I have loved this hotel since the first moment I walked through the door.
Located in the upper seventies between Park and Madison, the 35 storey Carlyle, a beautiful Beaux-Arts building, is surrounded by expensive boutiques, including Ralph Lauren, Tom Ford, Prada, and Lilly Pulitzer and the Apple store. Plus, it’s steps from some well-loved eateries like Serafina, Sant Ambroeus, and Café Boulud, and is close to a host of upscale galleries like Gagosian and Arader.
Mention you are staying here and people ooh and aah. Many dignitaries, royalty, heads of state and celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy-Onassis, HRH The Prince of Wales, The Beatles, and Amy Winehouse have walked its corridors. Part of the Rosewood Hotels & Resorts collection, it is run with slick confidence and superb service, still as glamourous and sophisticated as it ever was.
Yet there are some pitfalls which could easily be addressed in the way of refurbishment, but those really did not take away the enjoyment and delight of staying here. If you are looking for cool and modern, forget it. The hotel is comfy, friendly, wonderfully located if you don’t mind being a bit further up town, and just steps away from Central Park. Elderly ladies grace its tearoom whilst sipping martinis with flamboyant friends.
There is no doubt that some refurbishments are needed and there are whispers of this happening soon. The service levels are high and the staff attentive, they are respectful and maintain polite and sometimes most amusing small talk while being able to make you feel like a welcome friend. If you can forgive a few small things, then the ambiance, cosiness, glamour and being able to say ‘we are staying at The Carlyle’ should ensure you have a great stay.
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