"Would have been nice to know that if you decide to pay cash for the room when you get there that there is a $50 deposit in place. Would have been nic ... " More

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Hotel Description

Hotel near University at Albany SUNY in Albany

Near the airport

You'll find Colonie Center Mall and Crossgates Mall within 3 miles (5 km) of this Albany hotel. Northway Mall and Watervliet Shaker National Historic Site are also within 3 miles (5 km).

Free perks

This hotel features a restaurant, an outdoor pool, and a bar/lounge. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the business center and free WiFi in public areas. Enjoy the fitness center and free perks like continental breakfast and free self parking.

Free WiFi, sofa beds

Featuring conveniences like sofa beds and coffee/tea makers, the 85 guestrooms also offer free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Other amenities include free local calls, hair dryers, and safes.

Standard Room, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max
C$83 per night

Double Room, 2 Double Beds

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Standard Room, 1 King Bed, Smoking

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Double Room, 2 Double Beds, Smoking

Bed Count 2 Full Beds Maximum Occupancy 4 Max

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Albany ratings based on 11 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
2.6 out of 5 2.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 2.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 3.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 2.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 2.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Howard Johnson by Wyndham Albany

Everyone (4)
1 out of 5


Don't ever stay at this hotel it was so dirty I was afraid to walk on the carpets. The towels were dirty and smelled moldy. The pictures they show must have been when the Howard Johnson was new becaus the rooms did not look like that    It was awful and I will ever stay there again.

Posted by , from Vancouver on 21 Jan. 2014

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4 out of 5

Posted by on 11 Apr. 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

11 Apr. 2019 by David, Guest Relations Manager

Thanks very much for providing feedback on your recent stay with us. It was a pleasure to serve you and we look forward to having you back with us again soon.

3 out of 5

Posted by on 2 Oct. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

2 Oct. 2018 by Manager

Thank you for taking the time to share your rating of our hotel. We hope to earn your business again on your next travels.

3 out of 5

Posted by on 10 Sep. 2018

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Comment from Hotel Management

10 Sep. 2018 by Manager

On behalf of our entire staff thank you for staying with us and for rating your stay.

3 out of 5

Was ok

Would have been nice to know that if you decide to pay cash for the room when you get there that there is a $50 deposit in place. Would have been nice to have known before getting to the hotel

Posted by on 2 Oct. 2016

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2 out of 5

Howard Johnson has left the building

Pros: Free breakfast, Close restaurants, Free Internet
At one time, Howard Johnson offered an impeccable lodging experience, with one of the best restaurants in the country, always friendly, always affordable, and rooms always clean as a whistle. The only similarity between the former Howard Johnson's and the present hotel is that they both have the name "Howard Johnson." Beyond that, it's same planet, different worlds. My 3/5 "Value For Money" rating reflects the fact that this was the least expensive hotel available. It would be difficult to imagine anyone "wanting" to stay here for any other reason than saving money. The room was old, drab, and a bit shabby. The rug was poorly cleaned. There were several budget-quality appliances stacked about in random fashion, some plugged in, some not. The refrigerator had the distinctive smell of a unit that had been turned off for a long time, then recently turned on without being cleaned. The bathroom was "sort of" clean but reeked of disinfectant. The living room light didn't work until I unplugged the clock radio and plugged the lamp in. The dressing area light flickered and hummed continuously from an old fluorescent starter. The hair dryer didn't work. The TV set belongs in a museum. The staff were courteous, though difficult to communicate with, as is usually the case with people who speak little English.I'm sure they did the best they could with what they had to work with. Unfortunately, the once-delectable Howard Johnson's Restaurant is no more, replaced herein by an incredibly spicy Thai restaurant attached to the front of the building. If you're a food masochist and/or have a cast iron stomach, you'll love it. Bottom Line: Short on cash and need a cheap place to crash and shower for the night? This works for that. Otherwise, almost any other hotel would be a better choice.

Posted by , from Newark, NY on 14 Jun. 2012

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1 out of 5

Pay the extra $*. Stay at higher rated hotel.

Reserved a non-smoking room and received a smoking room, with the excuse that there were no others available. NOT GOOD. Giving a non-smoking room to a smoker is tolerable. Giving a smoking room to a non-smoker in highly intolerable, and downright disgusting. The room, bedding and walls reeked of years of cigarette smoke. All luggage and clothes needed to be fumigated after only one-night's stay. The carpet was stained, sink clogged and bathroom questionably hygenically cleaned. Paid $* to stay one night and regret the savings days later. Suggestion: Pay another $* and find an area hotel with a higher traveler rating. These ratings really do mean something. There are lots of hotels/motels in the immediate area (around UofAlbany, Cohoes, Colonie).

Posted by on 11 Oct. 2009

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5 out of 5


I went up to Albany on a whim and this was the cheapest hotel I found. They're only crowded on the weekends. I stayed for $50/night. For that rate, I got the following: a bed big enough for 3 people, a cable tv with 75 channels, a fridge and kitchen, a bathroom that was immaculate, and my own parking spot right in front of the room. The staff is nice enough that they will help you with anything 24/7. It is also extremely easy to find anything to do up there. I found a cigar shop, an army surplus place, and the biggest gun shop I've ever seen all on the same road as the hotel is on. There is also free internet access at the hotel, so you could find anything else that you would want to do up here.

Posted by on 6 May 2008

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1 out of 5

Not Good

Bathroom not clean, blood on door handle of bathroom. Heater way to noisy. Door unsafe does not open all the way. No free breakfast or breakfast room, Photos false advertising, no pool and no reception desk as picures shown. Dirty carpets and water way to salty.

Posted by on 15 Feb. 2008

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5 out of 5


Picked this hotel on a friends recommendation and was pleasantly surprised. Front desk was very helpful and hotel was right next to a great Mexican Restaurant. Hotel was very close to where I needed to be for my business.

Posted by on 10 May 2007

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About the Howard Johnson by Wyndham Albany

Location 1614 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205

Property Features

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Albany offers its guests an outdoor pool and a fitness center. There's a restaurant on site. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Free breakfast is served daily. A computer station is on site and WiFi is free in public spaces. A business center and a meeting room are available. Event space at this hotel measures 1200 square feet (111 square meters) and includes conference space. The business-friendly Howard Johnson by Wyndham Albany also features a garden, laundry facilities, and express check-out. Self parking is free. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this Albany hotel.

  • 85 guestrooms or units
  • 2 levels
  • 2 buildings
  • 1200 sq ft of conference space
  • 111 sq m of conference space
  • Continental breakfast (free)
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Business facilities
  • Conference space
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Garden
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Sofa bed


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking , RV, bus, truck parking


  • Airport: Albany, NY (ALB-Albany Intl.) (5.2 km / 3.2 mi)
  • Parking: Free self parking

Room Amenities

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Albany offers 85 air-conditioned accommodations, which are accessible via exterior corridors and feature safes and coffee/tea makers. Cable television is provided. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. This Albany hotel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • Pull-out sofa bed
  • Television
  • Cable channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Rollaway beds (surcharge)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Blackout drapes
  • Exterior corridor access
  • Air conditioning
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

Guests are served free continental breakfast daily from 6 AM to 10 AM.

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Albany has a restaurant on site.


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 3 PM


  • Check-out by 11 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are available for USD 15 per day.


  • No pets allowed


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification are required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Rollaway bed fee: USD 15 per day

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Howard Johnson Wyndham Albany Hotel
  • Howard Johnson Wyndham Albany
  • Howard Johnson Inn Albany

You should know

  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.