Affinia Gardens – Upper East Side Hotels

With an array of soothing services and comforting amenities, Affinia Gardens is a tranquil retreat in a beautiful Upper East Side neighborhood. It’s deceptively close to some of Manhattan’s most popular attractions—like Central Park, just four blocks away. A gentle ambiance pervades the entire hotel. The 129 suites offer generous living space, including full kitchens, large vanities with Hollywood lighting, and the thoughtful touch of curtains instead of closet doors. Four notable neighborhood restaurants provide room service. Most unusual in Manhattan are the first-floor Private Garden Terrace Suites. Relax on your own furnished patio that opens onto the green spaces and lovely fountain on the more secluded back side of the hotel.

Features and Amenities

Peaceful greens and blues surround you in modern comfort in Affinia Gardens’ large suites. A signature Affinia Bed is made even more inviting with your choice of Dream Pillows, and large vanities with Hollywood mirrors, as well as Damana bath products, provide a little practical luxury. Curtains take the place of closet doors, adding to the serenity of your private retreat. For an exceptionally calming stay, ask about our first-floor Private Garden Terrace Suites. They could almost make you forget you’re in Manhattan at all. There are three types of rooms at Affinia Gardens.

Junior Suite. Spacious rooms with one or two beds, living space with sofabed and dining area; full kitchens. These rooms can accommodate up to three people.

One-Bedroom Suite. Luxurious living spaces with sofabed, dining area and separate bedroom with one king or two queen beds; fully appointed kitchens. These suites can accommodate up to four people.

Two-Bedroom Suite. Apartment-style living with sofabed, dining area and two separate bedrooms with one king or two queen beds; fully appointed kitchens. These large suites can accommodate up to four people.

Services at Affinia Gardens include 24 hour room service, grocery shopping services, secretarial services, concierge, small business center in the lobby with Internet access and a printer for all guests.  Guests can also print boarding passes free of charge from this kiosk.  In the tranquil lobby, guests enjoy complimentary tea, including the custom Affinia Hotels blend, and coffee.

Affinia Gardens also offers guests 24-hour Room Service from four outstanding restaurants right in the neighborhood.

Accademia di Vino. Featuring regional specialties of Italy and an outstanding wine collection, Accademia di Vino has earned high praise from the restaurant critics at The New York Times and New York Magazine.

China Fun. “Some of the best dim sum outside of Chinatown,” says J. Walman’s Travel, Restaurant & Wine Report. And Manhattan Spirit adds, “I only wish that all Chinese restaurants were this innovative, with ingredients this fresh.”

Jackson Hole. Burgers are their pride and your joy. Winner of Time Out New York’s “Best Burger” Award, Jackson Hole also offers salads, sandwiches, Mexican dishes, appetizers—and breakfast anytime.

Silver Star. An old-school Manhattan diner, featuring just what you’d expect: a little bit of everything, from breakfast to burgers to blue-plate specials as well as salads and sides. Desserts are baked on the premises.


The Upper East Side is home to many of the wealthiest New Yorkers, as well as Museum Mile and world class shopping. It is a convenient location for exploring Central Park, as well as the many museums along Museum Mile. The famous Madison Avenue is home to many couture and designer shops, and even if you can’t afford to buy anything, the window shopping is extraordinary. Park Avenue is lined with gorgeous pre-war apartment buildings and the gardening down the median make it a lovely place to stroll.



To many New Yorkers the Upper East Side connotes old money and high society. Alongside Central Park, between 5th and Lexington avenues, up to East 96th Street, the trappings of wealth are everywhere apparent: posh buildings, Madison Avenue’s flagship boutiques, and doormen in braided livery. 



Although a glance up and down the manicured grass meridian of Park Avenue may conjure scenes from Bonfire of the Vanities or Gossip Girl, there are more than palatial apartments, elite private schools, and highfalutin clubs up here—starting with world-class museums. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and many others lie on and around “Museum Mile”, as do a number of worthy art galleries. For a local taste of the luxe life, hit up the platinum-card corridor that is Madison Avenue for its lavish boutiques, marble-counter cafés, and the epitome of class, the Carlyle Hotel.




Venture east of Lexington Avenue and you encounter a less wealthy—and more diverse—Upper East Side, one inhabited by couples seeking some of the last affordable places to raise a family south of 100th Street, and recent college grads getting a foothold in the city (on weekend nights 2nd Avenue resembles a miles-long fraternity and sorority reunion). One neighborhood particularly worth exploring is northeast-lying Yorkville, especially between 78th and 86th streets east of 2nd Avenue. Once a remote hamlet with a large German population, its remaining ethnic food shops, 19th-century row houses, and, one of the city’s best-kept secrets, Carl Schurz Park, make for a good half-day’s exploration.