So, this review is LONG overdue. My wife and I have stayed at the Muse around a dozen times and, despite trying other hotels, continue to use it as our "Gold Standard" in NYC
The Muse is whimsical inevery sense. The rooms are chic with classic Greek marble busts, lithographs of Tigers with Balerinas on tightropes and Fuzzy leopard print robes and slippers. Several years ago, they revamped the eating area and installed NIOS, an upscale wine bar and restaurant with the best location in Times Square - a half a block off Broadway on Little Brazil (46th). Next door are an Irish Pub, Cuban restaurants, a small indy style theater and 50 yards from everything that you can only imagine watching the ball drop. Shopping - from the M & M store to Sephora and the discount ticket booth (the only official one in the city) at the crux of 46th, 7th and Broadway. You really can't miss the red-lit stairs! Yet, once you enter the lobby of the Muse or your room, the building is audibly insulated from the hustle, bustle and noise of the city when you need it to be.
Some things to look for:
1) The executive suite sometimes "upgrades" during less busy times, totally worth it!
2) The happy hour free wine and tasties are a great pick me up prior to a night on the town
3) Beware the subway at 49th street - you cannot get from the Uptown side of the station to the Downtown side without going OUTSIDE and paying again on the other side of the street, so plan wisely and check the signs BEFORE you go into the station to board your train
4) DO walk around after 11 pm on the weekend and LOOK for the guy doing the spray paintings of the city scapes. He is the REAL DEAL and creates amazing skylines in under five minutes, charging $20 for the finished product. He will be the one with a crowd of 30 - 40 people using their smart phones to video his process. Its really cool.
5) Walk to Rockefeller center trying to arrive around 1:30 AM (yes, AM) on the North side (near J. Crew and Anthropologie) and watch the SNL cast and guest singers come out and depart in their limos and cars. (We saw the Black Keys one time, they just came out and walked away)
6) In the summer, get a room with an outdoor patio and sit in the sun, 15 floors up enjoying the sounds of the city and tanning on your chaise
7) Go to Serendipity 3 (try late at night, the wait can be 2 HOURS at other times and YES it is worth it!!!) and have the desert. Try a Frozen Hot Chocolate (see picture) or a Sundae.
Once at the Muse, you won't stay anywhere else for a weekend in NYC
- 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:
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