Last week, I packed up my winter clothes and headed north to New York City! It was my fourth time visiting the city and I was excited to spend a few days with my old, college roommate as we celebrated our dear friend’s nuptials.
We wanted to stay somewhere close to the ceremony in the Midtown area – close to restaurants and we wanted the ability to walk as much as possible. The most important piece of the puzzle – we wanted to stay somewhere with charm, a place that was more than just a place to sleep at night.
Welcome Home to Fifty NYC
Say hello to Fifty NYC, an Affinia Hotel. Located on the corner of East 50th Street and 3rd Avenue, this was exactly the boutique we were hoping to experience — filled with great amenities and in a bustling neighborhood too.
I was excited to spend a few days with my college roommate and oh, how times have changed since our college days. Our Fifty NYC one-bedroom suite was bigger than our college apartment, yet it still felt like home. We had a mini-kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, dishes (no styrofoam or paper – real glass!), a two-burner stovetop with a tea kettle, coffee maker – the works!
We stocked up on snacks at The Cupboard in the lobby and settled into the couch for catching up, it had been over a year since we had last seen one another. The Fifty NYC felt like home.
From the local art throughout the hotel, the cozy fireplace in the lobby and the friendly doorman – ready to hail a taxi or help with bags and a helpful concierge desk ready to help us decide where to eat – navigating the city wasn’t hard at all with the Fifty NYC on our side.
Staying in Midtown put us right in the middle of some pretty fun hotspots. We were only five short blocks from Radio City Music Hall (remind me to check their calendar of events for our next trip!) and five short blocks from Rockefeller Center and the TODAY Show. We joked about waking up early to hop in the crowd, but then we remembered we had comfy beds to sleep in at the hotel.
Tops on my ‘must eat’ list was Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain restaurant and it didn’t disappoint. More on that for another day, but it’s definitely worth a visit. Another of our favorite dinner spots just around the corner from the Fifty NYC was the Lexington Brass and we loved discovering Aperitivo for lunch and great pizza – all right in the Fifty NYC neighborhood.
Free Wine — in New York City?!
And probably my favorite amenity of Fifty NYC was the great Social Sips event in the Club Room. Each afternoon, this hour-long social takes place on the second floor with wine representatives and light snacks. My friend Christine and I enjoyed relaxing over a glass (or two) of wine before we headed out for dinner each night.
Another big ‘plus’ — when you book your stay directly on the Fifty NYC website, you get free Wi-Fi — major bonus. And for those interested, the hotel also offers a continental breakfast for an additional fee.
After four trips to New York City, I finally felt like I knew my way around the city. I was ready to venture out and explore — and make plenty of memories with my friends. We found fantastic eats, celebrated a wedding with friends that felt like family and vowed that we’d return to Fifty NYC again soon.
When’s your next visit to New York City?
** I received a reduced rate for my stay at Fifty NYC. Thoughts and opinions here are my own. **