Previous to beginning our journey to Europe, we determined to spend one night time in New York. That’s as a result of we have been flying from New York to Milan, and with how unreliable air journey is true now, we needed to go away a little bit of a buffer, with out simply sitting at JFK all day
So we determined to fly to New York a day early, and keep at The Carlyle, a Rosewood Resort. This iconic Higher East Facet property has so much going for it, together with lately renovated rooms and well-known meals & beverage shops. Let’s get into the evaluation.
Reserving The Carlyle New York
Charges at The Carlyle fluctuate considerably all year long, and likewise rely upon what promotions can be found at a given time. Normally you possibly can anticipate entry stage rooms right here to begin at wherever from $600 to $1,500 per night time (give or take), relying on the season, day of week, and many others.
Since The Carlyle belongs to luxurious lodge group Rosewood, the easiest way to e book a keep right here is thru the Rosewood Elite program. That is Rosewood’s program for choose journey brokers, and can be the easiest way to e book just about any Rosewood keep. These reserving by Rosewood Elite obtain a room improve topic to availability, a $100 meals & beverage credit score, complimentary breakfast for 2, and many others.
Normally you’re higher off reserving by Rosewood Elite than by packages like Amex Nice Resorts & Resorts, as upgrades and prioritized for these reserving by Rosewood’s personal program.
Entry stage charges for our one night time keep have been round $800. For what it’s value, Ford books fairly a couple of purchasers right here, and we received a journey agent fee, which was round half that. Nevertheless, it didn’t embrace breakfast or a lodge credit score, so for our one night time keep the distinction wouldn’t have been that massive.
The Carlyle New York location
The Carlyle is situated on the Higher East Seat, on 76th Road between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue.
The property has 35 flooring, so it towers over most close by buildings (the lodge has each 189 rooms plus 60 personal residences, so all 35 flooring aren’t lodge rooms).
So far as location goes, personally my choice is to be wherever however Midtown, because it’s too chaotic for me. So I’m joyful to remain on the Higher East Facet, for the quiet space, good strolling alternatives, and proximity to Central Park (you’re lower than two blocks away). I’m additionally joyful staying Downtown, although. In fact everybody has totally different preferences there.
The Carlyle New York check-in & foyer
The Carlyle New York has a reasonably fundamental foyer. There’s an entrance with the concierge and bell desk to the precise, after which down a few stairs is the principle foyer space. The foyer has a few loveseats after which the reception desk.
Simply down the corridor is a small sitting space by the elevators with a fire. Within the evenings they even had candles right here, which was a cute contact.
Our check-in expertise was fast and environment friendly, and the entrance desk agent checking us in was pleasant. We have been every given a small card, and have been informed to indicate this on the property’s meals & beverage shops for precedence seating.
The elevators have been proper close to reception, and have been fairly enjoyable and old-fashioned, and even had seats in them.
The Carlyle New York premier room
We have been assigned a premier king room on the twelfth flooring. That is two classes above the entry stage room, as rooms right here go from superior (360 sq. ft), to deluxe (375 sq. ft), to premier (450 sq. ft). All rooms have been renovated as of 2021, after a 3 yr transformation.
The room was beautiful — it was spacious and trendy, whereas nonetheless having plenty of touches that reminded you the place you have been. The room had a protracted entryway with the toilet to the precise, a closet to the left, and the remainder of the room straight forward.
Our premier room had a cushty king dimension mattress with nice pillows, and a desk with a chair over by the window. There was additionally a stool there, in order that two folks may probably dine collectively in case you order room service.
Alongside the wall reverse the mattress a TV plus a desk with some drawers.
Alongside the wall closest to the doorway was the minibar, which had a espresso machine, plus a wide range of drinks and snacks for buy.
The room had a reasonably good view — particularly in Midtown you usually get caught in a room the place your solely view is into one other constructing 30 ft away, so it was good to have such a sprawling view.
The Carlyle actually did a considerate job with the renovations. For instance, the bedsides had each AC and USB energy shops, which so many accommodations don’t have.
I additionally cherished all of the little touches with the design.
Again close to the doorway was the toilet, which had a walk-in bathe, a tub, a sink, and a rest room. As somebody who’s a non-bathtub fan I’d somewhat they’d double sinks and extra counter area, however I notice lots of people have a powerful choice for rooms with bathtubs.
