An age-old, celebrity-studded standby for those seeking an elegant NYC escape.
Old money, charm and solicitude with discretion 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 (usually 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 relaxation, on-site Sense spa occupies two floors and 4,000 square feet.