The Parker Inn & Suites
What We Love
- A boutique hotel in the tallest building in charming Schenectady, with breakfastStarting each day with a complimentary continental breakfast
- Choosing an abode with a kitchenette at this friendly boutique base
- Venturing out of the tallest building downtown, to explore the theater and Jay Street’s shops
- Taking an NYC day trip – Manhattan’s three-and-a-half hours by car
What To Know
- Conveniently located on State Street right next door to Proctor's Theater and multiple restaurants
- Complimentary onsite parking is available
- Free WiFi works well
“Unique New York” isn’t just a tongue-twister; it’s also the perfect way to describe Schenectady, a small city upstate that boasts various one-of-a-kind attractions. Just half an hour from the Saratoga Raceway and three and a half by car from NYC, it’s got its own distinct identity, with such offerings as the Museum of Innovation and Science, the state’s first historic district – the Stockade Historic District, dedicated to Dutch and English homes from the 17th and 18th centuries – and a former vaudeville theater. The last will be just next door to you, and the others an easy walk, when you stay at The Parker Inn & Suites.
This boutique TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner is a lovely place to dine on a simple and straightforward continental breakfast each morning – and a room-service lunch or dinner from Aperitivo Bistro, itself a Certificate of Excellence winner, which is only two doors away. It’s also a great spot to get some sleep, with comfy beds in all of these rooms, which additionally hold an assortment of conveniences and cable TVs. Most of all, though, it’s an ideal base from which to see the city sights, with its central location. Not that you need to venture out at all for a Schenectady view, as you’re in the tallest building in downtown.
Rooms and studios
Historic touches and modern conveniences converge in the cozy rooms. Look forward to views of the city, a cable TV, a small microwave and a refrigerator in your own. Queen studios and Standard Queen rooms both hold spacious bathrooms with walk-in showers, but the one in the second includes a rain showerhead; this abode also offers a kitchen with a full-sized refrigerator, a microwave, a sink, a dishwasher and an island with a granite countertop. Deluxe King accommodations overlook downtown and add on a sofa bed.
Schenectady is a small city in upstate New York, holding a charming 1920s movie theater (adjacent to the inn); a house-museum; its very own Central Park; and what was the first historic district in New York state, where you can tour 18th- and 19th-century Dutch and English colonial homes. Jay Street is a great stop for shopping and dining, with a summer jazz series, and the Saratoga Raceway is a half-hour drive. It’s just three and a half hours to New York City, if you’re interested in a day trip.
How to Get There
Overall very nice hotel, comfortable room and friendly service. Parking is a problem so arrive early. Breakfast is good and plentiful. Overall good value for a Double Tree!! Excellent for a night or week!!
Quirky charm, spotless room and bathroom with comfy bed, great toiletries (love the goat milk soap!). Staff (special kudos to Maria) was friendly & incredibly gracious, going out of their way to arrange an early check-in after my long train ride, helping me log into their internet, directing me to places I wanted to go to and where to catch buses and even teaching me how to master the breakfast waffle maker! Being without a car, I was pleasantly surprised at how convenient the location was - right near the new Amtrak station, next door to Proctor's and spitting distance from restaurant options and and charming cafes and stores on Jay street. I would definitely return.
We booked this hotel in hopes of a good and interesting experience. Unfortunately we were disappointed. It's dated. The elevator was probably built by Abe Lincoln.... old and clunky. The thermostat in the room was inoperable and the face was broken so you couldn't tell if you were warming or cooling the room or even what the temperature was. I was cold all night long. The fan was on constantly all night. There were no extra blankets in the room. I used the bath towels to provide extra warmth. The shower was nice. The location is in an interesting part of town, but the hotel parking is a bit remote and hard to find. It needs work. With a major upgrade it could be a unique botique hotel. Breakfast was OK. Unhappily, we won't stay there again.
Old fashioned hotel. Nice rooms. Strange layout of room, with island in the middle, limited dishes, two plates, one bowl, one cup and saucer, two forks. Cook top has a broken corner. Close to downtown, especially Proctors, to which it is connected. Restaurants near by.
We were near the end of an 8-day bike trip from Buffalo to Albany. Schenectady was the next-to-last stop. We staggered into the Parker Inn & Suites with our tandem bicycle, ready to get into our room and clean up.
The room itself was a little strange. It had a refrigerator, a microwave, and dishes (all pluses!) However, it had an "island" in the middle of the room, making it somewhat difficult to get to the bathroom (there was very little space between the island and the corner of the bed). Also, there were no towels in the room when we arrived (the maid happily brought them up and apologized). Sort of a mixed initial impression.
The location was very good: right next to the pedestrian mall and a few blocks to Little Italy (GO THERE!!!).
The breakfast that came with the room was pretty rudimentary (much less than you get at a Fairfield Inn).
The room was quiet (on the 3rd floor). The elevator was sort of small (not a problem unless you are trying to squeeze a tandem bicycle in :-)
Overall, an OK place...not great but not bad.