Updated: December 2017
Affinia Shelburne NYC Review:Finding the right New York City hotel in terms of location, price, and amenities is never easy. I usually start with a price range - what room rate can I afford per night. Then I go with a location that makes sense. On a recent trip with my wife, we stayed at the Affinia Shelburne (used to be called the Shelburne Murray Hill). Murray Hill is a great Manhattan neighborhood and the Grand Central terminal is just a few blocks north of the hotel. We arrived into Newark International Airport and took the NJ Transit train to Penn Station Manhattan and then took a few subway rides over to Grand Central and walked a few blocks to the hotel. The Affinia Shelburne has over 300 rooms and suites available - the rooms have kitchenettes or minibars and flat screen televisions. The square footage of the rooms is definitely a bit bigger than the average NYC hotel room which are barely larger than a closet. My wife visits New York more often than I do and she had taken our daughter last year and stayed at the Affinia Dumont on East 34th Street. She likes the larger rooms and overall amenities (see below).
When I go to a city like New York I like to be able to walk around at night and feel safe. The Affinia is located in a good part of town and one night after we got out of a show over on W. 50 Street we walked all the way back home - through Times Square, Bryant Park, and across Park Avenue. The weather was great and it was beautiful to see the Empire State Building all lit up. The official website for the hotel is at http://www.affinia.com/New-York-City-Hotel.aspx?name=Shelburne-Murray-Hill. Room rates vary widely based on day of the week, but we paid an average of $285/night (Friday night was $325, Saturday was the same, and Sunday was only $220). I know everyone is looking for a bargain in Manhattan, but finding a hotel room that is decent size is what I like. I have stayed at the Sheraton a few times and the Marriott, but their rooms are tiny and make me feel claustrophobic. The staff at the Affinia hotels are always very helpful and accommodating. We switched rooms on our 2nd and 3rd nights to get a better view - they moved all our stuff which made it easy on us. They were running a promotional offer on Facebook and I was able to get a nice bottle of wine for FREE one night. The front lobby was large and had a sitting area with couches and chairs. There were a few computers available to print out boarding passes as well. Taxi service just off of Lexington was decent - we waited maybe a minute to get a cab. Overall I liked the hotel - it's away from the major nightlife attractions so it's quiet at night, but just a short subway ride away from all the action. In the mornings we would walk a few blocks and get coffee and croissants at the local coffee shop.