Stayed one night before a morning business meeting. Area around hotel does seem a bit seedy. One abandoned bus station and one functioning bus station. A lot of empty buildings in the surrounding area. Check-in went smoothly, but when I got to my 4th floor room it reeked of smoke. Only the third floor is supposed to be smoking, but I get the impression that people don't pay a lot of attention to that. Went downstairs and got a room on the 2nd floor.
Overall, the room was okay. Bed was very comfortable. TVs are flat screen but very small and not the best reception. Wireless worked fairly well. Shower in the bathroom was a bit grungy. View was of highway and roof. The highway noise was a bit noticable in the morning, but not too bad.
Didn't use the "fitness center" which looked to be about three pieces of cardio equipment. Large open area with tv and fireplace and the breakfast area. Whole area had an unpleasant odor and there was a large carpet shampooer sitting in the middle of the room.
Not impressed with the breakfast although I was entertained by the pancake making machine. Would have been nice to have some fresh fruit. The coffee was awful.
They have shuttle service which we used to go to dinner even though the restaurant was very close (Franklin Tower). The shuttle driver was very friendly as was the rest of the staff.
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- Welcome to the Holiday Inn Express Albany-Downtown. Guests looking for a convenient downtown Albany hotel will find this Holiday Inn Express, located close to the Riverfront and the Empire Plaza, the ideal location. For doing business in town, our Albany downtown hotel is close to The Times Union Center, Albany Capital Center,The State Capitol, Empire State Plaza and the Port of Albany. Our courtesy shuttle runs from 7am-11pm Monday through Friday and can pick you up at the Rensselaer Amtrak Station or airport for free! We are easily accessible to I-90, NYS Thruway I-87 and I-787. We have the only free hotel parking in Downtown Albany. Leisure travelers will find our downtown Albany Hotel, with its historic downtown location, close to many major attractions. City Center tours, professional theatres, parks and the Hudson Riverfront are all just minutes from the Holiday Inn Express Albany-Downtown. Newly updated guest rooms and public spaces will make your stay memorable. With many restaurants within walking distance of our Albany hotel, you can have the choice of fine or casual dining. To stay in touch, our WIFI is throughout the Hotel and FREE. When you're looking for Albany lodging, stay with the Holiday Inn Express Albany-Downtown. Albany is a city with 400 years of history within your reach. Come experience the downtown difference. ... more less
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