DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel is conveniently located just a few blocks east of downtown Schenectady and offers an array of activities to occupy your free time. On-site and open for dinner is Sammy’s Burger and Bistro with an excellent build-your-own-burger menu. The hotel also offers a salt water pool, a fitness center, and an outdoor fire pit for after-dinner socializing.
This year we are offering a Dine Around, with some of the best food and beverages Schenectady has to offer, discounted only for conference attendees.
And entertainment options abound.
Schenectady is home to Proctors Theatre, the crown jewel of the downtown area. With dozens of national touring Broadway shows, as well as other world-class entertainment, there is something at this vaudeville style theatre for everyone. On November 2, the national tour of Fun Home comes to Proctors. Fun Home was the winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical.
Just 1/2 mile from the DoubleTree is Union College, the oldest non-denominational institute of higher learning in New York, and the second-oldest in the United States, chartered in 1795. Union boasts many famous alumni, including two presidents: Chester A. Arthur, and Jimmy Carter. On November 2 & 3, Union’s Mandeville Gallery will host an exhibition from artist Laini Nemett, who works with cardboard models, collage, and large scale oil paintings to create architectural environments that explore the idea of “home.”
Located on the same block as Proctors is Bow Tie Cinemas, one of the newest attractions to downtown. Showing the latest releases on digital projection
screens, you can unwind with a glass of wine in one of their stadium seating auditoriums. And just 1.5 miles down the road is the family-run Scotia Cinema. Open since 1929, the Scotia Cinema has been extensively renovated while still maintaining old-fashioned movie house charm. The movies are second-run, but admission is only $5, and the inexpensive concession selection can’t be beat.
Just a short drive from the hotel is the Via Aquarium, the first of its kind in the Capital Region. Opened in 2016, Via Aquarium uses cutting-edge technology and extraordinary exhibits of marine life to plunge visitors in the fascinating world beneath the sea. Among the aquarium features are an exhibit of fish native to the Adirondacks, shark tunnels, and not one, not two, but THREE separate touch pools.
And finally, one mile away from the hotel is the brand-new Rivers Casino. The casino features over 1000 unique slot games; 67 live table games, including a
high-roller room; a poker room; five dining options, including Duke’s Chophouse; and an on-site deluxe spa. Visit riverscasinoandresort.com for promotions and more information.
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