by Amanda Geronikos
The Fairfield Inn & Suites Albany Downtown is a fantastic, family-friendly hotel in the heart of Albany, New York. Perks include complimentary Wi-Fi and complimentary, hot breakfast, served each day. Expect a variation of eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast, pancakes, waffles, cereal (cold and hot), yogurt, fruit, bagels, breads, pastries and more. To-go breakfast meals are also available, as is an onsite market where you can purchase snacks, beverages and any forgotten toiletries. When it’s time for lunch or dinner, you don’t have to go far — there are several family-friendly restaurants within a short walk or drive of the hotel.
Guestrooms are equipped with one king or two queen beds, while studios (suites) have one king or two queen beds, plus sofa beds. A studio with two queen beds and a sofa bed can sleep up to six guests — perfect for families. Large guestrooms with one king bed and a fireplace are also available. All rooms have coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs.
Need to work out? Head to the onsite fitness center, which overlooks downtown Albany.
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- Free Breakfast
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My husband and I were at this hotel in September for a concert at the Times Union Center, just around the block from the Fairfield Inn. The proximity to the venue couldn’t be any better. One of the drawbacks is no valet parking on the weekend and the parking garage is around the corner and expensive. Fortunately, our friends arrived first and told us we could park on the street after 3PM and pay a nominal fee from the street parking machines.
We had a significant issue with our room not being clean yet, told it was being cleaned when it wasn’t and a front desk person who was raising her voice at me across the lobby. It was concerning enough that when I started to ask her to stop raising her voice at me, my husband asked me not to as he was concerned what she might say or do. I suspect someone in the office area heard her because she disappeared, and another woman came over and apologized profusely and said they were sending someone up to clean the room after I had already been told it was being cleaned three times.
The room we were in was stunning and huge with a fireplace and gorgeous views. It was immaculately cleaned, and the bed was incredibly comfortable. While I liked the hotel and the location, the interaction with the one person at the front desk was significant enough to give this hotel three stars. I have traveled quite a bit and never had any hotel employee talk to me that way. For any future visits, we’ll go to the Hilton just down the street.
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for a leadership convention. Thanks to Ebone, an unbelievably exceptional lady at the front desk, our stay was totally amazing!!! She has such a friendly, bubbly personality....and totally brightens everyone's day! And totally made our weekend! When we arrived, she checked us in. But as she was checking her computer she asked if we would like a king suite, instead of a 2 queen room. We said sure. Totally unaware that she upgraded us to a HUGE king suite with a wall of windows, TONS of space and a fireplace!!!! We thanked her immensely!! And totally enjoyed our stay at this hotel.
So if you stay at this hotel, ask for Ebone. She'll make your stay exceptional! And make sure you are taken care of!