I really like Kimpton hotels. While my room layout was odd, with a narrow hallway separating the bedroom to the bathroom, the street noise was bad. Every night. Until nearly 11. Bad.
I called the first night to complain about the construction. The person I spoke said there wasn't any construction. Which was weird, because there was quite a bit of noise coming from outside. Apparently it wasn't construction but trash compactors on the trucks, cleaning up construction trash and other buildings trash. This is typical in NY, as is street noise, but the windows must lack any insulation that would block the noise.
They kinda throughout the possibility of moving rooms but assured me the noise would die down soon. Which it did, close to 11. The same thing for all four nights I was there. Honestly the last thing I wanted to do after a 12-14 hour day of work was pack up all my stuff to move to go down stairs, get a new room, and have to unpack all over again. I stuck it out and it wasn't great.
If you don't try to relax until after 11, then ask for a ground floor room.
I chose The Muse because it was close to my new office, which unfortunately is also very close to Times Square. It's not too bad, it's just navigating through the tourists, but since I usually was out before they got on the streets and in after they were wrapping up their day of sightseeing, I rarely had a problem with the area.
I am heading back in a month and rolled the dice with The Muse again. I want to see if the experience is better on a high floor. My guess, based upon reading other reviews, is that my experience will be much better.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautifully renovated, The Muse Hotel New York is a serene, stylish sanctuary centered in midtown Manhattan. With top-notch service, exquisite amenities and luxurious comfort, each spacious guestroom is a sophisticated, artful inspiration. Housed in New York City’s theater district in the historic Leavitt Building, adjacent to NIOS restaurant and wine bar, this boutique hotel is within easy walking distance of Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the New York Public Library and the Museum of Modern Art. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kimpton New York City
- New York City Kimpton
- Muse Hotel New York