BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel - Albany

1228 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203-3326
Phone: 518/489-2981   |   Fax: 518/489-8967   |   192 Rooms
Check Out Time: 11:00 AM   |   Check In: 3:00 PM   |   Online Reservations

Welcome to the BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel Albany!

When staying at our Albany hotel, a trip to the Crossgates Mall is a must, whether you’re here for an event at SUNY Albany (Albany University) or just getting away from the city.

A great academic community, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and the College of St. Rose are also in the neighborhood. We cater to all guests, whether you’re a healthcare professional at Albany Medical Center or simply touring a nearby college campus, our friendly staff members will make you feel at home.

Catch a game at the Times Union Center or take a stroll around Washington Park. The Palace Theatre always features exciting shows and don’t forget to attend a SUNY athletic event. They bring athletes and fans to the area from around the country. Take in a Guilderland Soccer Tournament or visit the Saratoga Racecourse for an adrenaline rush.

Even if you’re here to take the NYS Bar Exam, it’s important to treat yourself after those months of studying. How about a trip to the Altamont Fairgrounds to see what’s happening? All year-round there are special events taking place. Employees of General Electric (GE®) and Global Foundries® are a couple of our regular guests, and we prioritize business travelers who want to feel at home. Close to the Amtrak Rensselaer Station and Albany International Airport, traveling is easy at our Albany hotel.

Nearby, the NYS Museum and Empire State Plaza are must-sees for vacationers. Tour the capitol buildings and try out some of the local fare. Afterwards, you can rest easy in your spacious room with luxurious bedding. It’s the little touches that make any trip special, and we combine the best in service with the best amenities.

Book a room at the BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel Albany now!


Hotel Amenities & Services

  • 100% smoke-free hotel
  • Complimentary full breakfast Full hot American buffet breakfast served 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Mon-Fri and 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Sat & Sun
  • Indoor pool Heated
  • Exercise facility Open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 2 treadmills, stationary bike and weight machine
  • Cocktail lounge Complimentary full hot breakfast buffet is served daily. Casa Real,an independently owned restaurant,offers affordable authentic Mexican cuisine. Full bar on property as well. Hours 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., seven days a week.
  • Safe deposit box
  • Two elevators Hotel has 2 elevators
  • Complimentary Shuttle to Albany International Airport. Please call hotel for details. 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Complimentary shuttle service from and to Albany Int'l Airport and local Crossgates Mall. All other destinations (train station, hospitals...) fee of $15 per person round trip.
  • Local shuttle, Complimentary shuttle to Crossgate Mall and Stuyvesant Plaza from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Other locations available for a fee of $15.00 per person. Please call the hotel for details.
  • Free parking
  • Meeting facilities 6 Function rooms, 2 Boardrooms Total: 6500 Sq. Ft. meeting space
  • Banquet facilities Accommodates 10 - 350 guests.
  • Catering
  • Conference services
  • Business center Available 24-hours. Business center includes two touch screen computers and printers.
  • Universal gym
  • Fax services - nominal fee
  • Stationary bike
  • Treadmill
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Express check out
  • Cable or satellite television SHOWTIME®
  • Fax machine
  • Computer available
  • Photocopy, nominal fee
  • Dataports
  • Mail services United Postal Service
  • Wedding services Contact Catering Sales Manager for assistance
  • Conference facilities 6 Function rooms, 2 Boardrooms. Total: 6500 Sq. Ft. meeting space
  • Ballroom 6 Function rooms
  • Air-conditioning
  • Interior corridor
  • Elevator, wheelchair accessible 2 elevators
  • Parking for the physically challenged
  • Ice/vending machines One on every floor
  • Sunbathing
  • Outdoor parking
  • Laundromat Coin Operated washers and dryers available on 2nd and 4th floor
  • Free wireless internet available in public areas; Free in-room wireless internet access; Free wireless internet access available in public areas and all guest rooms

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Longitude: 42.677765  /  Latitude: -73.827825


Driving Directions to Hotel


From: Airport. Albany International Airport-Turn left from the airport parking, follow signs to 87 South for one mile. Turn right onto 87 South, follow Western Avenue Lane to the end. At traffic light, turn left onto Route 20 East -Western Avenue. The BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel - Albany is one mile on your right.

From: North. Saratoga, Lake George, Lake Placid, Montreal. Take I-87 South to the end. At traffic light, turn left onto Rt.20 E -Western Avenue. The BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel - Albany is one mile on your right.

From: South. Kingston, Newburg, New York City, New Jersey. Take I-87 N to Exit 24. After the toll, follow Exit 1S -Western Avenue- to the end. At traffic light, turn left onto Route20 E -Western Avenue. The BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel - Albany is one mile on your right.

