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Secrets of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s swanky New York City hotel

December 3, 2014
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If only the walls could talk! The hotel Prince William and Kate Middleton are visiting on their trip to New York City is atrue historical landmark and has hosted a roll call of A-list stars, royalty,heads of state and presidents.

The pair will be staying at the swanky Carlyle Hotel onMadison Avenue during their three-day stay and PaulaFroelich, editor-in-chief of Yahoo! Travel, says it’s no wonder the royals specifically chose this iconic establishment.

“The hotel is a perfect base for seeing New York as it’sclose to everything — Museum Mile, Central Park and of course, Madison Avenue," said Froelich.

It doesn't hurt that the centrally-located residence boasts a classic, sophisticated style on par with the royals' taste.

“It’s beautiful, understated Art Deco chic and has a reputationfor discretion that has attracted some of the most celebrated names in all fields ofwork for years.”

William and Kate will arrive at The Carlyle on December 7

In fact, the hotel has been known as “the New York WhiteHouse,” as every single American president since Truman has visitedit. John F. Kennedy owned an apartment on the 34thfloor and Marilyn Monroe was reportedly snuck in through a warren of tunnelsafter famously singing "Happy Birthday" to him at Madison Square Garden in 1962.

JFK reportedly reportedly snuck Marilyn Monroe into his suite at The Carlyle

Kennedy’s son, John F. Kennedy Jr., was also a fan of the hotel and was even there havingbreakfast the fateful morning before his tragic plane crash.

Malcolm X held meetings at the hotel, including one wherehe organized the forming of the United Civil Rights Leadership.

The Carlyle attracts the glitterati just as muchpolitical figures. Hollywood flocks there and it has been frequented bystars such as Mick Jagger, LeonardoDiCaprio, Tom Cruise and Victoria Beckham — and mostrecently it was the home of Broadway legend Elaine Strich. Perhaps the biggestfan of the hotel is Woody Allen, who played clarinet inthe Cafe Carlyle virtually every Monday night for two years.

William's mother Princess Diana stayed at The Carlyle while in New York

Prince William’s parents have also used the establishment: the late Princess Diana based herself there whenever she visited New York, and PrinceCharles and wife Camilla stayed in 2005. It certainly has the royal seal of approvalwith monarchs from Denmark, Greece, Spain and Sweden all residing there.

Paula, who’s an expert on New York City as she resides therewhen she’s not travelling for her successful travel series A Broad Abroad, adds:

“William and Kate have a crazybusy schedule while they are in New York, so it’s no surprise they chose theCarlyle as it’s a home away from home. They go come back from their officialengagements and relax in luxury.”

The Carlyle is a residentialhotel and therefore offers the comfortable ambiance of a home with the luxury service of aswanky hotel.

Sophisticated travellers are surroundedby fine taste everywhere, including the hotel'sBemelmans Bar that houses the work of Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the Madelinechil­dren's books. And food is of course impeccable with French classics at TheCarlyle Restaurant.

And after a long trip, pregnant Kate may be tempted by the hotel’sspa that offers massages, facials and every other treatment a tired duchess could dream of.

The suites at The Carlyle have some of the best views of the city

The suites are more than 2,500square foot (much larger than most NewYork apartments) and have separate living rooms, kitchens and some of the bestviews in New York. And the price for such luxury? A whopping $15,000 a night.

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