By Rose Overbey
Albany
New York
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Often overlooked because of the state’s namesake city, Albany, New York is a beautiful city with a rich historical past. The city’s charter is the nation’s oldest active charter -- dating to 1686! In fact, it was in Albany where Benjamin Franklin first introduced the idea of uniting the States into a union, with the "Albany Plan of Union." But Albany's rich history isn't where the story ends. Albany blends old and new effortlessly, it's this blend which draws tourists to visit each year.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next trip to Albany, NY, the beautiful capital of New York State. The city can be accessed by Albany International Airport (ALB). Located less than 10 miles from downtown, the airport is very convenient for travelers. Book your flight today with EscapeWizard.com: To do so, please follow the link to make flight arrangements (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). And, when booking your hotel with EscapeWizard.com, please refer to our top selections of hotels in the Albany area for assistance with finding accommodations.  Our top selection in Albany goes to the Holiday Inn Express for its high service and strong drive to make sure its customers are well taken care of.
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EscapeWizard.com suggests you start your tour at the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza -- or as locals call it, the "Empire Plaza" or "South Mall." The plaza is surrounded by a collection of skyscrapers and government buildings -- but most noticeable is “the Egg.” Now a recognizable part of the city's skyline, "the Egg" was constructed between the '60' and '70's. This uniquely shaped building, which accurately reflects its name, houses two amphitheatres and is the city's Center for the Performing Arts. The center attracts a variety of performances year round. EscapeWizard.com recommends seeing a show at this unique theatre while you're in town. In a corner of the plaza is the Corning Tower Observation deck. It's certainly worth the trip up the elevator. The deck offers a full view of all of Albany – enjoy a birds-eye view of the Governor's Mansion or glaze out into the Catskills. EscapeWizard.com can guarantee you'll enjoy this sight!
   
From the Corning Tower, leave the plaza and take a quick walk down Madison Avenue and make a right onto Eagle Street to see the Governor's mansion. This beautiful Queen Anne style building has evolved since its inception, but architectural buffs and novices alike will appreciate the Italianate and Second Empire influences on this building. It has been home to 31 governors and their families since 1875 -- three of which later became presidents.  Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt all lived in the mansion before moving to the White House.
   
On the other side of the plaza is the New York State Capitol Building. A grand structure combining Romanesque Revival and Neo-Renaissance architecture, this building looks more like a castle than a capitol! A vaulted ceiling inside is reminiscent of a cathedral. EscapeWizard.com recommends scheduling a tour of this magnificent building. Most can be scheduled through state Assembly members or the Office of General Service.
   
Albany also offers a vibrant nightlife in mid-town, which includes the neighborhoods of Center Square, Hudson/Park, Lark Street, and Washington Park. Mid-town offers unique shops and wonderful restaurants during the day, but also is home to some of the city's best bars and nightclubs. There are also some good hot spots to check-out that are closer to the Hudson River.
   
If you visit in the summer, EscapeWizard.com recommends enjoying some of the attractions on the riverfront. Boat rides and cruises are offered, and there is an amphitheatre that is likely to be hosting a lively performance if it's a warm weekend!

EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit Albany, NY. There are plenty of options for getting around. Hitch a ride on the Albany Trolley for a historic tour, grab a taxi or hop on one of the public buses. In the summer make sure you treat yourself to a ride on the river in one of the local "Ducks boats" or cruises. This city will surely be a treat for everyone -- from the amateur historian, to the art inclined -- and anyone looking for a fun time in a unique city. Just click the link above and book your next trip to Albany, New York with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Albany
By Summer Brons
Hampton Inn
1442 Western Avenue, Albany, NY
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The next time your travels find you in Albany, New York, book your overnight accommodations with the Hampton Inn (formally the Holiday Inn) Western Avenue University hotel. Conveniently located just minutes from downtown, the SUNY Albany campus and the Albany International Airport (ALB), you’ll be close to everything without giving up the simple luxuries of relaxation.
 
Be sure to plan on visiting the New York State Museum, Crossgates Mall and the Empire State Plaza during your stay at the Hampton Inn; with such close proximity, you won’t have to miss out on a thing. And with quick access to I-90 and I-87, Tech Valley and Albany Nano Tech, the Hampton Inn is perfect for either the leisure or business traveler.
 
