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 guess I was awed by the history, but was disappointed in the stay. It took forever for the room to be ready and the staff was not pleasant at the front desk. We had to listen to a barking dog in a room nearby the whole stay. He was throwing himself against the door. Staff tried to dog sit him it was so bad. Somehow we were put in a handicapped room with a huge roll in shower, but couldn’t figure out how to shower without flooding the whole bathroom every time. Staff did not come when I called for a mop. Love the Kiehls toiletries and the elevator attendants! And of course Cafe Carlyle and Bemelmans are the best. But the Mark is right across the street with better service and prices.
We were celebrating my husband's birthday with a Broadway play and an overnight stay in the city. After reading awesome reviews, I chose the Carlyle. What a wise decision! From the moment we walked in, we were treated like royalty. We were able to check in early and when we entered the room we were blown away. It was a beautiful suite with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Central Park. No stone was left unturned to make our stay special. When we returned from the play, balloons, a card, and cheesecake with a candle were waiting for us, compliments of the hotel. Everyone was extremely helpful and breakfast the next day was delicious. We will certainly return to this elegant and beautifully run hotel. Thanks for wonderful memories!
The Carlyle is a classic in NY, very well situated takes just minutes to walk to the Frick Collection, The Met, and a block apart from the Met Brauer.
Lot of good places around and best stores in NY.
We needed to be at the hotel for medical reasons (and weather) and the room service is pristine and efficient.
The well known Bemelmans Bar is the nicest place for hearing some jazz, great NY ambiance like the old times with Bobby Short.
We used to stay at another well known NY hotel, but found in this one a great place to stay in NY ! We will for sure come back here.
The Carlyle is a special place to stay, to eat, to see a show in the Café Carlyle or just have a drink in Bemelmens. We have gone to the show in the Café Carlyle right before Christmas for the last 20+ years, starting with Bobby Short and continuing with Steve Tyrell. It is an intimate setting where you feel like you know everyone and the performer is singing just to you!! The dinner is great. The menu has many selections for appetizers and main courses. The service is impeccable with very personalized attention. The guest rooms are very cozy and clean. Attention is paid to every detail and you are the center of it. The Carlyle should be on everyone's "bucket list" for places to visit. Once you go there, you will definitely want to go back!
Steeped in glamorous history, the Carlyle makes an impact as soon as you walk in with its hardwood floors and the gorgeous 59’s decor. Staff are detached but attendant when you need them. An elegant, luxurious place, best suited for an evenings drink.