From: West.

From: Utica, Cooperstown, Syracuse, Rochester, Buffalo. Take I-90 E to Exit 24. After the toll, follow Exit 1S -Western Avenue- to the end. At traffic light, turn left onto Route 20 E -Western Avenue. The BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel - Albany is one mile on your right.

From: East (Boston) Take I-90 W, take Exit B1, follow I-90 W to Exit 1S -Western Avenue- to the end. At traffic light, turn left onto Rt.20 E -Western Avenue. The BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel - Albany is one mile on your right.

From: Points East. East Greenbush, Rensselaer, and Castleton. Take I-90 W toward Buffalo. Take Exit 1S -Western Avenue- to the end. At traffic light, turn left onto Route 20 E -Western Avenue. The BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel - Albany is one mile on your right.

BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel - Albany

We care about the quality of your stay with us. Below are nearby attractions, shopping and restaurants that are popular with our guests. Listed locations are nearby with approximate distance listed where available.

Most Popular Area Attractions

Albany Institute of History & Art

Since its establishment in 1909, the Albany Institute of History & Art has encouraged interest in the art, culture, and history of Albany and Upper Hudson Valley. Stroll through this downtown museum to view wonderful collections like the Hudson River School collection and the Albany Mummies.

Permanent exhibitions include Ancient Egypt and Traders & Culture: Colonial Albany & the Formation of American Identity. Schedule time to attend one of the museum's lectures, educational programs, or classes offered throughout the year. The Albany Institute of History & Art also hosts cultural events and workshops.

Albany International Airport

NY Attractions

Albany International Airport

Set in New York’s capital city, the Albany International Airport (ALB) is a public airport set just north of Albany.

Established in 1908, ALB supports major airlines like Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and US Airways.

Supporting four terminals, ALB serves the region central New York, and is a focus city for Cape Air. ALB is owned by Albany County, and operated by the Albany County Airport Authority.

Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium

Enjoy your next visit to New York with a stay in Albany. There are many ways to help make this trek through NY memorable – whether it be the stunning golf courses, unique and fun roadside attractions, or ski areas – and one spot you can't miss is Bob Ford Field.

Particularly ideal for sports fans visiting Albany and the Hudson Valley, Bob Ford Field at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium is home to the University at Albany football team. It opened in 2013, and can seat 8,500 fans. Visit Albany during the late summer or fall and catch the Albany Great Danes hit the gridiron.

Empire State Plaza

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Empire State Plaza

Completed in 1976, the Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller Empire State Plaza – more commonly known as Empire State Plaza – is located in downtown Albany, New York.

Comprised of eight buildings, the complex most notably features a uniquely shaped performing arts theater and meeting center called the Egg, and Corning Tower – the tallest building in New York outside of New York City.

Visitors to the plaza will find numerous memorials, including the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Throughout the plaza, the Empire State Plaza Art Collection features over 90 large paintings, as well as sculptures and tapestries.


FASNY Museum of Firefighting

Opened on Memorial Day, 1926, the FASNY Museum of Firefighting draws enthusiasts to the Hudson Valley community of Hudson – less than 45 minutes south of Albany. Home to a great number of historical artifacts, the museum aims to preserve the history of early firefighting.

Funded in part by the likes of the FASNY Foundation, Liberty Mutual Insurance, and TD Bank, FASNY offers visitors interactive tours and exhibits. Past favorites include “Then, Now and Always: Firefighting from Ancient Times through the 1900s.”

Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area

Stretched across 10 counties throughout the New York Metro region, central New York, and as far north as Saratoga Springs, the Hudson Valley National Heritage Area acts as a unified series of over 20 sites with historical, cultural, and environmental significance found along the Hudson River. The region was acknowledged in 1996.

Beginning in New York City, sites like the St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site can be found. Heading north, towns like Nyack through West Coxsackie house the Camp Shanks WWII Museum and the Bronck Museum. Continuing north, Albany features must-sees like the Empire State Plaza Art Collection and the New York State Capitol.

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

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Martin Van Buren National Historic Site

Located in New York’s Hudson Valley, the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site preserves the home of the eighth president, Martin Van Buren.

The historic site encompasses 125 acres in Kinderhook – roughly 20 miles south of Albany along the Hudson River.

Due to the large outdoor area abound, guests can explore the park via several nature trails, including, the Lindenwalk Wayside and Kinderhook Dutch Farming Heritage trails.

Moreover, guided tours of Van Buren’s Lindenwald Farm are offered almost daily.

New York State Capitol

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New York State Capitol

Construction began in 1867 for the New York State Capitol – and completed in 1899 in the Capital City of Albany in the Hudson River Valley.

