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Desmond Hotel and Conference Center

Albany , NY

LOCATION

660 Albany Shaker Rd
Albany, NY US 12211 (map)

PHONE

518-869-8100

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Weddings are all about you…We’ll uncover and deliver what you want for this most important day in your life. Memories are created at The Desmond everyday, but no memory is as precious as... Read more
Weddings are all about you…We’ll uncover and deliver what you want for this most important day in your life. Memories are created at The Desmond everyday, but no memory is as precious as watching a daughter and her father walk down the aisle, or a son and his mother sharing an emotional embrace. Your first dance. The cutting of the wedding cake. Your first toast as a married couple.

"There are no words to express how thankful we are to you and all the staff at The Desmond. Our wedding was amazing. We are still hearing about what a wonderful wedding we had! "~ Sandra and Rich.

"The Desmond has been making dreams come true for over 30 years! "The Desmond Hotel did such a beautiful job. Our guests still mention how elegant the event was. The staff were friendly, professional and accommodating. " ~ Tim & Laurie

"Your professionalism and organization helped to make the day wonderful. We loved all the details. We look forward to having future events at The Desmond." ~ Linda & Keith

We specialize in moments that move you…If it's important to you...trust it to us!

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
1974
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Banquet Hall, Hotel, Restaurant
Describe the style of your venue
Classic / Traditional
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Bridal Shower, Ceremony, Engagement Party, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
300
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
22
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
Yes
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
323
Number of suites
10
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
0
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
79
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are event rentals included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Linens
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Seating
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Shuttle / Transportation
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is transportation included in the minimum rental fee?
No
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house, Outside vendors welcome
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
No

REVIEWS

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Kate
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
We couldn’t be more pleased with choosing Desmond for our August wedding. From the beginning of the process, they made us feel welcomed and at ease. Working with Heather has been a pleasure and all the effort and time she has put into the planning was tremendous. The attention to detail, accommodating our requests and prompt responses to our questions were wonderful. The ceremony and the reception were beautiful and ran smoothly. The level of service was superb and the staff was very attentive to our and our guest's needs throughout the night. The guests raved about the food, accommodations and the elegance of the ballroom and the courtyard. As a bride and groom, we were able to relax and enjoy the wedding knowing that things will be taken care of. We were so happy with the perfect day and couldn’t have asked for more! Thank you for the wonderful experience and beautiful memories.
We couldn’t be more pleased with choosing Desmond for our August wedding. From the beginning of the process, they made us Read more...
We couldn’t be more pleased with choosing Desmond for our August wedding. From the beginning of the process, they made us feel welcomed and at ease. Working with Heather has been a pleasure and all the effort and time she has put into the planning was tremendous. The attention to detail, accommodating our requests and prompt responses to our questions were wonderful. The ceremony and the reception were beautiful and ran smoothly. The level of service was superb and the staff was very attentive to our and our guest's needs throughout the night. The guests raved about the food, accommodations and the elegance of the ballroom and the courtyard. As a bride and groom, we were able to relax and enjoy the wedding knowing that things will be taken care of. We were so happy with the perfect day and couldn’t have asked for more! Thank you for the wonderful experience and beautiful memories. Read less
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Kim
Wedding:
5/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Heather with the Desmond and all the staff did a awesome job with our wedding from setting up to making sure we had everthing we needed the day of and before. They have gone above average with what they do to make sure events are just perfect there. They made everthing look so beautiful and I can't thank them enough. So thank you Desmond for making our wedding the best and beautiful.

Kim & Jared
Heather with the Desmond and all the staff did a awesome job with our wedding from setting up to making sure we had Read more...
Heather with the Desmond and all the staff did a awesome job with our wedding from setting up to making sure we had everthing we needed the day of and before. They have gone above average with what they do to make sure events are just perfect there. They made everthing look so beautiful and I can't thank them enough. So thank you Desmond for making our wedding the best and beautiful.

