Hotel Fact Sheet
Offering a first-class combination of discretion and grace – many of the 190 rooms and suites feature elegant views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline. Gracious and romantic dining awaits guests in The Carlyle Restaurant while legendary entertainers create the quintessential New York cabaret experience at Café Carlyle. Additionally, famed Bemelmans Bar is a favorite hideaway for both locals and visitors alike.
Step outside the elegant marble lobby and into a new level of sophistication. The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel is surrounded by galleries and designer boutiques on New York’s posh Madison Avenue. Blocks from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Met Breuer the Guggenheim, and the Frick, the hotel is within easy reach of what is commonly referred to as “Museum Mile.”
Madison at 76th Street
New York, New York
Tel. +1 212 744-1600 or +1 800 227-5737
Fax. +1 212 717-4682
La Guardia Airport is approximately 30 minutes by car; Kennedy Airport and Newark Airport are approximately 45 minutes by car.
A Brief History
Reputedly named for British essayist Thomas Carlyle, the 35-story hotel, designed by the architectural firm of Bien & Prince, was completed in 1930. A newspaper account of the time described the design as a “diversified setback style,” which provides private terraces for some guest rooms and suites. Despite the much-altered Manhattan skyline during the past 80 years, The Carlyle continues to dominate the Upper East Side over which it presides.
The Carlyle’s guest list reads like a “Who’s Who” of world business and entertainment affairs. Every American president since Truman has visited. Its rich history includes Royals and heads-of-state – TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, HRH The Prince of Wales; the late Diana, Princess of Wales; their Majesties, the Kings and Queens of Denmark, Greece, Spain and Sweden have all visited.
The Carlyle is the Mecca for the world’s most influential individuals from the art world, be they collectors, curators, or gallery owners. Fervent shoppers can enjoy the large selection of fine international shops and stores for which Madison Avenue is celebrated.
The strong Art Deco influence, introduced by the hotel’s first decorator Dorothy Draper, has been meticulously maintained, from the famed black and white marbled lobby to Art Deco motifs of the hotel’s specialty suites. The rooms and suites are continuously updated with contemporary interpretation of understated elegance achieved by both Draper and the late Mark Hampton. In 2002, interior designer Thierry Despont restored Bemelmans Bar and the Lobby while the Café Carlyle, restored by Scott Salvator, and the Banquet Space, were renovated by Matthew White and Frank Webb, in 2007.
Furnished in classic Louis XVI style with color schemes ranging from Chinese red to celadon, the hotel’s 121 guestrooms offer aristocratic elegance and absolute comfort. Audubon prints, architectural renderings by Piranesi and English country scenes by Kips adorn the walls. Porcelain lamps and vases add a graceful touch. Bathrooms are finished in marble, many with whirlpool tubs. Beds are made with Yves Delorme duvet covers and bed linens.
The pinnacle of luxury for over 80 years, The Carlyle’s 69 spacious suites, including the Tower and Royal Suites, are generously sized, lavishly appointed and distinctively furnished. Each offers ample living space to relax and entertain, and many have enlarged and remodeled bathrooms, complete with separate tubs and showers and stunning Nero Marquina and Thassos marble finishes. Tower suites have large picture windows that take in the breadth of Central Park and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis reservoir. In keeping with the hotel's musical heritage and residential style, several suites feature Steinway or Baldwin baby grand pianos. All suites feature plasma HDTV and high-speed Internet access for the guest’s convenience and pleasure.
In-room and suite dining 24 hours a day; concierge to take care of every need, housekeeping service twice daily, babysitting and pet care available; business services. The Carlyle employs a staff in excess of 400 to cater to the comfort of all guests.
Dining / Entertainment
A classic New York experience, The Carlyle Restaurant is an intimate private escape for “carriage trade” clientele. Famous for its Dover Sole and Lobster Thermidor, the restaurant offers a menu comprised of seasonal ingredients from our Executive Chef. An Upper East Side favorite, the chic décor, and discreet services of The Carlyle Restaurant have attracted both guests of the hotel and local neighbors since its opening. Pillow-sprinkled banquets focus on a six-foot high floral arrangement, setting the mood of quiet elegance in a highly romantic setting of Tete de Negre linen, velvet covered walls and marble. The hotel’s art is extensive, with Fore’s English hunting prints and Liliacae engravings by Redoute in the main dining area. A smaller adjacent dining room is lined in cream and pale blue Fortuny silk. Breakfast is served from 7:00 to 10:30 a.m. Lunch is served from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. Dinner is served from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. All menus are à la carte. The restaurant seats 100.
