The location is a somewhat obvious huge pro, depending what you want to do in Manhattan. My wife and I were in for a little Christmas in the City getaway and for that it was perfect. We took the E subway line in from JFK to the 53rd and Lexington stop and then walked a few blocks to the hotel.
The room wasn't ready, but since we arrived just after checkout ended, I wouldn't really expect anything different. The previous night was a Saturday and the desk person said it was sold out, which I believe. Nonetheless we received a phone call that the room was ready a couple hours later. We were out enjoying the city, so didn't get to our room until much later. We stored our bags at the hotel in the meantime and it was quick and easy to get them when we returned to the hotel.
The lobby is very warm and welcoming. There was a sitting area with comfortable furniture and a great fireplace to relax by. Since the temps were in the 40s, this was nice to come back to each evening.
There were three elevators and we never had to wait long for one. The second-floor lounge had a wine reception included with the room cost each day between 5 and 6. Unfortunately we just missed it one night, so I can't really comment on it. The lounge was comfortable, though, and had free wifi.
The room was a good size for New York or really anywhere I've been recently. We had an incredible rate from Jetsetter, which made it even better. The bed and pillows was firm and the sheets and blanks were warm, which became important (explained below). There wasn't much of a view, but our room was on the 8th floor (804) and there wasn't much street sound, though earplugs were provided just in case.
It was nice to have a little kitchen, though we really only used the fridge for some snacks and water. It's a definite increase on the value of the room so you don't necessarily need to get everything out at a restaurant.
Now the reason it became important that the blanks and sheets were warm. The window in the bathroom was thin or not insulated or both. The street sound and cool air were significant enough that it seemed like the window was open. I tried a couple times, but couldn't find it to be open. I think it was just a lame window. The result was that even though we left the thermostat set at 70 when we left for the day, the room temp was about 65 when we came in. It wasn't intolerable since it was 40 outside and it warmed up some when we closed the bathroom door and kicked the heat up. We were only really in the room to sleep anyway so it didn't detract from the overall experience. I don't know if our room was an anomaly. On a positive note about the bathroom, the shower got nice and hot with strong pressure.
I would consider coming back if I got another great deal, but would probably consider somewhere else first.
- 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