Sleeping Around: Affinia Manhattan
By Shari Hartford
The area around Penn Station and Madison Square Garden in New York City is most notable for the James Farley Post Office, the line-up of bargain busses that take travelers to Philadelphia and Washington, DC, Macy’s Herald Square and for the constant stream of commuters coming and going. It is most certainly not a notable location for a luxury hotel. But that has changed.
The Affinia Manhattan, a newly renovated and redesigned, 618-room property is a terrific find for those who want to stay in the heart things. With overly large guest rooms, complete with all the electronic amenities we have come to expect from small boutique hotels, the Affinia brings the creature comforts of apartment living to a hotel. There’s a pillow menu, ample lighting (no 40-watt bulbs here), full modern kitchens (in some accommodations), crisp white linens nestled in a soft gray and white motif and spectacular New York City views.
One of the most striking elements of the hotel is its lobby. While the existing pre-war “bones,” were maintained, the new design emphasizes location: NYC. The unique island seating platforms are in the shape of Manhattan and feature tiered white lacquered bottoms with upholstery in hunter green velvet. The design team even commissioned an Austrian crystal chandelier whose shape replicates the topography of New York City.
Even if you’re a local and just passing by, come and take a look. Then, the next time the relatives descend on the Big Apple you will know just where to make their reservation.
For more information, see affinia.com
Shari Hartford is the former managing editor for Diversion magazine, where she wrote about travel in the northeast and cruising. She is currently a freelance writer and editor based in her hometown of New York City.