Hotel Fact Sheet

Overview: Since 1930, The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel has been a timeless Upper East Side landmark. It is a true cultural institution and a haven for both New Yorkers and visitors alike. It is a special place, where a patina of elegance and loyalty has been built up over decades. The Carlyle has incredible equity and cachet, shaped over a lifetime of history with the most talented personalities and cultural figures of our time. The Carlyle is more than a hotel — it’s like a home to its guests and residents. It behaves more like a collection of luxury residences that have been lived in by people who have brought their own unique personalities. These guests are cared for by a staff who have also made The Carlyle their own “home” for decades. The legacy of The Carlyle is one of its greatest strengths. And it remains relevant through its timelessness. 

Location: Situated in the heart of Manhattan’s elegant Upper East Side, The Carlyle has been a classic landmark on Madison Avenue and 76th Street since 1930. Located just one block from Central Park, The Carlyle is a 35-story hotel surrounded by galleries, designer boutiques and the city’s most popular art museums. 

Managing Director: Anthony McHale

Address: 35 East 76th Street at Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10021
Tel. (212) 744-1600 or (800) 227-5737 
Fax: (212) 717-4682 

Access: La Guardia Airport is approximately 45 minutes by car; Kennedy Airport and Newark Airport are approximately 60 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.

Décor: 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. In 2019, guest rooms and suites went under a renovation designed by New York-based, award-winning design practice tonychi.

Rooms & Suites: Designed by New York-based, award-winning design practice tonychi, the emotion of The Carlyle's newly refreshed guest rooms are inspired by the glamour and beauty of Manhattan's pre-war era, the Upper East Side, and the dignified beau monde whose footsteps have graced the hallowed halls of this elegant and storied hotel residence. This is where quintessential apartment living meets modern day, with luxurious fixtures and furnishings, black-and-white lacquered paneling, bespoke, illustrated wallpapers of whimsical vignettes from Central Park—an echo of Bemelmans and Vertès—and a thoughtful curation of artwork, books and collected everyday finds, all of which emanates a smart, residential look and feel worthy of this iconic hotel. Subtle art deco inspirations are also present, paying reverent homage to The Carlyle’s original designer, Dorothy Draper, and her renowned restraint.

Services: In-room 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: A classic New York destination, The Carlyle Restaurant offers guests an elegant and chic dining experience. Executive Chef Ron Pietruszka has created a menu of classic American cuisine with European flair that features favorites such as Dover Sole and Lobster Bisque, in addition to seasonal specialties. The restaurant’s mirrored alcoves and dramatic six-foot tall floral arrangement complete the intimate country house ambience. Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; lunch from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m.; dinner from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 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 late morning bite, a light lunch, daily afternoon tea or casual dining in the evening.  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 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, beginning at 12 noon daily, snacks and light meals are available from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily. Enjoy classic cocktails while swinging to lively nightly music, including performances such as Earl Rose and Rob Mosci every Tuesday through Saturday 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Loston Harris Trio and the David Budway 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’s 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, along with select other dates. 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 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. The spa features four treatments rooms, a relaxation room, and separate men’s and women’s changing rooms, each with their own steam room.

The Yves Durif Salon: Located on the third floor, hair stylist to the glamourous Upper East Side set, Yves Durif provides guests with the upmost grooming and pampering.   

Fitness Studio: 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 3,000 square feet, 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.

Guestroom Amenities:  
•Kiehl's® bathroom amenities
•Complimentary Wireless Internet
•Complementary local calls
•Flat-screen television with Pure HD Smart TV and DVD player upon request
•Twice-daily housekeeping with evening turndown service
•Complimentary Nespresso coffee machine
•Complimentary bottled water with turndown service
•In-room hands free telephone
•Slippers and terrycloth bathrobes
•Fully stocked mini bar
•In-room safe
•Individually controlled thermostat 
•Oversized umbrella
•International adaptors available

Reservations: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, (800) 767-3966, or through the hotel directly at (800) 227-5737  

Credit Cards: All major credit cards are accepted.