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New Rooms Blossom At The Affinia Manhattan

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July 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM | by | ()

Just when we had them pegged, Affinia goes and pulls another trick out of their burger-grease-stained sleeve. Affinia Manhattan is in the midst of a major renovation—and though not all of the floors are complete, we got a peek inside four of the new flower-iffic rooms.

$24 million has been poured into this project, which will be unveiled in its entirety this fall (lobby renovations won't be complete until early 2012). As of now, 91 rooms have been added. Track lighting has been successfully installed. Hallway carpets have been 'energized.' And we can't say we hate the new look. Click below for photos.

The hotel's original configuration in 1929 (when it was known as the Hotel Governor Clinton) crammed in 1200 rooms—so even with the addition of 91 rooms, guests in the 21st century are enjoying a lot more legroom than before. Especially in those one-bedroom ($379) and two-bedroom suites ($599).

But the winner here is the Studio Suite, which starts steeply at $349. Incorporating all the new design elements of the regular guest rooms ($299)—wraparound flower-themed murals, track lighting, headboard clip-on lights—the Studio Suite manages to include a separate work area, which is sectioned off from the bed by a translucent white curtain. So you can get your work done and not get distracted by the cute little gorilla perched atop your pillow.

Changes to the rooms, and hallways, emphasize light and simplicity—surely a welcome counterpoint to the filth and congestion of midtown. We think the hotel's professed goal of creating an "urban retreat" and "oasis" was tackled with creativity (thanks to a partnership with design studio The Rockwell Group). The gold stripe running down the center of the hallway carpeting is supposed to symbolize New York's "energy."

The new rooms just became available for booking on the hotel's website (with photos and all!). Now we're just waiting for the grand redesign celebration event. We're thinking it's going to involve BBQ.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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