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Up with the birds and out the door by 6.30am nice drive though some beautiful neighborhoods in the pre-dawn light, really is a special place and we really enjoyed our stay here so much so we can see ourselves going back.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Affinia Dumont New York City
The Dumont is nothing short of excellent. The entire staff (particulary Christopher, the doorman) is courteous and and professional. We called to request additional blankets (which we recieved less than 5 minutes later) then stepped out and when we returned, we had a voicemail message to confirm that they were recieved. The size of the rooms are quite large and offered us a great view of the Chysler Building (rooms facing South get a view of Downtown/Statue of Liberty). The location was PERFECT - we intended to hit everything in between Canal Street and Central Park and the Affinia was right in the middle. We did alot of walking (walked to Canal Street from the hotel) and once we realized how cheap the cabs were, took them everywhere instead. The breakfast at The Barking Dog restaurant next door is excellent - for 8$, you can get a plate of eggs, toast or biscuit, fresh fruit, sausages AND bacon and a coffee.
I highly recommend this hotel.
Just returned from a brilliant 3 night stay at the Affinia. It was our first time to NY and hopefully won't be our last.
We stayed in a junior suite on the 36th floor which had a fabulous view of the city. The rooms are lovely, clean and spacious with a very comfortable big bed, which I had trouble getting out of ! They also have a little kitchen with microwave, fridge etc.
It's in a great location, only a 10 min stroll from Empire St Bldg and Macy's and depending on how fit you feel, walking distance from Times Sq and Central Pk. Taxis are cheap anyway if you don't want to wear out your Jimmy Choos (I wish !).
I do advise that you visit The Rainbow Room which is a restaurant/bar/ballroom on the 65th floor of The Rockerfella Centre even if it's just to check out the view. Drinks are expensive here, but so what - you're on holiday. Enjoy !!!
I stayed here for business for 9 days at the end of February. The front desk and door people are pleasant and courteous. The hotel was quiet, and in a good location - walking distance to many restaurants, subways.
I stayed in a junior suite - a corner room and the size was great. Big bed, desk, sitting area and full kitchen including stove. The fitness room is small - about 10 machines, but nice, plus free weights. For NY, the spa services seem reasonably priced. Bright hallways, clean everywhere. Nothing bad to say about the Dumont.
My New York home away from home
Believe the reviews. We stayed here for a weekend at the end of January and will make this our New York home away from home in the future.
Lovely room with a breathtaking view of the Chrysler building, kitchenette with a full-size refrigerator and stove, nice workout facility, personable reception, doorman, and bellhop. Bathroom a bit small but nicely outfitted, and the only thing that keeps me from giving an "excellent" rating was a delay in the retrieval of our valet-parked car.
Stay at the Affinia Dumont!
Spent hours researching New York hotels on the internet only to reject them at the last minute if I read even one negative review on sites like this. Persevered and was glad I did because the Affinia Dumont was great. Really friendly staff, clean, comfortable and relatively luxurious. We got a one bed suite for three nights for $560 total (which I think was unusually cheap) and it was well worth the money - even including a little kitchen area. They also have a gym and a spa where you can have facials etc (though no jacuzzi, pool or sauna which is what British people probably associate with a spa). Only tiny minus points: our room looked towards the river rather than the city (I'm not sure if they actually have any city view rooms) but that didn't really matter at all. Also the rooms were slightly smaller than we had expected but I think that's maybe a New York thing and they were certainly more than big enough for our needs. All in all, I would thoroughly recommend it and, believe me, I practically wore my fingers out trying to find exactly the right hotel.
