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
We had the pleasure of staying here when we came to town for a wedding.
The hotel itself is spotless, the staff is lovely and helpful, and the rooms are large and comfortable.
It isn't a five star luxury resort, but a nice little boutique property.
The location is convenient to restaurants and some shopping.
The surrounding areas aren't great; stick to the main part of town.
Absolutely wonderful from start to finish.
Delightful small hotel located in the heart of the "electric city"
Safe off street parking in a lot behind Proctors theatre with a private entrance to the historic Arcade building (accessable after hours with door code).
Staff couldn't be more friendly and welcoming.
We were upgraded to the Presidential Suite which was absolutely breathtaking and had great views of the Downtown area as well as the GE Plant (a great local landmark and pretty at night.
Breakfast was the usual spread found at Holiday Inn Express type hotels.
A perfect 10!
This boutique hotel was so cute. It looked like they really took some one designing it and the housekeeping staff really loved their jobs because you can tell seeing how clean it was. The front desk people were also very nice and professional. So many cute little shops around the area I would defiantly stay again.
when i arrived , i immediately gave my name and the name of the person who had made the reservation..they had no record, so i left.main office ok'd the reservation.when i returned they told me i had not given them my name which was not true.a rickety elevator tool me to my suite, which was partially rehabbed..bed was comfortable..air conditioning was reliable.no noise from a busy downtown area..noise from an adjoining bank building, where a wedding was taking place, interrupted my early bedtime.
It really pains me to write this, as I love this hotel, but I feel like I have no choice. I stayed here with my mo for an early Mother's day trip. We were seeing the King and I and since I have stayed here before and had a great experince, figured we'd stay here agian
We checked into the hotel and got our room entered the room and it felt like a Suana. The temp on the wall read 85 degrees, tried several times to turn it down, and couldn't seem to make the AC come on. CAlled down, and waited. No response to our complatint. Stopped by the desk and was told -- oh we're working on it. (Seems it was an issue in the whole building.)
about 30 minutes later we called down again, it was now 87 in the room. I work in a hotel, and the fact that it was that long without a response ... well I know it would be unexceptable to not send someone up to the room to investigate immediately.
So after what was our 3rd call, and a stop by the desk, two maintence men came up to try and help. Stated that it wasn't just our room but yes it was VERY hot in there, and they'd do what they could. I will say their willingness to help is why it has 3 stars and not 2. They were great, put in a window unit, taped around it so it would stay, and really tried - however when we got back to the room after the show, it was still 74 degrees, yes somewhat cooler, but still much warmer than we would have liked.
The front desk clerk didn't seem to be intrested in helping, and looked miserable (But as I said it was hot in the building so that could have had something to do with it.) There was a wedding going on, and I felt bad for the bride and bridal party as they had to be sweltering.
I love this hotel, and would love to come back, but to spend $200 for and uncomortable stay...well I couldn't stay silent.
Various workers mentioned new owners, as I can see several posts on TripAdvisor and Facebook mention them. I can hope that they continue the greatness I had experinced in the past (and hope to in the future) -- but if we didn't have a 3 hour drive back and the play got out later than expected, (it was almost 11pm) I would have asked for a refund and driven home.
A Sauna in the bedroom (and not a spa trip) is not what I was hoping to give my mom for Mothers Day
(( I want to state also giving the room 2 stars because of the heat. The placement of the TV on a shelf above the fridge -- and Again - the fact it was almost 90 degrees in the room at one point.))