural, historical and natural attractions, Albany deserves to be at the top of your East Coast travel list. The state capital's location on the storied Hudson River has heavily influenced its development through the years. Today, the river continues to feature prominently while providing a beautiful backdrop to a city that's studded with incredible, architecturally significant buildings and crisscrossed by networks of well-maintained trails and parks.


Traveling to Albany

Albany International Airport (ALB) is about 20 minutes from downtown, so you can easily and affordably take a taxi, hop on a bus or rent a car to get where you need to be. The airport offers a wide array of domestic flights, and airfare tends to be quite reasonable.

Getting to Albany by car is simple. From the east and west, Interstate 90 delivers travelers to various parts of the city. From the north and south, Interstate 87 is the route of choice for most.

If you'll be traveling by train, you'll arrive at the Albany-Rensselaer station, which is across the river in Rensselaer, NY. For bus travelers, there's a Greyhound station near the waterfront in downtown Albany. There's also very affordable Megabus service to and from New York City.


Yearly events of note

Tulip Festival

More than 100,000 brilliantly colored tulips bloom in and around Washington Park, where the May event is held. Simply seeing these incredible blooms is reason enough to attend, but there's more. In addition to performances by nationally recognized musicians, the festival boasts kids' activities, a wide array of food, contests and the decidedly decadent Royal Tulip Ball.


Things to see

New York State Museum

As the country's oldest and largest state museum, the New York State Museum is not to be missed. It houses a vast array of art, artifacts and eco-facts, and is a great way to get a strong sense of the history of the Empire State.

Corning Tower Observation Deck

Visit the 42nd-floor observation deck at the Corning Tower to not only enjoy views of the city but also to take in views of the Adirondack foothills, the Catskills and even the Berkshires, which are located in western Massachusetts. You'll feel like all of New York State is laid out before you.

Empire State Plaza

Nestled between the New York State Capitol Building and the New York State Museum, this plaza bustles with people throughout the day and well into the night. In the winter, the reflecting pool is turned into an ice rink that rivals the one at NYC's Rockefeller Center.

New York State Capitol

At the time it was built, the New York State Capitol was the most expensive government building ever constructed. It didn't just cost a fortune; construction took more than four decades, so it was a work in progress for some time. It was all worth it, though, as the building is one of the finest examples of 19th-century architecture in the United States and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1979.


Climate

Albany has a moisture-heavy continental climate that's characterized by very cold, snowy winters and hot, humid summers. During the course of a single winter, the city receives an average of 60 inches of snow. Annually, the city receives about 40 inches of rain, the majority of which falls from late spring through the middle of summer.


Best time to stay

To explore the city on foot, it's best to visit when the weather isn't too extreme. For milder temperatures and less precipitation, visit during the fall or spring. Hotel prices don't tend to fluctuate much throughout the year, so you can expect to enjoy reasonable rates throughout all four seasons. In general, hotels in Albany range in price from around $70 to upwards of $200 per night. Wolf Road hotels, which are just south of Albany Airport, tend to be the most affordable.

Recently booked Albany hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Ramada Plaza Albany 7 hours ago 3 stars $83
Cocca's Inn and Suites, Wolf Road
Albany Airport, Wolf Road
10 hours ago 3 stars $55
BEST WESTERN Albany Airport Inn
Albany Airport, Wolf Road
11 hours ago 3 stars $80
Days Inn & Suites Albany
Albany Airport, Wolf Road
12 hours ago 2 stars $51
Days Inn Albany SUNY
SUNY, University Area
13 hours ago 2 stars $56
Travelodge Inn and Suites Albany
Albany Airport, Wolf Road
15 hours ago 2 stars $55
BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel - Albany
SUNY, University Area
16 hours ago 3 stars $76
Red Roof Inn Albany Airport
Albany Airport, Wolf Road
18 hours ago 2 stars $74
74 State, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Downtown, Medical Center
1 day ago 3 stars $109
Extended Stay America - Albany - SUNY
SUNY, University Area
1 day ago 2 stars $94

Recently Rated Albany Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
74 State, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Downtown, Medical Center
3.8 / 5
10 reviews
3 stars $109
Holiday Inn ALBANY, NY - WOLF ROAD
Albany Airport, Wolf Road
3.7 / 5
44 reviews
3 stars $109
CrestHill Suites Albany
SUNY, University Area
4.0 / 5
69 reviews
3 stars $119
BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel - Albany
SUNY, University Area
3.4 / 5
62 reviews
3 stars $76
Residence Inn Albany Washington Avenue
5.0 / 5
1 reviews
3 stars $159
Albany Marriott
Albany Airport, Wolf Road
4.0 / 5
41 reviews
3 stars $139
Howard Johnson Inn - Albany
Albany Airport, Wolf Road
2.7 / 5
32 reviews
1 star $52
Holiday Inn Express ALBANY - DOWNTOWN
Downtown, Medical Center
3.6 / 5
38 reviews
3 stars $107
Hampton Inn Albany-Wolf Road
Albany Airport, Wolf Road
4.1 / 5
19 reviews
3 stars $107
Cocca's Inn and Suites, Wolf Road
Albany Airport, Wolf Road
2.7 / 5
140 reviews
3 stars $55

