Classic, $199-$399; superior, $229-$429; deluxe, $259-$459; suite, $550-$950; presidential suite, $2,500
6 at 28th St.; N, R, W at 28th St.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Built in 1904 as the Beaux-Arts Seville Hotel, the Carlton spent the last few decades as a decaying mid-range property before undergoing a total renovation at the turn of this century. Sixty million dollars later, the transformation is stunning: All 316 rooms and suites have been refurbished, 17,000 square feet have been added, and a relocated, three-story lobby now faces Madison Avenue. With flattering low-lighting and a rich palette of mahoganies, golds, and creams, the hotel glows from within, casting everyone inside in a romantic haze. Rooms range from small fulls and standard queens to well-sized kings and suites, and feature high-end touches not found in many higher-priced hotels. There’s complimentary in-room wi-fi, Apple iHome systems with iPod docks, Molten Brown toiletries, and comfortable beds dressed in Frette linens. Another perk: Room service hails from Country, Geoffrey Zakarian’s exceptional two-level lobby restaurant topped by an early-1900s Tiffany-style glass dome rediscovered during the restoration. Like the Carlton itself, the surrounding, mainly residential neighborhood has also cleaned up nicely of late and now offers a quiet, central location for both business and leisure travelers. With all the renovations, prices are no longer as much of a steal as before, but the hotel’s charms and perks make it worth the splurge.Pros
The rooms are attractive, and the location is convenient.
Not a lot of conveniences in the surrounding blocks; no spa or fitness center.
Built in 1904 and recently renovated by esteemed architect David Rockwell, the Carlton blends turn-of-the-century elegance and modern design. It can host receptions for up to 200 guests and offers extra incentives like spa discounts for couples who fill their room blocks with the Gettin’ More When Gettin’ Hitched package.