The Most Requested Room at the Carlyle
The Most Requested Room at the Carlyle.
By Laura Itzkowitz
The most popular room at the legendary New York hotel - and a favourite of celebrities like George Clooney and Princess Diana.
An Upper East Side institution since it opened in 1930, the Carlyle has a long and storied history as one of the world’s leading luxury hotels. Over the years, it has hosted a slew of famous guests, from president John F. Kennedy to George Clooney to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The Carlyle recently celebrated its 85th birthday and served as the setting for Bill Murray’s whimsical Netflix special, A Very Murray Christmas, in which Clooney himself appears. These days the legendary property is just as happening as ever. Stop by any evening and you’ll likely find the iconic Bemelmans Bar packed with well-heeled locals and visitors gabbing over martinis and enjoying live piano music.
So what is the most requested room at this historic hotel? It’s a tough call, as there are many fabulous accommodations, but an elegant suite on the 22nd floor takes the cake. “The Royal Suite is one of our most sought after at the Carlyle,” says Giovanni Beretta, the hotel’s managing director. “You truly feel as if you are stepping into a grand residence and wishing the walls could talk.”
The bespoke two-bedroom suite spans 1,800 square feet and is one of only three suites with 14-foot ceilings. Designed by Alexandra Champalimaud, who has worked on other renowned properties, such as the Waldorf Astoria and Hotel Bel-Air, the suite exudes classic luxury, with a floor-to-ceiling black marble fireplace, built-in bookshelves, beautiful artwork, and precious antiques. In addition to the master bedroom, which has a king bed outfitted in luxe linens, there’s a smaller bedroom with a twin bed, a living room, a dining room, a full kitchen, and two baths. Princess Diana and Michael Jackson were just two of the suite’s many high-profile guests. You, too, can stay in the Royal Suite, for $8,000 per night.