The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

35 E. 76th St., between Madison and Park Aves., New York, New York, 10021, USA

On the well-heeled corner of Madison Avenue and 76th Street, the Carlyle's fusion of venerable elegance and Manhattan swank calls for the aplomb of entering a Chanel boutique: walk in chin high, wallet out, and ready to impress (and be impressed). Everything about this Upper East Side landmark suggests cultivated refinement: rooms are decorated with fine antique furniture; there are vast views from the higher floors, and white-gloved operators work the elevators 24 hours a day. It's all overwhelmingly grand, almost to the point of diminishing comfort. Dining and entertainment options can't help but captivate, especially when cabaret luminaries hold court at the Café Carlyle (Woody Allen still performs regularly); Bemelmans Bar is one of the greatest old-school cocktail spots in New York; and the Carlyle restaurant continues to give the ladies-who-lunch clientele something to chew on (Dover sole, Cobb salad). For pampering, the Sense Spa and Yves Durif Salon can buff, polish, and frost your every extremity.

PROS

  • perhaps NYC's best Central Park views
  • refined service
  • delightful array of dining and bar options
  • chic shopping in the neighborhood
  • great bathtubs

CONS

  • removed from touristy Manhattan
  • stuffy vibe may not work for families
  • every room is different, limiting consistency

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 212-744–1600

HOTEL DETAILS

121 rooms, 73 suites
Rate Includes: No meals

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