The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center was founded in 1974 upon the uncompromising attention to detail by its original designer, John K. Desmond, Jr. Priding himself on superb accommodations and the goal to do more than “just rent rooms”, Mr. Desmond handpicked unique items and antiques for the 322 room hotel. The elegance of each guest room and suite is inspired by the colonial decor of early Philadelphia and Colonial Williamsburg, providing the guest with a unique experience unlike any other.Each guest room features hand-crafted woodwork, finely detailed fabrics, china lamps, and a writing desk with complimentary WiFi and hard-wired Internet access. Many of our guest rooms also feature a private balcony overlooking our beautiful indoor courtyards with year-round landscaping, fountains and koi pond.


Check In and Check Out
Check-in time is 4pm and check-out time is by 12 noon. Early check-in requests and extended check-out times are based upon availability. Additional rates may apply.

100% Smoke Free
The Desmond is 100% smoke free in all guestrooms and public areas. Should you or a guest smoke in your room, a minimum fee of $175 will be charged for cleaning.

Cancellations are accepted until 4pm on the arrival date. Cancellations received after 4pm will be charged one night’s room and taxes.

Early Arrivals & Late Departures
If you expect to arrive early in the day and would like immediate access to your room, we recommend booking the room for the prior night to guarantee immediate access. Similarly for late departures, reserving an additional night will guarantee access to your guest room until you depart. If you choose not to reserve an additional night, we will be glad to store your bags and make our fitness facilities available for you to freshen up.


  • Cash, Money Orders, American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Diners Club.
  • A company check is accepted for payment if received prior to arrival.
    Personal Checks are not accepted.
  • Credit Card Authorization Form - Third party billing is available. A completed credit card authorization form must be submitted prior to the arrival date.

Hotel Amenities

  • The Desmond is an entirely non-smoking property.
  • Complimentary high speed WiFi internet access throughout the hotel.
  • Complimentary 24 Hour business center with access to computers and printers.
  • Complimentary coffee in the Billiards Room 6:30am – 10:00am.
  • Indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center.
  • Complimentary Parking.
  • Complimentary shuttle provides 24-hour service to the Albany International Airport, based upon availability.
  • Billiards Room.
  • 24 Hour ATM.
  • Flight Time TV in our lobby, broadcasting live departures and arrivals at the Albany International Airport.
  • Complimentary USA Today and local Times Union newspapers available at Front Desk.
  • Business Services available at the Front Desk: shipping and receiving, express mail, photocopying and faxing.
  • Laundry and Dry Cleaning Service, "same day" available – Monday through Friday.
  • Two restaurants available on-site: Simpson’s Grille - Casual dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Tavern – English-style pub for lunch and dinner.
  • In Room Dining, available daily.