Toiletries have been from each Diptyque and Kiehl’s, and have been beautiful.
As talked about above, there was a closet again close to the doorway, which was a great place to retailer our baggage.
A few hours after checking in we have been introduced a welcome amenity, consisting of a bottle of cabernet sauvignon and black and white cookies. Yum. I’ll have eaten all of these cookies. Don’t inform Ford, although.
The Carlyle New York Bemelmans Bar
The Carlyle is arms down most well-known for its meals & beverage shops, and a kind of is Bemelmans Bar. After I informed my dad we have been staying at The Carlyle, the very first thing he introduced up was this bar, so clearly it has fairly a fame.
The bar opened in 1947, and options murals by Ludwig Bemelmans, who created the Madeline kids’s books. The murals are presupposed to depict Central Park throughout 4 seasons, and embrace Madeline. Bemelman allegedly lived at The Carlyle for 18 months hire free together with his household whereas portray the mural.
Anyway, the bar has a pianist nightly at 5:30PM, in order somebody who loves stay music, we went round that point. We had no points getting a desk, and whereas there’s normally a $10 per particular person cowl cost when there’s a piano participant, we weren’t charged (presumably as a result of we have been lodge friends?).
Anyway, you possibly can discover the Bemelmans Bar menu right here. Ford and I every had certainly one of their martinis. Whereas they’re not low cost (~$21-35), they have been wonderful, and have been fairly massive, provided that they every got here with a carafe that had extra to drink. The snacks have been wonderful as nicely.
The Carlyle New York Dowling’s at The Carlyle
Dowling’s at The Carlyle is the property’s all-day eating restaurant. The restaurant’s govt chef is Sylvain Delpique (previously from 21 Membership), and it’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There’s a lounge space simply outdoors the restaurant, after which the restaurant itself is especially one massive room.
It’s a fantastically appointed restaurant, although I’d observe that it has zero pure mild (which is true of all of the shops on the property). So bear in mind in case you’re photo voltaic powered. 😉
We had breakfast on the restaurant, and you may discover the breakfast menu right here. Ford had an iced latte, whereas I had scorching filter espresso.
To eat, I had the Higher East Facet bagel, with smoked salmon, whipped cream cheese, dill, caper, and pickled onion.
Ford had the avocado toast with poached eggs.
The Carlyle New York Cafe Carlyle
Cafe Carlyle is The Carlyle’s cabaret membership, and it has fairly a powerful checklist of performers. For instance, throughout our keep David Foster and Katharine McPhee have been performing, however the membership will get all types of different well-known expertise, and you may discover the complete checklist of performances right here.
You do usually have to purchase tickets prematurely, and there’s additionally a costume code, so we didn’t go right here. But it surely appears to be widespread with lodge and non-hotel friends alike. For what it’s value, you possibly can discover the dinner menu right here.
The Carlyle New York spa & fitness center
The Carlyle has a spa and 24/7 health heart on the third flooring. The fitness center itself was adequate however somewhat fundamental.
The Carlyle additionally has a Valmont Spa. Whereas we didn’t get any remedies, you possibly can discover the spa menu right here. The spa appears to be fairly widespread with locals, primarily based on the folks I noticed checking out and in on the spa whereas going to the fitness center.
The Carlyle is an iconic Higher East Facet lodge with renovated and splendid rooms, pleasant service, and a few killer meals & beverage shops. If you happen to like staying on the Higher East Facet, and in case you’re a fan of “outdated world” piano bars and jazz golf equipment, then this property is for you. The one downsides are the fitness center, the small foyer, and the final lack of pure mild within the meals & beverage shops (although that matches with the vibe).
It’s attention-grabbing to me how this compares to the Park Hyatt New York, some of the widespread factors accommodations in New York, because the accommodations are mainly precisely the alternative by way of their execs and cons. The Park Hyatt has an incredible fitness center and pool, that are the 2 issues this lodge lacks. In the meantime the Park Hyatt can’t even get a restaurant to open in it, so it’s completely lifeless as a “social hub.”
What do you make of The Carlyle, and what’s your favourite luxurious lodge in NYC?