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Red Carpet Inn Albany Downtown
Ranked #35 of 50 Hotels in Albany
Va Beach Va
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8 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good and bad spot ~ overall”
Reviewed 4 August 2012

Fairly reasonable rates for weekly and longer-term stays. Average nightly rates. Does have some discounts for AAA, senior citizens, and non-weekends. LOUD neighbors, taxi drivers stay here?, as the walls are thin and you can hear evrything and I do mean everything. There was no radio, alarm clock, or dryer. Interesting wall paintings. Large mirror in bathroom. Bed is rock hard. Lots of free parking. I like that it is close to everything- gas, food, downtown, library, and lots of stores. My
Room could have used a good cleaning - the floor/rug was very damp and does not dry up. Maybe it's the a/c or fridge leaking, as I have no idea. Light over bed does not work as the plug looks like it was cut-off. No light in the shower.
The free shampoo/conditioner, ice, couple of nice touches. Phone in room.
I could have use a small desk, and a free outlet or two in the room to power up a cell phone.
Not sure why they would put a family? with lots of kids? on top of me? (2nd floor). What's with the pounding until 1 am?
TV remote could use an upgrade and a new battery. Adult channels would have been a nice option.
Lots of free maps and menus in the lobby. Friendly check-in person and helpful, too.
Smell of smoke ( cigs and dope?) in the hallway is scary esp at night. had to use frebreeze out there.
Overall, I guess you get way you pay for.

Room Tip: I didn't rate swimming pool - i didn't see one. but, the gazebo looks nice in the back. ser...
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled solo
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 27 July 2012

I'm writing form this hotel using the free wifi. King size bed, clean sheets, unexpected microwave and refrigerator. Larger than expected bathroom. Basic motel room. No complaints. Park at the door for easy unloading. It is a "non smoking room" though it had clearly been smoked in at some time.and there was a faint oder fo the spray used to cover it.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 July 2012

This is a terrible hotel. The sheets have holes from cigarette burns. The second-hand smoke will make your eyes water. Cobwebs are everywhere. The air-conditioning veers between freezing and boiling. The walls are so thin that you can hear fights several rooms away. The best thing about the hotel is that it is on a main road and easy to leave.

Room Tip: Don't come.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Vero Beach, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 June 2012

First, this motel is not downtown, but on a boulevard (Northern) that will take you into downtown through a sketchy neighborhood. It is right off the major highways (787 and 9) that go through the downtown Albany area so easy access via these routes. This RCI is a large motel property that is next to St. Pete's hospital. There is a Stewart's right across the street which is a stop and go place for food and gas. If one ventured up the street (toward the hospital) and through the light, one would come to a small strip plaza on the left that has anything you might need. There are 2 very good restaurants, Risotto's and Ship's Pub, as well as a pizza place, (I Love NY), a sub place, and a Mom and Pop breakfast/lunch place called David's, which is excellent. There is a bank and a nail salon to boot.
We stay at this motel a lot because our son lives across the street in the apt. complex, so for us it is very convenient for a reasonable price; $55.00 for either a room with 2 doubles or one king. If you have the "Inn" card, you get 10% off. This property does not have a pool but does have a public laundry mat in the front part of the motel. Not sure how busy it is.
That said, we would not normally pick a place like this motel. It is a 2 star place and does have some rather sketchy occupants. The owner has a back building separate from the motel that houses full or semi-time residents in apts. Orig. these apts. were for short term use but the renters apparently didn't leave. There even is a waiting list.
We have never had any issues but security is non-existent. We have noticed that people will use the place for casual overnight "hook ups". People come and go w/o any oversight. Most people are just travelers passing through looking for a reasonable overnight stay. You park outside your room's door, so that can be a bit noisy with people slamming car doors and motel room doors till midnight.
The gazebo in the mornings is filled with residents drinking coffee and smoking cigs. They are characters to be sure-not sure if unsavory. More likely down on their luck, poor, or low level hospital employees.
The motel rooms have secure dead bolt locks on the doors but not the extra chain or V bar you find in some places. The rooms are clean (though quite old) with the bathroom areas being very nicely re-done. That was where the owner put his money. There are nice, new fixtures with new upgraded tile work. You can feel comfortable about the cleanliness in those areas. There are clean towels and you do get small bars of soap and packets of shampoo from India, no less. Most rooms(?) have a small frig and microwave which we enjoy. Rooms are a good size and have a table and 2 chairs in them along with the usual bedroom furnishings. Lighting was also good. There are built in hair dryers. There is coffee service in the mornings in the lobby but it is strictly cut off at 9 AM. Cable TV is expanded with loads of channels to watch. Air cond. works well though quite noisy. Beds are pretty comfy, low to the ground, though the pillows are fairly flat. They will provide you with more pillows and towels if you ask at the front desk. Depending on who is working, the front desk personnel can be friendly or not. Nice lobby area and check in/out easy. Maid service is not consistent. We have been told with multiple day stays you get service every other day. And that held out till the past visit where we got service each day. Things that could be improved upon are room maintenance issues. We usually stay in the same room. There is a water stain in the ceiling that has never been repaired. The walls have marks and yet in the 2 yrs. we have been staying here, no painting has occurred. The owner seems nice and is trying to make a go of it, so we hope he will attend to more renovations of the rooms as time and money allows.

Room Tip: Rooms on back side are away from the road and get less street noise.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2012

Pretty depressing and run down, but the rooms were clean (except for the one hair I found on my sheets and the one hair I found on the wall in the shower), the beds were comfortable enough, and the heat, TV, wifi, microwave and fridge all worked well.

A lot of the guests live there semi-permanently, and I heard from a couple cab drivers that they tend to be pretty unsavory characters. But in the three nights I was there none of them ever bothered me, and my cab drivers were openly racist and classist, so take that detail with a grain of salt.

The guy at reception wasn't particularly welcoming.

There's hardly anywhere to eat w/in walking distance. I ate at the hospital cafeteria down the road (seriously). But there's always delivery.

Note: This place is *not* downtown. The other RCI is. I think Tripadvisor confused the two.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled solo
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2012

Turned up in Albany and wound up here randomly early one evening, had read some poor reviews, but the Red Carpet turned out to be remarkably good. Staff were friendly and helpful upon arrival, esp considering I hadn't booked anything. Room was large and clean, good selection of TV channels, comfortable bed too. I was on foot and the area seemed safe enough to me. There wasn't a whole lot around, except the hospital, a service station and what turned out to be an excellent pizza (I Love New York Pizza) place down the road - the chicken place next door was pretty good too. All in all was very surprised, great value too, would stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
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Syracuse, New York
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2011

I read the reviews here and took a chance as the rate was so good. This hotel looks new inside and out. I am not familiar with the area and there did not seem to be much around. There was a gas station/quick stop accross the street. Hotel was very clean, had a small fridge and microwave that looked brand new. I stayed here for a quick stop on my way to Boston, but am already planning to stay here again when I return to the area. Check in/out was quick. There was a very nice lobby and a gazebo out back. Looked like a large property and very well kept up. Hope they keep the rates low!!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Red Carpet Inn Albany Downtown
Address: 500 Northern Blvd, Albany, NY 12204-1036
Region: United States > New York > Albany
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant
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Ranked #35 of 50 Hotels in Albany
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Red Carpet Inn Albany Downtown 2*
Number of rooms: 78
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