Albany hotels

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Featured Albany Hotels

From $92

1 Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown

3 stars
4.2 / 5 44 reviews

25 Chapel Street Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

Downtown hotel with award-winning restaurant near the capitol building Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown offers fresh, contemporary guest rooms and suites in neutral tones, with sharp... More

Great couple days for work
Staff was very friendly and thou there was a short wait to check-in they offered bottled water while I waited. Room was clean and there are some nice places to eat and have a drink after a long day.
Aug 9, 2014
From $119

2 CrestHill Suites Albany

3 stars
4.0 / 5 69 reviews

1415 Washington Avenue Map

FREE hot breakfast & FREE airport shuttle -details

SUNY Albany area hotel with studios and suites CrestHill Suites Albany is located at the University at Albany – SUNY, midway between downtown Albany and the airport. Adjacent Interstate highways... More

Weekend Trip
The rooms are huge! Basically a studio apartment... has everything you need. The beds are super comfortable. The staff could be a little more polite/helpful, other then that everything was fine.
Sep 8, 2014
From $93

3 Hilton Albany

3 stars
3.6 / 5 8 reviews

40 Lodge Street Map

Book 3 Nights, Get Last Night Free

Discover all that downtown Albany has to offer from Hilton Albany. Enjoy an excellent location in the heart of the Capital District, within walking distance of the New York State Capitol, Empire... More

Met All Expectations
Friendly staff, good location, and nice size rooms. Stayed here for business for 3 nights and it met all my needs. Will definitely stay here again.
Aug 28, 2014
From $109

4 74 State, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

3 stars
3.8 / 5 10 reviews

74 State Street Map

74 State, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, is located on historic State Street in the heart of Albany's business and entertainment districts. This full-service boutique hotel in downtown Albany... More

Spacious room near The Egg
My room was well appointed and huge - the bathroom alone was larger than some hotel rooms I've stayed in. Helpful friendly staff. Totally convenient to the Egg and Empire Plaza and government...
Sep 11, 2014
From $139

Contemporary downtown Albany suites with full kitchens TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albany Downtown/Medical Center features apartment-style suites with fully equipped kitchens. Bright colors and... More

Quick weekend trip
I stayed here with my fiance for a two day visit. We really enjoyed our stay here. The room was clean and comfortable. The staff was professional and friendly and went out of their way to make sure...
Sep 1, 2014
From $76

6 BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel - Albany

3 stars
3.4 / 5 62 reviews

1228 Western Avenue Map

Save 15% on your stay

Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel Albany! When staying at our Albany hotel, a trip to the Crossgates Mall is a must, whether youre here for an event at SUNY Albany (Albany University) or... More

Weekend stay
The best western was a nice little get a way for myself and my girlfriend. Good free breakfast. I would reccomend
Sep 8, 2014
From $114

7 Holiday Inn Express ALBANY WESTERN AVE UNIVERSITY

3 stars
4.4 / 5 44 reviews

1442 Western Avenue Map

Bright, contemporary guest rooms and free breakfast near UAlbany The Holiday Inn Express Albany – Western Ave University provides a comfortable, convenient stopping point for business and leisure... More

Great place to stay
We were greeted by a friendly face. Checkin was a breeze. The hotel was immaculate. Breakfast was great except the choices for a kosher diabetic were very, very limited. They had a gym, an indoor...
Aug 22, 2014
From $107

8 Holiday Inn Express ALBANY - DOWNTOWN

3 stars
3.6 / 5 38 reviews

300 Broadway Map

Free on-site parking, indoor pool and sauna in downtown Albany The Holiday Inn Express Albany-Downtown offers plentiful complimentary amenities close to the Hudson riverfront. A free breakfast... More

Convenient yet unpleasant location
For my needs, an overnight stay between train trips into and out of Albany, the hotel was just fine. However, it is hugged by a multi-level interstate on two sides, and parking lots and...
Sep 6, 2014
From $97

9 Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center

3 stars
3.9 / 5 27 reviews

62 New Scotland Avenue Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

Full-service hotel convenient to medical center and downtown Albany Several medical facilities are located within walking distance of the Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center. The nearby... More

Nice Experience
Immediate area if hotel is nice, but the areas about a mile away were pretty rough (we had to drive through them to get to the hotel) Otherwise it was clean and staff were nice and helpful. Parking...
Sep 1, 2014
From $89

10 Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area

3 stars
4.2 / 5 25 reviews

1389 Washington Ave. Map

Rate includes Breakfast

Chic, comfortable accommodation and free Internet access near UAlbany Business travelers at the Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area take advantage of the hotel's high-tech amenities such as secure... More

great one night stay
Arrived late on a Sunday night and our room was ready and waiting. Room was clean and very comfortable . Had a late dinner in the restaurant and all was good, everyone was real nice.
Jun 24, 2014
From $83

