Fifty NYC-an Affinia hotel
What We Love
- Central location in Midtown East is good for business travelers and first-time visitors
- Fresh, modern style thanks to a recent $19 million revamp
- Unique perks include daily wine hour, a 24-hour gym and VIPaws pet program
What To Know
- Expect street noise in rooms on the lower floors (ear plugs come standard)
- WiFi costs $14.95 per day
- No restaurant, though guests can pick up snacks from the Cupboard.
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- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Fresh from a tip-to-toe renovation, the Fifty banishes cookie-cutter design in favor of a creative style and midcentury accents. Original artworks dot the double height lobby, though it’s the gorgeous curved wooden staircase that dominates the newly open-plan space. A floor above are the Club Room and Den, appealing common rooms where guests settle into the leather sofas or the tobacco-hued occasional chairs, or meet for the continental breakfast spread or wine hour from 5 to 6 p.m.
Bed and Bath
Popular with business and family travelers, the Fifty has guestrooms that are huge by New York standards, starting at 325 square feet. All have signature Affinia beds, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, workstations, coffeemakers and mini-fridges, plus renovated bathrooms with over-tub showers and eco toiletries. Studio Suites are especially good for groups, outfitted with Twin beds and full kitchens (which can be stocked in advance).
There’s no restaurant, but a hearty continental breakfast spread is served in the Club Room from 7 to 10 every morning, and guests can pick up snacks and wine at the Cupboard, located in the lobby. A popular stop for business travelers, the hotel gym is open 24 hours a day, and a VIPaws pet program is available (food and water bowls, dog stairs, etc.) for four-legged guests.
In the Area
Get a culture fix at the Museum of Modern Art, just three blocks north, then keep walking to New York’s shared backyard, Central Park, for endless seasonal activities including ice skating in the winter and outdoor concerts in the summer. For retail therapy, prepare to get lost among the racks in Bloomingdale’s nearby flagship store, or splurge on designer duds at Saks Fifth Avenue. Foodies shouldn’t miss a meal at chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s modern American restaurant, the National, or make it a classic steak night at New York institution Smith & Wollensky.
How to Get There
We booked a junior suite. Upon arrival the hotel looks clean and decent. When we exited the lift on the 19th floor to go to our room, my first impression was that the hotel needs updating. Upon opening the door to our room, we were very surprised. It was amazing. Big, spacious, and just want is needed. We have stayed at other hotels and the rooms are tiny. The room was the right size as we had our little girl who just wanted to play when coming back for all the walking we had done.
It was my little girls birthday and the house keeper for our floor while we were out put a little card, cupcake and lollipop on her bed wishing her a happy birthday.
All staff from check in to leaving were very friendly and accommodating.
Only downside is that if you spend most of your time around Times Square, its a little walk to this hotel. If you don't mind walking, stay here.
We had traveled here due to a medical appointment. The junior suite was spacious with great views. Bed was comfortable and the complimentary wine happy hour was great. Would definitely stay here again.
I have stayed here for business and pleasure. I would recommend based on location, space and price. Good accommodations. Valet parking available.
Close to shops and convenient to several attractions. 👍
Great location for a short break, travelled in the April of 2017 for my sons 18th. A couple of blocks from most attractions. Exceptional staff, eager to assist. Great place a few doors down for a breakfast!
I always enjoy my stays at the Fifty. The staff, from the door greeters to the check in desk to the room service and housekeeping are always personable and professional. The amenities are convenient and the value provided is fantastic.