With so many hotels in the Mid Town district of Manhattan, it’s easy to be overwhelmed when it comes to choosing the best place to stay for your visit to New York City.
For Memorial Day weekend, I decided to indulge in a terrace suite at the Fifty Hotel & Suites by Affinia, which is located in vibrant Midtown East, and it was easily one of the best hotel experiences I’ve had in the city after a handful of different trips.
What stood our first was its location – its blocks away from major attractions like Grand Central Terminal and on the same block as the subway train line #6, making it conveniently accessible to the city’s top attractions.
Manhattan’s Midtown East location is very walkable – the contemporary neighborhood is filled with rich traditions, two blocks from The Rockefeller Center, Times Square, The Theatre District, Fifth and Madison Avenues Shopping, popular eateries and Manhattan’s most famous landmarks.
Fifty Hotel really is located in an ideal neighborhood to spend your stay in New York City.
After location, the vibe and amenities were second to none. The Fifty is an artfully residential hotel that captures the spirit of the Midtown neighborhood and energy of New York City in its atmosphere with a collection of local artwork and eclectic treasures found throughout the city.
Re-imagined by celebrated architect Nobutaka Ashihara and international interior design firm Dawson Design Associates, the property’s approachable yet modern environment is achieved through textures, rich woods and classic lines – all of which underlie Fifty’s boutique hotel experience.
In total there are 251 guest rooms, including 100 rooms with urban kitchens and 19 with private terraces with Manhattan skyline views.
For a very affordable price, the private terrace suite was worth every cent. Here it’s a great spot to enjoy breakfast while overlooking bustling 3rd Avenue, or enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets in the evening.
Each room features custom-designed Affinia bed with Egyptian cotton with blend triple sheeting, six-choice pillow menu including Feather and Down, Buckwheat, Swedish memory and Hypoallergenic, Magnetic Therapy and Sound Pillow), which will ensure that you sleep as comfortably with us as you do at home.
All rooms come with a workspace with ergonomic chairs, high-speed wireless internet access, cordless phones with direct dial and voicemail.
The hotel has a second floor Club Room that’s accessible from the lobby by way of a sweeping, stainless steel-and-stone staircase.
The space – exclusive to guests for socializing, relaxing, or taking advantage of complimentary Wi-Fi – is adorned in gleaming hard woods and lush carpets. Several distinct sections make the living room-like space ideal for small groups to gather for a Manhattan private reception.
Guests can enjoy getting together by the fireplace in the Club Room’s Den, and enjoy wine during its nightly hosted wine hours from 5 to 6 p.m., or with a cup of hot tea or coffee, served all day.
Affinia 50 is a pet-friendly hotel that will welcome your guest of honor with treats, a walk and plenty of pampering as part of its pet program.
Its curated VIPaws program pet-friendly hotel program is designed to accommodate your pet’s every need while you’re at the hotel. You’ll get necessities to keep him or her comfortable and content, plus everything you need to go exploring. The program also includes a $10 donation to the Humane Society.
Here’s a look at the different room types available:
Artistically appointed and residentially designed. Choose from our standard Guest Rooms, or Superior Guest Rooms on higher floors situated above the hustle bustle of NYC, offering one king or two queen beds in Manhattan Midtown East. This airy and fun living space comes fitted with all of our thoughtful room amenities including a coffee maker and a mini refrigerator, as well as our signature Affinia bed, pillow menu, and open workspace with desk. Playful touches such as graffiti-inspired poetry offer an unexpected punch to the bathroom walls. For a bit of extra space, choose the expansive Guest Room Deluxe room, which includes a pullout sleeper sofa bed for extra room, and can accommodate up to three people.
Extra space where contemporary design and artistic touches meet residential features. Aside from one Affinia King Bed or two Queen beds, a pillow menu, and an open workspace, our Manhattan Midtown East studio suites are equipped with urban kitchens. You’ll have your own stove, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, tableware, teapot, and toaster. Studio Suite with a king bed can accommodate up to two people. Studio Suite with two queen beds can accommodate up to four people.
Residential and inviting, this artistically inspired, extra-spacious junior suites come with one king or two queen beds. The roomy living space features a sleeper sofa, perfect for accommodating families or larger groups. The fully appointed urban kitchen comes complete with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, tableware, teapot, and toaster. All suites come standard with our signature Affinia bed, pillow menu, open workspace and eclectic hand-picked décor.
One Bedroom Suite
A visually pleasing, artistic and spacious living area with sleeper sofa is just the beginning — these sprawling suites continue with a separate bedroom with one king or two queen beds and dining table. Artistically appointed to complement the signature Affinia bed and open workspace, this one-bedroom suite is the perfect city retreat. The urban kitchen is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, tableware, teapot, and toaster, so feel free to stock up on our grocery kits from FreshDirect. Connect two of these rooms for up to 1,580 square feet of space.
Your very own NYC pied-à-terre. In addition to a sprawling living space and separate bedroom, these suites feature terraces overlooking Midtown Manhattan. Terrace suites feature a small dining table and urban kitchens—each with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker, tableware, teapot, and toaster. With such wonderful views, you’ll love just relaxing in your room.
Fifty Hotel & Suites is located at 155 East 50th Street at Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
For more information, visit www.affinia.com/fifty.