Monday, April 13, 2015

HOTEL CHECK NEW YORK, The Carlyle

Our inveterate weekend traveller Ann Jurk enjoys The Carlyle and its peaceful surroundings with her family. New York and class all the way....

The location of this family-friendly hotel is perfect for an educational and recreational visit to the Big Apple. The Hotel is located on Manhattan's Upper East Side (76th street on Madison Avenue) and is only 5 minutes walk to Central Park. 




Lobby

Five star family friendliness

This hotel is absolutely 5 star with lots of individuality and a nice welcome for families. Its 188 accommodations are all differently decorated. I was lucky to see the Roger Federer Suite, unique and very different. The only thing in common to all the room categories is the spaciousness. Lovely Christina Lamoureux and her team had prepared a Superior Suite for us. A charming room with a lot of space. Two bathrooms, one with bathtub and amenities from Kiehl's.


Roger Federer Suite


A room at The Carlyle

The Deluxe suite

The Hotel was built in 1930 and has a long history with famous people living here. I was lucky to stay here at the same time as George Clooney. We didn't meet so I could not offer him a Nespresso or anything like that...

Dining in and around

Surrounding this hotel is a peaceful area with lots of nice restaurants. Just ask the friendly staff in the concierge for recommendations. In the hotel itself we enjoyed an amazing breakfast together with Christina Lamoureux before our hotel inspection.. Even if the breakfast at the Carlyle is expensive I can thoroughly recommend it. Another suggestion is to just cross the street and have breakfast at restaurant “3 Guys”. It is a simple restaurant but you can choose whatever you want for breakfast and don’t forget that the portions are big!

The Carlyle offers 4 food and beverage options;

The Carlyle Restaurant – We had lunch here twice and it is a very elegant but cosy restaurant. High quality of both service and food.
The Gallery for afternoon tea – Unfortunately very busy so we did never try the afternoon Tea, but it looked really tasty.
Bemelmans Bar – Every afternoon we went here for a drink and some small bites to eat. This too is very busy and it can be difficult to find a table. In the bar you can listen to live music.
CafĂ© Carlyle – I just took a look. Famous for its cabaret.

The Carlyle hotel also features Sense Spa (kids are allowed to do treatments). Nice, but I would have appreciated a sauna or a small Jacuzzi. You also find a full service hair salon and a fitness studio.

 How to get to the Carlyle

Flying with United Airlines to Newark Liberty is a nonstop flight from Stockholm. Good service and really nice food in business class, and the flatbeds were nice and comfortable. I had pre-booked transfer and we were picked up in a gorgeous SUV. The drive took 45 minutes to The Carlyle. The driver gave us a nice introduction to New York.

Ann Jurk

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