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“A Slice of Heaven in NYC”

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Shelburne NYC–an Affinia hotel
Ranked #131 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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“A Slice of Heaven in NYC”
Reviewed October 23, 2009

My family and I recently stayed at the Affinia Shelburne on our first trip to NYC. We chose this hotel after much research and after reading the many positive reviews which had been posted on this site, so our expectations were already quite high...
Our stay at Affinia Shelburne was nothing short of exceptional! From the moment we arrived, which was quite late in the evening, we felt like we were in a "home away from home". We were upgraded to a very spacious 2 bed, 2 bath suite with a separate living room and kitchenette which, with two teenager daughters, was an absolute godsend! The furnishings were modern, whilst still being comfortable and the beds made us feel like we were sleeping on clouds- in fact we remarked that we slept better at the Shelburne than we did in our own home! The Aveda bath products were a nice touch and the views from our room- the East River in one direction, and the Empire State Building in another, were magical.
The staff were extremely professional, from the front desk people, to housekeeping and the doormen (who my girls thought were just so cool!). What made such a lasting impression on us, though, was the friendliness of every staff member that we encountered and their willingness to do whatever they could to make our stay as memorable as possible.
On most mornings, we ate breakfast at Rare, the onsite restaurant, and found this to be a very pleasant, relaxing way to start the day (and the servings were huge!) In the evenings, this place is buzzing with atmosphere and we enjoyed a couple of great family dinners here during our stay.
The location of Affinia Shelburne was perfect for us, in a more residential area of Manhattan, away from the craziness of Times Square (although this and many other major attractions are only a leisurely 10-15 minute walk away). Public transport and convenience stores are close by and we felt very safe walking to and from the hotel during the day and at night.
David and his team do a fabulous job at Affinia Shelburne. We have already recommended this hotel to numerous family members, friends and colleagues who are intending to travel to NYC in the future. In fact, after such an amazing experience, we ourselves are hoping to return to our "home away from home" as soon as possible!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 20, 2009

Having spent many hours and days researching accomodation (as I usually do) and reading alot of trip advisor reviews I am glad I took the time and chose the Shelburne.
We arrived at 1230, not expecting our rooms to be ready (check-in is 3pm) so happily completed all the paperwork, had our bags stored and began exploring the city. It is only a 10-20minute walk to Times Sq/5th Avenue/Central Park.
The hotel has recently had a renovation, with tasteful furnishings throughout and is a pleasure to come home to every night. The rooms are spacious and come with a refrigerator stocked with mini bar items, hair dryer, Aveda bathroom amentities - shampoo/conditioner/moisturiser. No tea/coffee facilities in the room, however I'm sure you could get this from housekeeping. There is a Starbucks within 2 blocks anyway if you need it. The towels were nice thick too.
Our studio room #820 had great views of the Empire State Building. The neighbourhood is quiet for a big city and we had no issue sleeping with the window open and had no worries walking home at night.
Taking the advice of other reviewers we ate at Scotty's for breakfast a few times (336 Lexington, just past 39th Street corner). Great eggs, omelettes & pancakes.etc
Dinner - The hotel bar/restaurant RARE has nice burgers and plenty of drinks. It's a popular bar for locals too so gets busy from 7pm. Groovy atmosphere and well worth some time after a long day of walking.
Fagiolini's (Lexington & 39th) - great little Italian
El Rio Grande (37th Street between Lexington & 3rd) - nice tex mex with a huge choice of fantastic margueritas. They have a bar as well so you can just go for the drinks.
Third Avenue has alot of restaurants and convenience stores.
The hotel had very friendly staff throughout, including the bar staff and April in Concierge. She was knowledgable and assisted us with restaurant recommendations with great results. I would most definitely stay again and would not hesitate to recommend it to friends. The location was perfect with all the necessary shopping close by. If I could say one small thing that might let it down, is the "My Affinia" pitch. Having read several unfavourable comments about this part of the service on Trip Advisor I was prepared. We asked for a memory pillow and never saw it. It wasn't a priority so didn't bother chasing it up, and no explanation was provided by the hotel. There is a shortage of the walking kits as well, so perhaps tune up your own ipod. (This in no way made our stay a negative one though). We also used the hotel SUV car service (4 people) to JFK which was efficient and very comfortable and only $10 more than a yellow cab. Thanks for a memorable time in NYC. You will be happy you stayed here too.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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ashelburneny, General Manager at Shelburne NYC–an Affinia hotel, responded to this review, October 21, 2009
Dear FiCairns,

