Sleeping Around: The Muse Hotel
By Shari Hartford
In my quest to find chic boutique hotels in New York City that fit my very subjective criteria – small, elegant or funky, decidedly non-cookie cutter, sensual – I’ve unearthed some real gems. New among those is The Muse (a Kimpton hotel), situated in a renovated historic building in Times Square. The area has undergone some renovations itself in the past couple of decades—most of the SROs and smut palaces are gone now and it’s a new age in the neighborhood.
The Muse – named after the nine muses of Greek mythology and drawing some design elements from the same – is a 200-room oasis among the local large chain properties. The accommodations are luxurious and modern. The leather headboards, black lacquer furniture, chrome lighting and black and silver framed mirrors are sophisticated and the rooms are spacious. Some suites have large terraces with chaise lounges and dining tables that are ideal for relaxing and viewing the skyline or alfresco room service and others have enormous marble Jacuzzi tubs that are perfect for sinking into after a long day of sightseeing or business meetings. In addition, each guestroom has a dedicated television channel with yoga created especially for guests of Kimpton hotels. (Yoga mats are provided in each room.)
And, as a further relaxation offering, there is a wine hour in the lobby every evening. Enjoy a glass before heading into NIOS, the adjacent restaurant featuring small plates of regional American fare.
New York City can be a complicated mixture of serene and hectic. At The Muse you will leave the hectic outside and bring the serene in.
For more information, see themusehotel.com
Shari Hartford is the former managing editor for Diversion magazine, where she wrote about travel in the northeast and cruising. She is currently a freelance writer and editor based in her hometown of New York City.