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An art-driven boutique hotel with a residential feel, large rooms, and a private lounge that hosts mix-and-mingle wine hours
A $19 million renovation in 2014 transformed the property into a chic boutique hotel that caters equally to business travelers, tourists, and families. The lobby is a showplace for the hotel's collection of curated contemporary art. "Four of a Kind," a series of stoic figures crafted from recycled metal by a duo of Harlem-based artists serves as a dividing wall between the bustle of arrivals and check-ins and a cozy elevated lounge area with a fireplace fronted by a oversized ottoman, leather chairs perfect for reading, shelves stocked with art books, and a business center with two Apple computers.
A whimsical glass mobile made up of tiny blue men in hurried motion (by a Seattle-based glass-blower) dangles above the lobby's spiral black and white staircase, enticing guests to ascend on foot rather than take the elevator. At the top of the stairs, a concierge is at the ready to assist guests with everything from dinner reservations to pampered pet services. The second floor of Fifty NYC–an Affinia hotel provides guests with two rooms of private, socially oriented space. Next to the concierge, a large wall of glass frames the Club Room, a multi-functional space that hosts breakfast, daily wine hours, as well as serving as an intimate meeting space. The adjoining Den, is a more playful and cozier spot with an L-shaped ivory sofa fronting a gas-lit fireplace, vibrant abstract artwork, flat-screen TVs, and shelves stocked with more art books and interesting collectibles.
Overall, the hotel delivers a residential vibe. Bellmen greet guests with a "welcome home" and the rooms are spacious with suites finished with separate living areas and kitchenettes. Affinia lacks a restaurant and bar, but there's a tailored pantry next to the front desk stocked with a variety of necessary snacks from half-bottles of cabernet to tins of gummy bears from Dean and Deluca. Mint, an upscale Indian restaurant is across the street and there are a slew of other dining opportunities, including the New York classic Smith and Wollensky's and the trendy Dos Caminos, within walking distance.
At a busy intersection in Midtown East, close to subways, shopping, and popular attractions such as Rockefeller Center and the Museum of Modern Art.
Affinia 50 is located in the heart of Midtown East on a busy city block at the intersection of 50th Street and Third Avenue. The immediate area outside the front entrance portrays a typical midtown scene with glossy office buildings, passing yellow cabs, and business people on their way to and from meetings. The hotel shares the block with three other upscale hotels, The Kimberly, the San Carlos, and The Benjamin. A nice Indian restaurant (Mint) and a wine bar are steps away while the popular Spanish restaurant (Dos Caminos) and Smith and Wollensky’s steakhouse are around the corner. Classic tourist attractions such as Rockefeller Center and the Museum of Modern Art are within walking distance. Transportation hub Grand Central is closeby but the nearest subway stop is just a block away.
Apartment-like rooms and suites with kitchenettes and contemporary style, some with terraces
Fifty NYC-an Affinia hotel's 251 rooms and suites stick to a cohesive design that mixes contemporary style with residential comfort. The color palette is mostly brown, black and white, with accents of bright colors; the architecture is post-war, free of crown molding or other historical details. Windows are dressed with simple white drapes with thick black horizontal stripes, sofas are finished in gray tweed with butter-yellow accent pillows, red lamps sit atop black side tables, and ivory leather accent chairs are both comfortable and stylish. All of the rooms feature artwork by New York artists, a mix of black and white sketches of city landmarks and more colorful abstract pieces. In some rooms, the walls are accented with stretches of wallpaper featuring a repetitive print of black and white shelved books. Work desks, flat-screen TVs, and coffeemakers add comfort to the boxy spaces.
Standard guest rooms are huge by New York City standards (325 to 400 square feet) and come equipped with two queen or one king bed. Deluxe guest rooms add square footage and a pullout sofa. Beds feature Affinia signature mattresses, tufted leather headboards with built-in gooseneck reading lamps, and a bright canvas of artwork hung on the wall above the headboard. Larger classes of rooms (Studios, Junior suites, and One-Bedroom suites) have kitchenettes finished with open shelves, white dinnerware, and mini appliances. Terrace suites are the hotel's version of pied-a-terres with wrap-around terraces and skyline views.
Bathrooms come with either glass-enclosed showers or tub/shower combinations with neutral tile-work, stone vanities with two-drawers of storage below, glass shelving, plenty of white towels, and signature swaths of graffiti-inspired poetry wallpaper. In lieu of tiny bottles of takeaway toiletries, Affinia refills a trio of tall, wall-mounted bottles with Comfort Zone brand shampoo, conditioner, and body wash.
Private lounge space, a bright fitness room, a grab-and-go pantry, and pampering for resident pets
The hotel lacks an on-site restaurant and lounge, but it does offer a continental breakfast (for a fee) daily in the second-floor Club Room. Room service is available from lunch through dinner and there's a stylish Cupboard next to the front desk where guests can stock up on snacks, soda, and wine.
The hotel hosts daily wine receptions in the Club Room where guests can mix and mingle among themselves and with hotel management. There's also Sophia Wine Bar, just steps from the hotel's entrance and many other places to imbibe and dine nearby.
Fitness-inclined guests can head to the cheery (not dark despite its lack of windows) gym, which holds a solid selection of cardio machines and free weights as well as a private changing area and shower.
Pets are also treated as VIPs at Affina (for a fee) with cushy dog beds, dog stairs, toys, and treats. A portion of the pet fee goes to the Humane Society.
Fifty NYC–an Affinia hotel is a 251-room, upscale boutique hotel with art-driven contemporary style that showcases local artists. The hotel's Midtown East location makes it convenient for both business travelers and tourists while its big, apartment-like rooms and suites (some with kitchenettes) are great for families and visitors on extended stays. Boutique extras include a wine hour, free Wi-Fi, and pet-friendly policies, but there's no full restaurant (just a continental breakfast, for a fee). Prices are competitive for this caliber, especially given the location and the size of the rooms, though guests may also want to consider The Lexington New York City.
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