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
I booked three rooms for the weekend; booked well in advance, with instructions to have them close together. Two were Studio Suite (2 Queen) rooms. While both were nice, good sized rooms, one of them had a particularly tiny bathroom. The third room was a Junior Suite with 2 Queen beds, not on the same floor as the others. I've stayed in this room before. Unfortunately, this time, we were assigned the less desirable version of the room (there's 1013 and 1014; the one on the left is way nicer than the one on the right; we got the one on the right.) Having booked in advance with special instructions, it would have been nice to have had the better room options, rather than luck-of-the-draw, and have them on the same floor.
We had an excellent stay at The Fifty Hotel & Suites by Affinia. We were pleasantly surprised to get an impromtu upgrade to a Jr Suite because we were visiting with our two daughters & grand-daughter. It's our 4th stay here and the front desk and all of the other support staff are always very welcoming and helpful. Very conveniently located to all that we wanted to do.
Very nice room, well appointed, comfortable bed and pillows. Coffemaker in the room with very good coffee. Very clean. Wonderful to have a refrigerator. Space between wall, commode, and sink could have been bigger, and bathroom light switch inexplicably placed well inside the bathroom. I had to wait online for check-in -- someone who was checking in was also mailing a large package, and this took a great deal of time. Should have been handled elsewhere. As a result, I missed reception/wine ("You literally just missed it", when my turn came up. I clearly would have had time for one glass of wine if I had been checked-in in a timely manner.
The property is conveniently located. But rooms are small and noisy, especially near elevators. We noticed the last day our pillows were not clean. Staff tries hard, but seemed overwhelmed. Happy hours are a nice touch.
I really liked this property and would definitely stay here again. My only issue was with pricing. Why is a room with 2 doubles so much more than a King? Otherwise excellent property with central location. Very professional and friendly staff. Plus good pillows!!!