I live in Schenectady and I’ve lived in the Capital Region my whole life so I never really get a chance to stay at a ton of hotels in the area, especially in Schenectady so I was excited to see the brand new Homewood Suites by Hilton in Schenectady (2 Freemans Bridge Rd, Glenville).
With Rivers Casino opening recently there’s definitely an influx of hotels in the area that really make Schenectady a true destination. Add that to the new ride-sharing laws and free Schenectady trolley and you honestly don’t have to go anywhere else or worry about driving. This past Wednesday, Mounsiff Slaoui, the General Manager of Homewood Suites gave me a tour of the new hotel whose grand opening was just this past Thursday.
My first impression is that the facility is incredibly modern. It feels more like you’re walking into an apartment building rather than a hotel, which I believe is what they’re going for. There are a few suites to choose from: King 1 bedroom suite some with a balcony view of the Mohawk River, King 1 bedroom studio suite some also have balcony view of the Mohawk River, 2 Queen bed suite and 2 Queen bed studio.
Each of the rooms look like a mini apartment with a refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and stove. Dishes are included in the cabinets but you must have your own cooking supplies. Also, in a nod to the Electric City they’re located in, every product is GE.
What I was most impressed with is just how attentive the hotel and their employees are to the guests’ needs. Wi-Fi is complimentary as well as access to the small business center with the ability to print. Laundry machines are also available for a small 50 cent per load cost. You also have access to breakfast and dinner complimentary with unlimited beer and wine or you can use the grills that are available on the patio if you’d rather cook for yourself.
Have people visiting from out-of-town or parents visiting a Union College student and they want to workout? There is also complimentary access to a workout room as well as saline pool with a full window view of the Mohawk River. Also, if there is someone who has extra accessibility needs, there are specific rooms with handicap access throughout with grab bars, larger showers with benches, and lower countertops for greater ease. If someone has a child, there is also access to high chairs and cribs at your convenience.
It honestly seems like this hotel has thought of everything! I live in Schenectady and I was thinking of a reason to have to stay there. The hotel is non-smoking and aside from service animals, not pet friendly but this feels like a place you could relax away for a weekend and not feel like you’re staying in a hotel, even if you live in the Capital Region.