I stayed at The Carlyle for a week at the end of August during the U.S. Open. My stay was absoultely wonderful. The hotel offers a true New York experience. Everything makes you feel like you are a resident in a high end apartment, not the guest in a hotel. The staff remembers your name, your room location & your preference for breakfast. Add to that rooms that make you feel truly at home & you've got a great hotel. Yes, the furnishings in the rooms do seem somewhat old-fashioned. The rooms are, however, immaculately clean & quite tranquil. I've stayed at lots of hotels in New York over the years. Some have been cheap & some have been ultra high-end. Without a doubt, The Carlyle was the most wonderful experience I have ever had at a hotel in New York. I would strongly recommend The Carlyle.