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
Mom stayed here during her visit at NYC. Elegancy spoke for itself. Jazz lounge bar renovation ongoing but provides drinks and beverages with live music still. Suits family and business guests both. Highly recommend.
There is no other property that I have ever stayed at that compares to the Carlyle! Nothing is left to chance, every staff member cares about you and your experience, in a truly genuine manner. The accommodation are the best and the views are to die for!
Recently stayed for 1 night to celebrate a special occasion. We were upgraded from a deluxe room to a suite which was wonderfully spacious (except for the bathroom) and generous on their part. This historic hotel was on our bucket list and glad to have crossed it off. The service was fantastic and staff were all gracious hosts.
It is an old hotel currently under renovation. Our suite was in need of one of those make-overs. The upholstery was falling apart and the furnishings were of another era. The bathroom was also old-school - when people didn't value space and luxury. You couldn't swing a cat in it. Single sink, toilet, and tub with wall shower head, a tight little room that seemed out of place with all the space in the suite. Would like to go back once the reno's are complete. But will ask about the bathroom size etc. before doing so.
All said, it was a charming hotel with great service oriented staff. Woody Allen's band happened to be playing the night we were there. Woody needs to retire... The rest of the band was great.
My wife and I will be enjoying the Cafe Carlyle again in November. It’s always an enjoyable evening. While we aren’t staying at the hotel their concierge, Stephanie, made dinner reservations for us nearby. Superb service! We’ll be staying there in our next NYC visit. Well done!
Overall, I had a very nice stay at the Carlyle for a last minute overnight in New York. The Carlyle is a very historic hotel with a storied reputation. However, in many ways it's age shows in the rooms and certain interiors. The room was comfortable, but definitely in need of an update...finishes were old and worn and not up to the standards of other Rosewood properties. I'm sure it was great in the 1990's.
Otherwise, the amenities provided were what one would expect in a 5 star hotel. Kiehl's products, plush towels robes and slippers. Since the hotel is renovating their kitchen, snacks, soft drinks, and beer were offered from the mini bar for free, which I appreciated.
One thing the hotel does offer that many other New York hotels do not, is great views. My room was on the 27th floor and had a beautiful view up Madison Ave, out over Central Park and the Met Museum.
The hotel lobby is very beautiful....and if every part of the hotel was as well kept as that space I think the Carlyle could be great. However, until they full update the rooms to standards that meet their prices I will be taking my business elsewhere in NYC. I think that Rosewood should look at some its neighbors for inspiration...other UES hotels have been recently renovated to great success. The Lowell Hotel was tried and outdated and then was renovated by Michael Smith and is now one of the chicest spots in town.
Needless to say, the Bemelmans Bar is still fabulous.