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“Affinia Gardens weekend with kids”

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Gardens NYC–an Affinia hotel
Ranked #84 of 469 Hotels in New York City
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Reviewed 6 May 2009

My recent weekend with my wife and kids (6, 3) in NYC started off with some difficulty, was great fun through most of the trip and ended terribly.

We all enjoyed the Amtrak ride from Boston to NYC and transferred smoothly via taxicab from Penn Station to Affinia Gardens on the Upper East Side. Thankfully, the stroller fit into the cab's trunk!

On arrival at Affinia Gardens, our room was not ready yet. No worries since we were a few minutes early for normal check-in time and we were happy to go for a walk through Central Park. But 90 minutes later when we returned the room still wasn't ready. Fortunately the manager stepped in and offered us temporary use of a smaller room to get cleaned up for dinner. When we returned from dinner around 8pm, there still further confusion about whether our room was ready but we were eventually given a key... to a room that was already occupied. Back to the front desk where the manager got involved again and finally got us to the right room.

While checking in was a big hassle and the desk clerk was tough to deal with, the manager and bellhop were both friendly, helpful and did their best to remedy our problems.

We were impressed by the size of the Affinia's rooms, especially in light of the reasonable price and because most hotel rooms in NYC are really small. The temporary room we used was on the first floor and had a great outdoor patio. Both rooms had kitchenettes which is a big help when traveling with kids. Only drawback was in the bathroom where the toilet was so close to the bathroom door that the swinging door actually hit the toilet seat. It was difficult to get in and out of the bathroom without putting the toilet seat up.

The hotel was well located for our visit with friends and family who mostly live on the upper east side. It was walking distance to several kid-oriented attractions including the Central Park Zoo, Dylan's Candy Bar, and Serendipity's. And we chanced upon a nice playground about 3 blocks away.

All in all, good stay at the Affinia Gardens. Followed by a terrible time at Penn Station with canceled trains and then a Hertz reservation at a location with no cars. But that is another story...

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 2 May 2009

We just returned from a two-night stay here. The hotel was a pleasant surprise. I could not believe the size of our room (206) -- it was huge by NYC standards, with a small kitchenette, and a large L-shaped main space with a king bed and a sofa bed, nicely appointed. We usually stay in one of the larger hotels like the Sheraton or Westin, but from now on I will always try to stay here. As noted, the staff is extremely nice. The only annoyance is the pay internet. People who were commenting on the lack of restaurants apparently did not walk over to 2nd Ave, where there are lots of coffee-shop and pizza-type places, or over to 3rd Ave, there is a stylish wine bar/Italian restaurant right at the corner.

  • Stayed: May 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 27 April 2009

This hotel is wonderful. Nice, clean, large spacious room. Just a few blocks from the subway. Great locationon UES. Quiet residential neighborhood. Two grocery stores, Food Emporium and Gourmet Garage, on the next block. Nice to have the small kitchen. Aveda bath products. Staff was excellent. Pet friendly. My dog loved walking over to Central Park.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 April 2009

We have stayed at other Affinia properties and have been impressed. Our stay at Affinia Gardens was better than expected. We requested a room with a balcony. Awesome! The staff is very courteous and helpful. We used the Valet parking which was easy. We had two adults, two teenagers and one 9 yr old. We had plenty of room. It is so much nicer than a "hotel". It's like borrowing an upscale NYC apartment for the weekend. The price is very reasonable for the location, size of room and service received. We will be back. If you arrive late and are hungry, Jackson Hole is right across the street with an excellent burger, you have to look for it, it's in the basement.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 April 2009

I had a brief two night business stay here. As mentioned on Trip Advisor, the hotel staff are great. They seem more than willing to assist in any way you may ask. They booked a car for my very early morning trip back to JFK ($75)

My only disappointment was a main floor room (#107) adjacent to the elevators which had very tired carpets and noise from the hall and elevators.

I did jog to and around Central Park, walked to Guggenheim (sp?) and the Met. Location is good however I would ask for advise on local restaurants. There were not as many towards Park Ave as I expected. Probably lots nearby just not were I looked.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 April 2009

We spent 4 nights at the end of March and we were very pleased with Affinia Gardens. The subway was a quick walk away, the room was super clean and the location was super quiet. The best part was the staff. The desk staff, concierge, and cleaning staff were all very friendly and addressed us by name. If we ever make it back to NYC we will be at Affinia again.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 18 March 2009

When I travel with my son, who is 19, we like to be able to get away from each other, We stayed four nights in a suite here. two queen beds in the bed room and a large living room with a sleepable couch, plus a kitchen bigger than most nyc apartment kitchens. the hotel itself wasrunning a special, sniffed out through travelzoo. $199 per night. it's a quick walk to the F or the 4/6 trains. and of course the neighborhood itself has everything from Bloomies to the Whitney. Sushi Seki down on 1st serves until 2:30 a.m. the hotel itself is heavily weighted toward rooms and away from public space, if that makes any sense. not much of a lobby or business center. no bar or restaurant. but our room was big and peaceful. they even have a pillow menu, where you can order from 6 possible esoteric choices. (if you have problems with city noise, get the buckwheat pillow and drape it over your head. it mkes a nice little cocoon.)
pillows. my only complaints: $14 for internet. i hate that. and the little cd player in our room was broken, not that we really cared. i was kind of expecting an ipod docking station.

  • Stayed: March 2009, travelled with family
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ASpektor, General Manager at Gardens NYC–an Affinia hotel, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2009

Dear HeisenbergCT,

Thank you for providing us with your feedback. I am delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Affinia Gardens. We are glad that you were able to try out our pillow menu, and that you got a good look at the neighborhood.

I wanted to be sure to let you know that we do have iPod and MP3 Adapters available at the hotel. Next time you come to the Affinia Gardens, please be sure to notify the front desk that you would like one, and we will be sure to send one up.

Again, we appreciate your comments. We hope that you have a chance to visit us again soon at the Affinia Gardens, a Tranquil Suite Hotel.

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Address: 215 E 64th St, New York City, NY 10021
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Region: United States > New York > New York City > Upper East Side , Manhattan
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Green Hotel in New York City
#28 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#32 Business Hotel in New York City
#76 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range: £222 - £570 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Gardens NYC–an Affinia hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 129
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tranquil. Thoughtful. Private. Just right for a little alone time in NYC. Discreetly located on the Upper East Side on an intimate, tree-lined street, the Gardens NYC is the picture of Manhattan gentility. It's surrounded by world-class NYC shopping and Manhattan's famed museums, adding grace and charm to its locale. But guests find it's just right for a tranquil retreat. With such great in-room service, you can simply take to your hotel suite and escape for some alone time. Our 129 suites, many larger than New York City apartments, offer generous living space, including full kitchens and large vanities with Hollywood lighting, making them ideal for stays of a day, a week or much, much longer. Hotel Services Fee is $25 plus tax per room, per night and provides you with the following amenities: · $10 daily food and drink credit to our Cupboard or Corner Store* · Daily Wine Hour during Social Sips from 5-6PM · Wireless Internet access for all of your devices · 10% off at Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s The National Bar & Dining Rooms · In-room gourmet coffee and tea offerings · Unlimited package handling and storage prior to and during your stay · Business services, including printing · Local and domestic long distance calls · 24/7 access to our state-of-the-art fitness centers · Access to Affinia bikes (where applicable) · Concierge services *Must be redeemed daily, credit may not be rolled over **Fee is exclusive of service gratuities ... more   less 
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