Old School New York: Always At The Carlyle + The Best Shoes for Fall

There is no hotel in the world quite like The Carlyle in New York.   

Located on the Upper East side, the Carlyle first opened in 1930 and since that time has been the epitome of glamour and sophistication.  

If you’re a fan of old movies from the 1930s and 40s like I am (and even if you’re not) you will feel like you have stepped back in time to a world of white tablecloths, champagne cocktails and gracious elevator doormen that escort every hotel guest to their floor.  

If you close your eyes, you can imagine Myrna Loy and William Powell walking through the revolving door in the lobby at any moment, dressed in fur coats, Asta in tow (IYKYK).  

Although the Carlyle counts the rich and famous among its patrons, they make every guest feel special.  The hotel is intimate and luxurious, but not pretentious.  

Be sure to experience Bemelmans Bar, Cafe Carlyle (Steve Tyrell performance in December is a must, once it reopens), Yves Durif hair salon, and Sunday brunch in the main dining room.  Bemelmans is named for the murals that cover its walls by Ludwig Bemelmans, writer and illustrator of the beloved Madeline children’s books, and it is the most charming, cozy yet elegant bar in all of New York.

And there’s even more reason to visit The Carlyle this Fall, as the hotel is set to reopen their restaurant after undergoing months of renovations. According to the New York Post:

“…Madeline will get an even bigger spotlight next month, when the Carlyle’s restaurant, renamed Dowling’s, reopens. Five never-before-seen Ludwig Bemelmans artworks that evoke the sophisticated playfulness of the Madeline children’s books will grace the walls of the eatery.

It’s part of a $120 million renovation that began before the pandemic and included a total redo of the restaurant and a revamp of the hotel’s 190 rooms. While the designs are modern — thanks to Tony Chi and other designers — there are some Art Deco touches inspired by The Carlyle’s original designer, Dorothy Draper. “

From the New York Post

I also love the shopping close to the hotel, including the best drugstore, Zitomer, across the street.  

  • And to fully round out your old school New York weekend:
  • Eat here: La Grenouille, classic French restaurant with the most amazing flowers you’ve ever seen. Great for ladies lunch or dinner.
  • Wear these: Scroll down for a few suggestions on Fall shoe shopping!


Clockwise from top left:

  1. I have worn boots to work in the winter months more times than I care to count over the years, but I can attest that these Loeffler Randall ankle boots are the most durable and comfortable and look great with both pants and skirts.
  2. I resisted the clog trend for a long time, but finally figured if you can’t beat them, join them. I recently bought these Veronica Beard clogs and have worn them non-stop.
  3. Comfy Weekend wear: Rag and Bone ankle boots
  4. Absolute favorite boots with jeans: Isabel Marant boots
  5. Workhorse shoes for the office: Manola Blahnik pumps
  6. Wearing these on my upcoming trip to Paris for sightseeing: J. Crew sneakers
The iconic revolving door
Brand new coffee table book about The Carlyle, by Assouline
George Clooney in the excellent documentary, Always at The Carlyle talking about his affection for the hotel. Btw, as if we needed another reason to love him, I am pretty sure that is a shot glass in his left hand.
On the Rocks (2020) - IMDb
On the Rocks, starring Bill Murray, Rashida Jones, and Bemelmans
The glamorous lobby
Myrna Loy, WIlliam Powell and Asta
One of my favorite scenes from The Thin Man
Bemelman”s Bar, quite simply the best bar in the entire world.
.                   The Kennedys were frequent guests at the Carlyle, often referred to as the “New York White House”

Living room off the lobby

Carlyle Dining Room, currently undergoing renovation but reopening on October 12!
Room at the Carlyle
Zitomer Pharmacy, across the street from the Carlyle and worth a visit
Scented candle from the Carlyle
The original Carlyle coffee table book, also by Assouline
Beautiful La Grenouille

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