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Ronald McDonald House

A home away from home

Ronald McDonald House in Albany, NY

Since 1982, the Albany Ronald McDonald House has served more than 17,000 families from across the country and around the world. The House is the cornerstone of RMHC of the Capital Region, providing a home away from home — free of charge — for families with children facing serious medical issues. Staffed primarily by volunteers and supported entirely by generous donors, the Ronald McDonald House offers much more than home-cooked meals and a comfortable place to stay. We help families face the burdens of childhood illness in a loving, compassionate environment where they can rest without having to worry about anything but their child’s recovery. At “The House That Love Built,” children and families get better together.

Guest Rooms

The Albany Ronald McDonald House offers 25 bedrooms, each with a private bathroom equipped with a shower or tub.

Queen bed with white bedding in room decorated with map of the world wallpaper
Queen bed shaped like a castle with blue and green bedding
Queen bed with blue, green, and yellow striped bedding in room with canoe-themed decor
Queen bed with white bedding in an Adirondack-themed room
Queen bed with pink patchwork bedding in an Adirondack-themed room
Queen bed with white bedding in room with canoe-themed decor

All guest rooms are furnished with queen beds. Some rooms also offer twin beds. Several rooms are handicap-accessible.

Common Areas

Guests of the Ronald McDonald House have full access to common areas including kitchens, living rooms, playrooms, dining room, laundry room, resource library and outdoor playground.

Large, open kitchen with tan marble countertops
Kitchen island with tan marble countertops and baked goods on display

The House has two fully equipped kitchens. Stoves, refrigerators, freezers, microwaves, cookware, bakeware, utensils and dishes are all available for guest use.

Laundry Room

Washers, dryers and laundry supplies are available to our guests at no charge. An iron and ironing board are also provided.

Living room with leather couch and large wooden bookcase
Sitting room furnished with two armchairs, a couch and a game table
Living Rooms

There are multiple living rooms throughout the House where guests can read, watch TV, play games, or just relax.

Resource Library & Computers

We maintain a medical resource library with information on childhood illnesses, tips for coping, inspirational books and more. Family computers with internet access are provided in the resource library as well as in the media room.

Play area decorated with children's books and colorful bean bags
Child's playroom filled with toys, books and a train
Play Areas & Entertainment

There are several rooms set aside for play, along with an attractive playground at the rear of the House. Children will find many sources of entertainment available, including toys, books, trains, board games, dress-up clothes, gaming systems, DVDs and videos.

House Amenities


For the safety of our guests and their belongings, all outside doors are locked at all times. Guests use a security access code to enter the House and are provided a key to their room. Guest rooms should also remain locked at all times.


Free, wireless internet access is available throughout the House. Each guest room is equipped with a private phone for receiving incoming calls and making local, collect or credit card calls.


All rooms have heat and air conditioning. Bed linens and towels are provided. Roll-away beds and cribs are available upon request.