We found this hotel during our search for somewhere to stay on our trip to New York in January, for my wife's birthday. There are many very good reviews for this Hotel and after much deliberation decided to book our stay.
We were not disappointed. The hotel is fabulous, the staff friendly, courteous, and there when you need them. It's just off Times Square (about 50 yds or so) and near the steps above the ticket booth. Be sure to ask for a quiet room and one above the 14th floor as this uses the express elevator, We were on 17 and it was lovely and quiet. The hotel has an Art Deco style lobby and there is free wine and beer between 5 and 6pm. You can also get coffee in the morning from 7am and hot chocolate in the afternoon at 4pm. Incidentally, if you sign up to the Kimpton loyalty program you get free wifi, and as we stayed on my wife's birthday we also had a free bottle of bubbly, a really nice touch.
If you want breakfast then I would recommend the Red Flame diner, turn right out of the hotel and right at the end of the street, 3 blocks turn left and it's on your left, the doorman will also be able to give you directions.
Now to things to do, and this being our first trip we tried to cram everything in ( or at least as much as possible). Empire State, Chrysler building and top of the rock are a must, as is world trade centre memorial and gardens, an incredibly sad and moving place. Be sure to find the survivor tree. The visitor centre should be open by mid 2014. Staton and Ellis Island is also worth doing, but do it early. The bus trips around the city are also very useful and you can hop on and off at each stop as necessary. The Guggenheim is, well round I guess, but still worth a visit, and you can combine it with a walk through Central Park.
There is probably lots more I could write, but I can say we will be back and staying at the Muse.
- 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