News of The Muse Hotel
Read guest reviews and get the inside story of the Muse Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel.
The New York Times::"Guests staying with pets at the Muse, part of the Kimpton chain, receive an amenity bag, the size of which depends on whether you own a teacup Pomeranian or a Doberman pinscher, said Ericka Nelson, general manager. The bag, which guests get to keep, includes a water bowl; organic treats; a squeak toy; a pooper scooper; a leash; a special Do Not Disturb sign to let the staff know your pet is in the room; and The New York Paws, a guide to area parks, shops, pet sitters and animal hospitals.
Wall Street Journal Webinar::"The Muse* makes it easier for guests who travel without devices by providing them with Nook e-readers during their stays. We noticed travelers were packing books less and less. They're cumbersome and take up valuable luggage space, but it's really hard to replace the joy of reading a great book on the road,' Nelson said. 'It's also important for families that forgot to pack their tablets because games (and other contents) are big hits with bored kids.'"
Passport Magazine: :"Hopelessly in love or hopeless in the love department, Kimpton's The Muse hotel, just steps away from Manhattan's renowned theatre district, has you covered this Valentine's Day. Whether you and your significant other want a romantic escape to the city or your friends want to avoid Cupid's arrow all together, make The Muse your home base in NYC with this customizable package."
USA Today: Post-Sandy New York eager for holiday tourists - Among the more than 3 million spectators lining the sunlit streets of Midtown Manhattan for Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade were 5,000 special guests: survivors from nearby neighborhoods hit the hardest when Superstorm Sandy slammed ashore late last month. And the Big Apple's tourism industry, like the giant balloons that symbolize the launch of the city's peak season, is still flying high after a storm that killed dozens and paralyzed much of the region. If you go: Through Nov. 30, The Muse will donate $10 of each reservation booked with rate code REDC to American Red Cross relief effort.
'Travel with Val' on NY1: Travel Industry Offers Special Rates For Residents Displaced By Sandy, Volunteers - The travel industry is supporting relief efforts with special rates and promotions for those displaced by Hurricane Sandy or visitors just wanting to help. NY1's Valarie D'Elia filed the following report. Hotels from New York to Florida are doing their part to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Here in New York, the Kimpton group of hotels, including The Muse are donating $10 of each reservation to the American Red Cross through November 30. For more info, visit www.kimptonhotels.com.
Forbes.com: Travelers: Here's How To Help With Sandy Relief Efforts Right Now - Life may have returned to normal for many East Coasters in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but for the millions left homeless and without power, hardships go on. Here's how you, as a frequent traveler, can still help with disaster-relief efforts: The Charles Hotel in Cambridge and the XV Beacon in Boston, along with Kimpton Properties the Muse and 70 Park Avenue, in New York, are among hotels donating a portion of your Thanksgiving stay fee to Sandy relief efforts.
Thrillist New York: Hurricane Sandy Relief: 35 Ways You Can Help - Although things may seem back to normal if you're lucky enough to be at a working office today, much of New York is in rebuilding mode. But if this city can survive the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, it can survive Sandy. Here's a list of quick ways you can help get people back on their feet, just through eating, drinking, and dancing in the afternoon. NIOS Restaurant (located in The Muse) will donate $1 to the Red Cross for every glass of red wine bought through November.
