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The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel
This beloved institution is ideal for those seeking an old-school NYC escape.
Old money, sophistication and discreet solicitude mark this hotel as a favorite of the well-heeled and well-bred. It's located on arguably the ritziest shopping street on the planet, teeming with high-end boutiques and galleries, and provides sweeping views of Central Park. Only 188 of the rooms in the building are used as hotel accommodation. The rest are residential, which is why the place has such a comfortable air. A graceful fireplace, crystal wall sconces, Aubusson carpets and Gobelins tapestries set the tone.
The artfully designed guest rooms are individually and luxuriously decorated with antiques (mainly French) and fine fabrics. The hotel hasn't ignored the 21st century entirely, though. There are iPod docking stations in every room, and the state-of-the-art fitness center offers personal trainers. Marble bathrooms boast whirlpool tubs, thick terrycloth robes and Kiehl's toiletries. Adding to the property's grand appeal is The Carlyle Restaurant, where French-influenced American cuisine is served in the atmosphere of an English manor house. For additional wining and wining, venues include the intimate Café Carlyle, where Woody Allen regularly plays with the Eddy Davis New Orleans jazz band, and the legendary Bemelmans Bar, with its iconic murals by celebrated illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans. For relaxation, The Sisley-Paris Spa occupies two floors. Meeting spaces are elegant, and the hotel has long been a favorite for society weddings.
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