The Queensbury Hotel was built in the 1920s as an expression of civic pride by a group of the city's top business leaders. In an unprecedented show of business and civic teamwork that likely couldn't be duplicated today, 100 businessmen met in 1924 and voted to raise money to get the hotel project off the ground. Ground was broken on June 9, 1924 and progressed steadily until the hotel was finally ready to open its doors in May 1926. Since then, The Queensbury has mirrored the changing life and times of Glens Falls itself.
Area civic organizations still choose the hotel for their weekly luncheons, and politicians use it for their election night celebrations. Visitors to the Queensbury include powerful statesmen like Robert F. Kennedy and Nelson A. Rockefeller, George E. Pataki and, before he turned from acting to politics, Ronald Reagan. And more recently, in 2006, the hotel set the stage for a political fundraiser that was attended by our current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
Bob Dylan and Bob Hope are just two among a long line of celebrities who have stayed at the Queensbury since the stately hotel first opened its doors. If the hotel's walls could talk, they would tell of visits by entertainers as diverse as Louis Armstrong, Ozzy Osborne, Kenny Rogers, Dan Akroyd, Billy Joel, Olympia Dukakis, Peter Rigert and the rock bands Phish, ZZ Top and Alice in Chains.
It is also the Queensbury that remains the hotel of choice for top athletes and traveling sports teams that play at the Civic Center and throughout the area. Some major sports stars that have been guests of the hotel included Kenny Anderson, Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson. In addition, in 2009, AHL hockey came back to the region and The Queensbury Hotel is proud to be the sole host hotel within Glens Falls for The Adirondack Phantoms.
For anyone visiting Glens Falls on business or pleasure, The Queensbury Hotel, as the area’s only full service, upscale hotel, remains a unique alternative to the region’s chain hotels and motels.