My name is David McManus and I am the General Manager of the Affinia Shelburne Hotel. I would like to personally thank you for your recent posting on TripAdvisor. I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back to the Affinia Shelburne in the future!

Sincerely,

David McManus
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Reviewed October 18, 2009

Enoyed my stay, very helpful and pleasant staff. Room comfortable and good size.
Only downside was I was opposite linen cupboard so was a bit noisy outside room when this area was being used by hotel staff. Would return, nice quiet area and close to reataurants coffee shops etc

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled solo
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed October 18, 2009

Good price for Xmas time stay. Nice rooms and very cool staff. Central, mid-town location with walking distance to Grand Central and al sorts of Manhattan goodies. Good times!

Stayed December 2006, traveled with family
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San Francisco
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Reviewed October 18, 2009

This hotel met our expectations and then some. We booked early, the rates were great for Manhattan. The 1 bedroom suite was on a high floor with view of Chrysler building from the bedroom and the East River from the living room. Perfect for the three of us with room to spread out. We've stayed in other hotels in NY and would come back here in a NY minute. Location was good, too. Rooms were quiet with the exception of the air circulating in the bathroom. We closed the door and it was fine. The restaurant met our needs for dinner on arrival. The housekeeping staff was great; very friendly and accommodating.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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Copenhagen
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Reviewed October 18, 2009

Very nice and very comfortable hotel that gave us the best possible basis for our family-holiday. We will definately come back.

Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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Bogota
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Reviewed October 15, 2009

I visit NY City frequently for business. The Affinia Shelburne is a great place to stay, trendy and comfortable spaces, nice top floor bar, and a good restaurant. The rooms are spacious and have a small kitchen where you can arrange your own catering. It had just been refurbished, so most of the place is brand new. It is located in Murray Hill, a very residential place very close to corporate mid town. Even though the neighborhood is agreeable, the only remarkable weakness is that there are no subway stations close to the hotel.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled on business
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Property: Shelburne NYC–an Affinia hotel
Address: 303 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10016-3165
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Location: United States > New York > New York City > Midtown , Manhattan , Murray Hill
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#26 Spa Hotel in New York City
#30 Green Hotel in New York City
#55 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#60 Family Hotel in New York City
#101 Business Hotel in New York City
#106 Luxury Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Shelburne NYC–an Affinia hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 323
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Warm. Inviting. Social. Just right for a relaxed city stay. You love action-packed places. But some privacy when you need it. You want a happy medium, an opportunity to be social in a cool environment. Enter the Shelburne NYC, with its warm-toned interior design and homey common areas. Tucked into laid-back Murray Hill, a few blocks from Grand Central Station, it's just right for guests who like to pop down on the train for New York nights with a relaxed vibe. Come kick back, check out the views-and go up to the rooftop while you're at it. Join us nightly for a glass of red or white at our Wine Hour, located in the lobby from 5-6 p.M. · Daily Wine Hour during Social Sips from 5-6PM · Wireless Internet access for all of your devices · 10% off at Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s The National Bar & Dining Rooms · In-room gourmet coffee and tea offerings · Unlimited package handling and storage prior to and during your stay · Business services, including printing · Local and domestic long distance calls · 24/7 access to our state-of-the-art fitness centers · Access to Affinia bikes (where applicable) · Concierge services *Must be redeemed daily, credit may not be rolled over **Fee is exclusive of service gratuities ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Affinia Shelburne Hotel New York City
Sol Melia New York City
Shelburne Murray Hill Hotel
Affinia Shelburne New York City
Shelbourne Hotel New York
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Shelburne Murray Hill New York

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