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
One of the best places in NYC to stay. Friendly employees, the daytime bartenders,especially Shariff, the elevator operators, all of the doormen, Emilio and Nick, the front desk personell, the restaurant staff, the maids and the engineers. Great atmosphere in the world famous Bemelman's bar. Clean rooms, excellant service. Prince William and Lady Kate stayed here. It's a treat.
Hotel room was disappointing. Room was shabby and worn out. Bathroom had corrosion and rust and peeling paint. Restaurant head staff were very stiff and slow to acknowledge presence. Door men and elevator attendants were friendly and very helpful.
Just checked into The Carlyle by Rosewood. A very warm check in. Shown to the room by a staff who has been with the hotel for 21 years. He emphasized that they still use keys. Handwritten welcome note. Room is so, so. Waiting to check out the Tony Chi and Champalimaud spaces.
A beautiful step-back-in-time elegance and ambience, visited to see the phenomenal John Lloyd Young in residence singing his heart out at the cafe Carlyle for two weeks. Tony and Grammy Award winning for Jersey Boys - The singing and the band's music was a sheer delight. The Hotel is the perfect venue and host.
An absolutely wonderful weekend. My fiancé and I took my mother for her first visit to NYC, and this was the perfect hotel! Every employee seemed committed to making our time at the hotel as spectacular as possible. We will be back!