Classic room, $755; superior room, $855; deluxe room, $975; premier room, $1,135; tower premier, $1,275; classic suite, $1,375; superior suite, $1,485; deluxe suite, $1,900; premier suite, $2,100; Carlyle suite, $2,500; specialty suite, $4,000; two-bedroom suite, $2,250-$6,000; tower suite, $5,000; three-bedroom tower suite, $15,000
6 at 77th St.
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Built by noted architects Bien & Prince and named for British essayist Thomas Carlyle, this charming, quietly elegant hotel has been a city mainstay since 1930. Uniformed elevator operators whisk guests up to spacious Empire- and Art Deco-style rooms decorated by Dorothy Draper, and later updated by noted designer Mark Hampton. Done-up in shades of red, blue, pale yellow or cream, with Audubon, Piranesi or Kips prints on the walls, rooms feel like private Upper East Side apartments—classic, comfortable, refined. Personal fax machines, wireless connections, DVD and iPod docking stations qualify the Carlyle as high-tech, but it is their unique and luxurious amenities that truly standout: Custom-made Limoge ashtrays, Kiehl’s beauty products, breakfast trays and, in many suites, terraces and grand pianos. The discreet, knowledgeable staff has expertly catered to generations of regulars, including celebrities, Presidents and royalty; notable names have also lived in the Carlyle’s residential section, where apartment owners enjoy the same perks as hotel guests. Tuxedo-ed men and bejeweled women enjoy fine French cuisine at Carlyle Restaurant; lighter fare in the Turkish-themed Gallery; drinks among the whimsical murals of Bemelman’s Bar; and classic entertainment in the famed Café Carlyle.
Multiple rooms, park-view terraces and grand pianos make suites better outfitted than most New York apartments; the incredible sense of history—and the long-time staffers’ stories—bring the city’s past to life.
Travelers looking for a trendy scene may find The Carlyle a little stuffy.
Claim to Fame
In addition to hosting countless celebrities (including Princess Diana), The Carlyle’s cafe has long featured quintessentially New York musical acts like Bobby Short and Woody Allen.
Famous for its Art Deco style and old-time New York glamour, the Carlyle has been a classic since it first opened in 1930. Its two French-inspired suites—the Versailles and the opulent Trianon—make for especially elegant wedding venues. As part of the deal, guests are treated to passed hors d’oeuvre, a full bar, and a choice of entrées. From $195 per person.