Shelburne Hotel & Suites by Affinia

Midtown, New York

The hotel

If you crave the Manhattan nights you’ve seen in the sit-coms, Shelburne NYC’s got it covered. Just head straight upstairs to Rare View: the archetypal summertime rooftop bar, its 5,000 square feet hold a chilled cocktail party vibe, five unique ‘rooms’ including the picnic patch and champagne garden, and 360 degree views taking in sights like the Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. Back downstairs, Rare Bar & Grill serves up gourmet burgers with twists like tequila-soaked beef, aged whisky slaw, or lobster tail. If you can bear to leave this infinitely trendy hotel, you’ll find you’re in a similarly trendy neighbourhood. But still be sure to keep in mind the complimentary evening wine hour.


  • Bar
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On Lexington Avenue, this hotel is surrounded by typical brownstone buildings with cafés, bagel shops, cocktail bars, and gastro pubs nearby. It is a few blocks from Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building, and just a stroll from sights like the Empire State Building, Bryant Park and Fifth Avenue. Transfer time from John F. Kennedy International Airport: 40 minutes.

Hotel information

325 contemporary rooms and suites. All with flatscreen HDTV with cable and pay-per-view movies, iHome docking station, WiFi access*, fridge, coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, iron and board, and pillow menu. Standard Guest Rooms are 325-350 sq ft with 1 king-size bed or 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Studio Suites are 410 sq ft and have a granite kitchen and pantry with 1 queen-size, 1 king-size or 2 double beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

One Bedroom Deluxe Suites are 450-650 sq ft and have a kitchenette, living room, separate bedroom, 2 flatscreen TVs and 1 king-size bed and sofa bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Rare Bar & Grill (classic American menu including gourmet burgers, cocktails, daily breakfast, weekend brunch, weekday lunch, and daily dinner). Rare View (rooftop bar, open selected days and times, seasonal). Room service*. Social Sips (nightly wine hour). Grocery delivery service*. 24-hour fitness centre. Affinia Junior (with pop-up child-friendly ‘Social Sips’, child sundries at The Cupboard*, ‘family fun chests’ with board games, sports packs with goodies*, and equipment including strollers). Affinia Pocket Guide (app and mobile site for sightseeing). Concierge. Complimentary WiFi in lobby. Valet parking $55 plus tax per day, or $65 plus tax per day for oversized vehicles (payable locally, subject to change).

One person must be aged 21 years and over in each room at check-in.

*Denotes local charge.

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May 14, 2020 b1aze81 Fresh Meadows, New York

This hotel is amazing. Staff are extremely professional and friendly. Rooms are very spacious. Easy to travel around. Amazing view of the Empire State Building right outside the window. Thank you for all the staff members working through this crisis. Nothing really bad to say about this hotel at all.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Terrific stay!!!

Apr 1, 2020 Biztraveler453 New York

My stay was outstanding all around during tough times with covid19. The staff overdelivered on several occasions - super friendly and helpful The rooms were clean, modern, and a good size. The common areas were clean and quite large. The location was perfect. Highly recommend.
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Mar 12, 2020 EmmaPesce24 Tremolat, France

The hotel is in a perfect location just a short walk from Grand Central Station connecting you to everywhere. The rooms are very quiet and very comfortable with a great bar/restaurant just off reception. Thoroughly recommend this hotel
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Mar 11, 2020 tripadv12345trip Washington DC, District of Columbia

Given the many complications from the coronavirus, we unfortunately had to cancel our trip. Ecker was so helpful and was able to reschedule us! Looking forward to visiting this summer! Five stars for appreciated assistance during a stressful time!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Still the best value in NYC

Mar 10, 2020 Bruceoasisdayspa NYC

From the friendliness of the staff, to cleanliness of rooms to a great price there is no better hotel to stay with in Manhattan. Close to Grand Central Station and easy to navigate to all NYC has to offer- highly recommend.