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Katie
Wedding:
6/16/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I recently got married at the Desmond and it was wonderful! We chose to do both our ceremony and reception there and it was absolutely beautiful! We worked with sandy and I can't not say enough good things about her! She responded to every email, phone call everything and had every detail perfect. Her and we staff made our day so memorable! We got so many compliments and I would recommend it to everyone!!
My husband and I recently got married at the Desmond and it was wonderful! We chose to do both our ceremony and reception Read more...
My husband and I recently got married at the Desmond and it was wonderful! We chose to do both our ceremony and reception there and it was absolutely beautiful! We worked with sandy and I can't not say enough good things about her! She responded to every email, phone call everything and had every detail perfect. Her and we staff made our day so memorable! We got so many compliments and I would recommend it to everyone!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Thanks to Sandy and the staff of the Desmond, our reception was beautiful. Any questions that I had were willingly answered and I could not have asked for more attentiveness before and during the reception.
Thanks to Sandy and the staff of the Desmond, our reception was beautiful. Any questions that I had were willingly Read more...
Thanks to Sandy and the staff of the Desmond, our reception was beautiful. Any questions that I had were willingly answered and I could not have asked for more attentiveness before and during the reception. Read less
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HappyinLove
Wedding:
10/7/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I had our reception at the Desmond. It was incredible! The atrium looked absolutely stunning for the cocktail reception and the ballroom was simply gorgeous! Erinne, the wedding coordinator, made sure everything was perfect. She was fantastic to work with and made sure my husband and I were worry-free on our special day. I couldn't have imagined a more beautiful, spectacular reception. It was a dream a come true!
My husband and I had our reception at the Desmond. It was incredible! The atrium looked absolutely stunning for the Read more...
My husband and I had our reception at the Desmond. It was incredible! The atrium looked absolutely stunning for the cocktail reception and the ballroom was simply gorgeous! Erinne, the wedding coordinator, made sure everything was perfect. She was fantastic to work with and made sure my husband and I were worry-free on our special day. I couldn't have imagined a more beautiful, spectacular reception. It was a dream a come true! Read less
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Tamara
Wedding:
1/1/2009
5.0/5.0
The Desmond provided top notch service and attention to every detail, they were even willing to help work within our budget. We had the perfect dream wedding!
The Desmond provided top notch service and attention to every detail, they were even willing to help work within our Read more...
The Desmond provided top notch service and attention to every detail, they were even willing to help work within our budget. We had the perfect dream wedding! Read less
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Marc Payne Photo
Wedding:
4/14/2012
4.9/5.0
The Desmond is a beautiful hotel. Everything was taken care of, and left us little to worry about. The atrium is amazing and makes for great wedding photography! The food is good but not amazing. The price was a bit high, but it's to be expected with a hotel of this caliber in the wedding venue business. Overall we loved our venue and were very happy with everything as a whole. We thank you for helping with some of the stressful aspects of wedding planning!
The Desmond is a beautiful hotel. Everything was taken care of, and left us little to worry about. The atrium is amazing Read more...
The Desmond is a beautiful hotel. Everything was taken care of, and left us little to worry about. The atrium is amazing and makes for great wedding photography! The food is good but not amazing. The price was a bit high, but it's to be expected with a hotel of this caliber in the wedding venue business. Overall we loved our venue and were very happy with everything as a whole. We thank you for helping with some of the stressful aspects of wedding planning! Read less
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Luz
Wedding:
4/19/2014
4.8/5.0
Beautiful place for reception and ceremony or reception only. The food was great and the hotel has a unique charm. My guests enjoyed staying there.
Beautiful place for reception and ceremony or reception only. The food was great and the hotel has a unique charm. My Read more...
Beautiful place for reception and ceremony or reception only. The food was great and the hotel has a unique charm. My guests enjoyed staying there. Read less
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bakerk5
Wedding:
4/18/2009
4.8/5.0
