Rockwell Group, Rottet Studio redesign Affinia Manhattan

Affinia Manhattan, a New York City hotel located across from Madison Square Garden and New York Penn Station, completed a $33 million, two-year, top-to-bottom renovation by design firms Rockwell Group and Rottet Studio.

The property originally opened in 1929 as the Governor Clinton Hotel.

The fully redesigned property maintains its original pre-war “bones.” For the renovation, Rottet Studio designed island seating platforms for the new lobby area. The islands are in the shape of Manhattan and have tiered white lacquered bottoms with hunter green velvet upholstered seating. The firm also designed a long crystal chandelier, which was commissioned in Austria and assembled crystal-by-crystal on property before being lifted and installed. The chandelier’s shape replicates the topography of New York City.

Inspired by art studios, the guestrooms were designed by Rockwell Group, and feature a crisp white and gray color palette with green and orange accents - Lutron light switches emphasize the artist studio-like feel. Some rooms and studies are as large as 1,123 square feet, and include custom-designed Affinia Manhattan beds and a glass artist’s table designed exclusively for the hotel. They also have a six-choice pillow menu: Buckwheat, Down, Hypo-Allergenic, Magnetic Therapy, Sound and Swedish Memory.


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