The Morgan State House
What To Know
- Rooms are split between the main house and an out building; the main house is where breakfast is served, but the out building has an elevator which is a distinct advantage
- There are plenty of museums, shops and restaurants within walking distance
- The inn has paid parking if finding a spot on State Street is too hard
- Free WiFi is hit or miss
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Located in Albany, The Morgan State House is minutes from Washington Park and Washington Avenue Armory Sports and Convention Arena. This romantic bed & breakfast is close to The Egg and New York State Museum.
Make yourself at home in one of the 16 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as desks and irons/ironing boards.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Take in the views from a garden and make use of amenities such as complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services.
Food & Drink
A complimentary continental breakfast is served daily from 7 AM to 10:30 AM.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and luggage storage. Planning an event in Albany? This bed & breakfast has facilities measuring 240 square feet (22 square meters), including a meeting room. Self parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
How to Get There
I have stayed at the Morgan State House numerous times as I prefer it to chain hotels and the cost is sometimes a lot cheaper. It is NOT a B & B and I am perfectly fine with that as the kitchen is fully stocked and you can help yourself at all hours of the day and night. There is not an elevator so be prepared to shlep your bags up several flights of stairs, again not an issue for me. And the parking in the designated lot around the block is not super convenient but there IS secure parking so it's not horrible. What does concern me though, on my last two visits I have noticed that the House's grandeur is fading and upkeep is needed to preserve its uniqueness. The beautiful hardwood floors on the first floor and the staircase are a disaster and need refinishing before they get to a point of no return. I happily noticed some of the furniture was replaced as it needed it. The fourth floor studio is super cool, a bit of a hike up all the stairs, and the bathroom set-up is a little bizarre but it works. Please, please don't let the house fall apart as it is a gem and unlike any other place to stay in Albany! And I have always only stayed in the main house, which you can reserve your room choice on their website so I don't get the complaints about staying in the annex?!
This hotel is very classic and part of the Albany Historical District. When you enter, you will feel like you are staying in someone's house. The main building - at 393 State Street - is very beautiful and homely. Breakfast is served here and there are always cookies to take throughout the day/food in the fridge which you can pick up.
We were given a room in their other property which is just two houses down, in a building. Our room was nice - it had its own mini-kitchenette which was very convenient. The room was big enough for us and had all necessary amenities. The bathroom was small, but it was fine.
The old house - where the breakfast is served - does not have elevators. The other building has an elevator and our room was on the 7th floor.
Housekeeping takes care of everything in the kitchenette, which is great. Breakfast served in the main house was strictly okay - basic options kept out and you could help yourself accordingly.
They do not have a 24 hour reception concept, so you have to be careful of that. They give you keys to enter, but for check-in you need to make sure you are there in time. In case you need anything after 7 pm, there is no one there, but there is a number to contact them on always. All the staff we interacted with were super nice and friendly. They gave us a list of restaurants along with discounts at various places. It was all well organised and very personal.
Would highly recommend this guest house for a stay in Albany. It was walking distance to where we needed to be, so the location worked for us.
We had a lovely weekend at the Morgan State House. Our room was large and comfortable with beautiful bay windows in the sitting area and a fireplace. A continental breakfast was available each morning and the kitchen was available at any time. The house is located across from Washington Park and our room had a lovely view of the park. Walking distance to restaurants and museums and we enjoyed just walking in the park. The WiFi was free but somewhat problematic which just meant we didn’t use it as much as we might have otherwise.
We loved our stay at Morgan State House. Management emailed to ask our time of arrival as no staff based there after 7pm, I told them our train was due in at 6.39pm so should be there just around 7pm, they asked us to ring in case staff had gone home. I messaged again from the train to confirm our arrival time and again they asked us to phone from the station. I found this all rather pedantic when it was very clear we would be there within minutes of 7pm and having a U.K. phone meant unnecessary international call charges!
However on arrival the lady was very friendly and told us we were in the annex building. I had read mixed reviews about this but it was a lovely surprise. We were on 3rd floor which was serviced by an elevator. The room was spacious, cosy, clean and had a very well equipped kitchen. The bathroom was pretty small but had both shower and bathtub. Breakfast was on offer in the main house but we didn’t have it, we had been travelling for over 4 weeks and were a little sick of bagels and cereal etc, so having a kitchen here it was just great to take advantage of that and cook our own breakfast.
The bed was comfortable but I do have to say the pillows were dreadful! More like sleeping on a pile of tissue papers. Also although the kitchen was well equipped there were no dish cloths or t-towels for washing and drying up. Small investment from the accommodation for these small things would make a big difference to guest comfort.
Overall we just loved our stay here through, the room had real atmosphere and character which was a welcome break from standard chain style hotel rooms. Would definitely stay here again if visiting Albany. We didn’t have a car so parking not a problem, we either walked or took Uber which worked well for us.
My wife and I are frequent travelers and depend on Trip Advisor before trying a new accommodation. I am seldom a contrarian, but in this case I am puzzled by all of the accolades. We stayed here for three nights during our first visit to Albany. This residential urban street across from a lovely city park has appeal: however, be sure you have the exact address because there is no signage except for a small window sign. This old home still has lots of fine woodwork and the first floor common area is pleasant enough. Upon arrival, someone will emerge from the basement which is off the kitchen where you will self-serve your breakfast in the mornings. The employee takes your credit card down into the basement ( all banks will advise you not to leave your credit card out of your site) to record your card etc. Our room was on the third floor up some very steep steps--there is no elevator. Our rather large room included a well-worn couch and a couple of old but comfortable leather chairs. The room decor was dull and uninspiring--the door handle was almost falling off and the doors throughout needed some paint. Finally, the most unnerving aspect is a very limited number of parking spaces ( offered on a first-come, first-serve basis) that will cost you an extra $10 per day. Otherwise you will be fighting for street parking. The secure parking lot is directly behind the inn and you cannot access the building from the rear. Instead, you must walk around via an alley. While the inn fronts a pleasant residential street, you must drive around the block to access the parking lot and the street opposite is very seedy and makes one uncomfortable at night. Moreover, there is no staff available in the evenings. This situation was NOT in our comfort zone.