Gold Standards: Deco, Royal, and Empire Suites

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  • Jack Smith

The Carlyle
Nowhere in New York is the sense of Manhattan chic more palpable than it is in the three suites that the Carlyle hotel, an Art Deco masterpiece completed in 1930, rebuilt this summer.

For the one-bedroom, $4,000-per-night Deco Suite, New York–based designer Cameron Barnett selected ivory leather chairs, glass cylinder lamps, faux black croc stools, and a whimsical, zebra-striped rug. A custom-built collector’s desk—containing horn-trimmed accessories and paperweights in the shape of Packard convertibles—adds a masculine touch.

The hotel’s $6,000 Royal Suite conjures the intimate feel of a private residence. Set on the 22nd floor, the suite features two bedrooms and baths, a sizable dining room and kitchen, and a living room with lofty ceilings. A fireplace with faux quartz logs warms the living room, where a Steinway piano recalls the days when Bobby Short played in the Café Carlyle.

The Carlyle also hired designer Thierry Despont to create a sensational duplex, one that harks back to the age when the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center were built. Despont upholstered the walls in cashmere, cerused mahogany wood, boiled wool, and ultrasuede. He also engaged a curator from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to compile two dozen of the finest photographs of the construction boom of the 1920s and 1930s. As managing director Jim McBride observes, "The Empire Suite offers our guests a real sense of what makes New York the greatest city in the world."

212.744.1600, www.thecarlyle.com

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