When it comes to New York City luxury hotels, The Carlyle is clearly among the top three most well-known properties. We put it to the test to see if it lived up to its reputation. And, as The Carlyle is owned and managed by Rosewood, those expectations were high – read on!
The location is über exclusive; occupying a building, with a high, high tower, covering the better part of a block on E76th Street, the hotel is a couple of minutes' walk from Central Park and another few minutes to e.g. The Guggenheim or The Met.
As the most luxurious one-bedroom suites at The Carlyle, the Central Park Tower Suites are king-bed and individually decorated with 1,200 sq. ft. of living space, featuring a large kitchen, corner bedroom and unobstructed views of Central Park. With floor-to-ceiling picture windows, I could not believe how downright incredible my views of the Park and Manhattan skyline were. I even had a baby grand piano.
Through the foyer, the suites are able to connect to a second bedroom offering either one king or two twin beds to create a superb two-bedroom suite. In addition, some of the Central Park Tower Suites can join to another room and become truly grand three-bedroom suites.
There are lots of little memorable touches to take note of here; the most memorable one, clearly, is the fact that every suite guest gets his/her initials embroidered on their pillowcase - to be kept at The Carlyle for the next visit. Can you imagine...?! Loved it. What I couldn't believe was that my own Queen Margrethe of Denmark had slept in the very same bed that I was sleeping in....I had to pinch myself.
However, as much as I adored my suite, I did notice that the suite, as well as the rooms, could do with a bit of a touch up. Everything is immaculately clean, of course, but while a little wear does add character - it can also just seem a little, well, worn; and this is not what you expect at these prices.
The Carlyle Restaurant is eclipsed by the sheer glory of Bemelmans, but the restaurant, as well as the more relaxed Café Carlyle, are still excellent places for a meal in this part of town.