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“Terrrific place for an extended stay in NYC with family”

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Gardens NYC–an Affinia hotel
Ranked #66 of 467 Hotels in New York City
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San Juan, PR
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“Terrrific place for an extended stay in NYC with family”
Reviewed 19 July 2009

This hidden jewel of a hotel is THE place to stay if you plan to spend a week or two in NYC on bussiness or vacation. I first heard about it from a good friend who has stayed there every summer for a number of years. The rooms are spatious and have a full kitchen - which allows you to significantly cut on the cost of meals during the vacation.
The staff is courteous and friendly. The service in general is second to none.The location is terrific - in a quiet neighborhood on the upper east side yet only a few blocks from Central Park and Rockfeller center...

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Asheville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 12 July 2009

I've stayed in a couple of other Affinia hotels in NY and they are generally great, but the Affinia Gardens was outstanding because of the size and comfort of the room for the price paid. Can't imagine beating this anywhere in midtown NYC. NOTE: stay on the back side of the hotel, as it overlooks a park and is very quiet. Service was also great, staff very helpful and friendly. Very highly recommended.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled on business
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New York
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12 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2009

Let me start by saying that "I don't do reviews". But we just got back from a trip to Manhattan with the kids and staying at the Affinia Gardens Hotel which was simply spectacular. We live in the tri-state area and I work in NYC, but when we were looking for a hotel to stay with the kids I wasn't looking for a traditional business hotel. I found the Affinia through the Children's Museum of Manhattan which was one of our stops with the kids (great for 3 to 6 year olds). During check-in the staff was very friendly and did whatever they could to ensure that our stay got off on the right foot. The location is fantastic, off the beaten path enough to be quiet but close to the Museums, Central Park, The Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Time Square and the Theater District. Our room was LARGE, comfortable, refreshingly cool, quiet and clean. We had a separate bedroom from the kids, which is what we were looking for. There are plenty of restaurants on 1st, 2nd and 3rd avenues or via a short cab ride. There is no restaurant in the hotel but they offer fast in-room delivery from several local places which we took advatage of twice. The cost was also very competitive for NYC especially given the size of the room and the fact that it had a kitchen in our two room suite. I really can't say enough about this hotel other than to add that it helped make this trip one of the best we have ever taken with the kids!! FIVE STARS.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled with family
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Southern Utah
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Reviewed 2 July 2009

The Gardens surpassed our expectations while staying in New York City. The service was exceptional, the front desk was helpful when we needed help with the television, directions, and suggestions for sight seeing. The room was very large, clean and neatly appointed. The location was exceptional, close to all the attractions and dining establishments. What we liked the best was how quiet the neighborhood was in the evenings, giving us an opportunity to get a great nights sleep. I would highly recommend this to business travelers, couples, and families. We had a wonderful four night experience there.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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ireland
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Reviewed 26 June 2009

We stayed here in a one bed apartment for a week with our 15 year old. We were a little worried the bedroom may be cramped and planned to use the sofa bed if need be. It was used only once when the teenager wanted to stay up late watching TV and he said it was comfy enough. As it was the whole place was huge, walked into the sitting room area which is twice the size of a standard hotel room, with sofa/bed, chair, tv, desk and coffee table. Bedroom massive with 2 large double beds and ample storage space for us all, plus a tv. The kitchen is small, with perhaps too many cupboards but is fully equipped with gas cooker/oven, microwave, diswasher, kettle, toaster and a very large fridge-freezer. Eating/drinking untensils for 4 provided as well as pans etc. The bathroom is small, and perhaps one of the few downsides of the place, the toilet is immediately in the door and a bit of the door had to be cut out to accomodate this. Bath is small and we were unable to use it as the plug did not work properly but that was a minor issue we didn't bother with as the shower was more than adequate..


Location couldn't be better, near to plenty of local shops ( check out the food emporium just at the end of the street on 3rd) and dining areas. Our first night we walked to Central Park which is straight down about 15 minutes stroll. Bloomingdales is also no more than 10 minutes walk away (but not worth the trip in our opinion) There are a couple of subway stations within walking distance but to be honest we preferred to walk or get a cab as the subway can be a bit of a hassle.

China Fun restaurant is just down the road and on the first night we ordered in, food delivered in 15 minutes and so much of it we couldn't finish it all. There are loads of places to eat nearby for all tastes and budgets, as a vegan/vegettarian/diabetic and nut allergy containing family we had no problem at all eating out so if we can do it anyone can.

The staff at the hotel are 100% customer focused, everyone we met was polite and helpful, special mention to Chris the conscierge who was there when we arrived and left making our life easier. He arranged a car to take us to the airport,a beautiful Lincoln for 75dollars..a bit of an extravagence but it was worth it. there is also the facility to print your boarding pass for free from the hotel in the lobby, again a small touch that makes the difference. You can view your ongoing bill via the TV at anytime and an itemised bill was posted under our door on our last night. Check in and out were both speedy and efficient.

The Air Conditioning was a welcome relief and easy to control. We had pre-booked special pillows and a walking tour pack, both were in the room, though there was no ipod in walking pack as advertised but it was no hassle as we wouldn't have used it.

Room was cleaned to a high standard each day, we left a tip on the pillow every morning!

Only a couple of small issues. one was the charge for a bottle of water, it was in a walking tour pack we had ordered ( for free) so we assumed it was gratis too, but we were charged over 7 dollars for it,( a litre of water!!) unless you are really thirsty don't bother with it - you can walk to the shop and stock up on drinks there - and the cost of the internet access is we felt a tad excessive, we paid 62.95 for the week, ( you can use the hotel lobby for 6.95 for 15 minutes if preferred), it was useful to have but in this day and age there really should be no charge or a nominal charge for wifi access. It was fairly slow too and not the high-speed we expected.

We had no issues with noise from other guests or staff and had a good peaceful nights sleep each night.

All in all we would highly recommend this hotel, it is well placed, clean, well equipped and staffed by excellent people. You can probably get cheaper but if you want a spacious central place this is well worth the cost. The neighbourhood is extremely safe and vibrant without being overpowering. If we ever make it back to NYC this will be our first port of call.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
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Connecticut
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Reviewed 19 June 2009

On arrival we were upgraded from a junior suite to a patio suite - the room was the largest I've ever seen in New York City, and the private (if you don't count the neighboring highrises) patio was enormous. We also got a full kitchen.
We were a little concerned that the hotel had no restaurant as we needed to get out early and wanted a room service breakfast - not to worry, the room had menus for several neighborhood restaurants that would deliver and put the charge on the room. We ordered breakfast and had it in the room in under 15 minutes.
Location is excellent - walking distance to Central Park, shopping on 5th and Park avenues and the Met.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Eshkolot
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Reviewed 18 June 2009

Our second stay at Affinia Gardens. Staff turnover is virtually non-existent, which indicates that management knows that when the staff is happy, so are the guests. Never had an unanswered question. Never saw a face that didn't have a smile. When we dealt with someone even one time, they never forgot our names (I'd love to know that secret). Special kudos to Latoya, Michael, Chris, and Alex, who really knows what his guests want, even before they ask.
Affinia Gardens is the only place on our list for future NYC visits.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Property: Gardens NYC–an Affinia hotel
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:
#11 Green Hotel in New York City
#28 Romantic Hotel in New York City
#32 Business Hotel in New York City
#77 Family Hotel in New York City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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