This article is sponsored by the Albany Marriott.
The Albany Marriott has been transforming itself over the past year with renovations so extensive you might not even recognize this 31-year old Wolf Road establishment anymore. Through a $15 million renovation plan, improvements have been made to the interior and exterior, and just wait until you hear about the new technology upgrades!
An Impressive, Large-Scale Renovation
While spending $15 million on upgrades was not originally the plan (the initial budget was $8 million), the hotel realized they needed to go big or go home if they wanted to compete with and stand out against other prominent hotels in the area. In addition to new plumbing, new air conditioning units, and showers, the additional spend allowed them to update new brickwork on the outside of the building, outside landscaping, and renovations in all the guest rooms, the public spaces such as the Great Room and bar area, as well as the meeting spaces.
Updated Rooms, Bathrooms & Public Spaces
Each of the 360 guest rooms have received new beds, paint, carpet, lighting, window treatments, and entertainment systems that include Netflix and the latest WiFi technology. All the rooms with two double beds have been replaced with queen beds, the bathrooms have new showers, trim, and tile that has been imported from Italy.
When you stay at the Albany Marriott not only are you guaranteed the most comfortable and up-to-date accommodations in the rooms, you’ll find all the public spaces have been given major touchups as well. The Great Room, the bar area, the lobby, the common areas, the corridors, and 16,000 square feet of the meeting rooms have all received substantial renovations.
In addition to all the upgrades and improvements, the hotel has added personal touches to reflect the Albany area. You’ll find subtle nods to the Capital Region throughout the hotel, including a striking black and white photo of the Albany skyline above each queen bed headboard.
Event & Meeting Spaces That Cater to Your Every Need
When it comes to meeting and event spaces, the Albany Marriott really goes above and beyond, as befitting Albany’s second largest hotel – 16,ooo of its nearly 30,000 square feet of event space was renovated. The largest of these rooms is 10,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 1,400 people; it can also be divided into eight separate rooms.
You’ll certainly have your pick when it comes to which event space is right for your situation, as all that event and meeting space can be broken down into 17 different spaces. And, the Albany Marriott is equipped with a skilled staff that is experienced with handling a wide range of events.
The hotel holds conferences, seminars, weddings, nonprofit and fundraising events, and much more. Many local organizations trust the Albany Marriott to handle their most important events. For instance, the South Advocacy Association welcomes over 750 people to their annual conference at the hotel.
And remember that technology upgrade we hinted at?
Incredible Mobile Technology to Make Your Stay or Event Even Better
When you stay at the Albany Marriott and make use of their innovative app you’ll be able to track your reservation, remotely check into the hotel, and inform the desk of when you’re arriving, so that when you get to the hotel you can simply show your ID to pick up the key; there will be no fussing around with your credit card.
In fact, by January 1st when the final changes should be complete with the app, you won’t even need a room key. Your phone will be able to act as your key, as long as it is password protected and has an encryption on it.
For those hosting a meeting or a conference at the Albany Marriott, you can make use of the Red Coat App, which will allow you to get everything you need for your event without leaving the room. If you need it hotter in the room, colder in the room, more coffee, the microphone or equipment isn’t working, you can easily and quickly make your request. And, the sales managers are tracking these requests, so if you don’t get a response within five or ten minutes, they’ll automatically jump in and get your issue taken care of.
What Makes Albany Marriott Different?
We asked what are some of the most important reasons why you’ll want to stay there over anywhere else in Albany:
The Wolf Road Advantage
“We have over 650 complimentary parking spaces and we have the whole Wolf Road experience with shops, a movie theater, restaurants, etc,” Stephen Schifley, Director of Sales and Marketing for the hotel, explains. “It’s very different from staying downtown.”
Wolf Road may only be one road but, in addition to being close to the airport and I-87, it truly has its own restaurant and nightlife scene separate from the rest of Albany.
There is Colonie Center, which underwent its own immense renovation just a few years ago. You can find a wide variety of shops and restaurants right in the mall, along with the movie theater.
You’ll also have your pick of restaurants right on Wolf Road close to the hotel with Buca di Beppo, Wolf’s 1-11, JT Maxies Bar & Grill, the Texas Roadhouse, and much more. And, that’s not to mention the two restaurants right on site at the hotel: The Market and Chats.
Marriott Rewards & Marriott Technology
Sign up to be a Marriott Rewards member, and you can fully enjoy your stay at the hotel with the confidence that you booked your room at the best possible price. All rewards members, regardless of the level, are guaranteed the least expensive published hotel price – you won’t have to worry about combing through Expedia or other hotel websites. By accessing Marriott.com, you’re guaranteed the lowest price. In addition, WiFi at the Albany Marriott is free with membership.
Download the Albany Marriott app and take advantage of the new technology outlined above, and you’ll be able to book your room and unlock your door. And, if you booked an event or meeting there, you’ll also have use of the Red Coat App to easily request what you need for your meeting without having to leave the room or chase an employee down.
Check It Out for Yourself
With all upgrades expected to be finished up by December 1st the Albany Marriott is looking at a January 18th date for the ribbon cutting and grand reopening celebration.
General Manager Todd Reichelt said in a statement, “Pursuing excellence and embracing change is at the core of Marriott’s values. This transformation reflects our commitment to providing the best service for our guests, both locals and visitors alike.”
The next time you’re looking for a place to stay in Albany, booking a space for your company’s next conference, or seeking the perfect wedding venue, don’t forget to consider the newly renovated, top notch, full-service Albany Marriott.