Classic charm on the Upper East Side

126 Rooms / 64 Suites

Many of New York’s landmark luxury hotels of the 1930s have changed ownership over the years, and with those transitions, a number have lost a bit of their grandeur. The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, in all of its Upper East Side glory, has managed to maintain the glamour and luxury of days past. Though owned by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, this Manhattan landmark has kept the same classic feel, which keeps guests returning over and over again.

The History

Just one block from Central Park, The Carlyle, at 35 stories high, remains a mix of hotel rooms, suites and apartment residences. Every American president since Truman has called the hotel his unofficial New York home. It was a favorite of the late Princess Diana of Wales and other royals (yes, we mean the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), as well as many heads of state.

The Carlyle has also been featured in popular shows like Sex and the City and more recently in Bill Murray’s 2015 holiday special A Very Murray Christmas. A documentary film about The Carlyle is also in the works.

The Rooms

The majority of rooms, no matter the category, boast more space than the average New York City hotel room. Tastefully decorated by some of the leading interior designers, including Dorothy Draper, Mark Hampton, Renzo Mongiardino and Thierry Despont, there’s still a nod to the hotel’s Art Deco beginnings mixed with surprising modern touches.

Each room is different. Some have more contemporary dark furniture and hardwood floors, while others are covered in light-colored grays and golds and brighter artwork. Several suites boast full kitchen and expansive living and dining room areas, but setting The Carlyle apart from most hotels is the fact that more than 20 suites have Steinway or Baldwin baby grand pianos.

The standout is the Empire Suite, a three-bedroom duplex that features a massive 2,600 square feet of space. Another special room is the Central Park View Suite, which offers unobstructed views of America’s most famous park and the Manhattan skyline. And, for guests who don’t want to leave the lap of luxury, The Carlyle does grant the option for extended stays.

The Entertainment and Dining

Since opening in 1955, the intimate supper club that is Café Carlyle has been a destination for cabaret. Tourists and native New Yorkers head to the intimate venue, which only seats 90, for a night on the town. Jazz singer and pianist Bobby Short played there for 30 years, and in appreciation of his devotion to performing at Café Carlyle, the luxury hotel put up a large famed portrait of Short in the foyer.

Director Woody Allen plays clarinet with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band every Monday night – and usually to a sold-out crowd. But music extends to other areas of The Carlyle, as well. The hotel’s restaurant has both an upper- and lower level gallery that function as unique spaces adjacent to the lobby level. They play host to many power breakfasts and ladies who lunch, but the standout is Bemelmans Bar, a hidden gem featuring works by the author and illustrator of the Madeline books. Ludwig Bemelmans’ large-scale murals whimsically depict the four seasons of Central Park. Music turns up again in this space as jazz artists play in the center of the room all 365 days of the year.