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Live Royally in New York City at The Carlyle - The Royal Suite
April 3, 2008By: Courtney W. May
The CarlyleI recently traveled to New York City on business, and of course in my line of work, I stayed in three hotels over the course of five nights. One of those properties was The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel, located on Madison Avenue at 76th Street. The hotel strives for a "private residential atmosphere" and they more than succeed. The dedication to creating that feeling is demonstrated by the Managing Director choosing to live on the property with his family.

I was spoiled like a princess at The Carlyle in the hotel's "Royal Suite" - room 2209. The Carlyle Hotel Royal Suite - #2209 FloorplanThe Royal Suite is located on the 22nd floor along with three other suites and is a short ride with the white-gloved elevator operator from the lobby. The Carlyle's Royal Suite floor-plan (click on the image at right) doesn't do justice to how spacious the Royal Suite actually feels. After stepping inside, I thought I had entered into someone's Park Avenue apartment with gorgeous hardwood floors, area rugs, and fabric wall coverings.

According to The Carlyle -

    With just 187 rooms and suites distributed among the hotel's 60 residential apartments, The Carlyle offers the exclusive ambience of an Upper East Side pied-a-terre. The Royal Suite is an elaborate two-bedroom suite offers 1,700 square feet of living space and features both a king-bedded and twin-bedded bedroom. There is a full kitchen, dining room for six, two marble bathrooms, a double-high ceiling in the raised living room, grand piano and mantle fireplace. This suite is located on the 22nd floor and features views sweeping skyline and East River views. Tastefully appointed and individually decorated by Alexandra Champalimaud, the Royal Suite features original hardwood floors, area rugs, luxurious fabrics and linens, and unique artwork adorning its walls.

The Carlyle Hotel Royal Suite - #2209 Living Room ViewThe hotel's description fails to mention that from the kitchen, dining room, and master bedroom you can see views of New York's Central Park - and that these impressive views are from windows which open all the way ... without screens or safety nets. I loved it, but I can imagine it would be terrifying for others.

The Carlyle Hotel Royal Suite - #2209 2nd BedroomAfter wandering through the suite for a half hour, I called friends of mine who live in New York and invited them to share the second bedroom of the suite. I thought they might enjoy the extra space! The suite easily fits four adults or two adults and two children. The sofas are not pull-out for sleeping, but I can admit that I did take a small nap in one accidentally.

The Carlyle Hotel Royal Suite - #2209 Stairway to Living Room I honestly have nothing but wonderful things to say about The Carlyle's Royal Suite and amenities. The suite has a very regal feel with rich colors, black marble and deep woods – but the large open windows, mirrored walls, and high ceilings keep it from being oppressive. The standard published rack rate for the Royal Suite is $6000 USD per night for 2 adults (I personally did not pay that much!). The Carlyle Hotel Royal Suite - #2209 2nd BathroomThe most standard, basic rooms at The Carlyle start at $755 USD per night for two adults. Just for comparison sake, the hotel's most spectacular suite is the 2600 square foot duplex on floors 28 and 29 which features three bedrooms, full park views in the tower and is $15000 USD per night.

Below are more photos I took during my stay in the Royal Suite as well as two that the hotel provides as the stock photography for the suite presentation. The Carlyle Hotel Royal Suite - #2209 Living RoomThe representation is very accurate.

My picture of the living room area from the top of the stairs - looking towards the fireplace to the right, piano straight ahead, desk and television to the left. (I wish I had a better camera or lighting for this one).

The Carlyle Hotel Royal Suite - #2209 Master Bedroom The main bedroom with king bed, door to the right, standing in the bathroom doorway. There was an iPod docking station, multiple closets, television, great views, and of course slippers and robes for two.

The Carlyle Hotel Royal Suite - #2209 Masterbath The main bedroom's bathroom is pictured with open French doors looking towards the sink area straight ahead, shower and toilet to the left, sunken tub to the right.

The Carlyle Hotel NYC Royal Suite - Dining Area The Carlyle Royal Suite dining area - the mini bar is in the cabinets and six person dining table is in the middle of the room to the left.

The Carlyle Hotel Royal Suite - #2209 Grand Piano The working grand piano located in the living room area.

The 2 stock photos provided by the hotel ...

The Carlyle Royal Suite Living Room New York The Carlyle Royal Suite Bedroom New York City - Stock Photo

Don't forget - Guests who make their reservations through Five Star Alliance for The Carlyle will receive a special welcome gift upon check-in, a $50.00 food and beverage credit as well as a complimentary in-room continental breakfast daily for up to two guests.

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