Fast Facts

  • Presidents Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Carter and Reagan have called The Carlyle their “unofficial" New York home.
  • During the Kennedy administration, the original owner, Robert Dowling, always kept the "Kennedy duplex" empty just in case the President decided to come to New York.
  • Composer Richard Rodgers was The Carlyle's first tenant back in 1930.
  • The Carlyle is a showcase of great art. Bemelmans Bar contains the only surviving public murals of artist/author Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the famed Madeline children's book series.
  • Additional works by Audubon, Kips, Redoute and Vertes adorn the hotel's walls creating a veritable gallery environment.
  • Diane Ginsberg Jaffe, the daughter of the hotel's founder, named The Carlyle after writer Thomas Carlyle.
  • The two Jan Weenix murals in the Lobby were originally owned by William Randolph Hearst.
  • The Carlyle is a virtual catalog of design history, home to the work of some of the world's most legendary decorators including: Dorothy Draper, Mark Hampton and Renzo Mongiardino.
  • The Carlyle is alive with music; many suites have Steinway or Baldwin baby-grand pianos, which are tuned twice a week.
  • The Carlyle has been the hotel of choice for Hollywood's elite since Ingrid Bergman checked in after completing Intermezzo.

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