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Travel and Tourism

For assistance with travel arrangements, contact the College's travel agency, Plaza Travel Center, at 800-666-3404.

Let them know you are attending Commencement and they will help you look for the lowest airfares available on a choice of airlines serving Albany International Airport. Car rentals can be secured in the same phone call.

Hotel Reservations

Single/double occupancy rate:

  • $139 per night at The Desmond Hotel (headquarters hotel)
  • Refer to Reservation ID# in the Commencement Invitation to receive discounted rate.

All reservations must be made by Monday, June 26, 2017 in order to receive the special rate of $139 per night.

The Desmond Hotel is a smoke-free hotel.

Tourist Information

Excelsior College welcomes you to discover Albany and the Capital Region of New York State. This area has enticed visitors for more than 400 years and offers historic sites, fabulous attractions, and entertaining events. World-class museums, unique galleries, stunning architecture, excellent restaurants, and welcoming accommodations will make your experience legendary.

For more information on Albany and the Capital Region, including additional hotel options, visit For statewide information, visit or download the I Love NY app.