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... The farm is complete with corn field mazes, farm animals, gold old kids rides and just all round family fun! We started off with Phase 1 maze and we conquered it easily. When it was time to do phase 2 maze, Cathy quickly said that she was taking the girls to the animals so Michael, Jack, Dave and myself started phase 2. It didn't take me long to realise why Cath wasn't so eager to do ...
After another big sleep in this morning, Cathy kindly offered to take us for a drive after lunch to Vermont, a state over from New York State. We went to a little town called Bennington. Absolutely gorgeous as the trees are starting to loose their leaves for the fall. It would be spectacular when all the trees have turned to fall colour. We went up into the Bennington Tower which overlooks the township ...
... set so cold). About 2.5 hrs later we were in Albany the capital of New York State. Here they have some gorgeous old building as well, the architecture is amazing. From here we were going to hire a car but as we were both exhausted and not that confident in driving we caught the local bus to Niskayuna, about half an hour and then a taxi to Cath's place. A lot less stressful. Cath and Michael live in a gorgeous area, very quiet and surround by ...
... we went. I'm still getting to know the camera, there's an extra step you have to do to take pictures, called the lens cap, anyhow, I missed my first big pic of the day as we flew by in the trolley because of said lens cap........There was a very large group of Asians standing around a tree taking a picture of ..wait for it, wait for it.... a squirrel!! We always laugh about the Asians in Vegas ...
I didn't know how to get through to all of you, so I created another blog for this semester. I will be going on a couple field trips that I hope to blog about.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Desmond Albany
We spent one night at The Desmond in mid-July after driving in from northern New York and preparing to drive across to Niagara Falls the next day. The Desmond has the feel of driving into a hotel in the country, even though it sits at the crossroads of nearly every highway you might need and in the path of the airport! You park in their large parking lot FREE (unheard of most places). We were traveling as a family of four (two adults and two teenage girls) and were very comfortable in the room. The rooms have queen beds (so much better than rooms with double beds). The rooms were beautifully decorated. Because of the way the hotel was set up, we were able to park just feet from where our room was located. We ate at Simpson's (the less formal restaurant at the hotel) when we arrived. The waitress was delightful and very helpful (we arrived late and wanted a light meal - she promptly retreived "lighter fare menus"). The food was good and exactly the smaller meal size we were looking for. Even though the hotel is by the airport, we heard no planes overhead. Even though the hotel is SO convienent to all highways, we heard no traffic. We would HIGHLY recommend The Desmond.
Went to the Desmond to relax and get away. Highly suggest requesting the Mansion section. We loved it, quaint room with a four poster king bed and a front door! We parked right outside our "front door" and we came and went as we pleased without having to go through the lobby and the parking lot. I expected it to be noisy from the airport but I only heard a couple of planes and with the new flight schedules there isn't noise from the airport at an ungodly hour. We did not eat at the hotel (there is too many choices around the area) but did check out everything, there are 2 pools and a hot tub with exercise equipment. There were atriums which were very nice. I enjoyed our stay and will stay again.
I arrived late on a Friday evening in April 2004 to find the entrance to the hotel shrouded by construction baricades/fences. Not a great start. After a long and tiring trip, I was assured that my room would be quiet. Well, it might have been had it not been located at the rear of the hotel, very near the frontage road of the adjacent highway. Not to mention the late night revelers who seemed to enjoy running up and down the hallway (probably why the carpeting is so worn/soiled), talking/laughing near the top of their lungs. So much for quiet.
We normally stayat the Residence Inn in Albany. We decided to stay at The Desmond to see if it was any better. It was awful. The first room we checked into smelled like a party had just taken place in it. They moved us to another room which seemed fine until about 8AM when banging and drilling started in the room right below us. We had arrived late the night before and our 3 yr old was still asleep - until the contruction. It was so loud our kid's had their fingers in their ears. I complained to the front desk and it stopped for about an hour. We got our 3 yr old to go back to sleep - it started again. I then went in person to the front desk and they said sorry - we have to get the work done and the noise would continue. I told them I would write this review and they said that there was nothing they could do. We packed up and checked out and went to the Residence Inn. I would never stay at this hotel again. Although, the nice restaurant in this hotel was pretty good - people were friendly and the food was about the best we've had in Albany.
I have been to this hotel before for events and was impressed with the cozy atmosphere, as the inside is nicely decorated. I was looking very forward to staying here for Valentine's Day. I reserved the Duplex suite, which is the honeymoon suite, and made a reservation at their 4 star restaurant, Scrimshaw.
Highly recommend this hotel. We usually start and end our vacation staying at the Desmond. Easy access to the airport and you are able to leave your car parked at the hotel for the duration of your vacation.
Our recednt vacation, we arrived at Albany airport at 11:30 pm, immediately picked up by the Desmond van. The van driver phoned the hotel and told them to hold room service because he had a tired, hungry family checking in. Excellent service from the van driver, desk clerk, room service.
This hotel is the best that you can get in the Albany area. The decor is beautiful, rooms are comfortable, service and food are all excellent. If you want the best stay here.
The hotel certainly has a special charm that few can match. Over the years, I have spent many weekends attending classes for SUNY at the Desmond, and have come away either completely satisfied or throughly disappointed.
This is a beautiful hotel. The room we stayed was a king canopy, very romantic, well decorated, quiet,spotless and spacious room. We ate at Simpson's Grill which had excellent food and friendly staff. This hotel is well worth the money you pay, you will not be disappointed. We will go back again, and recommend to other people.
We had booked a night at the hotel to celebrate our anniversary. Unfortunately for us, we booked on a weekend with 2 weddings. As a result, the pool area was closed for the wedding and the hotel was crowded.The food in both restaurants was excellent. However, our room bordered on grotestque. We were in a small room in the back of the hotel, non-smoking. However, it smelled strongly of smoke. The fixtures were decrepit and needed repair. And, the sheets and bathroom were unclean (I found hair!) so ewww. We wonn't be doing that again! overpriced for the value of the room!