FINDING CONTEMPORARY LUXURY AT THE CARLYLE NEW YORK
If there is one word that we’ve heard a lot when it comes to hotels and hotel design the last few years, it’s ‘residential’. Hotel rooms have a ‘residential feel’, evoke ‘the sense of an elegant residence’, and ‘abound with residential touches’.
We’re not always sure what that means, but there are few places that can lay claim to the term – and where even we would be tempted to use it – like The Carlyle in New York. On Madison and 76th, a block from Central Park on the Upper East Side, it feels far from frantic, tourist-mad, midtown.
The lobby, with its gleaming black marble floors and mustard yellow sofas, feels more like the cooperative (to use New York real estate parlance) of a very well to do friend than a hotel. Upstairs, each floor of the 1930 brick building has private apartments, owned by actual residents that live in the hotel. Aside from your average guest checking in and out after a few nights, the hotel has various options for extended stays that can last months.
Given the setting and the history of the hotel, you’d expect the 193 rooms and suites to lean towards a more classic design – and they do (though we are eager to see what Tony Chi, who will oversee an overhaul of the majority of the accommodation starting from early next year, has in mind). But thinking that’s all you’ll find would be a mistake, with many of the suites having very different, individual, décor – just one example being the unexpectedly contemporary suite 3006.
A two-bedroom suite that used to be a private residence, suite 3006 was bought back by the hotel last year and given a look that wouldn’t be out of a place in a Soho loft. Dark hardwood floors contrast with crisp white walls with contemporary art and the giant vintage Gancia ad in the living room. An easel in the corner holds the flatscreen TV, two tall mirrors leaning against the back wall reflect the view towards Central Park South.
With a triple exposure (north, south, east), the views are pretty stunning in every direction. One bedroom combines dark wood and leather for a more masculine touch, while the other mixes pale blue and white.
This being a former residence, there is not only a dining area off of the living room, but a full kitchen as well.
Such space on Manhattan does come at a price, which for this particular suite is around $8,000 a night (about £5,200 / €7,300 at the moment). We’ll keep you posted as more details on the Tony Chi renovation become available.
[Photos: The Carlyle, LE Miami]