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5 Of the Best Hotels To Book When Visiting University at Albany (SUNY)

Enjoy Maximum Comfort & Amenities During Your Visit

The University at Albany (SUNY Albany) is a premier public research university in New York’s Capital Region that offers nationally recognized programs in a variety of fields.

Interested in touring the campus or visiting your college kid? There are many lodging properties in the surrounding area, and to help you choose the best, we've highlighted 5 hotels that feature comfortable rooms, top notch amenities, and great reviews. Best of all, most of them are within three miles of campus!

The Desmond Hotel: An Award-Winning Hotel with Modern Amenities

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For over 10 years, The Desmond Hotel has been voted the “Best Local Hotel” among all Albany hotels in the Times Union’s Best of the Capital Region awards. The hotel is located a short distance from Albany International Airport and approximately 3 miles from SUNY Albany, making it perfect for people who will be arriving by plane.

The Desmond Hotel has been a family-owned and operated property since 1974, and it combines an old world charm with modern amenities that appeal to business travelers and Albany visitors alike. There are 322 non-smoking guest rooms and suites, and each one includes daily housekeeping service, high-speed WiFi, a large writing desk, digital HD TV(s), a selection of coffee and tea, and more.

Not only that, but the hotel features an indoor heated pool, fitness center, billiards room, on-site restaurant, and a complimentary shuttle service within a three-mile radius of the hotel (additional fees for greater distances). Experience for yourself why The Desmond is an award-winning hotel!

Microtel Inn & Suites: Take Advantage of Great Savings for College Visitors

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At 5.1 miles from SUNY Albany, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Albany Airport in Latham is a little farther away than the other properties we’ve mentioned, but it’s a fantastic budget-friendly lodging option. The hotel offers clean and comfortable accommodations with a discounted in-house college rate, which ensures prospective students and visiting parents will have an affordable place to stay. (Contact them directly for the discounted rate.)

Each guest room at this pet-friendly hotel has been designed with your comfort in mind, and they come complete with thoughtful and modern amenities, including cozy Dream Well bedding, iron and ironing boards, full cable TV with high definition channels, free WiFi, and more. Plus, you can start each day with a free continental breakfast.

Courtyard Albany Thruway: Premier Accommodations Across the Street From SUNY Albany

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Get ready to rest and relax on luxury bedding at the Courtyard Albany Thruway. Many visitors choose this hotel as their home base during trips to SUNY Albany because it’s right across the street on Washington Avenue (approximately .2 miles from campus).

Guests at Courtyard Albany Thruway can look forward to flat screen TVs, ergonomic workstations, high-speed WiFi, and other excellent amenities in their room. Need to fuel up? Their on-site restaurant, The Bistro, offers delicious breakfast food in the morning, and then dinner, beer, and wine at night.

Hilton Garden Inn: Easy Walking Distance to Local Attractions & Restaurants

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The Hilton Garden Inn Albany / SUNY Area is located a short .4 mile from SUNY Albany and within walking distance to popular Albany attractions and dining options.

126 guest rooms are available at the hotel, and each one is equipped with a work desk, free WiFi, a personal hospitality center (microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker), and a plush mattress on your bed. There's also an on-site restaurant that serves both breakfast and dinner.

Hampton Inn: Beautifully Appointed Guest Rooms & Exceptional Service

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Hampton Inn Albany-Western Ave/University Area is located 1 easy mile west of the SUNY Albany Campus, and it’s a convenient lodging option for visiting college parents and other travelers. The hotel’s warm hospitality is second to none as Hampton aims to deliver value, consistency, and thoughtful service.

Accommodations include regular guest rooms and suites with many great amenities, from lap desks and flat screen TVs to mini-fridges and microwaves. During your stay, you will have free access to the fitness and business centers, and you can enjoy Hampton’s free hot breakfast every morning.

Make your visit to SUNY Albany easy by booking a room at one of these 5 hotels today!

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