Desmond Hotel and Conference Center



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Let the wedding experts at The Desmond help you plan every aspect of your perfect wedding. We’ll help you with the on-site ceremony, the reception, the rehearsal dinner and even a breakfast or brunch the next morning. Our experts will become your internal wedding planner arranging menus, handling room reservations and creating your ideal dream wedding. Your perfect day begins and ends right here, at The Desmond.

Our Bridal team will meet you and your new spouse at the door, and will whisk you away to a private hospitality suite just for you, your wedding party and invited family members. We will update you on the progress of the reception and get any last minute direction from you. We will prepare for your grand entrance and introduction and guide you through every aspect of your special day.

Rest assured, your guests will also be given the royal treatment. As they arrive, each will be greeted by butlers bearing champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Everyone is encouraged to take in the lovely courtyard surrounded by dramatic landscaping filled with the sweet sight and the even sweeter aroma of flowers. The weather will never affect this indoor paradise, so you can be sure that this idyllic setting will be just as beautiful on your wedding day as when you first see it.


Our wedding planners are experienced catering managers who will take care of all the details on your checklist, from food and service to hotel guest rooms. We will take note of your special requests, and help you build a menu reflective of your tastes. Our menus are not just appetizing, they are memorable! We can create anything you can dream, from special dietary requests to an exclusive drink special named after you!

Honeymoon Suite

These elegant and spacious two-level deluxe suites are ideal for social entertaining. Each suite features an enclosed patio or private entrance, a living area with faux fireplace, un-stocked wet bar and refrigerator, and powder room on the first floor. The spiral or oak staircase leads up to a loft or a private, second-level bedroom with a Colonial King canopy four-poster bed, elegant furniture with a flat screen TV, and l full master bath with telephone.

This suite is often considered our "Bridal suite" . . . the perfect accommodation for the Bride and Groom for on-site weddings and receptions, or just a romantic getaway. Our convenient location and complimentary shuttle to the Albany International Airport - just minutes away - means you spend very little time commuting and more time relaxing in the privacy of your room. 

The Desmond Presidential Suite is stately and elegant. The Presidential Suite has been host to numerous celebrities and Presidents as well as officials and dignitaries. The room boasts many upgrades and includes dining room with refrigerator, un-stocked wet bar and microwave, living room with furniture designed exclusively for The Desmond. Upstairs, the master bedroom holds a King-size four-poster canopy bed and a master bathroom, as well as a separate room featuring a Jacuzzi and sauna.

Hotel Room Blocks

Make arrangements for your in town and visiting guests with the convenience of a Hotel Wedding Room Block. Our experienced wedding planners will help you coordinate reservations for your guests. Whether your ceremony and reception are with us or being held elsewhere, we offer guidance and assistance to make it easy for your guests to make their travel plans.


The Desmond is more than just another pretty place. Along with our award-winning facilities and services, we offer the finest gourmet cuisine. Your meal will be prepared by the same experienced chefs who create delicacies served at Scrimshaw, one of the Capital Region's finest restaurants.

Your guests will be treated to some of the best cuisine in the Northeast. Begin your meal with an array of fresh salads and finish it with a decadent assortment of desserts. Trust that everything prepared at The Desmond is the absolute freshest possible. Our culinary team is trained in the art of preparing cuisine to be as delightful to see as it is delectable to taste.

The Desmond also offers a host of elegant additions to your reception package, including an international coffee and cordial bar featuring a full selection of flavored coffees and assorted condiments, including whipped cream, shaved chocolate and the finest selection of liqueurs.

Your guests will leave your wedding celebration with memories almost as fond as yours.

Rehearsal Dinner

Raise your glass to the bride and groom, share stories and laughter with the bridal party, and above all, celebrate your Rehearsal Dinner in your choice of a formal or relaxed setting.

The Desmond can offer many options for family and friends to share the excitement of your upcoming wedding celebration.

Formal and intimate, we offer ballrooms with elegant wall coverings, chandeliers, and classic table settings. The Shaker Room and The High Street Ballroom are ideal settings to make a toast in high style.

We also offer casual and relaxing settings such as The Lodge. Its rustic feel and Adirondack setting invite your guests to enjoy the warmth of the stone cozy up to the private bar and enjoy dinner in a warm and charming setting.
Looking for a garden style setting? We can offer that as well! Our beautiful Courtyards under glass-enclosed Atriums offer your guests open spaces, star gazing and plenty of room for meeting and mingling. Take an after-dinner stroll down our winding brick walkways through the lush landscaping. A rehearsal dinner to remember!

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