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Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Albany, NY (2022 Updated)

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Lesbiangaybisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in the United States have evolved in recent decades. However, LGBT Americans may still face some legal and many social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents, particularly in states with large conservative populations, such as in the Deep South; in rural areas; and in some Native American tribal nations.

U.S. federal law does not explicitly include protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. In June 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that sexual orientation and gender identity are included under “sex” as a prohibited ground of employment discrimination in the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Same-sex sexual activity between consenting adults has been legal since the New York v. Onofre case in 1980. Same-sex marriage has been legal statewide since 2011, with some cities recognizing domestic partnerships between same-sex couples since 1998.
Albany has a long history of being a  gay friendly town and in downtown we can find a few gay friendly bars as well as Waterworks Pub or Rocks are  most famous gay friendly bars in Albany, NY.
Albany is the capital city of New York State. Downtown’s huge Empire State Plaza has reflecting pools, an art-filled underground shopping concourse and The Egg, a striking performing arts center. The plaza is bookended by the 1800s New York State Capitol and the New York State Museum, focusing on natural and cultural history. The Albany Institute of History and Art is famed for its Hudson River School paintings.

Top attractions to visit in Albany

1. The Desmond Hotel Albany 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Albany

The Desmond Hotel Albany
The Desmond Hotel Albany

Minutes from Albany International Airport, this hotel offers exceptional on-site facilities and services along with spacious accommodations. Free 24-hour airport and local area transfers within a 3 miles radius are also provided based on availability.

The Desmond Hotel Albany is 100% nonsmoking and features an indoor swimming pool along with modern fitness facilities and fully equipped business and conference rooms. Guests at the hotel can also enjoy on-site dining at the restaurant as well as guest rooms furnished with MP3 compatible radios and free WiFi.

With a location close to Albany city center, guests at the Desmond can easily access a variety of popular area attractions, including museums and entertainment venues. There are also a number of shopping centers and restaurants nearby.

A mile from Albany International Airport and Wolf Road Shoppers Park, this genteel hotel is 7 miles from Downtown.

Featuring antique reproductions, the traditional rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, desks and coffeemakers. Some include 4-poster beds; microwaves and mini fridges are provided on request. Room service is available.

Complimentary amenities include parking, and an airport and area shuttle. There’s a casual grill, an upscale restaurant and an English pub. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub.

Newly renovated IHG affiliate hotel conveniently located 1/2 mile from Albany International Airport at Exit 3 of the I-87 Northway and adjacent to Wolf Road. Consistently voted “Best Local Hotel” in the Albany Capital Region for outstanding customer service and unique atmosphere. 323 renovated guest rooms and suites, on-site restaurant/bar, 24 hour fitness center, heated indoor pool, and complimentary 24/7 airport shuttle service. Guest rooms include multiple USB charging ports, in-room safe, Keurig with complimentary coffee/tea, and plush bedding.

It’s a great hotel – beautiful concept with an indoor part that is quite nice especially in the winter (makes you feel like you are in a warm place). They also had great food at the restaurant (gives you a bit of that old grand Albany feel).

The hotel is not new which adds to its charm. The room was nice and clean and well appointed. The hotel covers some ground so have your walking shoes or make requests in advance. The hotel has a beautiful atrium to relax, chat, etc. They also have a nice tavern and an excellent restaurant that should definitely be experienced.

The Desmond continues to be a very nice hotel with unique architecture and footprint. We had a great dinner with super service in the hotel restaurant and came back in the morning for a terrific omelet. But one of the amenities I have most enjoyed over many years was the big hot tub near the pool. It was of superior size, nice temperature, nice air jets, etc. Nice music. It was a nice place to relax after a busy day and a fun place to meet people.

Gay Friendly Hotels Albany
Gay Friendly Hotels Albany

How much does a room costs at The Desmond Hotel Albany?

Prices start 95$/night for Leisure King Room. The Suite Room is 214$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite features air conditioning, microwave and patio.

Where to book online – The Desmond Hotel Albany –  Gay Friendly Hotels Albany – you can find the best hotels deals in Albany during Capital Holiday Lights which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Albany on Booking.com or  Hotelscombined.com  or Agoda.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

2. Courtyard by Marriott Albany Airport 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Albany

Courtyard by Marriott Albany Airport
Courtyard by Marriott Albany Airport

Located in Albany, 6.2 mi from University of Albany-SUNY, Courtyard by Marriott Albany Airport provides air-conditioned rooms and a bar. The property is located 6.2 mi from Capitol Building, 6.8 mi from Times Union Center and 8.1 mi from Empire State Plaza Convention Center. The accommodations features a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi throughout the property.

Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. At Courtyard by Marriott Albany each room has a private bathroom with a hairdryer.

Guests at the accommodations can enjoy an American breakfast.

