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
The Carlyle is the height of style, sophistication and Luxury. Every detail is attended to and each and every employee is 110% committed to your comfort and making sure that every need is met with a smile and warmth!
The old-style Carlyle has been one of my favorites since I first visited the hotel over 20 years ago. It’s truly an institution on Upper-East side. We love the bar with live jazz music, the breakfast, the service, the serviced elevators, the best concierges anywhere (thx to Jeff and Stephanie), the wonderful spa and the newly renovated rooms that really are outstanding. We will be back!
My wife and I stayed at the Carlyle for five nights three weeks ago for our fifth wedding anniversary! Entire experience was fantastic. We have stayed at other Rosewood properties and this one did not disappoint!
We loved all the special Carlyle touches. The elevator attendants were so old school.
We especially wanted to thank Mustafa Sukkar, night manager for the smooth arrival and getting us right into a table to Bemelmans Bar on check in night just in time for us to order food off the menu (Flight was delayed by two hours so we arrived to the hotel a bit later than planned). The piano bar band was even notified it was our anniversary and recognized us with song that very first night.
Great breakfast in the hotel restaurant, had the feel of a private club. Since we had booked with AMEX platinum fine hotels and resorts we got a lovely room upgrade and the breakfast was complimentary.
On our final night of our stay we were lucky enough to get a table for two to catch Woody Allen’s Jazz band playing their regular Monday night gig at the very intimate Cafe Carlyle. My wife had a champagne and I got to try the special Carlyle Manhattan.
The room we were in was the newly renovated section and was well appointed complete with shower and bath and even a walk in closet. Regrettably the higher floors were under construction (which will be great for a future stay)
Even with the beyond impeccable accommodations and service what makes the Carlyle shine is a fantastic location. The place has a great neighborhood feel and is “around the corner” just blocks away from the Frick, The Met and the Guggenheim. Central Park is just “down the street” a block away. Given that we stayed early fall with great morning weather, I was able to grab a morning run in Central Park two mornings of our stay so I never got to see the gym facilities (which would probably get more use from winter travelers). Either way when we went out one night, to the circus that is Times Square, to catch the musical Hamilton we really appreciated the contrast of the serenity of “our neighborhood” at the Carlyle. Great meals were also had “in the neighborhood” at Flora Bar (literally down the street), Jo Jo, and Bar Italia a little further down Madison Avenue.
My wife and I will definitely return. Thank you so much to all the Carlyle staff.