Gardens Suites Hotel by Affinia

Upper East Side, New York

The hotel

In a quiet corner of New York, but close enough to the sights not to have to bother hailing a yellow cab, Gardens Suites Hotel by Affinia is a rare refuge from the Big Apple buzz. Hidden away on a tree-trimmed road on the Upper East Side, you can escape to the chic calm of your suite, where homely comforts include your own kitchen, and luxuries include grocery and breakfast deliveries. Downstairs, the Serenity Lounge’s complimentary Tea Bar has a bespoke blend laced with chamomile, citrus and vanilla designed to soothe you (and that ubiquitous New York ‘caw-fee’ to perk you back up). When you do fancy some Manhattan exuberance, just grab one of the free bikes and follow the hotel’s sightseeing app and you’ll soon find yourself in nearby Central Park, Museum Mile, or Bloomingdale’s.

Amenities

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

Where is it

On East 64th Street in Upper East Side, home to upscale dining and boutiques, a stroll from Bloomingdale’s on Lexington Avenue and from Central Park and its famous zoo. Transfer time from John F. Kennedy International Airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

132 suites. All with generous living space, flatscreen HDTV with cable and pay-per-view movies, iHome docking station, CD player/alarm clock, WiFi*, kitchen with fridge, toaster, microwave, and coffee maker, safe, hairdryer, iron and board, signature Affinia beds and pillow menu. Junior Suites are 400-600 sq ft with a generous living space and 1 queen-size, 1 king-size or 2 queen-size beds and a sofa bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

One Bedroom Apartment Suites are 400-650 square foot, and have extra living space, a separate bedroom, HDTV with web browser with 1 queen-size, 1 king-size or 2 queen-size beds and a sofa bed, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Serenity Lounge (complimentary tea bar and gourmet coffee). The Cupboard* (snacks, beverages and souvenirs, in lobby). Room service* (breakfast delivery*). Grocery delivery service*. Picnic Kits*. 24-hour gym. Signature Affinia Bike programme (Republic bicycles, seasonal, subject to availability). Affinia Junior (with child sundries at The Cupboard*, ‘family fun chests’ with board games, sports packs with goodies*, and equipment including strollers). Affinia Pocket Guide. TV room. Concierge. Complimentary WiFi in lobby. Valet parking $50 plus tax per day, or $55 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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Upper East Location convenient to Sloan Kettering

Jan 22, 2021 CarolMemphis Memphis, Tennessee

This hotel is on the Sloan Kettering site and has been a huge success for us. we are entering our second week here now and it has gone well. if you are driving to NYC from out of state, the toll booths are not active right now due to covid except for those coming into NYC and they take only cash. walking to central park is only 7-8 blocks away. I… Read more
This hotel is on the Sloan Kettering site and has been a huge success for us. we are entering our second week here now and it has gone well. if you are driving to NYC from out of state, the toll booths are not active right now due to covid except for those coming into NYC and they take only cash. walking to central park is only 7-8 blocks away. I will list good and not so good things, but nothing has been unacceptable which is amazing. 1. the hotel staff are helpful, respectful and attentive. quick to respond to inquiries - truly, every single front desk employee and 2. the space inside the units is very adequate for new york - we have 4 people and have a 1 bedroom apartment (2 queens) with a connecting door to a King studio 3. the kitchen is good - large refrigerator including quite a bit of freezer space; has a dishwasher and plates and cups and utensils for 4. 4. thermostat works well and controls heat well and is not noisy 5. beds are comfortable 6. furniture is adequate - lounge chairs are wonderful, especially for someone returning after surgery. 7. many, many food delivery options - a few through the hotel are good & close by (Tony's, Jackson Hole). NYC uses the Seamless app for food delivery and it works very well. Levain Bakery cookies are a must for delivery - numerous time! 8. instacart has been a life saver - have ordered from groceries (morgan-williams, fairway, drug stars (cvs, rite-aid), target, liquor store - several deliveries a day - the front desk calls and asks if delivery person can come up and leave order outside hotel door. 9. hotel not empty but certainly not full with covid going on; they are very good with whatever you want in terms of housekeeping - you tell them the day before if you want them to come in and they ask you what time (i will say that the first time housekeeping came in after we had been here 6 days, they said they were low on clean linens and couldn't change the sheets). 10. things i've bought for the room: coffee pot (amazon), blanket covers for living area (amazon), paper towlels, coffee, all refrigerator items, bottled water and soft drinks, lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, washer detergent, dishwasher soap (you can probably get it from them, i'm just trying to limit my requests - they leave one each time they clean). we've only had housekeeping come in twice in 10 days. 11. we parked out car down the street and got a monthly rate for quite a bit less than the rate through the hotel. we have only taken the car out once 12. laundry room is nice - use your credit card for washer and dryer not so good but not horrible: 1. as said in other reviews, the bathtub is showing its age 2. our toilet has not flushed well - we had to have engineering come up 3-4 times in first few days & we ended up buying our own plunger, but it has not been a huge problem 3. we did not find anything with hotel information in the room - for example, we did n't know what to do with our trash (there is a trash closet on each hall); we didn't know how deliveries works Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Staff very nice at front desk

Jan 17, 2021 Raptor2010 Forney, Texas

The staff was very nice at the front desk. Remembered our name and greeted us every time. Rooms were super big and spacious. Little odor in room that could have been sprayed to make room smell nice. Little overpriced, but for size of room it made up for it.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A Home Away From Home

Jan 2, 2021 Winsome G

My husband recently needed to stay in NYC for an extended period of time during his treatment at Sloan. This was a period of extreme stress for us. The idea of being away from home and being in the city during this COVID crisis increased our stress exponentially. Today I write to express our gratitude to the staff of Affinia Gardens (with special… Read more
My husband recently needed to stay in NYC for an extended period of time during his treatment at Sloan. This was a period of extreme stress for us. The idea of being away from home and being in the city during this COVID crisis increased our stress exponentially. Today I write to express our gratitude to the staff of Affinia Gardens (with special appreciation to Nigel, Kris and Elvira) for making Affinia the home away from home we needed. Nigel, Kris and Elvira were always professional, friendly and very accommodating. The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, the suite clean, quiet, and very comfortable. All COVID related precautions honored. The hotel is also conveniently located near an excellent grocery store, pharmacy, banks and restaurants. If you need a home away from home; If you are seeking overnight accommodations or extended stay, Affinia Gardens definitely has my vote! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Staff was great

Dec 26, 2020 Atravel2068

We were at the hotel 3 different times in the 2 months. Each time the staff was wonderful. They were friendly and helpful (Especially Nigel and Kris). Kris was always there with kind, friendly words and able to answer every question I had. This was a major reason we picked this hotel again. The location was great for what we needed. My only… Read more
We were at the hotel 3 different times in the 2 months. Each time the staff was wonderful. They were friendly and helpful (Especially Nigel and Kris). Kris was always there with kind, friendly words and able to answer every question I had. This was a major reason we picked this hotel again. The location was great for what we needed. My only negative remark is the tubs looked like they are refurbished but still need alittle help. The rooms were always cleaned nicely. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating One of the Best and nicest stays I have had in NYC in decades

Oct 26, 2020 jplycke

Kris, and Nigel, went way beyond , what I have come to Expect of many Hotel staff n NYC. The room are huge, clean, bathroom very nice, great pressure and shower-head, plenty of towels. The unit had a FULL kitchen with High end appliance, Bosh, LG and Miele .