New York City – The Carlyle

New York City - The Carlyle

This landmark on the Upper East Side has been an elite Manhattan establishment since 1930. Originally designed by Dorothy Draper, it was revamped by Thierry Despont in 2002, when the 188 rooms and suites were given contemporary touches while retaining their classic elegance. The art collection includes renderings by Piranesi and Audubon prints, as well as murals by Ludwig Bemelmans (creator of the Madeline books) in the Bemelmans Bar. There’s a great spa and three restaurants, including the renowned CafĂ© Carlyle.

X-factor The service is famously discreet. For many years it remained a secret that this was where JFK stayed with Marilyn Monroe.