Here’s what you’ll see in the lobby at The Carlyle hotel this week, whether you’re in residence for 48 hours like the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or taking the shortcut from Madison Avenue to East 76th Street like I did last week.
Why did Britain’s First Family of Royals — or their minders — choose the Carlyle over the half dozen or so other Manhattan hotels that offer celebrated travelers a silky mix of privacy, security and splendor?
My guess is it scored high on the Goldilocks factors and got everything just right.
Built in 1930, The Carlyle is historic without being creaky, luxurious without being ostentatious and cooly nonchalant about its considerable creature comforts, like the Leger paintings in the lobby and the tray tables stashed in guest room closets for breakfast in bed.
The Upper East Side is less frenzied than Midtown. And while no one would call the Carlyle hip, that hasn’t stopped fellow travelers like Roger Federer, the Beckhams and any number of world leaders — the place is crawling with private security when the UN General Assembly opens — from checking in.
Or to put it another way, it’s as close to Claridges as you can get in New York.
I spent a night at the Carlyle a while back, and while I didn’t have one of the suites that double as apartments like Will and Kate no doubt will — a few come with grand pianos — I got a taste of the place. It was yummy. Here’s my post.