Sleeping Around: Affinia 50, New York
By Shari Hartford
Sometimes a hotel feels like, well, a hotel and sometimes it feels like home. Home it is for the Affinia 50, a jewel of a boutique property, centrally located in midtown Manhattan, just steps away from Grand Central Station. The Affinia 50 is appealing to both the leisure and business traveler with a newly designed lobby and second floor glass-enclosed club room. The nightly wine hour is a perfect location for unwinding before a night on the town or after a day of meetings.
The residential vibe continues in the 251 rooms and suites that are renovated and decorated, with 100 having sleek stainless steel kitchens. And there are 19 accommodations with large furnished terraces – not something you see every day in New York City.
Since I spend a bit of time going from hotel to hotel, I have become rather blasé about good bedding, comfy pillows and mattresses – I expect that in a quality hotel. (And, happily, we have kicked non-removable hangers to the curb!) But excellent lighting with dimmer switches, accessible and convenient electrical connections, adequate bathroom storage, good closet space and a large work area make me sit up and take notice. There is all this, plus more at the Affinia 50. I also loved that each room had a hardwood floor foyer; here again, the residential feel.
If a trip to New York is in the cards, consider the Affinia 50. They will welcome you home!
For more information:
Affinia 50, 155 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022 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.