This impressive white granite Romanesque Revival and Neo-Renaissance style structure was the most expensive building constructed at the time, at a cost of $25 million.

Former stomping grounds of Grover Cleveland and Teddy Roosevelt, the New York capitol is part of the Lafayette Park Historic District – and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Enjoy a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark to view the vast Assembly Chamber, where the New York State Legislature meets.

Continue your tour in the lobby to view the huge vaulted Moorish-Gothic ceiling and onto the three major staircases: the Great Western Staircase, the Senate Staircase, and the Assembly Staircase.

New York State Museum

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New York State Museum

Enrich your knowledge of New York, while visiting the Capital City of Albany in the Hudson River Valley. The NY State Museum is one of the oldest and largest museums in the country.

This historical museum was established in 1836 as the New York State Geological & Natural History Survey, and is located on the south side of the Empire State Plaza – facing the historic New York State Capitol.

While browsing the displays of artifacts, have fun riding the working carousel completed in 1916.

Permanent exhibits include the Ancient Life of New York, Mineral of New York, Native Peoples of New York, the Fire Engine Hall, The World Trade Center: Rescue, Recovery, Response, and Windows on New York.

Siena College

Founded in 1937, Siena College is a private liberal arts college located in Loudonville – just north of Albany in the Hudson Valley. The 174-acre campus features notable sites like Siena Hall, the Morrell Science Center, Roger Beacon Hall, and plenty more.

The Siena Saints houses 18 Division I teams, competing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Siena Saints basketball teams play at the Times Union Center, where they have qualified for the NCAA Tournament numerous times.

The Sage Colleges

Established in 1916, the Sage Colleges are three private universities found throughout New York StateRussell Sage College in Troy, Sage College of Albany in Albany, and Sage Graduate School, which operates in both Troy and Albany.

The Sage Colleges feature a diverse athletics program as well – collectively known as the Sage Gators. The Gators are members of the NCAA Division III, and they compete in the Skyline Conference and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Times Union Center

With the seating capacity for 15,500 sports fans, the Times Union Center is set in downtown Albany, New York. Owned by Albany County and operated by SMG, the arena is home to the AHL Albany Devils hockey team, as well as Siena College's men's basketball team, the Siena Saints.

Formerly known as Knickerbocker Arena and Pepsi Arena, the facility was opened with a performance by the legendary Frank Sinatra. Times Union Center has since remained a go-to venue for big-name concerts – past headliners include Billy Joel, Elton John, U2, Bruce Springsteen, and Pearl Jam.

University at Albany

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University at Albany

Established in 1844, the University at Albany, State University of New York, is primarily a research institution with three campuses in the Hudson Valley.

Both the Uptown and Downtown campuses are found in Albany, while the East Campus is in nearby Rensselaer.

The campuses feature a host of must-see buildings, like the Performing Arts Center and the University Art Museum at University of Albany uptown, and Page Hall downtown.

UAlbany is no stranger to great athletics – with the Albany Great Danes competing in the Division I American East Conference with 19 varsity teams.

Washington Park

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Washington Park

While touring the Capital City of Albany in the Hudson River Valley, stop and smell the tulips at one of the city's premier parks – Washington Park. 

This historical 136-acre park was established in 1870, and features an 1875 footbridge crossing Washington Park Lake.

The lawn in front of the 1929 brick Spanish Revival style Washington Park Lake House has hosted performing arts for more than 20 years. Several monuments adorn the park.

Be sure to view the park's first memorial, a bust of Dr. James H. Armsby, the co-founder of Albany Medical College and the King Memorial Fountain.

The annual Tulip Festival has been held at the park since 1949, showcasing the park's 200,000 tulips.

