Columbia Development’s hospitality division provides the highest quality of design in full-service hotels and restaurants. Hospitality is an industry in which experience and vision truly matter. The firm’s goal is to create memorable experiences. Its goal is simple: focus on the needs and wants of an ever more knowledgeable and demanding clientele, deliver it with top service and do it on time and on budget.
Renaissance Albany Hotel
Map|Location: Albany, NY
The historic and architecturally significant DeWitt Clinton was originally developed in 1927 and functioned as an upscale hotel across the street from the State Capitol for an extended period of time. The property enjoyed a reputation as a high profile destination, especially among both state and federal lawmakers and politicians visiting the Capitol. Hotel operations ceased in 1975 and the building was eventually converted into low-income housing. For years, state and local government and the private sector worked diligently together to revitalize the DeWitt Clinton as a hotel operation.
Columbia Development purchased the DeWitt Clinton in 2006 when the building was in a state of disrepair. The level of complexity associated with its rehabilitation to historic standards and an estimated $1.6 million in environmental remediation put the project on hold for a number of years. With the assistance of grants and historic tax credits, the building’s renovation resumed in 2014.
Completed October 2015, the Renaissance Albany Hotel reopened its doors as a full service, lifestyle, luxury hotel by Marriott. The 200,000 square foot hotel now features 203 rooms, a full service restaurant, banquet and event space. Located across from the State Capitol, the hotel is within short walking distance to the Empire State Plaza, the NYS Legislative Office Building, the Hudson River and will also be attached to the future Albany Capital Center.
The Renaissance combines old world charm, handsome dark wood paneling and stunning marble floors, with modern touches of convenience and flare. Guest rooms offer a serene and calming color palette, with unexpected moments of ‘wow’, created by various light features. The views of Albany are unparalleled, through the over-large windows and they welcome a pleasing amount of natural light into your room.
Wellington’s Restaurant offers much to savor and discover with it’s small plate, high end American Fare, engaging staff and mixology inspired beverage offerings. Wellington’s has become a popular “local” bar/lounge and convenient meeting place for lobbyist, and government representatives in town for legislative session.