The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Big City Sleep
- Stunning views of Central Park
- World class cabaret (and occasionally Woody Allen on clarinet) at Café Carlyle
- Top-notch in-house boutiques ranging from H.M. Luther Antiques to Vera Wang
What To Know
- Although the hotel and its bar are becoming trendy again, it’s still a long way from Manhattan’s hip downtown neighborhoods
- It’s a favorite of celebrities and politicians, which can sometimes cause inconvenient security measures
- WiFi is an additional cost per day
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Classic and timeless without feeling dated. The lobby is all gleaming black marble and impeccably maintained cupcake moldings, with Deco touches in the low-slung salmon-colored chairs and oversize mirrors. The restaurants and bars retain much of their original 1930s glamour, while the guest rooms have been modernized through a series of subtle makeovers. The rooms feel more residential than hotel-like, giving guests a sense of staying at an Upper East Side pied-à-terre. Even the simplest rooms have original hardwood floors, custom fabrics in playful prints, original Audubon pictures and Piranese and Kips artworks on the walls. Some of the higher-floor rooms have a sophisticated new look from Alexandra Champalimaud, plus stunning park views. The generous supply of Kiehl’s toiletries (not just the usual shampoo and body lotion, but also facial moisturizer and lip balm) is a welcome touch in the bathrooms. The hotel’s watering holes have drawn a glamorous crowd for decades, and they practically ooze history. Bemelman’s Bar is decorated with murals of Central Park painted by the Madeline artist Ludwig Bemelman, alongside chocolate-brown leather banquettes, nickel-trimmed black glass tabletops and a gilded ceiling. The Carlyle Restaurant remains one of the few white tablecloth establishments in a city increasingly obsessed with casual dining, while Café Carlyle is a supper club with nightly cabaret performances. The jewel box of a spa features Sisley facials, and Yves Durif does the coiffing.
In the Area
The Carlyle’s Upper East Side location is near the prime luxury shopping of Madison Avenue and Museum Mile. The Whitney Museum of American Art is on the next block, while the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim are a short walk away. Among the neighborhood’s best restaurants are Daniel Boulud’s Café Boulud and the Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. And, of course, Central Park is just a stone’s throw away.
How to Get There
I've been staying at the Carlyle Hotel on and off for the past fifty years. It is very difficult to maintain excellence for a few years, much less decades. The Carlyle does it. It is immaculate, grand and stylish. The employees have not lost the joy of service. They have that all-to-rare quality of actually anticipating your needs. The concierges are among the most resourceful in the world. The food is exquisite. The furnishings are the epitome of elegance. As Frank Sinatra once crooned "Start spreading the news.........."
Came to celebrate our anniversary in NY and the Carlyle did not fail to exceed our expectations. From our arrival to our departure, the team really aimed to please us. They heard we were celebrating and had a wonderful surprise waiting for us in the room. Even when we had a noise issue in our room, they quickly fixed the issue.
Everyone we dealt with was friendly, attentive and made you feel special. Looking forward to our return! Thanks to all!
The Carlyle is an exceptional NYC experience not to be missed. Some of their rooms could use some updates but overall, it's a wonderful hotel with an exceptional staff and amenities. When staying here, take advantage of their food and drink experiences, including their main dining room, tea lounge and Bemelman's Bar, which is my favorite in NYC! The hotel is also absolutely magical during the holidays.
My stay at the Carlyle was magical. I had a negative experience on 2016 but decided to give the iconic property one more chance. I am so glad I did. The accommodations and staff were perfection. The level of customer service was incredible. It felt as though the staff had an extra little surprise each day of our stay. The room view in the Deluxe Tower Room was breathtaking.
The location of the Carlyle Hotel cannot be beat, Central Park is literally two blocks away. The same can be said for subway access, restaurants and shopping.
I hope to return to New Your City for another visit in the Fall. When I do, I will stay at The Carlyle.
Loved staying in this hotel for a special event. the staff was incredibly accommodating, especially Arianna Johnson. The new rooms are beautiful and retain the special charm of the Carlyle. Would come back in a heartbeat!