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
- 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
I will always choose Shelburne when I have business in mid-town Manhattan. The hotel was within easy walking distance to my conference and I was able to enjoy wonderful meals with friends at The Rare.
Room was very good. Location very good. You can walk to lots of places. Bryant park, grand central station, Chrysler building and empire state building is close by. Facilities and amenities very good.
I stayed here for three nights whilst visiting NYC with friends. On the plus side the location is handy and it's pretty central. Other positives were the beds were comfy and the shower was good. Apart from that there is little else I can positively say about it. The rooms were so dark, very little light (or lights that worked), then the furniture was all tatty and old, wood work was scrapped and bathroom was dirty and covered in dust. One evening we went to the wine hour and honestly the white wine tasted like vinegar, not worth the daily hotel fee. When we checked out we did complain but they didn't knock anything off the $120 hotel fee for the 3 nights and that was extremely disappointing. They said it was being refurbished at the minute from 11th floor down so 'next time it'll be better.' Well there won't be a next time. Avoid at all costs, there were plenty of other better hotels in the area for the same price.
The Shelburne has become my go-to hotel in New York. It’s located close to Bryant Park and Grand Central Station and within walking distance to other restaurants, coffee shops (Starbucks) and attractions. In the summer there’s also a rooftop bar that is open.
The staff is great, the rooms are large by NY standards, and I really like RARE, the restaurant at the base of the hotel. (Get the burger with Brie!) You can also grab drinks and snacks from the lobby which is covered by your amenity fee.
The hotel also helped me coordinate a last-minute car service to the airport. Highly recommend! This hotel is family-friendly, and dog-friendly too!
I’ll definitely be back again soon.
I've stayed in over 1,000 hotels in my life, all over the US and the world. The Shelburne in New York City is by far the worst hotel and hotel experience of my life. Nothing but terrible service from beginning to end. The last straw was no wifi connection in the room. This was after numerous other problems. When I complained at the front desk about not having wifi, the guy threatened to call the police. Can you imagine calligraphies the police on a hotel guest for complaining? Customer service is horrible. Stay away from this this hotel or any Affinia hotel.