Shelburne NYC-an Affinia hotel
What We Love
- Central location in Murray Hill, a quiet Midtown East neighborhood near all the city sights
- Good long stay or family-friendly bedroom options; many have kitchenettes and private balconies
- Wine hour from 5 to 6 p.m. daily
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What To Know
- Rare Bar & Grill is a popular burger joint, so expect to wait for a table
- Rare View Rooftop Lounge is open during the summer months only (generally April until October)
- Pets are welcome
- The gym is on the small side
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
In a converted apartment building in Midtown East’s Murray Hill neighborhood, the Shelburne NYC, an Affinia hotel, has an unfussy, residential style. A mismatch of oversize armchairs, corner sofas and banquettes dot the streetside lounge area, while the sunken lobby has a sleeker style in black and chrome, and has a centerpiece red glass art installation surrounding the elevator bank.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms and suites are large by New York standards, and many have “urban kitchens” that can be stocked in advance. Some have private balconies with skyline and Empire State Building views. All 325 rooms are done in a pistachio, orange and mahogany palette, with signature Affinia beds and a small armchair or banquette. The bathrooms have been renovated and now feature walk-in glass showers, dark marble vanities and house brand eco toiletries.
With entrances from the hotel and from the street, Rare Bar & Grill is a favorite with both guests and locals. The tavern-style restaurant dishes up burgers every way, including an organic classic, BBQ bison, as well as lobster with melon carpaccio and a chef’s choice burger trio. Arrive early to get your name on the list or, if there’s a wait, explore the bar’s classic, if pricey, cocktail menu. The restaurant is also open for breakfast and lunch, and it supplies room service for hotel guests. For later night tipples or sundowners with a view, pick a perch at the Rare View Rooftop Lounge, a leafy space with 360-degree views of the cityscape.
In the Area
Take advantage of the proximity to Grand Central Terminal — if not to catch a train, at least for an old-school seafood dinner at the Oyster Bar or a fancy craft cocktail at the Campbell Apartment upstairs. For a quick bite and a buzzing happy hour scene, join the flocks of suits at Park Avenue Tavern or the in-the-know crowd at April Bloomfield’s newest Mexican venture, Salvation Taco. Looking for some scenery? Head west to Bryant Park or all the way east to the river for a ride on the East River Ferry, which makes stops in Long Island City, Greenpoint and Williamsburg.
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I was staying at shelburne affinia hotel for a week and overall my stay was comfortable, most importantly the room I was staying in located on 2nd floor was very clean. Came across a very friendly staff named BIBI, she was always smiling and helpful.
We stayed here for one night and really enjoyed our stay. Comfortable rooms, friendly staff, excellent location. For some reason the room was really warm at night - not sure if the air conditioning was working properly. Other than that, great place!
First off, this is a nice hotel, with a good location near Murray Hill and Grand Central Station. The rooms are clean and pretty large. The beds are generally comfortable, the bathroom is small but functional, and it has a reasonable cool vibe. It’s been updated in part. The value is not bad if you can find some discounts. People are nice also, as is the decor. No view from our room in 1403, just the courtyard, but that’s fine. But... they cannot handle being at capacity.
Here are the issues/challenges:
1. Service is poor. It took 90 minutes to have someone come up to the room to provide us with bedding for the couch bed, which we also had asked for at check in. The excuse was they were busy, which is akin to saying the dog ate my homework.
2. We asked for a cot, which they said they were somehow out of. They know many families choose the hotel for the suites, and might need that, right?
3. We asked for an extra blanket to help, given no cot, and they didn’t have that either.
4. There is a mysterious $40 mandatory guest fee, which is just a ruse for the hotel to make it seem less expensive. You literally get nothing for this beyond an unwanted glass of wine at the cocktail hour no one goes to. It does include $10 from the “mini bar”... which is generally empty at night, and the 2 diet cokes got, we could not open since they were the glass ones with metal caps (not twist offs) and no one had a bottle opener. Really?
5. Just asked for a slightly late check out... maybe they can handle that?
Stayed here for 3 days in April for business. A solid business style hotel. Large rooms, well decorated and functional.
Hotel is well located to the mid-town business district and a short walk to Grand Central. The neighbourhood includes some simple restaurants and cafes...
The cafe in the building has very good coffee!
I’d give this hotel five stars if not for the $40 mystery fee per room per night, and they would not waive it or comp the parking fee instead. Asked what the fee is for, the polite woman at the front desk said you get free wine for an hour and a $10 credit at the serve-yourself snack cupboard. Breakfast not included, BTW.
Also I heard another front desk exchange in which they refused another guest’s request for an upgrade. Just, nope. Zero desire to accommodate what I suspect is a common complaint.
“Welcome to New York” does not quite explain this to my satisfaction.
On the upside, I asked for a toothbrush and they delivered it to our room. Also the rooms were not tiny and they were clean.