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
I reserved 7 rooms for a birthday weekend and first off, all the reservations were listed under the same name Ms. Benjamin, which makes no sense. Trying to get someone on the phone who could go through each reservation # and add the correct names of the guests was impossible so I had to physically go into the hotel to fix the issue.. They couldn't change the name but they were able to add the correct names to the notes. I wanted early check-in and despite spending nearly $3000 on reservations they wanted to charge me additionally for not guaranteed early check in. They charged me $100 + tax also for late check out. Then the reservations didn't have the correct number of beds I requested, so in order to get the double beds I had originally wanted, I had to pay an additional $40 again. A smart water at this hotel is $10.. they give you a $10 credit per day to make up for this. Every movie in the entertainment system is $20. There is no free breakfast, you have to purchase a tasteless omelette at their Rare grill which sports a B rating.. All of that front desk were very unpleasant and rude- the managers have better attitudes. Overall I was very unhappy with how my reservations were made, the lack of accountability, and the poor hospitality. The rooms are OK- the ones near the elevator are quite noisy.
We were in the city for a birthday celebration and needed a hotel for 4 adults. We chose this hotel due to its proximity to Grand Central Station and because they offer 2 queens in a room (most NYC hotels do not, or not that I could find).
Our visit was quick, but, the room was perfect. The bathroom was large, two queen beds as promised, a fridge, and it was a spacious room. The elevators though were very small, but, that’s ok - you sometimes had to wait a bit.
I would stay here again.
Everything was perfect from the beginning. The room was big and clean, the furniture new. In the middle of midtown close to everything we wanted to see. The only thing I would love is to have available a service of breakfast. But, without any doubt, If I come back to NY I would choose again this hotel.