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, Vertés, Weenix and Izu adorn the hotel’s walls.
  • 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, Renzo Mongiardino and Thierry Despont.
  • The Carlyle is alive with music; over 20 suites have Steinway or Baldwin baby-grand pianos.
  • The Carlyle has been the hotel of choice for Hollywood's elite since Ingrid Bergman checked in after completing Intermezzo.
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Audrey Hepburn first met at The Carlyle.
  • Woody Allen plays the clarinet with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band almost every Monday night in Café Carlyle. The show has been a sold out success for over eighteen years.
  • Celebrities such as Bono, Mariah Carey, Cyndi Lauper, Liza Minelli and Billy Joel have all made impromptu cameo appearances at the piano in the famed Bemelmans Bar.
  • Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, stayed at The Carlyle on their first visit to New York City in December 2014.
  • The Carlyle has made an appearance in many modern day movies and television shows including Sex & The City, Gossip Girl and HBO’s Girls.
  • Netflix’s 2015 Christmas special, entitled “A Very Murray Christmas” starring Bill Murray and written and directed by Sofia Coppola, was filmed entirely at The Carlyle. (With the exception of the dream sequence.)
  • The Carlyle is in the midst of filming a fully authorized documentary on the legendary property under production company Quixotic Endeavors. The film will be released worldwide in Fall 2017.