We were planning the wedding from out of town. The Desmond handled most things through email and phone calls after the initial meeting. They accomodated our travel schedule to make sure that we had a tasting and final meeting when we could both be there. We did not want the typical wedding food. Their chef came up with great alternatives. Everyone raved about the food. The room was beautiful. Someone was always there to make sure that we had everything we needed. I would recommend them too anyone. The are so professional and really go out of their way to make sure your day is special. We also had a room block for our guests. our friends and family were impressed with the rooms and service throughout their stay.
We were planning the wedding from out of town. The Desmond handled most things through email and phone calls after the Read more...
We were planning the wedding from out of town. The Desmond handled most things through email and phone calls after the initial meeting. They accomodated our travel schedule to make sure that we had a tasting and final meeting when we could both be there. We did not want the typical wedding food. Their chef came up with great alternatives. Everyone raved about the food. The room was beautiful. Someone was always there to make sure that we had everything we needed. I would recommend them too anyone. The are so professional and really go out of their way to make sure your day is special. We also had a room block for our guests. our friends and family were impressed with the rooms and service throughout their stay. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
12/31/2010
4.5/5.0
Minimums are high but they are willing to work with you. You will never pay for nothing! They will always give you something for the extra money you spend. Get everything in writing at your contract meeting therefore there will be no questions towards the end. Our wedding turned out to be so beautiful and we couldnt have ask for anything more! The staff did whatever they could to make our day special. You will be in very good hands at the Desmond for any event!
Minimums are high but they are willing to work with you. You will never pay for nothing! They will always give you Read more...
Minimums are high but they are willing to work with you. You will never pay for nothing! They will always give you something for the extra money you spend. Get everything in writing at your contract meeting therefore there will be no questions towards the end. Our wedding turned out to be so beautiful and we couldnt have ask for anything more! The staff did whatever they could to make our day special. You will be in very good hands at the Desmond for any event! Read less
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Michele
Wedding:
9/21/2013
4.4/5.0
My wedding was more than I could imagine! It was set up beautifully! I was very happy with the service at the time of the wedding, After the wedding we went to the bar to wind down, we had a bad exoerience with one of the bar tenders, but other than that it was good!
My wedding was more than I could imagine! It was set up beautifully! I was very happy with the service at the time of the Read more...
My wedding was more than I could imagine! It was set up beautifully! I was very happy with the service at the time of the wedding, After the wedding we went to the bar to wind down, we had a bad exoerience with one of the bar tenders, but other than that it was good! Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
10/10/2009
4.3/5.0
We were very pleased working with The Desmond for our reception. Amanda was very helpful and accommodated all of our requests, from specific beverages to seating.
We were very pleased working with The Desmond for our reception. Amanda was very helpful and accommodated all of our Read more...
We were very pleased working with The Desmond for our reception. Amanda was very helpful and accommodated all of our requests, from specific beverages to seating. Read less
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Alaina
Wedding:
1/5/2008
3.9/5.0
Stunning Venue with Charming Ballrooms and Courtyard (Cocktail Hour Area). The price is above average per head for the area, but includes all linens, a fine selection of filet mignon, chicken and fish, as well as a Venetian bar at dessert time. Price includes an open, top shelf bar as well. Most welcoming was the staff who was very attentive both when were we were planning and the night of-- our drinks were always refilled, and the evening ran like clockwork.
Highly recommended!
Stunning Venue with Charming Ballrooms and Courtyard (Cocktail Hour Area). The price is above average per head for the Read more...
Stunning Venue with Charming Ballrooms and Courtyard (Cocktail Hour Area). The price is above average per head for the area, but includes all linens, a fine selection of filet mignon, chicken and fish, as well as a Venetian bar at dessert time. Price includes an open, top shelf bar as well. Most welcoming was the staff who was very attentive both when were we were planning and the night of-- our drinks were always refilled, and the evening ran like clockwork.
Highly recommended! Read less
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