Definetly not what I expected, A Great Dissapointment! A review of The Desmond 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.
First, the hotel room was not worth what was paid for it. The room was nice, as it was 2 floors, however, it lacked a whirlpool or real fireplace which would be nice for the $250 price tag. Also, the front table was somewhat rude and did not refer to me by my last name. When there are weddings or conferences at the hotel, guests become a last priority. Also, they have been doing construction at the hotel, and we had to lug the bags in from the parking lot. We ordered room service twice and both time it was quick and was great food.
Next is the restaurant, the Scrimshaw. This is just about as expensive as any other restaurant I have been to and certainly did not live up to that price. Neither me nor my significant other enjoyed our dinner much and would have been better off at Red Lobster, or as far as the Capital Region goes, Jack's.
As a whole, I would say to stay at the Marriot or Hilton as opposed to the Desmond. They do not handle the weddings and conferences very well.
For the extra price, this hotel was a major dissapointment.