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Oct 6th, 2013, 10:28 AM
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Hilton Inn Chelsea or Affinia Manhattan?

I thought I had made up my mind! I booked a room in the Hilton Inn Chelsea hotel (fully cancellable), but now I've seen that the Affinia Manhattan is offering a studio suite for $80 more (which is less than $10 a day). The Affinia has a full kitchenette, while the Hilton inn only has a microwave and fridge, and apart from that they seem similar; they both offer free wifi, and seem to be in the same general area. What do you think? Can you recommend one over the other? Should I changthe reservation, or do I keep it?
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Oct 6th, 2013, 10:46 AM
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How much are you really going to use the kitchen?

IMHO I don;t really like the location of Affinia Manhattan - too close to Penn Station and the daily hordes surging back and forth
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Oct 6th, 2013, 11:05 AM
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If you think you are going to make some simple meals from time to time, then the small upgrade for the full kitchenette is a good deal, and these are pretty good rooms. I'm also not crazy about the location, but it is definitely convenient to everything (more convenient than the Hilton Garden Inn, I would argue).
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Oct 6th, 2013, 12:05 PM
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nytraveler and Doug_Stallings:
Thanks for your answers. I've seen in Google Maps that the Affinia is very close to the station, so maybe not a beautiful area, and probably very busy. But, on the other hand, the Hilton inn is placed in a similar area, among florist shops, so I can image it also has lots of noise from lorries in the early hours. When you say you don't like the location, do you mean it's not beautiful, and it's very busy, or it's unsafe, unpleasant?
Regarding the kitchenette, I'm a solo traveller and, after a long, exhausting day out and about, I like to be able to just have a shower, and eat something in my bedroom instead of going out again looking for a restaurant. Not everyday, but some days, depending on what I've done. (I know I can also use take-away, but the kitchenette seems appealing).
Also, I think the Affinia is better connected, but the hilton inn is just a pair of streets away, so I could just walk this distance).
Please, keep opinions coming - I'll keep thinking about it.
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Oct 6th, 2013, 12:22 PM
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It's not about safety but more about aesthetics. Unless you've got a special offer, none of the Affinias include free wifi. It's something like $10-15/day. I don't love the location of either of your options, esp. since e areadoesn't have a lot of close, decent dining and wonder why you don't consider something in more of a neighborhood?
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Oct 6th, 2013, 12:25 PM
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PS you got loads of great options in your pevious thread, most of which IMO would be better than these 2. You are looking WAAAAAY too early for next Aug. imo. If you want to book something cancelable, fine. But I sure wouldnt prepay now for next Aug. and be tied into a noncancelable booking.
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Oct 6th, 2013, 01:12 PM
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mclaurie: thanks for answering!
Of course I'm looking for something cancelable, I'm not going to pay now for next August! I do know it's very, very early days, but things (both professional and personal) have added up, and I'm going to have a very hectic time from early November till mid-June. That's why I want to organise this as soon as possible, so that it's one less thing to worry about. Dining is not a priority for me, that's why I'm looking for something with a kitchenette where I can prepare something quick. And of course I'd like to be in a more beautiful area, but I'm on a restricted budget, and these two options are the ones that best meet my requirements and my budget so far.
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Oct 6th, 2013, 01:14 PM
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mclaurie: I forgot to add, I got an offer for free wi-fi in the affinia manhattan.
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Oct 6th, 2013, 04:23 PM
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How does milburnhotel.com compare?
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Oct 7th, 2013, 12:17 AM
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mclaurie: The Milburn hotel still doesn´t have its rates for August
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Oct 7th, 2013, 05:55 AM
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Affinia Manhattan location is safe (every tourist area of Manhattan is safe) but unpleasant.

McLaurie is more expert hotels and I would follow her advice.
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Oct 7th, 2013, 07:36 AM
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The one advantage to the Hilton Garden Inn is a proximity to Whole Foods, which has nice prepared foods (both hot and cold) that would not require any real prep and would be great for a quick dinner in the room. There is an Asian food market near the Affinia Manhattan (on 32nd Street) and some places that sell "salad bar" items (hot and cold foods sold by the pound, which tend to be less good but more expensive than those at Whole Foods. There's no fast food near the Affinia Manhattan.

Neither area is very scenic, and both have their pros and cons.
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Oct 7th, 2013, 09:32 AM
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Thanks for your help. I understand these areas are not scenic, and had not thought about food stores... But, our or personal reasons, I'd like to leave this matter solved (although with a cancelable reservation which can be changed if something better arises) I'll keep thinking about it.
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Oct 9th, 2013, 02:37 PM
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On other forums, I've read countless people really liking the Affinia Manhattan. I think it's fine to just book it, be done with it, then check again much closer to travel time to see if there is a summer sale on a property you like more.

I like having a kitchen too. The Hilton Garden Inn Chelsea just has a tiny little fridge in a cabinet with the microwave.

Yes, the area just outside your hotel is busy, while the HGI is on a side street, but that's not such a huge deal. Neither location is a particular charming neighborhood, but it's fine.

BTW, both hotels are roughly the same walking distance to Whole Foods.
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