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Manhattan: Affinia Dumont

150 East 34th Street, Phone: (212) 481-7600

Reviewed by: jgk from FL, review #1922

When: June2007

Very good value. Nice Murray Hill location. Great sheets, products, fairly big room with kitchen and quiet, too.

We stayed 4 nights at the Affinia Dumont in their least expensive King room. We had requested a quiet room and had one on the 33rd floor facing downtown, not the busier 34th St. It was very quiet but the AC fan never would turn off so there was that "white noise" all the time. There was a thermostat in the room which worked for temperature control.

Check-in was a little bumpy. We were given 2 sets of non-functioning keys for 2 different rooms until they finally settled on the right one. To their credit, they were very apoplogetic and gave us two comp tickets for breakfast at the Barking Dog (which I would avoid) as a result of the key mishap.

The kitchen, which we used only to make tea in the mornings, has everything one could possibly need for a hotel stay. There is a nice business type desk in the room and an additional large comfy chair.

I loved the view. We could see Brooklyn and the bridge in the distance and I imagine that years ago, we would have seen the Twin Towers.

Sheets were high quality and there were plenty of pillows and a nice duvet.

Aveda products are a plus.

We paid $300/night, a refundable rate booked through the hotel's site.

I really like the Murry Hill location. We could walk to the theaters but weren't faced with the frenzy of midtown right out the door. Subway (the 6) is a block and a half away. There are many restaurants and great shopping very close by.

We had to pay $10/day additional to get wi-fi in our room. We brought our own laptop.

The thing about the Affinia Dumont is the high expectations set up by all the reviews on tripadvisor. Yes, it is very nice, but it is not a luxury place. You get what you pay for! I don't think we could have done better elsewhere unless we spent at least $400/night.

I would go back but in my fantasy I would like to stay somewhere nicer ...

Reviewed by: Dorit from Israel, review #1879

When: May 2006

We spent 9 days in this beautiful luxurious hotel - it was my 50th birthday present from my husband!!

My husband surprised me with a 50th birthday trip to New York City and a 9-day stay at this hotel. I am ALWAYS the one who makes travel arrangements, chooses hotels, places to visit, etc., so I was happily surprised and actually elated when I saw this hotel.

It is a very large hotel in a residential area of New York City - Murray Hill - with many stores, restaurants, coffee shops, etc., within easy walking distance.

The room itself was high up around the 28th floor, if I remember well, and the view from the almost floor to ceiling windows was spectacular. The room itself was more like a mini-apartment. It was a very very large room, very unusual in NYC hotels, with a huge and very comfortable king-size bed and many large fluffy pillows. The room also contained a very business-oriented desk, extremely comfortable chair, large TV, etc.

On the other side of the room there was a lounging area with two more comfy big loungers. There was a kitchenette which included a full size refrigerator, stove, microwave, utensils, even an oven, toaster, sink - in short, everything you needed. The bathroom was a good size, very clean, and also included wonderful toiletries.

Staff were super friendly, helpful, always smiling, maids were wonderful and cleaned very well.

I am not sure what the price was because it was a present to me, but from what I read it should be about $250 per night. Not cheap, but for NYC, it is considered a very good price.

I would love to return.

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