You can’t beat summer in New York. All the parks host a range of free or affordable activities from open air cinemas to mini festivals and top musicans flock to the music halls to put on a specatclatr show. This month alone sees Rhianna, Billy Joel and Enimen performing in the Big Apple. If you’re heading over this August be sure to stay in style and no where does that better than The Carlyle. Favoured by royals and celebrities alike, it’s an icon in itself.
If you like to shop, visit some galleries and eat great food, The Carlyle couldn’t be better located. Madison Avenue is on your doorstep as is Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. For lunch try Sant Ambroeus at 1,000 Madison Avenue for the best in people watching, aperitifs and food, of course. The MOMA, Guggenheim and Whitney are also walking distance and must-dos if in New York.
Think oversized beds, velvet sofas and lots of crystal lamps. The rooms feel more like a saloon in a 5th Avenue mansion. Take in the amazing views of the city below as you enjoy a glass of bubbles while tucking in to your complimentary fruit platter, sandwiches and petit fours. If you are lucky, you may get a baby grand in your sitting room so you can brush up on your Sinatra classics. This hotel is all about finishing touches and the personally monogrammed pillowcases do just that.
Families, friends and any sort of entourage you may have are welcome with open arms at The Carlyle. The one- and two-bedroom suites have kitchens, twin beds and, best of all, floor to ceiling windows with views of the park. If you need something a little larger, The Empire Suite is a three-bedroom duplex (2,600 square feet of living space) with king-sized beds, four bathrooms, an Apple computer and a private art collection saved for the privileged few.
Stepping through the revolving doors of The Carlyle is an experience that you will never forget. The black granite floors, art deco sofas and the piano tinkling in the background takes you back to the 1930s when the property opened its doors. If you are in the mood for some jazz, head to Café Carlyle. The famed supper club played host to Sutton Foster and Judy Collins and is a regular haunt of film legend Woody Allen. The Bemelmans Bar is also a must-visit. Art deco in its style, sink into the leather banquettes and enjoy the nightly entertainment.
Central Park is a stone’s throw away but if running outside isn’t your thing, take to the 24-hour fitness centre. Post-workout, you will be pleased to know that once in the shower, all of the beauty products are Kiehl’s. Also, if you are travelling with children or pets, the hotel has all your bases covered including in-room baby proofing and babysitting for the little ones and dog beds, pet treats and dog walking for your furry friends.
Lastly, if you want to relax and unwind or get any sort of beauty work done in a flash, head to the Sense Spa. Daily blowouts are a must when in NYC and The Carlyle has this covered at the Yves Durif Salon on the 2nd floor.
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