A perennial favorite around the Departures office for its impeccable service and luxe Kiehl’s bathroom amenities. With Central Park as a front yard, all The Carlyle needs to do is keep its windows clean—which it does, and on top of that this Upper East Side hotel offers a refined decor: wool carpets, Regency furniture and wonderful Frette bed linens.
Room to Book: Deluxe Tower Rooms, especially 3307 and 2307 for their views of Central Park and downtown Manhattan, respectively. Deluxe Tower Rooms start at $1,300; 35 E. 76th St.; 212-744-1600; rosewoodhotels.com.
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