Affinia 50, New York – Hotel Review

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The living room in the author’s suite

The bedroom, separated from the living room by a closeable door, had large windows on two walls and was graced with natural light but, when it came time to sleep, I had no problem shutting out the light for a blacked out room.  The all-too-familiar buzz of New York City traffic twenty floors below was as effective as a surf machine to lull me into a sound sleep.  For those less accustomed to midnight honking and overnight construction, earplugs can be found in the bedside drawers.

The bathroom was clean and well organized, although a tad compact and the tub and shower (equipped with a rainfall showerhead) were not separate but nonetheless were a pleasure to use.  As part of the property’s overall green philosophy, Affinia’s showers are equipped with dispensers for shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner, avoiding the need to dispose of single-use containers. Also appreciated was the hotel’s use of energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs throughout the suite.

A round table accompanied by four comfy leather chairs occupied the foyer, and I imagined hosting a game night with a few close friends.  Off the foyer a well-equipped kitchenette with two burners, microwave, teakettle and cookware, toaster and coffee maker, mini-fridge and dishwasher, abundant silverware and dishes, and a deep sink was ready for that game night with hors d’oeuvres.

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In keeping with the hotel’s artistic décor, the living area was replete with all manner of abstract and modern art and fixtures included no less than five lamps of varying shapes, colors, and sizes.  The artwork, much of it the product of New York City artist Lindsey Wilner, coupled with the modern surroundings created a cozy ambiance that made me want to move right in.

The living area was furnished with an L-shaped couch, leather armchair with ottoman, and a circular glass coffee table, all of which faced a 40” HDTV on the opposite wall.  A window, spanning the width of the wall let in an abundance of sunlight.  An identical television was perched atop a large chest of drawers in the bedroom, although its location provided a less than optimal viewing angle from the bed.

Many storage options were available in the suite, from a coat closet in the foyer, which contained an ironing board, safe, and additional bedding, to the drawers under the TV sets in both rooms and a cabinet next to the desk.  Climate control was easy to adjust in both the living area and bedroom, although there was no need to change it from the comfortable pre-set 70 degrees.

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