The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel Announces Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Ludwig Bemelmans’ Beloved Madeline Book Series

June 27, 2014

Two overnight experiences are offered in conjunction with the New-York Historical Society’s upcoming exhibit

New York, NY – The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel is pleased to announce two new overnight experiences at the legendary hotel in conjunction with the New-York Historical Society’s upcoming exhibition, Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans. Designed especially for admirers of the beloved Madeline book series, children and adults alike will be able to experience this exciting new exhibit while staying at one of Bemelmans’ favorite New York City haunts. More than 100 original works by Ludwig Bemelmans will be on display at the museum in honor of the 75th anniversary of Madeline’s publication. The exhibition has been organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA.

As fans of the classic children’s series most likely know, Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle is a special hideaway where artist and author Ludwig Bemelmans’ whimsical drawings first came to life over 65 years ago. Bemelmans was commissioned by the hotel in 1947 to paint the large-scale murals for the bar to depict all four seasons in famed Central Park. In exchange for his work, he and his family received accommodations in the hotel for a year and a half. Named in honor of the legendary artist, Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle offers a quintessential New York City experience and has become a favorite Upper East Side spot attracting socialites, politicians, movie stars and moguls for more than six decades.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the New-York Historical Society on the Madeline in New York exhibit,” says Giovanni Beretta, Managing Director of The Carlyle. “We are so proud of our long history and strong ongoing connection to Ludwig Bemelmans and his family,” adds Beretta.

The two overnight experiences will be offered during the exhibition from July 4 to October 13, 2014, based upon availability. The “Celebrate 75 with Bemelmans” is geared toward grown-up enthusiasts; rates begin at $665 per night for a Classic Guest Room. “The Madeline Family Experience” is ideal for the special child in your life; rates begin at $705 per night for a Deluxe Guest Room; additional children are $75 per booking. Reservations must be made at least 72 hours in advance either via or by calling the hotel directly at 212.744.1600.

Celebrate 75 with Bemelmans:
  • Daily buffet breakfast in The Carlyle Restaurant for two
  • “The Ludwig” Cocktail for 2 with Bemelmans Bar snacks upon arrival
  • (2) Tickets to Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans at the New-York Historical Society
  • Complimentary cover charge for (2) at Bemelmans every night of the stay
  • Commemorative book from the exhibition
  • Complimentary internet
The Madeline Family Experience:
  • Daily Buffet Breakfast for (2) adults and (1) child in The Carlyle Restaurant
  • Madeline Doll & specially designed Magnolia Bakery cupcake upon arrival
  • (3) Tickets to Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans at the New-York Historical Society
  • Commemorative book from the exhibition

About the New-York Historical Society:

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.

About The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel:

Situated at the corner of Madison Avenue and 76th Street, The Carlyle has been a classic landmark of Manhattan’s elegant Upper East Side since 1930. Located just one block from Central Park, The Carlyle is a 35-story, 188-room hotel and is surrounded by galleries, designer boutiques and the city’s most popular art museums. The original Art Deco design by Dorothy Draper is blended with the legendary American style of Mark Hampton providing a true home-away-from-home feel. Many of the accommodations have been updated further with a more contemporary flair from designers such as Alexandra Champalimaud and Thierry Despont. Embracing a passion for the arts, pianos grace many of the suites, and most tower rooms have views of Central Park. The Carlyle also is home to the celebrated Café Carlyle and the fabled Bemelmans Bar.

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