by Whitney Rife
Affinia Shelburne resides in the middle of Murray Hill neighborhood in Manhattan. It features an array of rooms, including an apartment-style two-bedroom suite. Like all the Affinia hotels, Shelburne focuses on providing a unique and customized experience for guests. Kids can even order a rubber ducky from the front desk! Families will love the My Family Package, which features in-room boardgames, walking tours on iPods and a complimentary travel backpack carrying Frommers, an adventure card deck and a digital camera. Also, the hotel even offers a Jet Set Pet Package to accommodate pets with walking and sitting services, a travel dog bowl and a pet bed. Affinia’s Rare Bar & Grill is on the street level of the hotel, specializing in hamburgers. Also, Rare View is a lounge on the top story, offering an amazing rooftop cityscape.
Our Editor Loves
- Family and pet packages
- Onsite restaurant specializing in hamburgers
- Rooftop views
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
by Maya L
I reserved 7 rooms for a birthday weekend and first off, all the reservations were listed under the same name Ms. Benjamin, which makes no sense. Trying to get someone on the phone who could go through each reservation # and add the correct names of the guests was impossible so I had to physically go into the hotel to fix the issue.. They couldn't change the name but they were able to add the correct names to the notes. I wanted early check-in and despite spending nearly $3000 on reservations they wanted to charge me additionally for not guaranteed early check in. They charged me $100 + tax also for late check out. Then the reservations didn't have the correct number of beds I requested, so in order to get the double beds I had originally wanted, I had to pay an additional $40 again. A smart water at this hotel is $10.. they give you a $10 credit per day to make up for this. Every movie in the entertainment system is $20. There is no free breakfast, you have to purchase a tasteless omelette at their Rare grill which sports a B rating.. All of that front desk were very unpleasant and rude- the managers have better attitudes. Overall I was very unhappy with how my reservations were made, the lack of accountability, and the poor hospitality. The rooms are OK- the ones near the elevator are quite noisy.
We were in the city for a birthday celebration and needed a hotel for 4 adults. We chose this hotel due to its proximity to Grand Central Station and because they offer 2 queens in a room (most NYC hotels do not, or not that I could find).
Our visit was quick, but, the room was perfect. The bathroom was large, two queen beds as promised, a fridge, and it was a spacious room. The elevators though were very small, but, that’s ok - you sometimes had to wait a bit.
I would stay here again.