There's an old saying, somewhat based in fact (at least historically), that one should not eat oysters in the months of May, June, July, and August, due to the higher risk of spoilage in hot weather -- a caution perhaps ameliorated by modern mobile refrigeration. I thought that this caution might be re-purposed to apply to the Affinia 50, a mostly-dandy hotel near the corner of E 50th and Third Avenue. It's undergone a thorough renovation and the results are good. The rooms, while small, are comfortable and well-equipped. When I asked about where to get a morning New York Times, the desk lady said, in effect, "How about outside your door?" and a complimentary copy was there on each of our four mornings, including Sunday. While the continental buffet breakfast is no bargain (about $17), there is free coffee and tea in the morning and a 5-6 pm Happy Hour daily where pretty nice wines are poured at no charge. So, lots to like. Only one problem: NYC was hot and very humid during our stay. The a-c in the room could not be set lower than 66 degrees and, given the humidity, this did not make for the easiest drift-off to sleep. I assumed this was a system setting, not a glitch in our room's unit, and judging from the previous review I was right. Perhaps if it had not been so humid outside the indoor a-c would have been fine.
The solution would be to allow the a-c to be set to a lower setting, at least initially. My room a-c unit at home has a "sleep" setting by which, after a couple of hours, the temperature setting is allowed to creep up by four degrees (F), the theory being colder is better to go to sleep but a bit warmer is OK to stay asleep.
So while I would heartily recommend Affinia 50 for a stay in cool weather, I'd hesitate to be so bullish on a summer stay. Hence the oyster analogy with which I began, except I'd probably put May and the last half of September in the OK zone.
While the previous reviewer strongly disliked being close to the elevators, we were as close as one could get and had no problem with noise (either from the mechanism or the passengers). In fact, one of the many nice things about the Affinia 50 is that it has THREE elevators, so even at "rush hours" you shouldn't wait too long for one with room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The newly redesigned Fifty NYC just completed a comprehensive redesign of all guest rooms and suites as well as its public spaces (corridors, lobby and second floor club room). Fifty NYC hotel has 251 beautifully redesigned rooms including 100 with kitchens and 19 with terraces. All with eclectic furnishings that look hand-selected; curated details at every corner and well-considered design down to the last, elegant component. New to the lobby is a grab-and-go retail space featuring food, beverages, sundries and fun, curated merchandise for spur-of-the-moment splurges. The redesign connects the lobby and the Club Room via a sweeping, stainless steel-and-stone staircase to an updated oasis. The design of the second floor Club Room inspires guests to get out of their rooms with an inviting, eclectic mix of modern furniture and stylish accent pieces where they can relax, work and take advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi. Each evening the hotel hosts a complimentary wine hour held in the Club Room and breakfast is served here daily. Set in the dynamic center of Midtown Manhattan - Fifty NYC provides a modern, artfully designed setting with a residential feel. Close proximity to Rockefeller Center - Fifth Avenue shopping and corporate headquarters makes Fifty NYC an appealing choice for a wide range of business travelers, couples, and international guests. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Affinia 50 Hotel New York City
- Affinia 50 New York City