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.
How to Get There
wonderful experience. we can't wait to stay there again and hopefully get the same room and rate.. our view of the empire state building was beautiful. the apartment was very comfortable and spacios. murray hillis a perfect location that makes most of the sites we enjoy within walking distance or if the weather should be bad, they would be just a short cab ride away. the staff were very pleasant and happy to help if we needed it.
Just a delightful hotel. Great location and helpful staff. Lovely wine hour in the lobby. Wonderful rooms. I only downgraded ‘excellent‘ to ‘very good’ because of the ridiculous ‘Facility Fee’. Please charge what you feel the room is worth—don’t nickel and dime me for internet (really, in this day and age like charging for electricity or running water) and don’t give me a $10 “credit“ to buy two overpriced Snickers bars.
We were a family staying for 3-nights in the Shellbrune NYC hotel. The staff is very friendly, rooms is nice and clean, beds are comfortable. It is very nice of them to give you $10 credit every day to buy things at the in-house kiosk. They have a great roof-top but it is very pity that when we stayed at the hotel, it was not active and very dirty1