Here’s your chance to see what a real luxury hotel looks like on the inside. Feast your eyes on the rooms featured in this video and be amazed by the quiet glamor and antique glory shown to us. The present day Carlyle Hotel (A Rosewood Hotel) has just been annointed as the best hotel in NYC which makes is pretty remarkable when you consider all the other contenders for the title. It’s certainly not like any other hotel in NYC, if only because of it’s rather different ownership structure.
It comprises 180 rental rooms and suites and 60 privately owned apartments. Located at 35 East 76th St on the corner of Madison Ave it had a rocky start, being opened just after the 1929 Stock market Crash but it has thrived mightily since then. Built to an elegant art deco design, it is a byword for luxury, elegance and extreme discretion with regards to the lives of its residents. It has for many years been the preferred hangout for many of the artistic, wealthy and powerful from around the world.
Every US President from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton has stayed there and John F Kennedy owned an apartment in the Carlyle for the last 10 years of his life. While it is reasonable to assume, given its clientele, that a fair amount of skulduggery and extra marital relations have taken place there, no one will ever know because the 400+ staff have never ever gossiped in any way at all.
The hotel is home to a famous cafe, Cafe Carlyle, which has hosted many of New York’s and Europe’s favorite performers and these days Woody Allen and his jazz band play there once a week along with other artists. The Cafe has famous murals by Marcel Vertes on it’s walls while also being fitted out with the type of sound and light system which New Yorkers expect in their favorite performance spaces of which this is one.
The famous Bemelmans Bar is also in the building, also covered in murals. These ones are painted by Ludwig Bemelman, author and illustrator of the famous Madelaine books and are of Madelaine in Central Park. If the $670+ charge for a night in a smallish room seems a little high to sample the glories of the Carlyle, consider visiting Cafe Carlyle or Bemelmans Bar instead. Both are two of the most iconic places in the whole of NYC. And if you hang out briefly in the foyer you may glimpse a celebrity but of course you would never stare. That kind of thing is just not done at the Carlyle.