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The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel, Upper East Side

At a Glance

    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

Fodorite Reviews

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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.

2011 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

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.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 35 E. 76th St., between Madison and Park Aves. Upper East Side, New York, NY 10021 | Map It
  • Phone: 212/744–1600
  • Website:
  • Subway: 6 to 77th St.
  • Location: Upper East Side

    Hotel Details

  • 121 rooms, 66 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 02-20-2014

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    I want to live at The Carlyle!

    The Carlyle is my absolute favorite hotel to stay when we are in the city. The location is perfect, so close to Central Park where I enjoy early morning run. Great upper East side neighborhoood feel with fabulous restaurants nearby.There is no comparison to come home to The Carlyle from a night out and to stop in for a cocktail at Bemelman's, the incredible bar at the hotel. In fact, one weekday night two summers ago, Billy Joel casually walked in and before you knew it, he was at the piano. Concierge and front desk staff are refined and always willing to offer assistance. Rooms are elegant, feel is from a bygone time, and the place is quiet. Did I say I wanted to live at the Carlyle?

    by pajodeka, 9/24/12

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