Since first opening its doors in 1930, this 35-story, 192-room hotel has become more than just a place to stay; it is a living piece of the city's rich history.
Diane Ginsberg Jaffe, daughter of The Carlyle's founder, named the hotel after the British essayist Thomas Carlyle. From presidents to celebrities, The Carlyle has been the unofficial New York home for countless prominent figures over the decades. Just outside its doors, Central Park beckons visitors, while the allure of Madison Avenue's galleries and boutiques lies around the corner.
The elevator lobby displays two 17th century Jan Weenix murals, acquired in the 1940s, that still cast a spell today. Legendary designers like Dorothy Draper, Mark Hampton and Thierry Despont have each left their mark on The Carlyle's aesthetic over the years. And then there's the Bemelmans Bar, where Ludwig Bemelmans himself painted whimsical murals that remain the only public display of his work.
Luxury permeates every detail at The Carlyle. While rooms whisper tales of history, contemporary touches by Alexandra Champalimaud add modern elegance. Little indulgences like the heavenly, custom-blended Honeysuckle soap wrapped in monogrammed pillowcases evoke a bygone era. Over 1,200 of these pillowcases are handcrafted each year for guests to take home - over 2,500 bars of soap, too!
Music is the lifeblood of The Carlyle. With over 20 suites featuring Steinway or Baldwin grand pianos, melodies spill through the halls day and night. At Café Carlyle, the ghosts of Bobby Short and Eartha Kitt live on in song. And Bemelmans Bar, with impromptu concerts by stars like Bono and Mariah Carey, mixes classics cocktails with timeless memories.
The Carlyle is more than a hotel; it's an experience. Every moment within its storied halls and elegantly appointed rooms is a living piece of New York history just waiting to be savored.
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