Post # 1
Fiance and I are staying for 4 nights in NYC Memorial Day weekend as the first leg of our honeymoon before we depart on an 8 day cruise to the Bahamas (so excited).
We reserved a Queen bed room at Affinia Manhattan directly with the hotel (AAA rate, ony $10 more than the best price we found on 3rd party sites – and figured we’d get better service booking directly through them) but we can cancel free of charge at any time (up to the day before). We would be paying a price we are comfortable with (budget) and were fairly happy with the reviews online.
We expect the room to be small (it’s Manhattan after all) and we’re mostly excited about the location of the hotel – basically right next to Penn Station on 7th Avenue. I’ve been to NYC many, many times (my best friends live there and I lived there for a summer in law school) but Fiance has only been twice so we’re planning quite a touristy trip so I can show him the city and we can explore together.
So the location is fantastic for grabbing trains and hopping all over the city – plus I wanted to bring him to the Empire State building and Times Square, we’re also going to a Broadway show, and we’ll be going to Little Italy one night for dinner. So this location is A++ in my book.
Do any Bees have any experience with this hotel? Again, we’re not looking for anything fancy, just a clean place to “sleep” (ahem – well, it is our honeymoon ) and shower each day – we will not be at the hotel other than that because we plan on being out and about each day and evening. Just wondering if anyone’s been there or has any insight.
Post # 4
It’s a great location for tourist stuff! but there isn’t a lot of stuff that locals will do in that area!
I went to a conference at the Affinia once and found it dated. Some hotels I’d recommend that have a lot more character and nicer amenities that aren’t too far from penn station are the Eventi, the Carlton, and the bryant park hotel. I looked at a LOT of hotels in the area for room blocks for my guests (Our reception was at 37th street and broadway) and liked these the best.
Post # 5
thanks, yeah we are doing very touristy stuff as Fiance hasn’t seen much of the city.
Post # 6
Anyone else have any info about this hotel?
Post # 7
We stayed here and were not amazed with it for the price. We booked one of the larger rooms and found it to be quite dated. It said it slept up to 6 but we definitely would be dying for space with more than the 4 we had. It is in a GREAT central location and the doorman makes getting a taxi very easy. The concierge is nice but not super impressive. For the 6 days we were in New York we were usually one of 6 couples or groups vying for 1 or 2 people’s attention. The hotel bar was fun and we were there almost nightly for drinks and appetizers. There was also construction in the hotel that we weren’t notified about and went on from 6am throughout day. Overall, it wasn’t awful, for sure but we would probably stay a shorter period of time and pay more to stay at Yotel or somewhere similar.
Post # 8
I’ve stayed there before, like you said, the rooms are very small. It wasn’t all that modern but clean with good service. I think you have the right attitude, you’re not expecting much out of the hotel, but you’ll have an amazing time in NYC. I’ve stayed at places like Waldorf Astoria and the Ritz (only because my husband’s company paid for it) and I wasn’t impressed. The only places I loved are the Westin in Grand Central, the W in Union Square, and St Regis. But I may be biased towards Starwood properties. I think you did the right thing, to stay as close as all the places you want to visit/eat. You’ll be so tired from sightseeing and walking around so as long as you have a comfortable bed, you’ll be fine and ready to enjoy your cruise.
Post # 9
Thanks. I mostly like it for the location, and it sounds like it wasn’t a horrible experience, just that there are hotels that are better. I’ll take that – haha, I just didn’t want to hear horror stories.
Thanks! Exactly – we’d rather spend the money on dinner and doing activities than the hotel, as literally we’re not going to be at the hotel room for very long each day except to sleep! We definitely want it to be clean, but other than that we’re ok with it being dated or not having amenities. Location, location, location!