Affinia Dumont Lives Up to It's Reviews
Just returned from a two night stay at the Affinia Dumont Plaza - booked on the strength of the reviews for the property on this site. That confidence was fully justified as soon as the yellow cab drew up outside. The doorman had our bags out of the boot and into the lobby before we had even settled the fare!Nice cool reception (that smells lovely!) and wonderful happy friendly reception staff. We arrived at 11am - check-in is at 2pm so all we expected was to check in and have them store our bags (so we could get on with the shopping) until the room was ready - but no, the lady behind reception assured me she had a room ready and we were off to our 1 bedroom suite on the 23rd floor.Nice big spacious sitting room with a full service kitchenette off - large fridge/freezer, full size hob and oven, dishwasher, microwave. Bedroom well appointed - king sized bed, two double wardrobes and plenty of drawers. Marble floored bathroom with proper hairdryer (a rarity) off the bedroom.Independent heating controls for the lounge/bedroom and TVs in each as well. For those needing to get their laptop out - modem connections plus an HP fax/printer - even including the installation disc so you can add it to your printing devices. Thought of everything.The hotel's main pitch is "healthy business" so the Spa on the 2nd Floor provides machines and work-out areas - plus several rooms for treatments/massage. No water-based Spa fun - but plenty of relaxing treatments on offer.The staff were superb throughout our stay - they create a really good atmosphere in the hotel - and one doorman managed to blag me a stretch limo ride uptown at 5pm one evening when it seemed every cab in NYC was on shift changeover. For $20 it was a real bargain !In this price range I'd be very surprised if there are any better properties around given the spaciousness and standard of furnishings - not to mention the great location (a block away from 33rd St station on the underground - ride right down the east side - chelsea, chinatown, little Italy, lower east side, etc - or go further uptown to Bloomingdales and the Park).I cannot praise the staff and the property enough; the perfect location for the first time visitor to NYC.
Great property with room to spare
I stayed here for three nights (in a Junior suite) and was very impressed with the design, size, and comfort of my room. All rooms have a kitchen, which is great for the coffee maker alone. The room had a very large desk/work area and a separate seating area. The staff is friendly and the location, just one block from a subway station and a few blocks from Grand Central, is perfect. There are also a number of good bars an restaurants within a two-block radius.
THE AFFINIA DUMONT RAWKS!!! Here is why...I come to New York on business twice a month. I'm on a tight budget, and this hotel is out of my price range. When I was in Quikbook I saw that there was a special. I went to the hotel's website and checked out the hotel. I also went to Trip Advisor and saw the great reviews.When I got to my room, I actually had to keep my jaw from dropping. The room was spacious, elegant, clean, well-lit and insulated from street noise. The closet and dresser space design was great - we might "steal" it for our house! The workspace was fantastic - big desk, lots of easily accessible outlets, high-speed internet access and wonderful lighting. The kitchen was clean and well-stocked. The bathroom was large and the layout was great. The only thing I would change is the location of the toilet paper holder (I was too short to reach it).I ordered room service from the Barking Dog a couple of times. Service was prompt and courteous. And the food was good.I did have a problem with the room temperature. When I called the front desk it was 9:30pm. A maintenance man was at my door in less than 15 minutes. Seems the last guest messed with the thermostat and made the AC unit freeze. The maintenance man explained what steps he was taking to get the unit to thaw and start working again. He was pleasant, he was funny and he knew what he was doing. I had no problems after that.This was my best New York hotel experience. Sure, I never stayed at the Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton. But I bet they don't offer this combination of a warm & friendly staff, an elegant and well-designed room that has the business traveler in mind (full-sized ironing board, the safe that's large enough for a laptop, the Aeron chair - THANK YOU!!!), the spa (which I didn't even try - I guess I have to come back), and that wonderful smell in the lobby.The Affinia Dumont is the place to stay for a wonderful, relaxing, hassle-free stay in the Big Apple.
Would return again
I would definately recommend this hotel - large, clean rooms that were tastefully decorated w/large desk, sofa, kitchen (tucked away), and very comfortable bed/bedding! Also, can't say enough about the staff (doormen, housekeeping, front desk) as they were EXCEPTIONAL and couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Great restaurant/bar (Barking Dog) right next door w/reasonable prices, too.
Great stay at Affinia Dumont
A friend and I stayed at the Affinia Dumont on 34th Street in NYC for a weekend. Small boutique hotel with a great exercise room and spa. We had a special promotion that included a massage with our stay. The massage was great. The front desk personnel were friendly and accommodating. Nice touch - apples and "special elixir" (iced tea, mayber) - at the front desk. We stayed in a studio suite with 2 queen beds and a kitchenette, as well as a large desk. The rooms were recently updated and decorated very nicely. The room was quite large. We called about a leak behind our toilet and it was fixed when we returned to our room later that day. All in all, we had a great weekend and I would stay there again.