style chronicle in new york: the carlyle

While in New York a few weeks ago, I had the privilege of staying at the iconic Carlyle Hotel. Named after Scottish Essayist, Thomas Carlyle, this luxurious New York landmark has been in operation for 80 years.The hotel has housed many high profile and stylish guests over the years including French Vogue Editor Carine Rotfeild, Roger Federer, the late Princess Diana and Mr and Mrs. John F. Kennedy. It is rumored that Marilyn Monroe was escorted through the hotel's service entrance to visit the president after her famous "Happy Birthday" performance at Madison Square Gardens.

A walk through the elegant lobby makes it quite obvious why this hotel has reached it's iconic status. Decorated in the Art-Deco style, the black and white marble floors and sleek yellow upholstered pieces come together to create a breathtakingly glamorous first impression. It is a must see if you are in New York!

In true old-schooled manor, there are uniformed elevator operators that work around the clock to usher guests to and from the luxurious rooms, decorated originally by Dorothy Draper and later updated by the equally legendary Mark Hampton. The rooms are comfortable and relaxed with an understated chic vibe.

The food and drink at the Carlyle are not to be overlooked either. The famous New York watering hole, Bemelman's Bar is housed within the hotel. A storybook of a room, it's walls are covered in murals of wondrous central park, which were painted in 1947 by French artist Ludwig Bemelman, who is best known for the Madeline children's books.

The swank Cafe Carlyle is a New York mainstay for jazz and cabaret. It's walls are swathed in musical murals by French artist Marcel Vertes.

And the Carlyle Restaurant, designed in the English Country house style by Mark Hampton is stimulating both for the palette and for the eyes.

{images: 1,2,4,8 & 9 courtesy of the Carlyle Hotel, image 7 via vanity fair, all others are author's own}

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