Affinia 50, New York – Hotel Review

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DINING

There are no restaurants located on the property.  However, room service from Mint, an Indian-Asian fusion restaurant down the block, is available daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Mint’s menu provides hotel guests with multiple options for beverages, appetizers, soups, salads, and entrees, in addition to a specialty Indian menu and dessert items (I was tempted by the N.Y. Cheesecake, but instead munched on the already-present cookies on the table in my room).

Despite the lack of a restaurant, the hotel does offer breakfast Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at a prix fixe of $14.99 per person and $6.99 for children under 12.  I loaded my plate up with yogurt, fresh fruit, granola, pastries, an English muffin, and a hard-boiled egg, poured a glass of orange juice and settled down in the Club Room to enjoy my breakfast.  Cereals, bagels, muffins, and assorted beverages including hot coffee are also provided.  Breakfast was presented nicely and, though not particularly noteworthy, it was tasty, certainly convenient, and not overpriced.

Should guests want to cook in their rooms, they can have groceries delivered to their suites via the hotel’s partnership with Fresh Direct, a grocery delivery service.

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Additionally, every day at 5:00 p.m. is Wine Hour, when the hotel uncorks a few bottles of wine and offers some nibbles to its guests in the Club Room.  Occasionally, beer or signature cocktails may also be served.

I opted for a glass of the 2012 Terra Andina Malbec, and the 2013 Excelsior Chardonnay, both of which were very palatable and had a powerful effect on my brain via my empty stomach.  During the wine hour, the hotel’s general manager worked the room offering refills and making sure his guests were satisfied.

After two glasses of wine, I sought out the concierge, who was more than willing to recommend a restaurant to suit my desires, which happened to be for Japanese food.  And he didn’t disappoint since within a short distance of the hotel lie dozens of restaurants, serving cuisines of all types.

BOTTOM LINE

The Affinia 50 is a beautiful, honest, and modern hotel with friendly and knowledgeable staff.  The hotel focuses on design and comfort, and this really shows.  The reliable and fast Internet, coupled with the hostelry’s ideal location in Manhattan’s Midtown East Side in immediate vicinity of a number of subway stations, make it a worthy choice for city-bound business travelers.

THE DETAILS

Affinia 50
155 East 50th Street
New York, NY 10022
Tel. +1 212 751 5710
www.affinia.com

 

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