My wife and I booked the Muse because a good friend recommended it, and it was close to theaters as well as my midtown meetings. We arrived just after noon Saturday, eager to get settled and have lunch uptown with friends. The front desk clerk worked with housekeeping to find us a room ready before official check in. It’s the kind of helpful, personal service that we’ve found at smaller hotels like Kimpton’s.
Doormen are uniformly helpful. But it can sometimes be a challenge to get a cab- they’re not allowed to turn left onto 46th from 7th Ave. No problems getting cabs at either end of 46th though- 7th Ave heading south and 6th uptown. Each way is a very short walk.
Facilities: Our room was spacious, clean, and well maintained. Housekeeping did a great job. Bathroom is probably slightly larger than NYC hotel average, but with very limited counter space.
Common sense touches: Like a lot of hotels, Muse has done away with the big, often not so clean bedspread, and opted for fresh down comforters. Plenty of accessible electrical outlets, even 4 in the bathroom, as well as an iPhone docking station. In-room safe large enough to hold a 13” notebook. I’ve never figured out what function dark removable carpets serve in safes other than to gather dust and make it easier to leave stuff behind. Muse has removed them- leaving a relatively bright, clean, more functional storage space. There was a Fedex envelope with airbill in the room for guest use. Windows opened for fresh air.
Breakfast was not a highlight. Buffet only with limited selection. $25 for American, $15 for continental, plus an 18% service charge, in a downstairs conference room rather than a restaurant. Looked like a temporary setup. American was tired scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, and bacon all of which had been sitting in the sterno/steam trays too long. We will definitely stay here again, but I’ll find a better breakfast option.
If you’re an InTouch member, WiFi is free. I guess we’ve stayed at nearly half a dozen Kimptons over the past year or so, including Philadelphia, DC, Alexandria, NYC, and we haven’t been disappointed yet. Each one seems just a little bit smaller and friendlier than the big box chains.
Dinner recommendation: Haru on 205 West 43rd Street off Broadway was a great surprise for a chain restaurant. We were just looking for a quick bite before a show. But the sushi was as good as we’ve had in Japan and the service was fast & attentive.
- 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