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The Carlton Hotel's New Specialty Suites and Penthouse Renovations Give a Taste of Old New York

The Carlton Hotel, Autograph Collection(R) in Midtown Manhattan has a historic past that is brought to life with the unveiling of three new specialty suites and the revitalization of two penthouse suites, designed by W+CO Design Studio. The Broadway Diva Suite, The Speakeasy Suite and The Terrace Suite are imbued with signature design elements rooted in New York City's past, providing guests with a one-of-a-kind experience. Click here for high-resolution version

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Nov 30, 2012) - The Carlton Hotel, Autograph Collection® in Midtown Manhattan has a historic past that is brought to life with the unveiling of three new specialty suites and the revitalization of two penthouse suites, designed by W+CO Design Studio. The Broadway Diva Suite, The Speakeasy Suite and The Terrace Suite are imbued with signature design elements rooted in New York City's past, providing guests with a one-of-a-kind experience. In addition, the Penthouse suites bring a resurgence of edge, elegance and luxury in Carlton's Corner Pocket and Carlton's New Yorker Suite.

The redesign of the Carlton Hotel's suites pays tribute to the boutique Manhattan hotel's early beginnings. Opened in 1904 as the Hotel Seville, the property was designed by iconic Beaux Arts architect Harry Allen Jacobs. Following a significant renovation, the Seville was renamed Carlton Hotel, and the hotel created the character "Carlton" to communicate with guests and inspire design. This character, Carlton, has a history as rich as the hotel, and this history is brought to life in the new suites. The Carlton Hotel's new luxury hotel suites provide an immersive experience for guests, allowing visitors to journey to memorable time periods in the comfort of their own rooms.

"The Carlton has such a fascinating past and a wealth of interesting stories that we aimed to bring Carlton himself to life," said General Manager Victor Freeman. "Our whimsical new suites will give our guests a chance to enjoy the opulence and craftsmanship of Carlton's New York past, as well as all the comforts of today."

"In keeping with the history of creating themed suites throughout the country, Gemstone Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to bring this concept to the beautiful Carlton hotel," said Jeff McIntyre, principal of Gemstone Hotels & Resorts.

W+CO has created three distinct concepts for the specialty suites, each with eclectic design elements.

"The Carlton has been at the forefront of New York's evolution," said Managing Director Jill Wittnebel. "The neighborhood has changed and transformed many times over, so we wanted to let each suite speak to a different era of the city."

Paying reverence to New York's Golden Age of Broadway, the Broadway Diva Suite reimagines a palatial dressing room ideal for a leading lady in a hit musical. Indulgent and accented by mirrors, playbills, and over-the-top bedding, this suite is an extravagant backstage haven designed to be a luxurious escape from the New York streets.

For those who prefer a well-kept secret, The Speakeasy Suite transports hotel guests to the Prohibition Era for a taste of disobedience. The biggest thrill comes from the hidden back room, attached to the bedroom in the suite. This "secret" door between the bedroom and living room is camouflaged by a classic bookcase and accessible only by a hidden handle. The 1920s décor includes a poker table, a small bar, dark wood paneling and period photos of flappers and G-men. To add to the ambiance of noncompliance, guests of the Speakeasy Suite can also indulge in a selection of alcohol-infused mini cupcakes from Prohibition Bakery (www.prohibitionbakery.com) at turndown.

Finally, The Terrace Suite offers guests a bit of greenery that serves as a private oasis in the city. The suite's living room is accented with a grass cloth wall, ginkgo flower images and a comfortable sofa with chaise lounge and throw pillows. The highlight is the private terrace with a gorgeous view of the Empire State Building. The terrace contains a small umbrella table for dining, a comfortable two-seater lounger and an outdoor rug, all surrounded by hanging plantings and romantic overhead string lighting. As the Manhattan clouds drift by, guests can relax in a lounge chair and contemplate the 106-year history of the hotel.

In addition to its three specialty suites, the luxury hotel in New York has renovated its two penthouse suites using Carlton's Madison Avenue history as inspiration. These adjoining spaces on the luxury hotel's top floor have more than 2,000 total combined square feet and provide the perfect setting for unique New York entertaining. 

Carlton's Corner Pocket is a stylish 1,050 square foot penthouse suite outfitted with refined furniture and entertainment for the sophisticated set. Discerning gentlemen and ladies alike will relish the restored 1950s Brunswick Centennial billiards table, accented with a 24-light, crystal-tiered chandelier. While some guests may enjoy cocktails at the custom-made solid mahogany bar, others can relax at the eight-seat wrap-around luxury sofa or black leather Ralph Lauren club chair, while taking in movies on the 55-inch wall-mounted flat screen.

Carlton's New Yorker Suite ignites the imagination with its collection of artful pieces from around the world. Guests will revel in the menagerie of vintage furniture, including the custom 12-foot Chesterfield sofa in the suite's living room, set of handsomely upholstered Porter Chairs, and a 1960s Italian Art Deco console table in black lacquer with twisted blown Murano glass pipes. In addition, the room boasts a white lacquer crocodile-embossed dining table under a dazzling crystal chandelier. The suite's walls are surrounded by a series of colorful and framed New Yorker magazine covers from the 1920s through today. Other amenities include an additional half bathroom and private office stocked with a bar and barware.

Both penthouse suites feature grand king-size beds complete with six-foot upholstered, tufted headboards, sunken Jacuzzi tubs, double vanities and glass standing showers.

This marks the first phase of further public space renovations at the Carlton. 

Having undergone a multi-million dollar renovation by world renowned architect David Rockwell of The Rockwell Group, The Carlton Hotel blends old world luxury and Beaux-Arts flourishes, with stylish modernism. The Carlton Hotel features one of the city's most beautiful hotel lobbies. The vaulted ceilings, marbled floors, floor-to-ceiling suede paneled walls; soothing waterfall and rich mahogany frame the lobby. Originally designed by Harry Allen Jacobs, and completed in 1904 as The Seville Hotel, The Carlton serves as a historic reminder of New York's elegant past. An inspired fusion of old-world elegance with distinct contemporary energy and glamour, the century-old Carlton's blend of historic and modern design perfectly captures the city's spirit. The Carlton is the second New York City hotel to join the Autograph Collection® by Marriott, a growing ensemble of hotels selected for their distinctive style and ability to provide exclusive experiences to guests. Millesime, deriving from the French word for vintage, is the new restaurant in the Carlton Hotel. An organic collaboration not just by namesake, Millesime is built within the historically landmarked details known in the space, including the exquisite 1904 Tiffany-style glass dome skylight and the extraordinary mosaic floor. Millesime, accessible from the Carlton Hotel's lobby, exists on two floors and offers a menu which draws its inspiration from the classic seafood dishes found throughout France complimented by a variety of specialty cocktails. For more information please visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nyccl-carlton-hotel-autograph-collection/.

Headquartered in Park City, Utah, with offices in Stamford, Conn., Gemstone Hotels & Resorts, LLC, is a full-service management and asset management company that specializes in luxury and upscale urban hotels and complex resorts. The company is engaged in resort and unique hotel marketing and management and asset management for a variety of major hotel real estate investors and owners. Gemstone currently manages or asset manages more than 20 projects. Additional information about the company may be found at www.gemstoneresorts.com.

Marriott's Autograph Collection® is an evolving ensemble of strikingly independent luxury hotels. Each destination has been selected for its bold originality, rich character and uncommon details. From near to far, iconic to historic, the result is a unique array of properties that is nothing less than completely eclectic, nothing short of collectively exceptional. For more information please visit http://www.autograph-hotels.marriott.com/.

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