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What We Love

  • The hotel underwent a redesign in fall 2015
  • In-house restaurant Nios for a fresh, seasonal pretheater meal
  • Broadway, Carnegie Hall and MoMA are just a few blocks away
  • Indulge in nightly wine hour in the lobby
  • Some rooms have balconies — a rarity in the city
  • Spacious rooms (by New York standards)

What To Know

  • No spa, but in-room treatments can be arranged
  • The fitness center is under construction, but the hotel is offering day passes to one nearby
  • No business center
  • WiFi is free only for Kimpton's Karma Rewards members (free to join)
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Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Overview

The Review

Here’s a dilemma visitors to New York face. They want to be close to the theater (because scrambling to catch a cab before show time is a nightmare), but they probably aren’t dying to stay in a gigantic, tourist-oriented hotel in Times Square. This is where the Muse comes to the rescue.

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Even the guestrooms have a bit of fun. Although the decor is a crisp, controlled palette of white and black, visitors will find a leopard-print bathrobe and funky statues amid all the soothing neutrals.

These little surprises are part of what makes the Muse so much fun. There’s even a resident teacup Pomeranian, Ginger, who has a custom Prada and Burberry wardrobe. Ginger’s job, apart from looking cute, is resident Director of Pet Relations. The Muse also hosts a monthly Sommelier Smackdown, when Ms. Wines challenges a fellow sommelier to choose wine and beer pairings with a menu, and then lets diners decide who wins — all while wearing a wrestling belt.

There’s always something interesting going on in the lobby, and that’s just the way the Muse likes it. But as soon as guests retreat to their gargantuan rooms, the wine parties, the chaos of the city and, yes, even the wrestling belts, will all seem far away.

How to Get There

The Kimpton Muse Hotel
130 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 3399 Reviews
Excellent hotel just few meters away from Times Square
Reviewed 1 day ago

I spent a weekend here and was positively surprised with this hotel. Great attention to detail and very nice and welcoming service from all the staff. Clean and spacious rooms with all the amenities, and very comfortable beds.

The hotel has some nice touches, like complimentary refreshments all day (tea/coffee in the morning, ice tea during the day, and free wine in the evenings).

The hotel is literally 2 minutes away from Times Square on 46th Street...yet I could not hear any noise from outside.

I can fully recommend this hotel.

Great choice for a stay in New York
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very comfortable hotel in the heart of the Theater District. It's right at the centre of everything a visitor needs if they want to get to the famous landmarks like Fifth Avenue, Times Square and Broadway. The rooms are clean and well kept, the food is of a high standard and the staff are accommodating and very helpful. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to have a good time while doing business in New York City.

A Nice Surprise
Reviewed 6 days ago

I booked the hotel on hotel tonight so I got one of the smaller rooms (235 sq. ft.). From the 11th floor there was no problem with street noise, and though petite, the room was more than adequate for 2 people. The hotel has been renovated, and I was quite comfortable. The bathroom was disproportionately large with a super rain shower that I loved. The location is ideal for anyone who wants to be in the theater district but not in the heart of Times Square. I would stay again.

Great attention to detail
Reviewed 1 week ago

Daniel on reception was fantastic. I felt welcomed and he was really helpful. The room was wonderful with brilliant attention to detail, the whole experience was perfect, I will be back!!

I loved the style of the place and the staff who are very well trained I can’t think of a thing I didn’t like

Perfectly Fine
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To be fair we stayed at this hotel on business and it would not have been a choice we made on our own. We are Kimpton fans and have stayed by choice at their other two properties in the city, but we always felt this one would not work as well for us and that turned out to be true. The location is good, but nothing else really stands out here.

The rooms have been recently redone in a nice stylish contemporary way with some bold prints giving the room some pizzazz. We stayed in a King Deluxe room that was a little tight and had no chair other than one at the desk. Since this is an older building the air conditioning is a unit in the room that was a little too loud when running. We usually do not complain about little room issues but in this case they added up. The sink drain was slow, the ironing board had issues, power outlets loose, and a cabinet drawer that was difficult to close. No big deal on their own until they became one issue too many. The white tiled bathroom was nice with a big bright mirror and a walk in shower.

Of course a Kimpton stay highlight is the happy hour each evening from 5 to 6. We took part several nights during our stay and enjoyed our wine and even chatted with other guests, but the setup is not ideal. The event is held in the lobby which is basically an open space leading up to the front desk with slick modern couches on either side. Other guests of the hotel walk by and people check in and check out. It’s good for people watching but you kind of feel like you are in the middle of a business, not unwinding in a separate lounge area.

The biggest disappointment for me with this hotel was the lack of a useful gym. The gym at this location is a very small windowless room with a few cardio machines and a small weight rack, nothing else. For my needs it was pointless and they do not have an arrangement with a local gym. The onsite restaurant/bar is closed for lunch and dinner on Sunday and Monday. Not a big deal in a place like Manhattan, but it makes the hotel feel less of a hotel.

The best attribute of this hotel is its central location for midtown activities. Pretty much anywhere in midtown is walkable and you do not need to walk through very nearby Times Square unless you need or want to.

This hotel is a solid choice, but for picky travelers like us it came up short in one too many categories for us to want to return. The other Kimpton hotels in the city are less centrally located but make up for it with more style, comfort, and amenities.