A legend among Manhattan hotels since 1930, this special oasis provides a quiet
and genteel "home away from home" for sophisticated travelers.
The Hotel’s first decorator was Dorothy Draper, a mid-twentieth century
feminist, who decorated in the "Empire manner." Today the strong Art
Deco influence has been painstakingly maintained. One of the country’s
foremost decorators, the late Mark Hampton, has updated many of the guest rooms
with a contemporary interpretation of the understated elegance achieved by
Dorothy Draper 70 years ago. In 2002 interior designer Thierry Despont restored
Bemelmans Bar and the Lobby.
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 suites. Despite a
much-altered Manhattan skyline during the past 70 years, The Carlyle continues
to dominate the Upper East Side over which it presides.
Residential hotels, popular in the late 1920s, provided, according to one
newspaper account, "freedom from drudgery, the servant problem, plus the
many responsibilities that go with maintaining large private homes…"
During WWII, the Carlyle guest profile consisted of families visiting en
route to boarding schools, debutantes, charity bridge players, bridal parties
and early versions of charity fund raisers termed "bundling parties"
where society ladies carried with them to The Carlyle, bundles of used
clothing for the needy.
The Carlyle’s guest list reads like a Who’s Who of world affairs, business
and entertainment. Every American President since Truman has visited. Its rich
history includes visiting Royals and heads-of-state. HRH, The Prince of Wales,
the late Diana, Princess of Wales, their Majesties, the Kings and Queens of
Denmark, Greece, Italy, 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.
positioned on chic Madison Avenue, The Carlyle is surrounded by galleries
and designer boutiques of New York’s smart Upper East Side. Minutes from the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Whitney and the Frick, the hotel
is within easy reach of what is commonly referred to as the "Museum
Mile." Most rooms have views of Central Park.
Airport: is approximately a 30-minute drive.
Kennedy Airport: is approximately a 45-minute drive.
Newark Airport: in New Jersey is approximately a 45-minute drive.
Hotel is made up of 180 accommodations (128 rooms, 56 suites), plus 60
residential apartments. Each room is characteristically unique, with such color
schemes as Chinese red, burnt orange and celadon. The walls are decorated with
Audubon prints, architectural renderings by Piranesi or the English country
scenes by Kips.
rooms are equipped with :
phone sets in each room (bedside, desk & bathroom) with data port
private bidding line to Sotheby’s Auctioneers, Inc.
toiletries for men and women (bath & shower gel, body moisturizer,
shampoo, hair conditioner, ultra facial moisturizer, lip balm &
ashtray created especially for The Carlyle
& shoe bag
control television with VCR
radio with CD/cassette player
bar & breakfast trays
hairdryers, shower & terrycloth bathrobes
that light upon opening the door
bathrooms appointed with whirlpool baths; some have bidets
lamps & vases
- Living Room
- Fitness Center
Food & Beverages
- Carlyle Restaurant
- The Gallery
- Cafe Carlyle
Carlyle Restaurant: An East Side "bastion of urbanity," The
Carlyle Restaurant is an "elegant private escape" for "carriage
trade" clientele offering superb cuisine, posh décor and discrete service.
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 acquisition is extensive
here, with Fores’ English hunting prints and Liliacae engravings by Redoute in
the main dining area all of which contribute to a sense of quiet, understated
luxury. A smaller adjacent dining room is lined in cream and pale blue Fortuny
Breakfast is served from: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Lunch is served from: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner is served from: 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
All menus are a la carte. Seats 100.
Gallery: The Gallery, which leads to the restaurant, is the living room of
the Carlyle. Envisioned by designer Renzo Mangordino 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. Here
guests can enjoy a quick morning bite, a light lunch of salads and entrees, and
daily afternoon tea. The afternoon tea is enhanced by real Devonshire cream
flown in from England.
The Gallery is open Monday to Sunday.
Continental breakfast is served: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The a la carte menu is served: from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Afternoon tea is served: from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Seats 35 in the upper Gallery and 15 in the lower.
Carlyle: The Café Carlyle is one vast whimsical mural by the French artist,
Vertes. Dinners in the Café are served from 7:00 p.m., in tandem with cabaret
entertainment including Bobby Short, practically synonymous with Café Carlyle
for more than 33 years.
Open Monday to Saturday: 7:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The Café serves an a la carte Sunday brunch menu from October through June.
Seats 70 for dinner and 90 for performances.
Bar: Bemelmans Bar is the favorite neighborhood bar where artist/author
Ludwing Bemelmans’ childhood fantasies are given free rein. Bemelmans created
many fine works of art and drawings for children’s books, including Madeline.
Open year around, Monday to Saturday: 11:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Lunch is served from: 12:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Bar snacks and light meals are available from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Entertainment nightly from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Monday to Saturday.
A pianist is on board from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
Check-in / Check-out Policy
Check-in: from 12:00 h
Check-out: until 10:00 h