Touring The Muse

Touring The Muse

Even after 10 years of living in NYC, I’m still regularly amazed at how many cool hotels there are in this bustling metropolis. Although visitors can find palatial pads scattered throughout Manhattan, Midtown boasts the city’s largest concentration of accommodations. Each year, new builds pop up in the tourist-centric area while old favorites undergo revamps to further ensure guests have memorable stays while traveling in NYC. I recently got a chance to check out the latest upgrades to The Muse, A Kimpton Hotel—a Theater District urban oasis that has been on the scene since 2000 and recently underwent a renovation.

The hotel’s property-wide makeover included revamps to the guest rooms and common areas. Rooms now feature sleek black-and-white color palettes paired with silvery blue walls and splashes of hot pink, pale purple and beige in bedding, Pop Art-inspired throw pillows and abstract print headboards. Colorful collages give a shout out to Times Square and the Great White Way. For a restful night’s sleep, accommodations feature dual window shades and dimmable lamps. And, with 21st-century travelers in mind, bedside nightstands feature plenty of electrical outlets, USB ports and Jawbone Jambox Bluetooth speakers so you can always stay connected.

Although fellas are more than welcome to stay at The Muse, the property features plenty of perks for the ladies, including large bathrooms with walk-in showers, oversized backlit mirrors and magnified makeup mirrors to make sure they look great from every angle before heading out for a night on the town.

Speaking of a night on the town, there are plenty of places to socialize right inside the hotel. The lobby was redesigned to be more of a communal space, with new chaise-style seating and an open floor plan so visitors can spread out, talk to old friends or make new ones. The gathering spot—teeming with artful accents—is also the setting for the hotel’s nightly wine tasting.

Adjacent to the lobby, NIOS offers even more lively libations as well as creative cuisine. The restaurant also underwent a renovation and now features communal tables where visitors can sit with friends or colleagues and sample sharable selections from Chef Jarrett Brodie’s modern-American menu (think chorizo flatbread, pulled pork taquitos, baby octopus and more).

The communal vibe even extends to the restroom. The surprisingly snazzy washroom is unisex and each enclosed bathroom stall features a different design and theme, with Glam, Vain, Rebel, Passion, Macho and Envy to choose from.  

For more on The Muse, A Kimpton hotel, click here

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