Is it too much to ask to stay in the heart of New York’s Times Square yet stay in style and be treated to a little individual attention? The Muse answers our call, as one of the first hotels in New York to offer 200 pleasantly appointed guest rooms and suites that offer whimsy and comfort in its well-thought-out design. Frette linens, Kimpton dynasty pillow-top mattresses, top electronics, wireless Internet, Aveda amenities, complimentary newspapers, and, frequently, balconies offer plenty of inspiration. The concierge service bends over backwards – could they be the ‘human pretzels’ of the hotel industry? – and if you just can’t keep your Pekingese at home, this is a pet-friendly hotel. Nios, the resident restaurant and wine bar, is a dimly lit delight, where chef Patricia Williams trades to the top flavors of the season to create elegant, comforting creations.