The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
Upper East Side, New York City
What it is
An iconic Upper East Side hotel catering to stars and socialites.
What it isn't
Newfangled. Everything's up to date, but the hotel is old-fashioned at heart, down to the white-gloved elevator operators.
What we think
A true New York classic on the Upper East Side, the Carlyle upholds its reputation as a bastion of traditional luxury. It's discreet (JFK and Marilyn Monroe rendezvoused here), secure (royals and heads of state line the guest registry) and elegant (Bemelmans Bar is still a favorite watering hole for socialites and celebrities). The hotel opened in 1930 and has largely maintained the Art Deco style of original designer Dorothy Draper, particularly the black and white marble lobby. Some rooms have been updated by different designers (Thierry Despont; Mark Hampton) and have various looks, but retain a mostly traditional and urbane decor. Specialty suites are worth seeking out—many have commanding views of Central Park and perhaps a baby grand piano. Downstairs, the Café Carlyle is still Manhattan's preeminent cabaret venue, where Woody Allen performs every Monday and Judy Collins, Chita Rivera and others make regular appearances. To stay at the Carlyle is to experience a specific, delicious slice of a certain New York life, one that will never go out of style.
You're here because
You crave the New York of Wes Anderson and Woody Allen films, where Bobby Short provides the soundtrack and Jackie Kennedy might walk in at any moment.
Your martini arrives on a silver tray as you settle into your leather banquette at Bemelmans Bar, surrounded by the namesake artist's whimsical murals. The willowy blonde at the next table catches your eye—isn't she on the cover of this month's Town & Country?
Madison Avenue on the Upper East Side, a block from Central Park and a five-minute walk to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Carlyle Restaurant - Classic French American
Gallery - Casual Dining
The Cafe Carlyle
Museums are plentiful and the the MoMa and the Whitney are great options. Have a picnic in Central Park or check out the BEAST Speedboat tour of New York City