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Albany, NY
Travel Guide

Come to New York’s capital to marvel at architectural achievements, shop in funky stores or enjoy fine parks and museums.

As the legislative capital of New York, Albany instantly demands respect. However, the city offers more than simply politics. It also has a thriving arts scene, an eclectic mix of restaurants and several historical gems.

Visit Empire State Plaza to admire strikingly modern government buildings and see politics in action, with occasional peaceful demonstrations by concerned citizens. In summer enjoy free concerts or the spectacular July 4th fireworks.

Look beyond the square in any direction to notice how the architecture takes on an older style. Albany was first settled by the Dutch in 1614 and is one of the oldest continually chartered cities in the United States. Walk to State Street to admire 19th-century homes or pay a visit to City Hall, a fine example of Romanesque architecture.

Summer is the best time to enjoy Albany’s well-kept green spaces. Visit Corning Preserve and stroll along the Hudson River or head to Washington State Park. A playhouse within this park holds regular free concerts and theater productions.

When winter cold arrives, explore the city’s museums. New York State Museum features varied exhibitions including Birds of New York and the floating Day Peckinpaugh canal boat. Albany Institute of History and Art also has excellent exhibits, such as the Hudson River school paintings.

For shopping, head to Lark Street, known as "Albany’s Greenwich Village," where you’ll find alternative, boutique stores with one-of-a-kind jewelry and contemporary art. This popular student area has many good restaurants and bars. Finish off a day’s shopping with Buffalo wings and a variety of local craft beer.

Visit in June for the week-long Capital Pride LGBT festival or September for the larkFEST, New York’s largest one-day street festival.

Most of Albany’s major sights are within easy walking distance. Public buses serve a broad area throughout the city and beyond.

Fly to Albany International Airport or drive 2.5 hours north from New York City. Albany offers access to the four seasons in New York’s upstate area, with Adirondack Mountain skiing and summer hiking just two hours away.

Where to stay in Albany

Top Hotels in Albany

Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area
Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area
3 out of 5
1389 Washington Ave, Albany, NY
The price is $88 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

Situated in Albany, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from University at Albany SUNY and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Crossgates Mall. Times Union Center and Albany Capital ...

4.3/5Excellent! (995 reviews)

"Parking garage, quick and easy check in, spacious rooms"…"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn Albany/SUNY Area
Hilton Albany
Hilton Albany
3.5 out of 5
40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY
The price is $101 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

Located in Downtown Albany, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of New York State Capitol Building and Times Union Center. The Egg and Palace Theater are also ...

3.7/5Good! (990 reviews)

"Very good hotel to stay and it follows covid 19 regulations promptly."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Hilton Albany
Tru By Hilton Albany Airport, NY
Tru By Hilton Albany Airport, NY
2.5 out of 5
798 Albany Shaker Road, Latham, NY
The price is $76 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27

Situated in Latham, this golf hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Colonie Center Mall, Crossgates Mall, and University at Albany SUNY. Times Union Center and The ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (261 reviews)

"I loved everything from friendly and accommodating staff to clean well organized facility, quiet environment etc. Everything was great except for my personal need, I wanted microwave in the room. I had to come to the lobby every time to use microwave. However, not everyone would need that like I ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2021

Tru By Hilton Albany Airport, NY
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Albany

Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center
Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center
3 out of 5
39 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY
The price is $104 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Located in the heart of Albany, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Northway Mall and Colonie Center Mall. University at Albany SUNY is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (592 reviews)

"Clean, well maintained hotel with kid staff...one down side was there didn’t seem to be enough parking compared to hotel size."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center
CrestHill Suites SUNY University Albany
CrestHill Suites SUNY University Albany
3 out of 5
1415 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
The price is $62 per night from Mar 18 to Mar 19

Situated in Albany, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Albany NanoTech Complex and University at Albany SUNY. Colonie Center Mall and Crossgates Mall are ...

3.9/5Good! (1,830 reviews)

"I liked the location and cleaniness. I didnt like that they had no complimentary breakfest or at least coffee."…"

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2021

CrestHill Suites SUNY University Albany
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albany Downtown/Medical Center
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albany Downtown/Medical Center
2.5 out of 5
22 Holland Ave, Albany, NY
The price is $110 per night from Mar 26 to Mar 27

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Albany Law School and Albany Medical Center. Empire State Plaza Convention Center ...

4.3/5Excellent! (391 reviews)

"Personally parking should be free at this property."…"

Reviewed on Feb 8, 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albany Downtown/Medical Center
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Albany

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5 - Excellent 22.422062350119905%
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4 - Good 51.199040767386094%
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3 - Okay 22.54196642685851%
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2 - Disappointing 2.4580335731414866%
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1 - Terrible 1.3788968824940049%

4/5 - Good

Bernardo

Jun 2, 2020

The people is nice

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 19, 2020

I was there on business for NYSDOT with no time to sight see.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 13, 2020

I'm in Albany on business often and love the area.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 4, 2020

It was okey not much to see

4/5 - Good

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Apr 1, 2020

Did some lovely walks in the parks.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Mar 23, 2020

Stay at this place for a few days the laundry room and of itself had two broken dryers they had two washers only which most of the time you couldn't even use because other people's laundry i

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