The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel New York City
Just back from an 8 night stay in New York at the Carlyle Hotel. What a great place. We booked a discounted rate for a standard suite on their website. Nice and roomy - everything first class. Service and staff were top notch. I have traveled most of the globe and the Carlyle is among the best I've ever experienced. Don't miss the cabaret show at the Cafe Carlyle (we saw Betty Buckley) or hanging out at the fabulous Bemelmen's Bar with its whimsical drawings. Location is excellent and proximity to Central Park and the Met were great. Expensive - yes, but in comparison in value to staying elsewhere, it was a great experience. If you are going to New York and want a great address to stay at - the Carlyle is a very good bet!
A wonderful experience!
True elegance in the Old Money style. The Concierge and rest of the staff are attentive, courteous and very competent. The housekeeping quickly notices your preferences and adjusts accordingly. We stayed for a week and it already felt like home after only two days. The Carlyle?s location (upper East Side and Madison Avenue) is excellent for shopping and accessing midtown and the theatres. We used room service on several occasions and were impressed with their promptness, quality and tasteful presentation. The hotel is currently under full renovation, of which we were, unfortunately, not forewarned. Our reservation was upgraded to a ?superior? room that was truly spacious (including 2 walk-in closets) with a wonderful king-sized bed. Despite the ambiance and elegant d?cor, one could however not overlook the fact that the room?s ventilation system was loud and the bathroom and bathtub were small. Floor-to-ceiling mirrors in the bathroom could not compensate for its small size. The floors that have been so far renovated (only hallways at this time point) are indeed striking, and we?re looking forward to our next visit once the project is completed.
Classy, sophisticated New york
Fresh, classy spacious (for NYC) room in the Old Money style. Service excellent throughout, including the elelvator operators. Make sure you book Bobby Short if you are there when he plays the Cafe -- this is the most sophisticated, classy, and fun party in town. Still, don't overlok the superb pianist in the Bemelmans Bar, or the other entertainers who might be in town. Fabulous location for Madison Avenue shopping and Upper East Side museums, restaurants, etc.
A few drawbacks: we booked a package, and the desk forgot to tell us (and other guests, evidently) that the tips would be added and billed to us. We wouldn't have minded if we had been told beforehand, and had not left cash tips as we went along. They made an adjustment, but this was a lack of detail on their part. I don't think the youngish staff is used to handling "package" guests.
Also: no coffee makers or ironing boards in the rooms, but what can I say? Their typical clientele has staff for such things.
Still: check the website for good package offers.
One of the finest on the planet!
What a magnificent Hotel! Serivce like I have never seen anywhere else in the world, except maybe the Four Seasons Clift in San Francisco.(and that was in 1991)
My stay was is October, 2003. Food, concierge, beds!!!, real furniture,
Six--count em 6 windows with real views in New York City!!!! Impeccably
decorated!!! Old fashioned but yet modern.
The staff literally takes care of your every need. The concierge rents
the movies your kids want from a video store on Madison Ave. and brings
it to your room. When you check in and out three or four bellmen rush
your luggage to the taxi waiting for you outside the main entrance on
The neigborhood is very safe(almost like a small town) and the hotel
has a feeling of being at home. It is so remarkable, you actually
forget that you are in New York City!
Good but not perfect.
The staff is very friendly and attentive, after a few days the know you. The housekeeping know your preferences. Bar and restaurant are overpriced but nice and good. The management and the the concierge team are world class. The rooms are spacious, for the conditions of New York they are really huge. But the air condition is very loud and the rooms need a renovation.
Among the best hotels in the world
I have stayed at the Carlyle three times and each time I find myself more in love with the place. It is elegant but friendly and the service is the best that I have seen anywhere. The Carlyle gives you the the elegance of a gone by era with all the modern touches. The staff know who you are and after a day or so the place really feels like home. --if only it could be. The food is superb. The best part of any visit to NYC. Frank Bray, Alexandria, VA
New York the way it should be ...
Pre-war (WWII, not Iraq) elegance makes for a peaceful respite from the worries of the world. Hardwood floors with inlaid borders, wonderful bedding, stereo/CD/DVD/VHS with classical music, attentive staff, and friendly residents make this location a temporary home, if only for one night.
The Truth About the Carlyle
My first stay at the Carlyle was during April 2002, and I found it to be among New York's classiest residences (they refer to your room/suite as your apartment) yet there are plusses and minuses of this fine "hotel in transition".
A top new Hotel Manager is updating the Carlyle while retaining its traditional classy elegance.
You'll notice that the Lobby seems old with carpeting needing replacement. Don't let this turn you away from terrific service, excellent food, improving accomodations, and outstanding ambience and location slightly away from the hectic parts of midtown. When I asked the Doorman for a Taxi, he began to run down the street to catch one for me on the corner before I could finish the phrase. I was impressed!
All business rooms include FAX, small kitchen, huge walk-in closet, and great comfortable beds. My bathroom, although fashionably upgraded to marble with a tremendous water flow
in the tub, was woefully small. This is where this grand old dame's age really shows. I'm told upgrades are in progress.
Bemelman's Bar and Cafe Carlyle are the "IN" places to be after 6pm. Catch Bobby Short on the piano while he's still around.
The room service was the best I've ever sampled.
I'll be back soon. Room climate controls were digitally new. Brand new air conditioning was ice cold--important because it was 96 outside during a heat wave. The Carlyle--wow! You'll be pleased!
Manhattan at it's most elegant!
I had the pleasure of living at The Hotel Carlyle with my family and our pet Labrador Retreiver during an extended stay of several months. The hotel was an absolute joy. The staff wonderful, room service exquisite, as was the dining room.The rooms heaven on earth.The is no other hotel in Manhattan to compare.This is Manhattan at it's most elegant.Should I ever decide to live in Manhattan- I'll go to The Carlyle.
The Best of NYC Lodging
Great suites and rooms, great service. This hotel is perfectly located for shopping. The food, room service and dining room are both wonderful. Love Woody Allen in Cafe Carlyle on Monday nights in season. Classy sooo NYC Bemelman's Bar. The staff always makes me feel like I am home. The gym is great and staffed by really knowledgeable people. Even the maids are friendly.
TripAdvisor Reviews The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel New York City
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