11 Ramada Plaza Albany

3 stars
3.2 / 5 55 reviews

3 Watervliet Ave. Ext. Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

Conveniently located off Interstate 90, this Ramada Plaza Albany is near Times Union Center, sightseeing, shopping, entertainment, the New York State Museum, the Albany Institute of History and... More

Ramada Experience
The hotel is quite run down, though the rooms are ok.
Aug 31, 2014
From $105

12 SpringHill Suites by Marriott Albany-Colonie

3 stars
4.3 / 5 12 reviews

8 California Avenue Map

Note: For GPS and mapping systems use 1351 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205. Prepare yourself for business or leisure at the only SpringHill Suites in the Albany area. Welcoming the New York Giants... More

Great staff
The staff were super friendly, the breakfast was VERY nice and the rooms were clean and spacious. The only thing we were disappointed in was the pool - very small.
Jul 13, 2014
From $107

13 Courtyard by Marriott Albany Thruway

3 stars
4.2 / 5 13 reviews

1455 Washington Avenue Map

Rate includes breakfast

Refresh your travel routine at Courtyard by Marriott Albany Thruway. Our lobby features inviting, flexible spaces to work or relax, free Wi-Fi throughout and easy access to the latest news, weather... More

Stop over
The great location and clean with very friendly staff. Worth spending the extra for the breakfast.
Jun 22, 2014
From $119

14 Fairfield Inn by Marriott Albany SUNY

3 stars
3.8 / 5 30 reviews

1383 Washington Avenue Map

Free breakfast and free Wi-Fi adjacent to SUNY AlbanyLocated near the University at Albany – SUNY campus, this two-star hotel offers complimentary breakfast, including Jimmy Dean breakfast... More

Lemons Turned Into Lemonade
Between a huge AAU basketball tournament going on across the street at University of Albany, graduation weekend for many local colleges and Memorial Day weekend, the hotel was slammed. Being there...
May 27, 2014
From $134

15 The Desmond Hotel

3 stars
4.2 / 5 39 reviews

660 Albany Shaker Road Map

Stay, Park and Fly

Today’s technology and an atmosphere of yesteryear in AlbanyDesigned to resemble a colonial village, The Desmond Hotel provides the perfect blend of historical detail and high-tech amenities.... More

Like a Country Inn
Like a country Inn in the middle of suburbia. Nice quiet atmosphere, clean rooms and a friendly staff.
Aug 27, 2014
From $139

16 Albany Marriott

3 stars
4.0 / 5 41 reviews

189 Wolf Road Map

Rate includes breakfast

Colorful, stylish gathering spaces and free Albany airport shuttleBright, colorful dining and gathering spaces and an outdoor patio make the Albany Marriott an ideal place to meet, relax or work... More

Perfect for RPI overnight
Very comfortable bed, lovely staff during check in. Shower need updating.
Sep 7, 2014
From $80

17 BEST WESTERN Albany Airport Inn

3 stars
3.3 / 5 158 reviews

200 Wolf Road Map

Save 20% on your stay

Economy accommodation at Albany airport with free breakfast and Wi-Fi Two miles from Albany International Airport, the Best Western Albany Airport Inn is centrally located between Albany and... More

Decent room, uncomfortable bed
We stayed here one night while waiting for a flight out of Albany. The room appeared quite clean and check in/out were easy. Our beds were uncomfortable--there was no cushion, only springs....
Aug 12, 2014
From $55

18 Cocca's Inn and Suites, Wolf Road

3 stars
2.7 / 5 140 reviews

2 Wolf Road Map

FREE CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

Albany hotel with nearby dining and shopping at Colonie Center Located across the street from Colonie Center mall, Cocca's Inn and Suites Wolf Road provides convenient access to a variety of... More

If all you need is 4 walls and a bed
Cocca's is a fairly run down motel. The positives: no one tried to break-in and the wifi and cable television were pretty good. The negatives: it is a very small room. They actually set the bed up...
Sep 13, 2014
From $124

19 Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport

3 stars
3.9 / 5 35 reviews

800 Albany Shaker Rd. Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

Stylish hotel at Albany airport with free Wi-Fi and outdoor patio Recently refreshed with chic gathering spaces and fashionable guest rooms, the Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport provides a... More

good location
Good location relative to the airport. Staff was helpful and free shuttle to the airport.
Dec 23, 2013
From $109

20 Holiday Inn ALBANY, NY - WOLF ROAD

3 stars
3.7 / 5 44 reviews

205 Wolf Road Map

Full-service Albany airport hotel with spacious guest rooms and suites Guest rooms and suites at the Holiday Inn Albany, NY – Wolf Road provide spacious accommodation for visitors to the Capital... More

tournament stay
The lobby and entrance has been updated. However when walking to your room you realize this was a motel and they just added a hallway. Inside windows looking into the hall. Felt like sleeping in a...
Sep 10, 2014