Deluxe king rooms, $429-$479; executive king and executive double, $469-$549; junior suites, $529-$619; deluxe suites $579-$829
1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S at Times Sq.-42nd St.; N, Q, R at 49th St.; B, D, F, M at 42nd St.-Bryant Park
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Someone’s publicist got a little carried away. Declaring "boutiques are pretentious," The Muse Hotel defines itself as a "place to stay inspired." Come again? Between the black velvet couches, 15-foot purple mural covered ceiling and the near identical blonds working the dual sit-down reception desks, The Muse screams boutique—which isn’t a bad thing. In addition to the fantastic lobby, guests enjoy 24-hour gym access, an in-house spa, and Wi-Fi technology throughout the hotel. The earth-toned rooms are nothing special design-wise, but are comparably spacious and include a DVD player, feather bed, high-speed Internet access and the extra amenities expected from a boutique (err, place to stay inspired). Four-legged friends are welcome, giving pet owners extra incentive to get a room here.Pros
A genuinely comfortable experience just far enough from the chaos of Times Square but within walking distance of Broadway theaters, Rockefeller Center and Fifth Avenue shopping. There is also a complimentary wine hour every evening in the lobby, 5 p.m.—6 p.m.
The Muse offers a Sex and the City-inspired Pajama Party package that encourages out-of-towners to emulate the four vapid vixens through such activities as sipping Cosmos at Tao or shopping at Bergdorf’s. Con or pro? You decide.