By Christopher A. Pape
The Carlton hotel, part of the Autograph Collection’s distinctive portfolio, is an iconic property located on Madison Avenue and 29th Street in the heart of Manhattan. The 317-room historic hotel, which originally opened in the early 20th century as the Hotel Seville, is paying tribute to its early beginnings with the creation of three new specialty suites and the revitalization of its two penthouse suites, all debuting this fall.
Designed by W+CO Design Studio, The Broadway Diva Suite, The Speakeasy Suite, and The Terrace Suite each provide guests with a unique experience, bringing signature elements of New York history and lifestyle to the suites’ designs. With these new suites, guests are able take a step back in time, as the ambiance and atmosphere capture the essence of their bygone eras. In addition, the two penthouse suites bring a resurgence of edge, elegance and luxury to the hotel.
Paying reverence to New York’s vibrant theatre district and the birthplace of Broadway, the Broadway Diva Suite stirs up images of the palatial dressing rooms for a leading lady of a hit show. The suite encompasses the feel of a backstage haven designed as a tranquil escape from the bustling city streets, while the Speakeasy Suite transports guests to the Prohibition years for taste of disobedience. The ambiance assimilates many elements that reflect the 1920’s décor including a tommy gun displayed in a cabinet, poker table and a small bar, among others. The Terrace Suite gives guests a bit of greenery for a private oasis in the city with a terrace overlooking the Empire State Building. The suite’s living room is accented with a grass cloth wall, a rolling bar cart and a comfortable sofa with chaise lounge and throw pillows.
The Carlton has also restyled its two penthouse suites, adjoining spaces on the hotel’s top floor with more than 2,000 total combined square feet. One is a stylish 1,050 square foot penthouse outfitted with refined furniture and entertainment for the sophisticated set. Discerning gentlemen and ladies alike will relish the restored 1950s Brunswick Centennial billiards table, accented with a 24-light crystal tiered hanging chandelier. Lastly, the adjoining penthouse suite ignites the imagination with its menagerie of eclectic furniture, including the custom 12-foot Chesterfield sofa and a 1960s Italian Art Deco console table in black lacquer. The suite’s walls are surrounded by a series of colorful and framed New Yorker magazine covers from the 1920s through today providing guests with a look into the past.
The luxury property features one of the city’s most beautiful hotel lobbies and boasts over 6,000 square feet of meeting space. Millesime, French for vintage, is a vibrant seafood brasserie within The Carlton hotel, helmed by 2-Michelin starred Chef Laurent Manrique. •
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