Albany, NY

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Albany featuring heritage architecture, a fountain and a lake or waterhole

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

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Albany
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Albany
3 out of 5
3 Watervliet Avenue Ext, Albany, NY
The price is ¥5,689 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Westgate Plaza and Westland Hills Park. University at Albany and Washington Park are also ...
2.2/5 (931 reviews)
"We were nervous to book when we read reviews but we had a great stay! The room was super clean, smelled clean, and had shampoo and soap. The front desk staff was friendly and helpful. The hotel was close by to laundry facilities, restaurants open late, and had easy highway access. Our room did have ..."

Reviewed on Oct 16, 2021

Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Albany
Hilton Albany
Hilton Albany
3.5 out of 5
40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY
The price is ¥15,933 per night from Nov 19 to Nov 19
Located in Downtown Albany, this hotel is steps from New York State Capitol Building and Albany City Hall. Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza ...
3.6/5 Good! (953 reviews)
"Bed was very comfortable. Staff was exceptional. We needed a ride to the Palace Theater and they provided one at no cost."

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2021

Hilton Albany
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown
2.5 out of 5
25 Chapel St, Albany, NY
The price is ¥12,747 per night from Nov 18 to Nov 18
Located in Downtown Albany, this hotel is steps from Albany Berkshire Ballet, Capital Repertory Theater, and Palace Theater. Albany City Hall and Albany Visitors ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (964 reviews)
"Convenient for walking tourists. But you can hear guests closing their doors."

Reviewed on Oct 24, 2021

Hampton Inn & Suites Albany-Downtown
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.
Pine Bush Suites Albany University
Pine Bush Suites Albany University
2.5 out of 5
1379 Washington Ave, Albany, NY
The price is ¥9,332 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from University at Albany and within 3 mi (5 km) of Colonie Center Mall and Crossgates Mall. Albany ...
3.6/5 Good! (324 reviews)
"Affordable price with good location next to SUNY Albany"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2021

Pine Bush Suites Albany University
CrestHill Suites SUNY University Albany
CrestHill Suites SUNY University Albany
3 out of 5
1415 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY
The price is ¥9,628 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 3
Situated in Albany, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of University at Albany, Albany NanoTech Complex, and SEFCU Arena. Westland Hills Park and Westgate ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,952 reviews)
"Bearing in mind the price per night, what one gets staying at CrestHill Suites is very decent. The place could use some upgrades, but overall, it is clean, the staff is very friendly and helpful, they clearly care about the place, and having a working kitchenette—even if it is looking a bit tired—is ..."

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2021

CrestHill Suites SUNY University Albany
Home2 Suites by Hilton Albany Airport/Wolf Rd
Home2 Suites by Hilton Albany Airport/Wolf Rd
3 out of 5
10 Metro Park Road, Albany, NY
The price is ¥12,519 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Colonie Center Mall, Northway Mall, and Pruyn House. Albany County Hockey Facility and Watervliet ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (374 reviews)
"The suite was Beautiful Front Desk Guy was so kind n Hospitable definitely gonna come back 5 star status💯"

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Albany Airport/Wolf Rd
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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