ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Albany’s newest hotel is celebrating one week of operations Thursday.
The “Renaissance Albany Hotel” marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday. However, this grand re-opening is part of a bigger plan in Downtown Albany.
The Renaissance Albany is on State and Eagle Streets. Through the second floor window of the library, you can see it’s across from the Capitol, to put it in perspective of where it is. As you move along State you see City Hall, and further Wellington row, still under construction.
The newly opened hotel is the former Dewitt Clinton hotel, which was originally built in 1927, lasting until 1975. The $48.5 million renovation restores the 203 room hotel, while retaining historic features. In the lobby, only water can be used to clean this old wood.
Chandeliers and the marble floors are original and refurbished, as well as murals representing scenes from the founding and development of New York State.
Dewitt Clinton was known for commissioning the Erie Canal; that’s what this scene represents.
Next door the wellington Hotel Annex was demolished in the summer of 2014, to make room for the Albany Capital Center.
From a ninth floor room in the Renaissance, you can see the construction underway for the Convention Center. The hotel will be connected via an enclosed walkway to the center, the TU and The Egg.
Laura Petrovic is the director of sales and marketing for the renaissance.
“The top floor is concierge. We have a beautiful restaurant on the main level and the bar is great there, the food is great. We’ve been taste testing for weeks which is excellent,” said Petrovic, Director of Sales & Marketing.
The Albany Capital Center is expected to open early 2017.