Albany, NY

Travel Guide
Albany
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

Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown
2.5 out of 5
25 Chapel St, Albany, NY, 12210
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $98 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$98
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Albany. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,023 reviews)
"Cool place"

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown
Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center, an IHG Hotel
Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
39 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY, 12205
Fully refundable
The price is $144 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$144
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Albany. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (846 reviews)
"The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The hotel needs to replace some of the room furniture; it is a bit tattered and worn."

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center, an IHG Hotel
Homewood Suites by Hilton Albany
Homewood Suites by Hilton Albany
3 out of 5
216 Wolf Rd, Albany, NY, 12205
The price is $122 per night from Feb 12 to Feb 13
$122
per night
Feb 12 - Feb 13
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Albany. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (756 reviews)
"Pool was closed for repairs. Nearest elevator was closed for repairs. Other than those two things, my stay here was heavenly."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2023

Homewood Suites by Hilton Albany
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.
❣️Historic, Spacious & Fun 2BR Apt @ Downtown Albany
❣️Historic, Spacious & Fun 2BR Apt @ Downtown Albany
Albany, NY
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Albany. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a porch. Popular attractions Irish American Heritage Museum and MVP Arena ...
4/5 Very Good! (12 reviews)
Nice little res
"We came for the rodeo!! The place was perfect, so clean and so close to the arena!!"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

❣️Historic, Spacious & Fun 2BR Apt @ Downtown 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, 12209
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Albany. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (471 reviews)
"Nice and clean room. only issue was there was no working fan in the bathroom and the showerhead wasn't the best. otherwise the hot tub was nice. breakfast was simple but good for a free breakast"

Reviewed on Jan 27, 2023

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Albany Downtown/Medical Center
Lux Designer Studio  near Time Union and Capitol
Lux Designer Studio near Time Union and Capitol
Albany, New York
Stay at this apartment in Albany. Enjoy a garden, a patio, and a TV. Popular attractions New York State Executive Mansion and New York State World War II Memorial ...
Lux Designer Studio near Time Union and Capitol
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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