More Area Attractions & Services

  • 3.00 mile(s) from New York State Capitol
  • 4.00 mile(s)from The Executive Mansion, the Governors home in the Capitol.
  • 4.00 mile(s)from The Egg, offering the best in music, theatre and dance.
  • 4.00 mile(s) from downtown Albany, city hall and court of appeals
  • 4.00 mile(s) from USS Slater DE - 766, a World War II destroyer escorts Nazi U - Boats on the North Atlantic, built in 1943
  • 4.00 mile(s) from New York State Museum and
  • 4.00 mile(s) from ESP
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Planetarium
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Heritage and Washington P
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Albany Aqua Duck, a 42 seat amphibious vehicle to tour of Albany and the Hudson River. Operates April - November
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Hudson River
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Times Union Center
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Institue of History & Art
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Dutch Apple Cruise
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Palace Theater
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Capitol Repertory Theatre
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Port of Albany
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Proctor Theatre
  • 6.00 mile(s) from Schuyler Manion, The 1761 Georgian home of Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler and his family
  • 6.00 mile(s) from Ten Broeck Mansion, the home, a Federal style house with sloping lawns and formal garden built in 1798
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Pruyn House, a historic connection to the Dutch heritage of Albany
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Clifton Park
  • 12.00 mile(s) from Altamont Fairground
  • 12.00 mile(s) from Appel Inn Banquet House
  • 1.3 mile(s) from Bob Ford Field hosts football games for the Univeristy at Albany.
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Stuyvesant Plaza
  • 2.00 mile(s) from Crossgates Mall
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Colonie Center
  • 3.00 mile(s) from Northway Mall
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Westgates Mall
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Wolf Road Shopper's Park
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Star Plaza
  • 4.0 mile(s) from 20 Mall
  • 5.00 mile(s) from Huck Finn's Warehouse
  • 8.00 mile(s) from Delaware Shopping Center

Local Area Recreation Opportunities

  • 6.00 mile(s) from Western Turpike Golf, Public golf course

Nearby Restaurants

  • Casa Real, on premises, bar/lounge, International, open for: lunch, dinner, Authentic Mexican Cuisine, open Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday 3:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Adjacent to City Line, pub, American, open for: lunch, dinner, As a restaurant, bar, and member of this thriving community, our one goal is to provide creative, quality products made by people who are passionate to do so. City Line Bar and Grill teeters on the border of Guilderland and Albany, NY, yet, embodies the look, feel and expectations of our big city inspiration customized at the local level. We like to shake up the status quo, that’s why our industrial-modern design parallels with our fusion of classic pub fare and international.
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Barcelona, bar/lounge, Italian, open for: lunch, dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mediteranean/Italian Cuisine
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Maggie's Cafe, bar/lounge, Italian, open for: lunch, dinner, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • 0.50 mile(s) from Across The Street Pub, pub, American, open for: lunch, dinner, Burger, Sandwiches and Wings.
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Boston Market, fast food, American, open for: lunch, dinner, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Burger King®, fast food, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • 1.00 mile(s) from Black & Blue Steak & Seafood, bar/lounge, Steak House, open for: lunch, dinner, Monday - Friday 11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Saturday 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. and Sunday 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • 2.00 mile(s) from McDonald's®, fast food, American, open for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
  • 4.00 mile(s) from DP's, brasserie, Continental, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Delmonico, full service, Steak House, open for: lunch, dinner, Italian Steak House Restaurant
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Red Lobster, full service, Seafood, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Macaroni Grill, full service, American, open for: lunch, dinner
  • 4.00 mile(s) from Capital Buffet, buffet, Chinese, open for: lunch, dinner

BEST WESTERN Sovereign Hotel - Albany

Enjoy your stay with us even more by checking out some of the most popular area points of interest and local area events happening in or near Albany. Chase the links to explore the local region even more.

Local Events Worth Considering:

October 2016

October 1 - December 31, 2016
The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design

You might want to sit down for this. Your next fall visit to Albany should include a tour of the Albany Institute of History & Art. It’s here where, from October 1st through December 31st, you can check out the exhibit The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design.

November 2016

November 20, 2016
Schuyler Mansion Fall Concert

Make plans to attend this year’s Schuyler Mansion Fall Concert. Held on November 20th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Schuyler Mansion Fall Concert is one of the area’s premier music events. You can find the Schuyler Mansion State Historic Site at 32 Catherine St. in Albany.

November 10, 2016
A.J. Croce – Live!

One of the hottest touring musicians around is coming to the city of Troy. On November 10th, you’ll have a chance to see A.J. Croce live on stage at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. Starting at 7:30 p.m., you can catch this impressive artist and son of legend Jim Croce play his hits.

December 2016

December 4, 2016
Great Train Extravaganza 2016

Check out one of Albany’s premier family events when you visit this winter. Head for the Empire State Plaza Convention Center on December 4th to see the Great Train Extravaganza 2016. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you and the kids will be treated to a wide range of excellent model train displays.

December 4, 2016
2nd Annual Taste NY Holiday Market

Few events in Albany will offer the variety of flavors as this one – it’s the 2nd Annual Taste NY Holiday Market. Visit the New York State Museum on December 4th from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for a chance to sample and savor offerings from some of the area’s premier restaurants and chefs. $5 for adults, and kids under 12 get in for free!

December 2, 2016
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

Head for the Palace Performing Arts Center in Albany this winter for a classic performance you and the kids won’t forget. The Nutcracker, presented by the Moscow Ballet, will be produced live on stage on December 2nd starting at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $28 to $68.

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