Find your way to Courtyard Albany Airport. Our hotel on Wolf Road sits minutes from the NY State Capitol building and Empire State Plaza, plus we’re located near Albany International Airport. Our stylish hotel provides greater flexibility and choices for our valued guests. At the center of it all is The Bistro, your destination for a delicious breakfast or flavorful drinks and dishes in the evening. Use the complimentary Wi-Fi found in inviting spaces throughout our hotel to work or to relax.
Plus, our hotel’s well-equipped fitness center and indoor pool help you stay refreshed and energized. When you retreat to your spacious hotel room, unwind on plush bedding while you browse the smart TV and catch up on the latest shows and movies on Netflix and Hulu. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, discover modern comforts for today’s at Courtyard Albany Airport.
We booked a one night staycation at the Courtyard Albany Airport, after previous enjoying a stay at the sister Residence Inn earlier this year. On arrival we were greeted by a friendly front desk agent, who graciously completed our check-in. We were quite pleased with our King room, located on the 5th floor, with a view of Albany airport in the distance. The room was spacious and in excellent condition. The bedding was comfortable, the bathroom spacious. All in all, very impressed with the offering of Courtyard by Marriott Albany Airport.
e loved our three night stay at this hotel. We had a beautiful room on a high floor with gorgeous view of fall foliage and airport. Is also attached to a Marriott Residence Inn. Nice landscaping. Restaurants nearby. Convenient to airport, Albany and Troy. Nice staff and very clean hotel. Plenty of parking. Some restaurants and coffee shops in walking distance.
Very nice clean hotel. Which is very important during these crazy times. Staff was friendly. Tons of sanitizing stations in lobby, elevators and on the floors. The room was clean and modern. There was a microwave and refrigerator which is great. I love the personalized greeting on the television. Makes it feel like the room was just for me. If I’m ever in Albany again, I will definitely stay here.
Gay Friendly Hotels Albany
Gay Friendly Hotels Albany

How much does a room costs at Courtyard by Marriott Albany Airport?

Prices start 95$/night for Leisure King Room. The Suite Room is 214$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite features air conditioning, microwave and patio.

Where to book online – Courtyard by Marriott Albany Airport –  Gay Friendly Hotels Albany – you can find the best hotels deals in Albany during Capital Holiday Lights which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Albany on Booking.com or  Hotelscombined.com  or Agoda.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

3. Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center, an IHG hotel 2* – LGBT Friendly Hotels Albany

Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center, an IHG hotel
Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center, an IHG hotel

Located within 3.7 mi of University of Albany-SUNY and 5 mi of Capitol Building, Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center provides rooms in Albany. The property is around 6.8 mi from The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, 6.8 mi from Corning Tower and 6.8 mi from Times Union Center. The hotel features a fitness center and an ATM.

A continental breakfast is available daily at the hotel.

At Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub.

Next to shops and restaurants, this down-to-earth all-suite hotel is a mile from Interstate 87, 5 miles from Downtown Albany Historic District and 9 miles from the The New York State Museum.

The relaxed suites offer kitchens and living areas with sofas, in addition to free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players.

Complimentary perks include parking and a breakfast buffet. Other amenities consist of a heated indoor pool, a gym, and a terrace that has an open-air fireplace. There’s also a lounge, a business center and a guest laundry.

See why so many travelers make Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center their hotel of choice when visiting Albany. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience, it offers a trendy setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you.

Given the close proximity to Shaker Heritage Society (1.9 mi), guests of Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center can easily experience one of Albany’s most popular landmarks.

Free wifi is offered to guests, and rooms at Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center offer a flat screen TV, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.

Guests of Staybridge Suites Albany Wolf Rd-Colonie Center are also welcome to enjoy a pool and breakfast, located on site. For travelers arriving by car, free parking is available.

When you’re feeling hungry, be sure to check out The Barnsider Restaurant, black & blue Steak and Crab, and Hana Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, which are some steakhouses that are popular with locals and out-of-towners alike.

Plus, during your trip, don’t forget to check out some of the popular architectural buildings, such as Erastus Corning II Tower, C.H. Evans Brewing Co., and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Great location for stores and restaurant and just a few minute away from the airport. They offered a courtesy shuttle ride from the airport to the hotel. We’ve stayed at a few hotels in the past year and this is the only one that served actual breakfast- in a very safe way. The staff were always available to assist with any questions.

I believe that the comfort of my stay was greatly enhanced by Staybridge Suites Albany. The staff were very friendly and extremely courteous, especially the Front Office Manager Sherwyn Clarke. There were some unsavory guests at the hotel during our stay. Mr Clarke went out of his way to ensure our stay remained pleasant.

Staybridge Suites Albany is conveniently located across from the Colonie Mall! It was so nice to go shopping without worrying about finding a place to park.

Our suite was clean,spacious and offered all the comforts of home.

Gay Friendly Hotels Albany
Gay Friendly Hotels Albany

How much does a room costs at Staybridge Suites Albany ?

Prices start 97$/night for King Studio Suite. The Studio Suite is 101$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This suite has a microwave and air conditioning.

Where to book online – Staybridge Suites Albany –  Gay Friendly Hotels Albany – you can find the best hotels deals in Albany during Capital Holiday Lights which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Albany on Booking.com or  Hotelscombined.com  or Agoda.com  and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

 

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.