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Hotel Affinia Shelburne Hotel 4 star
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303 Lexington Avenue NY 10016 New York United States New York, United States of America -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Of all the Affinia hotels in New York, this is probably the most modern. It underwent a two-year renovation costing $25million and opened in June 209. Ok, it's not a super trendy design hotel, but it has a bit more colour and than the rest and in many ways better features. The hotel could suit any type of traveller such is the range of rooms and their sizes. With a decent location, a touch of originality and a friendly staff, this is not to be overlooked if you are looking for a good value option in Manhattan.

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    Location 8.13 /10

    The hotel is situated on one of the most famous thoroughfares in New York, Lexington Avenue, in the Murray Hill district of Manhattan. It is just a few blocks away from Madison and Fifth Avenues, Macy's and the Empire State Building. Both 33rd Street metro and Grand Central are within walking distance. Both JFK and Newark airports are 17 miles away while La Guardia is just 8.

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    At 325ft², the Guest Room, which is the standard room, is enormous. These bright rooms have the option of two queen beds but can still only accommodate two people maximum. Compared to the other Affinia rooms they are a bit more modern with sleeker CD radio alarm clocks and flatscreen televisions as well as safe and iron and ironing board. For those needing space to work there is a large desk in the room too with comfortable desk chair. The décor and furniture is functional rather than innovative but is pleasant enough. The bathroom is not particularly big but does have a bathtub and Aveda products and is modern and agreable to use. The Studio Deluxe Suite has the same amenities as the Guest Room but with a modern granite kitchenette equipped with a fridge and microwave. The one bedroom suite has a separate living space with an extra flatscreen television and sofa bed, meaning up to four people can be accommodated. For longer stays the one bedroom deluxe or the two bedroom suite may be more suitable, each having a separate living space and kitchenette and the latter with a dining area, two bathrooms and three flatscreen televisions.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    The lobby of the Shelburne is a good indicator as to the general style and standard of the hotel. To the left of the entrance and next to the street is a bright, cosy seating space with armchairs and couches as well as the business centre which is there for guests' use on a complimentary basis. Yes, the hotel was refurbished less than a year ago, but the lobby still looks brand spanking new. Next to the seating area you have the concierge desk and then down a few steps is the reception desk manned by cheery and informative staff. Opposite is the lift back around which a mural has been painted depicting children each with a smile on their lips. Details such as the carpet leading to the lifts and the Oriental wall behind the reception give the lobby a bit of a kick. The hotel has a fitness room with a selection of cardio machines, weights apparatus and free weights but does not have a spa. Wellness treatments however can be arranged in-room through the SPAffinia programme. You'll see around the hotel black and white shots of New York which are slightly clichéd but remind you just what a great city you are in.

    Food and drink 7.20 /10

    All three meals can be taken at Rare Bar and Grill next to the hotel. For breakfast there is the choice between a continental option and the all American breakfast (what we would call Full English). The brunch menu has a dozen or so dishes including pizza, burgers and sandwiches while the dinner menu has all the old American favourites including salads and soups, dips, burgers and lots of fried side dishes! Prices are pretty reasonable. At night the place can get quite busy with locals coming to drink at the bar. The restaurant itself can be a little dark and the bland décor doesn't do much to inspire.

    To know

    Affinia Shelburne is part of the Affinia Group which includes four sister hotels in New York (Affinia 50, Affinia Dumont, Affinia Gardens and Affinia Manhattan) as well as four affiliate hotels (Eastgate Tower Hotel, Surrey Hotel, The Benjamin and The Buckingham). Each of the Affinias offers complimentary ?Experience Kits' to help you customize your stay. Here you can choose between the yoga, running and strength kits. Guests can all customize their stay by choosing one of six pillow types and adding such items as rubber ducks, putters or cupcakes to their room thanks to the My Affinia application found both on the hotel's website and at computer stations in the hotel lobby.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Size of rooms
    • My Affinia customization

    disadvantages

    • Some areas of hotel need attention
    • Badly designed WC

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Laurent F. Laurent F.  
      2 Opinions
      • Package deals in novembre 2011 Posted on 2013-09-16 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre sans vue)

        Hôtel d'excellent standing, sans personnalité précise, mais parfait niveau service et niveau situation à deux pas de la 5ème avenue et de Grand Central pour les transports. Un peu loterie à NY : la taille de la chambre, et puis le calme (week-ends souvent animés). Idem pour la vue : rue animée ou puits de lumière, mais le dernier étage en terrasse permet de compenser pour quelques photos avec le Chrysler Building à l'arrière plan.

      • Advantages

        Prestations d'excellent standing Wifi gratuit dans le lobby Situation pour faire une balade sur la 5ème de l'Empire State jusqu'à Central Park ; sinon métros (4, 5, 6, 7) à 10 min.

      • Disavantages

        Chambres pas particulièrement grandes pour le standing, et la norme américaine, ni particulièrement bien isolés "Vue" Wifi payant dans les chambres

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      • Overall Score 8.25/10
    • Thomas S. Thomas S.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in juillet 2010 Posted on 2011-02-04 Seul - 3 à 5 nuitées (Chambre avec vue)

        pour ma part j'ai été très satisfait de cette hôtel

      • Advantages

        pas de bruit servis impécable personnel a l'écoute

      • Disavantages

        le lit n'été pas prêt a mon arriver

      • Infrastructure
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      • Situation
      • Restauration
      • Sports / Loisirs
      • Animation
      • Qualité / Prix
      • Overall Score 8.00/10
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