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Affinia 50
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   155 East 50th Street, New York City, NY 10022 (Manhattan)   |  
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Ranked #213 of 451 hotels in New York City
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“Terrible Hotel”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Hotel rooms are small and very lacking. 3 out of 4 hotel staff that my friends and I dealt with were extremely rude. Hotel rooms were also very close together and the walls were thin. The complimentary wine hour was also terrible. It was uninviting. The hallway on the floor I stayed seemed to need some renovations. The lobby was the only part of the hotel that looked updated.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As a long time repeat Affinia 50 guest, my latest stay will be my last. I made a reservation more than 5 months in advance requesting a high floor away from the elevator. Upon arrival I was given room 614, a low floor next to the elevator. When I requested a different room, I was told the hotel was completely booked. One would think that after being a loyal, repeat guest for over 10 years, some type of curiosity would have been extended. Additionally upon check in, i also inquired as to whether the air conditioning in the room was working since there were problems with the a/c my two previous stays. I was assured that the a/c was working fine. After entering the room I noticed there was water on the floor of the kitchenette which I mopped up and one of the curtains was hanging off the rod allowing the sun into the room. I had to stand on a chair to hang them back up. Our bathroom door did not close completely or lock and I had to call for maintenance to fix it. Mind you, this hotel reportedly recently completed a multi million dollar renovation. Due to high temperatures in Manhattan, I set the room thermostat to 66 degrees to bring the warm, sticky room air down. By morning the room temperature was still warm, uncomfortable and humid. Maintenance was called. The next day, the a/c was still not working and I was told it was broken in the entire hotel and was given a box fan for the room. When the a/c was fixed, the air in my room was still not cooling the room. I spoke with the manager and maintenance was again called to fix the a/c. Next day it was still the cooling properly. When I spoke to the manager again, I was told my a/c was working fine and there was nothing they could do. I asked to switch rooms and was taken to see a room also next to the elevator and it was a smaller room type than I had reserved. This was not acceptable to me. Due to the time and effort spent by me on these hotel issues while on vacation and the lack of concern on management's part is the reason I will NEVER stay at this hotel again,

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Newton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Affinia 50 is in great central location. Newly remodeled rooms, lobby but rooms were small. No big surprise in NYC but other Affinias will get you larger rooms if your traveling with kids. Staff was very nice. Checked out of hotel only to realize several hours later that my son left his special blanket in the bed. Called housekeeping and the woman went and looked for it herself and found it in the laundry! Fortunately, we were still sightseeing and stopped by the hotel on our way home. They had a great deal that included valet parking which worked out great.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Rooms are decent, the one bedroom suite is a great size room for NYC. location is excellent, very central and walk to 5th ave and 15 min walk to Central Park.

But lobby is disappointing, no restaurant in the hotel. and worst of all peak summer and air conditioning conked off in the night in entire hotel. Extremely uncomfortable in this heat, with AC for whole night.

Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Recently stayed at the Affinia on business. Un-refundable internet rate was over $400 for a room that was miniscule and so charmless and shabby and bare bones that there wasnt even a shower cap in the bathroom! Speaking of bathroom, the tub dripped all night, the walls showed signs everywhere of moisture, the bed sheets were so worn that my feet kept snagging on loose threads.
The service at check-in felt like i was at a truck stop paying for gas. My room #405 looked out on a disgusting back alley and i am not usually averse to backsides of manhattan hotels as they are often quite quiet but tis was beyond depressing. Everything in the hotel was crooked and ill placed like the signs and pictures had been put up in darkness by people unfamiliar with a carpentry level.
Sad, awful place at any price but at the one i was charged it's highway robbery.
I tried to get out of my second night but if you are looking for a break from these people you can forget it: they stuck to their guns with a complete lack of flexibility insuring that i was highly motivated to warn any unsuspecting travelers to stay away.
STAY AWAY!
I've stayed a few times at The Benjamin a few doors up and it's miles better and the service is actually very gracious for a mid-price hotel.
This place makes you feel so poor....my flight was canceled and i was going to be obliged to spend yet another night, instead i chose to stay elsewhere even though it was pouring rain and there were no hotels nearby available.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Syracuse, New York
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The newly renovated rooms are perfectly comfortable with good lighting, closet space with a safe, a desk and chair as well as an upholstered one. The bed was very comfortable with plenty of pillows and although there was not a view to the street I was in town for meetings and wasn't there during much daylight. The bathroom had plenty of towels, hair dryer and shampoo in the shower and the only thing missing overall was a makeup mirror for those of us over 35 yo! Also it's around the corner from Essa Bagel on 3rd Ave which has great NY bagels.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Affinia 50

Address: 155 East 50th Street, New York City, NY 10022
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Manhattan , Midtown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#36 Spa Hotel in New York City
#119 Luxury Hotel in New York City
#155 Family Hotel in New York City
#194 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#202 Business Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Affinia 50 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The newly redesigned Affinia 50 just completed a comprehensive redesign of all guest rooms and suites as well as its public spaces (corridors, lobby and second floor club room). Affinia 50 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 - Affinia 50 provides a modern, artfully designed setting with a residential feel. Close proximity to Rockefeller Center - Fifth Avenue shopping and corporate headquarters makes Affinia 50 an appealing choice for a wide range of business travelers, couples, and international guests. ... more   less 
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