BACKSTORY: Back in 1904, this beaux arts hotel on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue was called The Hotel Seville because the original owner loved the Spanish city. According to legend, Harpo Marx once worked as a bellboy here and based several skits on his experiences. The Seville was overhauled twice in the mid-1980s, receiving its new name, The Carlton, in 1987.
DESIGN NOTES: The Carlton recently underwent a transformation at the hands of the Rockwell Group, the architecture firm behind the set for Cyndi Lauper’s Broadway show Kinky Boots and Cirque du Soleil’s venue at Walt Disney World. Signature additions include a restored Tiffany-style stained-glass skylight and a vintage bar that was once a favorite of Frank Sinatra’s.
WHAT’S NEW: Late last year, five themed suites were added to the hotel. These include two penthouses—a Corner Pocket Suite with a 1950s Brunswick Centennial pool table and a New Yorker Suite with framed magazine covers of its namesake—and three specialty suites, which include a Broadway Diva Suite, a Terrace Suite and a Speakeasy Suite with a secret bar room and poker table concealed behind a faux bookcase.
SIGNATURE DRINK: In keeping with Bar Millie’s Parisian salon theme, each drink is named for a famous French figure. The Coco Chanel—pear vodka, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice and prosecco—pairs best with oysters from the seafood bar. Watch out for the Marquis de Sade—Jim Beam Devil’s Cut, lillet blanc, cane syrup and bitters—it’s got a bit of a kick.