Overall, 74 State was a fine hotel at a decent price (about $125 give or take for the night). Its only MAJOR flaw stems from being in Albany, which was a ghost town.
Location: I chose 74 State for both price and location. I checked in on a Thursday night and had planned to meet a friend in the area for dinner, then walk to a business meeting in the morning. So, from a business point of view, it was perfect. About a ten minute walk to the Capitol Building, with a Starbucks on the way. The problem is that downtown Albany at night is freaky quiet. When I arrived around 6pm, there were people milling about in the lobby, the desk clerk was discussing restaurants with another guest, people were getting in and out of the lobby. When I left for dinner at 8, the lobby was deserted. When I returned at 11, I think I scared the clerk.
Rooms: I was given the option of a room with a window or a room without a window. You'd think that the windowless room would come with a discount, but for some reason, both cost the same. The room was large and clean. There is no mini-fridge. The bathroom was massive. You could put another bed in it. The furniture showed signs of wear, but nothing to indicate decrepitude. The bed was very comfortable and I slept well. My biggest complain was that I couldn't figure out how to adjust the thermostat and I was freezing (Albany had snow at the time). I kept jacking the temperature up, and it kept resetting back to 66 degrees. This was annoying.
Value/Service: As I said, price was one reason I chose the hotel. It was cheaper than the Holiday Inn a few blocks away, but closer to the corporate section. Meanwhile, the Holiday Inn was right near the highway entrance ramp in an area resembling a Mad Max movie. 74 State has a restaurant and bar with (they claim) organic local cuisine. I didn't eat there, but the menu looked good. I had hoped to get a drink and read in the bar before bed the night I was there, but the bar closed at 11. Am I the only one who thinks that 11 is too early? The staff was helpful the few times I spoke to them (I didn't call about the thermostat for some reason). There is valet parking which you basically have to use if you drive and it costs an additional fee. I think it was $15 for the day.
Overall, I would definitely stay here again if I returned. My only complaint is that Albany shuts down and rolls up the sidewalks so early. Albany is in dire need of gentrification, but that isn't the fault of 74 State.
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- Also Known As:
- 74 State Hotel Albany
- Ascend Collection Albany
- Ascend Collection Hotel Albany
- Clarion Albany
- Albany Clarion