ABCNews.com:Superstorm Sandy Stuffs Hotels With Stranded Tourists, Displaced Residents - Travelers have started to check out of the hotels where they've been stranded as a result of superstorm Sandy. But the rooms will be quickly occupied. New Yorkers without power, heat and water are anxious to check in. There are 500,000 New Yorkers without power, Mayor Bloomberg said Thursday afternoon. Ericka Nelson, general manager of The Muse New York, said, "I'd say we get about 50 people a day begging for rooms. They have nowhere to stay." The hotel has been sold out since Saturday. Advice for those looking: "Every morning I go through the departures list while someone else is simultaneously going through the arrivals list, trying to figure out who is really coming and going," the Muse's Nelson said. She said her best advice for getting a hotel room is persistence. "Use every avenue available to you," she said. She tells the story of a family who came in with a baby and told her the baby was cold, they just needed somewhere to go. "It pulls at my heartstrings," she said. Staff going the extra mile: For those lucky enough to find a hotel room, some staffers are going above and beyond to make sure guests are comfortable. The Muse is pet friendly and it has "an incredible number" staying at the hotel. Luckily, a veterinarian whose three-day stay turned into a 10-day stay has offered his services to all animals at the hotel. He was needed at 9 p.m. to assist a guest's dog, Nelson said, and was happy to help. "Everyone is pitching in," she said.ÊThe hotel even tried to make Halloween special for the kids. "The kids dressed up and went trick-or-treating from department to department," Nelson said. And because the hotel already had pumpkins in house, they put one in each room with a child with carving tools.
Esquire Magazine: Inspiring CEOs - Success is often measured using unimaginative metrics when it comes to the American chief executive officer. The bottom line, often in the form of the stock price, is the classic criterion used to pick out the best CEOs - as if that tells you anything real about the human in charge. We chose instead to look at each executive's ability to inspire. Here we honor corporate leaders who believe that by making their employees' working lives better they can make people feel good about working hard. Mike Depatie's masterpiece is Kimpton, a chain that perfectly fits its time: friendly, cool, and upscale seeming, but at a sweet-spot price point somewhere between the Four Seasons and, well, La Quinta. A one-night stay at a Kimpton hotel revealed signs of Depatie's influence. 7:00pm: Check into room 1902 at the Muse, 46th Street, New York, a half block from Times Square. It's a suite with a rate of $459, about 400 square feet and two rooms, bigger than you'd think for a boutique hotel. There's a plate of cheese and strawberries, a mirrored coffee table, and a kind of ersatz Dali painting on the wall. The bust of a Roman goddess on the minibar is both confusing and perfect. 8:35pm: Dinner at Nios, the hotel restaurant. It's classic Kimpton: There's a mellow crowd of tourists and midtown happy-hour workers buzzing around the slick bar/dining room. Two flat-screens show sports. There's smoked duck, "disco fries" (bacon, brown gravy, Parmesan, fantastic), charcuterie, flatbread pizzas, dynamite lamb shank, a burger on brioche Ñ fancy enough to seem special but regular enough for people who like comfort food. 10:20pm: Back in the room, a bowl of popcorn has appeared. A memorable, inexpensive gesture. 9:15am: At checkout, a chipper Kimpton employee stands at the front desk holding a Pomeranian. The woman says the Pomeranian is the director of pet relations.
Whirl Magazine: New York, New York - At the end of our annual summer beach trip, our emily sought to prolong the good times with a weekend stay in Times Square, New York City. We wanted to indulge the full-on Broadway experience with shows in the evening and streetwalking during the day. Our first call to The Muse Hotel came in under two minutes, consisting of a room check and verification number, all handled deftly. Pulling up to the hotel blocks from Times Square was slow with traffic, but doorman Willie made it all seem worthwhile. The subtle attention to detail quietly exudes throughout the hotel, from the smooth and cool contemporary lobby, to the unique styling dcor for each room. The Muse staff lives up to the thoughtful and intelligent aura, with personal greetings for all, even the pets who are lucky enough to experience this boutique hotel in the middle of New York City.
OutThere Magazine: Stay and Play - New York has always been known for its debonair sense of style - a city that constantly reinvents itself to keep you on your toes - from the design credentials of its places to play or stay (or in most places both together), to its chic boutiques where you'll find men's couture from Varvatos to vintage, to the people with larger than life personalities who plug-in and upload to its big creative machine. Check out; or rather check-in to a Spa Suite at The Muse, another special member of the Kimpton family of gay-welcoming hotels. This midtown hotel room is the perfect soft backdrop to a romantic night in that's bound to impress and score you some serious love points. The suite comes with an oversized bathtub that is great for sharing as with, but don't forget to put a towel over the stone-carved bust of Greek goddess Thalia, she has a penchant for watching.