An on-site array of conveniences awaits you. Gear up for a busy day with a hot signature cinnamon roll at the complimentary, well-stocked Express Start breakfast bar, catch up on work in the 24-hour business center, burn a few calories in the 24-hour fitness center, even take a dip in the refreshing indoor pool. Many nearby restaurants are also available to choose from for your post-breakfast dining needs, not to mention the generous collection of excellent restaurants in downtown Albany.
 
When it’s time to retire for the evening, do so in comfort of your well-equipped guest room. Each room features free Wi-Fi internet access, a 32 flat screen TV with premium cable, a plush bed, microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker, work desk, iron and board, hairdryer and bath amenities. Additionally, members of the Priority Club Rewards program will receive credits for their stay at the Hampton Inn.
 
When you find yourself needing a space of your own in New York’s bustling city of Albany, look no further than the Hampton Inn Western Avenue University location. The familiar face and affordable comforts are sure to make your stay complete. Make your arrangements with EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Albany
By Sandy O\\\'Neal
Hilton Garden Inn Albany
800 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY
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The Hilton Garden Inn in Albany, New York is nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and right across the street from the terminal at the Albany International Airport. You can catch a shuttle from the airport and have only 2 minutes drive time to the hotel. Whether you are in the Albany area for business or pleasure you will find the location convenient. It’s nearby an array of things to see and do and in close proximity to many businesses.  Check in is 4:00 p.m. and check out is noon.

The guest rooms are luxurious and spacious. You can choose a room with 1 King size bed or 2 Double beds. Room amenities include a large work desk, a seating area with an HDTV, refrigerator, microwave oven and complimentary high speed internet with wireless capabilities.

The business traveler will find that the hotel is equipped with the conveniences of the office. You can access a printer, fax machine, copier, and audio/visual equipment is available to rent.  A visit to the complimentary fitness center will help you maintain your fitness routine while away from home. After your workout, enjoy a refreshing swim in the pool, or relax in the whirlpool.

If you are looking for a place to host an event or group meeting, the hotel has more than 2,300 square feet of space that can accommodate up to 110 people.

You can dine right on-site at the Great American Grill. You will enjoy scrumptious meals made with locally grown ingredients in a casual environment.  Organic foods are utilized when possible. The Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The Pavilion Pantry is open 24-hours and offers an assortment of prepared meals that you can enjoy from the comfort of your room.

When your travels take you to Albany, there is no better place to stay than the Hilton Garden Inn. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your next stay.  Just follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Albany
By Suzi Harkola
Homewood Suites by Hilton Albany
216 Wolf Road, Albany, NY
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Homewood Suites by Hilton is located just 2.5 miles from the Albany International Airport, and a 24-hour airport shuttle is provided as a guest service. This convenient location is perfect for both business and leisure travel. The AAA Diamond rating and a Hilton HHonors rewards offer additional benefits for frequent travelers to the New York State Capital, just a short drive from the hotel. Check-in time is 3pm; check-out is at noon.

The Albany Homewood Suites includes 133 studio as well as one- and two-bedroom suites. Reflecting the company’s slogan, Make Yourself at Home, the rooms feature separate living, dining and sleeping areas, fully equipped kitchens for long-term stay, free wireless Internet access and televisions in the sleeping and living areas equipped with on-demand movies. Phones with voicemail and alarm clocks with MP3 connectivity are additional features sure to be a hit with business and family travelers.  Enjoy a full breakfast every day, plus evening dinner and drinks Monday through Thursday.

Hotel amenities include a media room with 75 HD TV and Bose® Surround Sound as well as a business center and meeting rooms. Business travelers will also appreciate AV equipment rental, complimentary printing service, express mail, fax, and photo-copying services. For family comfort, recreational opportunities for families with children are provided, as well as an on-site ATM, baggage storage, on-site coin laundry and dry cleaning valet service, and an onsite convenience gift/snack shop. A basketball court, pool and fitness room assure that your fitness regime remains intact while on the road.
Homewood Suites by Hilton in Albany invites you to Make Yourself at Home on your next business or pleasure trip to the Capital. Our award-winning staff is here to serve you and to guarantee your satisfaction. Seasonal specials are available, as well as senior citizen discounts and, of course, Hilton HHonors promotions.

EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) can assist with booking your reservations at Homewood Suites by Hilton in Albany. Contact us today!