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The Argus Hotel

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8 Thurlow Ter, Albany, NY 12203-1006
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#3 of 8 B&Bs / Inns in Albany
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Jody Smith wrote a review Dec 2021
Charlotte, North Carolina283 contributions120 helpful votes
Five stars just doesn't do The Argus Hotel (TAH) justice! So many more could be awarded but for now I am relinquished to conform and will try to do TAH justice in my review. TAH is a former mansion turned attorney's office turned B&B, currently owned by Terra and Matt. A dynamic duo with a powerful history of business savvy, hospitality, craftsmanship, culinary experience and so much more. TAH was an amazing place but it was these two that welcomed my family into their home and embraced us with all of our nuances and imperfections as if they were part of the family too. Attentive and observant of what we needed, what worked or didn't in the house and were quick to adjust as needed. TAH is still a pretty new hotel and they are doing an amazing job ironing out all of the kinks that come with anything new. I was speechless when I first entered the house and spent hours absorbing the beauty of the house and their labor. As for the actual hotel...Built in the late 1890's, the hotel has the modernized features of central AC, WiFi, Satelitte TV, etc. but still holds the historic charm. The walls are adorned with hardwood paneling, wood floors and classically decorated with beautiful, modern furniture mixed with some classic pieces for added flare. There are a multitude of rooms for sitting and enjoying conversations and cocktails at the rustic bar in the main entrance as well as ample seating in the main area where the tremendous fireplace can be enjoyed. The bar serves a full menu of drinks which can be enjoyed whether you choose to stay at the hotel or not. Sleeping rooms are plentiful too and nicely decorated. There are a full compliment of sizes and configurations, even a separate carriage house turned into a perfect spot for families needing a bit of isolation from the main house. The carriage house/ cottage also has a small kitchenette, bathrooms, living rooms, etc. My wife, son and I stayed in the suite with the sun room off the back. A large room enough room perfect for a family with smaller kids and the ideal spot for a relaxing afternoon in the sunroom. All of the rooms were well stocked with the basic necessities and each had their own keypad for access as did the main entrances to the Hotel. This was my first visit to Albany so I was not familiar with the area. Having some down time between family events I did make my way out to some local restaurants and the neighboring park. I enjoyed the area and the scenery of the neighborhood and would definitely encourage anyone to do the same. The area has so much local flare and personality to enjoy it should be considered criminal to miss out. I am counting down the days until I can return for another phenomenal stay!
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Angela B wrote a review Oct 2021
Madison, Wisconsin62 contributions55 helpful votes
We stayed at the Argus unexpectedly for one evening and the first thing we noticed was that all communication was done via phone and/or text. We never met Matt or Terra in person. It would have been nice to meet Matt in person but he was very kind to accommodate us on short notice and he was attentive to our communications. The room appeared fairly clean (not sure if it was vacuumed) and with nice character. We were disappointed that there were no extra blankets or places to hang a jacket (no closets, armoires, coat rack or luggage racks). The towel rack in the bathroom came off the wall too so this may be one of those little things that happen during newer operation. It was very nice to be by Washington Park as it was on a dead end street and very quiet. The bar was not open during our stay so we cannot comment on that. The breakfast was more like a few snacks (juices, dry cereal and granola, and bananas). Would have loved to have to have more options and with a hotel like this, either vouchers for a cafe like the Iron Gate Cafe or options for hot items. With these few items considered and possibly upgraded, the rooms would be more on par with others we've experienced for this type of accommodation. Given all considerations, I've chosen an average overall rating and hope that if we stay again we will feel that we can report better.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Cynthia k wrote a review Sep 2021
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Spent 2 nights here while visiting adirondacks!! Such a fab surprise to come to this beautiful home!! The home is beautiful on the outside and the entry and bar! Home is redone but kept all its charm and added contemporary lighting and furnishings! If that’s not enough Terra was like a friend and boy did we have fun sitting and laughing at the cozy bar!!
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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joeyeatsout wrote a review Jul 2021
Beaufort, Slo Country1006 contributions213 helpful votes
Located on a pleasant street near a university this small hotel is very nicely decorated. However, our stylish room was perhaps the tiniest room we’ve ever stayed in (including European hotels). But we had a good nite’s sleep. It was very quiet because it seems that we were the only people staying the night. There’s plenty of off-street parking which is always good in an urban area…and there are definitely some dubious neighborhoods nearby. The bar was closed and is probably only open for weddings and parties. Casual restaurants (we had Vietnamese) are located within a couple of blocks. Breakfast was full of fresh fruit…our kind of thing. The hosts were very solicitous.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Lisa C wrote a review Jun 2021
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Growing Pains. Tara and Matt are doing a beautiful job restoring this mansion into a boutique hotel, but it's just not quite there yet. We travel a lot and are always looking for great places to stay with our dog. Our dog Phoebe was the first canine "guest". We booked through Booking and marked that we were traveling with our dog. Their Website also states that they have dog friendly rooms. My son is going to SUNY Albany in the fall so we will be in Albany frequently in the future. This trip was for a friend's 50th bday party. On the way there, we were texted that the pet-friendly rooms were not ready yet and the cleaning person would have it ready by 3:30. What we didn't realize was that we were the first pet-friendly guest. There are two pet friendly rooms on the first floor towards the back with doors that are easy to get in and out of. This made perfect sense. The room that was made up for us was on the smaller side. I asked if we could have the larger room and she was very accommodating and switched us. She did warn that it wasn't ready. I had to move some items over to the new room. This wasn't problem. For both rooms, there wasn't a wardrobe or closet to put our stuff - just a coat rack in the wall. If you are traveling with a wardrobe for events - I don't see how these rooms would work - no ironing board - but I am sure the front desk would give you one. Both rooms still did not hang their toilet paper holders which I found odd. Showers had good water pressure. Linens were nice. The carpet in both rooms were not vacuumed adequately. They have a deep blue carpet and every spec of dirt shows up. They made a big fuss about the cleaning fee for our dog and we were a little surprised. Little things in a room go a long way: glasses and an ice bucket in room. A welcome package for your pup (water bowl, treats, poop bags). We travel a lot and this is standard. Their bar is not open yet so they did have complimentary drinks, coffee, tea available at all times - this we appreciated. HERE was the main problem. We don't know what was going on with HVAC in our section of the hotel. The room was uncomfortably hot with no way to open a window. Neither one of us could sleep, woke up with headaches and left as soon as we could. My husband told them that the room was un-habitable and he expected them to right it. We did get the pet fee waived but no apology was sent. This was the worst experience we have had staying somewhere. We would love try the hotel again when the cocktail bar is open and after they have ironed out the wrinkles.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Argus Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Argus Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Washington Park (0.8 km), Albany Institute of History & Art (1.2 km), and Lark Street (1.0 km).
What are some restaurants close to The Argus Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Iron Gate Cafe, Rain, and The Cuckoo's Nest.
Are there any historical sites close to The Argus Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting New York State Capitol (1.5 km), Schuyler Mansion (2.3 km), and Ten Broeck Mansion (1.8 km).