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Reception
$500 starting price
Ceremony
$105 starting price
Bar service
$10 per person
Reception
$500 starting price
Ceremony
$105 starting price
Bar service
$10 per person

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Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel is a unique and stylish wedding venue located in Albany, New York. This landmark hotel features a number of indoor spaces for your ceremony and reception that can accommodate wedding parties of all sizes. The property sits less than a mile from the Albany International Airport and is conveniently located directly off Exit 3 of the Northway I-87, making it easy to access for out-of-town guests.

Facilities and Capacity

With a maximum capacity of 540 in a reception setting, couples have several locations to choose from for their wedding. Exchange vows in one of the two beautiful indoor courtyards, with garden terrace landscaping including a charming koi pond, pergola, and over 30' high ceilings with atrium skylights.

Couples who envision a modern ballroom setting have the choice of three ballrooms of varying sizes to best fit their ceremony or reception. Each wedding includes a private hospitality suite for the happy couple and their party to use as a get-ready area before cocktail hour. Blocks of guest room accommodations can be arranged for guests, and a complimentary overnight room is provided for the newlyweds.

Services Offered

The team at Crowne Plaza Albany - The Desmond Hotel offers a myriad of services and amenities to help you make your vision a reality. This includes customized event planning and in-house catering and bartending services. The award-winning culinary team is happy to create a custom menu, or you may choose from the hotel's predesigned wedding packages for convenience.

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Frequently asked questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$500

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$500

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$105

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$105

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$10

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

1

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

23

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Garden
Hotel

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Aisle Runners
Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Shuttle
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

June
July
August

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
April
May
September
October
November
December
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Michelle H. Sent on 09/05/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing!!!

We just had our rehearsal dinner, wedding, and breakfast recently all at The Desmond. Each and every event was perfection!!! From the amazing food our guests keep raving about, to the extremely attentive and kind staff working there - we would not change a single thing with our experience! I cannot say enough to thank them all for making our wedding a dream come true and for making us feel like royalty the whole time. Also, our guests loved that they were able to go right up to their rooms at the end of the night! The renovations done at The Desmond look amazing, it is so modern and beautiful. I would 100% do everything over again here and love every minute of it!! This is the best place to have your wedding or any event!
Emily
Emily M. Sent on 06/21/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Wonderful Wedding Venue!

We had a fabulous experience working with the staff at the Desmond. From the very beginning, Jack Roddy and Amanda were so helpful and flexible. They listened to what we wanted and executed the day of. The space is beautiful, and it allows for a lot of creativity. We utilized the King street ballroom, Mr. D's for late night and the coi pond for brunch. We highly recommend this venue!
Renee
Renee M. Sent on 05/24/2022
5 out of 5 rating

The Best of the Best

To say that The Desmond is the best of the best places to have your wedding reception is an understatement. Throughout our wedding planning process, Amanda Stankavich and Jack Roddy were there every step of the way. During COVID and lockdown, we had to reschedule our wedding not once, not twice, but three times. Jack Roddy was an absolute angel on earth for us during this difficult time, and we are forever grateful to him. He made what would normally be a stressful process (rescheduling your wedding three times) seamless and he alleviated us of so much stress knowing that we were in good hands! When our special day finally arrived, Jack, Amanda, the staff at The Desmond nailed every single detail. As a bride, I felt like they took the vision of what was inside my head, and they made it happen right before my eyes. As I walked into the ballroom with my new husband to see our space for the first time, I instantly started crying happy tears. We cannot say thank you enough to them for all that they have done. Throughout our reception, the waitstaff was extremely attentive and kept checking in with us to see if we needed anything. We would recommend The Desmond to anybody in a heartbeat. We had a night that we will remember forever!
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner

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Team

Amanda Stankavich
Amanda Stankavich
Catering Sales Manager

Amanda has been with the hotel since 2013 and loves working with couples to make their special day a reality. She has experience working with diverse couples including Pakistani, Punjabi, Mehendi, Haldi, Pithi, Sangeet, and Nikah cultural wedding traditions.

Joanne Salerno
Joanne Salerno
Catering Sales Manager

Joanne is new to our team, and loves working with couples to create events based on their unique tastes and experiences.

Professional Network & Endorsements

1 Endorsement
Paul Saunders Photography Paul Saunders Photography Wedding Photographers

The Desmond does everything with class that is hard to match. They have two very Grande ballrooms both with indoor open-air courtyards that are unlike any other reception venue I know. So much space for everything and the food is exceptional. On a personal note, you will be absolutely delighted with the catering manager Don Edmond and all the wedding staff as they are incredibly professional and take care of everything. Their goal is always to make couples and their families delighted and they do!!

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