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The lobby off Eagle Street. It includes a lot of original elements, including the woodwork, floor, and murals.

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The ballroom, which looks out on Howard and Eagle streets.

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Ballroom ceiling.

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The second floor includes spaces that can be rented in conjunction with the ballroom or separately for events.

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One of the event rooms is in the northwest corner of the building and looks out at the Capitol.

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Looking into the lobby.

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Leading to the bar and restaurant, Wellington's.

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Those seats by the street level windows look like prime spots.

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The arcade-style corridor that leads out to State Street.

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Architecture gawking: Renaissance Albany Hotel

renaissance albany hotel lobby

We happened to be at the Capitol today so we hopped across Eagle Street to gawk at the lobby of the recently-opened Renaissance Albany Hotel in the redeveloped DeWitt Clinton building at State and Eagle. The building dates back to 1927 and some of the original details have made it through to this new life.

Level of swank: High.

If you have a chance to stop in, it's worth a look. The hotel staff was very friendly today, welcoming people into the space and showing off the place. While you're there, you can also gawk at the Albany convention center construction site on the next block and the renovated Wellington Row buildings next door. (There's a lot going on in that area right now.)

Here are a few pics...


Pics are above in large format -- click or scroll all the way up.

Comments

All in all a great job! Definitely a positive addition to downtown Albany. However, I saw photos of one of the rooms and was not impressed. The furnishings were scant and looked as if bought on the cheap.

Swank indeed. I wonder if the drinks are any good.

Well, it certainly is shiny. Now if only it were tasteful.

Absolutely awesome...........

I'm glad it is back in operation, but the modern furniture fixtures in the lobby and public spaces look generic and cheap. Like they are trying to say this is a vintage hotel for people who don't like vintage hotels

Absolutely the best hotel we have in the area. Finally there is a place with some style!!! The restaurant is fantastic too.

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