The Gallery, which leads to the restaurant, is the “living room” of The Carlyle. Envisioned by designer Renzo Mongiardino, The Gallery, which features an upper and lower level, is an exotic Turkish tea parlor with hand-painted navy blue and gold patterned wallpaper featuring vignettes of Turkish treasures. The Gallery opens every day at 11:00 a.m. and guests can enjoy a quick late morning bite, a light lunch or daily afternoon tea. . It seats 35 in the Upper Gallery and 15 in the Lower Gallery.
Café Carlyle, has made an indelible mark on the entertainment and social landscape of New York City since its opening in 1955. The landmark Café Carlyle, has played host to such legendary talents as Bobby Short, Woody Allen, Elaine Stritch, John Pizzarelli, Steve Tyrell and Judy Collins. New York design firm Scott Salvator Inc. created a fresh version of classic New York, infusing modern elements without sacrificing the history and refinement that is a hallmark of The Carlyle. Featuring restored Marcel Vertès murals, the Café maintains the integrity of an historic Manhattan destination with a new infusion of modern refinement and style.
Bemelmans Bar is the favorite neighborhood bar of Upper East Siders and where artist/author Ludwig Bemelmans’ childhood fantasies come to life. Bemelmans created many fine works of art and drawings for children’s books, including Madeline. Open all year, Monday to Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Sunday noon to midnight. Bar snacks and light meals are available from 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. daily. Enjoy classic cocktails while swinging to lively nightly music, including performances such as Chris Gillespie every Tuesday through Saturday 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Loston Harris Trio every Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Friday and Saturday evenings from 9:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Madeline Tea, hosted in Bemelmans Bar, is a delightfully playful afternoon and sing-a-long for children and parents alike every Saturday in November and December. With two seatings available –10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.– guests can listen to songs from the Madeline Song Book with Tina de Varon while dining on Madeline’s Children Buffet.
The Sisley-Paris Spa
Guests, residents and local Manhattanites now have access to an elegant, urbane retreat; a luxurious and intimate spa, with magnificent design elements – designed by Mark Zeff of Zeff Designs – and professional services. Sisley, one of the most prestigious cosmetic brands, delivers high quality skin care products, make-up and fragrances. Built on a tradition of phyto-cosmetology, Sisley offers effective, highly performing methods of treatment for all skin types. The Sisley Phyto-Aromatic Treatments combine massage rituals from all over the world, created with the respect of ancient traditions, and the power of aromatherapy, to rejuvenate the body and mind.
Located on the third floor, the spa features the Yves Durif Hair Salon. Hair stylist to the stars, Yves Durif provides guests with the upmost grooming and pampering on the Upper East Side. The spa also features four treatments rooms, a relaxation room, a special couple’s suite and separate men’s and women’s changing rooms, each with their own steam room.
Ensuring that guests are able to stick to their fitness plans while on vacation, The Carlyle’s fitness studio, located in The Sisley-Paris Spa, features state-of-the-art fitness equipment from Technogym as well as on-site trainers.
Meetings / Events
The Carlyle’s banquet suites include a discreet and polished staff with world-class dining and entertainment. Stretching over 3,781 sq. ft., the Versailles and Trianon suites can truly play host to any event, and are ideal settings for parties, weddings and anniversaries as well as board meetings and business entertainment. A full cadre of catering menus and customized services are also available to complement the setting, including an on-site floral designer, L'Olivier.
- Kiehl’s® toiletries for men and women (bath & shower gel, Body moisturizer, shampoo, hair conditioner, ultra facial moisturizer, lip balm and shaving lotion)
- Slippers & monogrammed terrycloth bathrobes
- Three phone sets in each room (bedside, desk & bathroom) with dataport capability
- Wireless internet
- Remote control television with DVD Player
- Time Warner® Digital Cable
- iPod® docking station
- Fully stocked mini bar (including Taittinger® Champagne, Dean & DeLuca® chocolates & sweets from Dylan’s Candy Bar®) and breakfast trays
- 24-hour Room Service
- Spacious closets with light upon opening door
- Bedside clock
- Individually controlled thermostat
- Oversized umbrella
- Shoehorn and shoe
- Nightly turn down service
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