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
Stayed here for 5 days, excellent service, Andy and Karen at front are fantastic.
Very large and big, only issue was the fridge needs to be updated and pressure for shower is very bad. Overall fantastic place and very good location within walking distance to all tourist attractions.
I give it a thumbs up. The resort fee is a waste and should just be placed into the cost as this is a very inconvenient fee.
We spent 3 nights at the shelburne hotel and we’ll definitely come back! We arrived after we had a stupid accident during our twelve hours flight, my daughter get burned with hot tea on her leg and it was super painful; she get out of the plane in a wheelchair and it was quiet traumatic to begin our special trip like that. honestly we arrived at the hotel already pissed off by this incident and our room wasn’t ready...
We were super tired and on our nerves, so we agreed to sleep in a room for disabled person, that was super awkward after the wheelchair arrival... the hotel manager insisted that it is just for the night and the day after he surprised us and upgraded us to a studio double queen beds room, high floor and nice view, it was super nice and we had a great time. All the staff was friendly and the location was super convenient!
Clean, great staff and perfect location. We stayed for a special anniversary and it was a great experience. They even had a bottle of wine waiting for us in our room! Great experience overall. We would stay at any Affinia hotel!