The Carlton Hotel, a 1904 beaux arts hotel in midtown at 88 Madison (and part of the Autograph Collection) has a few surprises up its sleeve. Although, it’s primarily known as preferred stay for the out of town business traveler, there are several reasons to turn this into a NYC Stay Getaway.
The hotel has two main penthouse suite retreats, the Carlton’s Corner Pocket, a 1,050 square foot suite made for a fun escape, and the more romantic 1,050 sq. ft. Carlton’s New Yorker Suite. In the Corner Pocket, there’s a restored 1950s Brunswick Centennial billiards table, wraparound couch, Ralph Lauren leather chair and a massive mahogany bar that sits ready to serve a big chunk of your local friends for an in town night out, to celebrate a business deal, a launch party, or any other reason to throw a private party for a few close friends. On the quieter side of the penthouse equation is the New Yorker Suite, which is where I stayed on my Stay Getaway. The New Yorker suite is made for a special night, with a stunning 12-foot silver Chesterfield sofa and an assortment of interesting furniture, including two porter chairs, crocodile embossed dining table and crystal chandelier. The aura exudes romance and elegance, which is why the private office and bar are tucked away in a separate room.
While the rooms were nicely appointed, the most compelling reasons to escape to this midtown icon are downstairs. The grand lobby hearkens back to a more tuxedoed-era, and the in-house French cuisine restaurant, Millesime, is alone worth the escape. Helmed by a 2 Michelin Star Executive Chef, Chef Laurent Manrique, the menu finds inspiration in the classic French seafood dishes, with food freshly sourced from the local area, and the Sommelier stands at the ready to properly pair your dishes with both French and regional vintages.
After dinner, walk a few steps around the corner from the restaurant to another gem, Bar Bordeaux. Although, it’s only open until 11:00 pm, Bar Bordeaux features a nice collection of mid-level wines and remains undiscovered. We had the bar completely to ourselves, and the several times I have returned to Bar Bordeaux, it has felt like an exclusive enclave. It’s a wonderful find, if you’re looking for that rarest of places in NYC, an uncrowded wine bar.
For more information on the Carlton Hotel NYC, visit: carltonhotelny.com. For Millesime and Bar Bordeaux, visit: millesimenyc.com.