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The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
At a Glance
- perhaps NYC's best Central Park views
- refined service
- delightful array of dining and bar options
- chic shopping in the neighborhood
- great bathtubs
- removed from touristy Manhattan
- stuffy vibe may not work for families
- every room is different, limiting consistency
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The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel Review
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 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, though the range of dining and entertainment options here can't help but impress: cabaret luminaries take turns holding court at the Café Carlyle (Woody Allen still performs every Monday); 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 while leaving the classics (Dover sole, cobb salad) on the menu. For pampering, the Sense Spa and Yves Durif salon can buff, polish, and frost your every extremity.
Upper East Side Living
An old-school, high-class New York City hotel must run through a checklist to achieve iconic status and the Carlyle ticks all the appropriate boxes. From the ladies who lunch location in the heart of the Upper East Side to Aubrey Sanders's re-imagined Bemelmans Bar to one of the most discreet staffs in the city, all a guest's bases are covered when they stay at this classic property that dates back to 1930. The Carlyle's diverse, yet classy appeal shows by two of its favorite visitors: John F. Kennedy, who spirited here after Marilyn Monroe sang him Happy Birthday, and Woody Allen, who regularly appears with his clarinet at the Cafe Carlyle.
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