Upper East Side, New York

Gardens, NYC – an Affinia Hotel

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • All-suite hotel with larger than average rooms, not just large by New York standards
  • Good restaurants within a five-ten minute walk but very pricey, even by New York standards
  • Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, considered far from tourist attractions and main New York nightlife, but safe 
  • A good choice if visiting Memorial Sloan Kettering (10-minute walk) or Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital (right across the street)

“Like settling into your own apartment” -- New York Magazine


Map & Directions

LaGuardia airport is about 35 minutes by taxi, with fare running about $40. JFK airport is about a 50 minute drive, with a flat-fee fare of about $50.

Rooms & Rates

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The Gardens, NYC - an Affinia Hotel is a treat for families, with suites starting at 400-600 square feet, everyone can spread out and claim their territory. The kitchen area is tiny but sufficient, and cabinets have cups and plates ready for use. 

At nearly three times the size of an average New York City hotel room, these suites are very spacious but nothing fancy. The overall theme in the rooms is modern and functional, a theme echoed throughout the hotel. Amenities are sufficient for a luxury hotel but Wi-Fi charges add up and can be slow at times. The interior of the hotel is modern and clean and the lobby is a good place to rest but don't expect glitz and glamor. The exterior hasn't changed since the hotel's days as a high-end apartment complex, it looks like a residential building but it's not out of place in this neighborhood.

There's no on-site restaurant but room service is surprisingly good and doesn't "break the bank." The restaurants that are in the area are high-end, reservations are required and meals are pricey -- costing $50-$65 per person. For family-friendly or budget-friendly options venture to Second or Third Avenue along the same street.

New York's common tourist traps are quite a distance from this hotel, it's better suited to be a base for museum lovers and shopping enthusiasts. Save museum hopping for the morning because shops are open longer than most museums. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must, it's a 30-minute walk or a $15 cab ride from the hotel, opt for the cab ride if it's a hot day. Other museums are in a 10-15 minute walking distance once at the MET and can easily take up the majority of the day. Be sure to cram in lunch, museums don't allow outside food.

The famous stretch of luxe shopping that is Madison and Fifth Avenue are just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. After an exhausting shopping spree, find a bench in Central Park -- an additional two-minute walk -- set down all your designer shopping bags and bask in the only natural surrounding for miles. 

The hotel also enjoys proximity to two major hospitals -- ambulance noise isn't an issue -- Memorial Sloan Kettering and Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital. This is the closest hotel to both hospitals, while still being nearby to shops, restaurants and sights. 

From the press:
  • “Comfortable, modern units" -- Lonely Planet
  • "The full-kitchen suites, with amenities for pets, make it easy to feel at home and independent” -- New York Magazine



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly


  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Baby-sitting service on request
  • Concierge service
  • Currency exchange / ATM
  • Express check-in / checkout
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Pillow menu
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Kitchenette in some rooms
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in public areas (fees apply)


  • Bathtub
  • Hair-dryer


  • Parking (fees apply)
  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 11am.

Children and additional guests: Children 12 and under stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Crib available on request, free of charge for children under 2. Extra bed available on request and in the Junior Suites and One Bedroom Suites with one bed only: $30 (subject to tax) per night. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged a nonrefundable fee of $50 (subject to tax) per stay. Charges will be added to your bill at the hotel.

Fees: A facilities fee of $25 (subject to tax) per room/ per night is additional and will be added to the total price at check-out. This fee includes $10 daily food and drink credit to our Cupboard or Corner Store (must be redeemed daily, this credit cannot roll over), Daily Wine Hour during Social Sips from 5-6PM, Wireless Internet access for all of your devices, 10% off at Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian’s The National Bar & Dining Rooms, In-room gourmet coffee and tea offerings, Unlimited package handling and storage prior to and during your stay, Business services, including printing, Local and domestic long distance calls, 24/7 access to our state-of-the-art fitness centers, Access to Affinia bikes (where applicable),and Concierge services.

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

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The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

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