Historic property to continue tradition of offering special teas set to the classic storybooks

NEW YORK, NY – 2012-10-9 — / — The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel announces its new fall and winter line-up for the famous Madeline Tea series. The beloved children’s books will be brought to life by veteran storyteller, Tina de Varon, as she plays the piano and sings along with children and parents alike to tell the adventures of Madeline. It’s the perfect opportunity to spend time with your family in the famed Bemelmans Bar, which houses the only public surviving work of Ludwig Bemelmans, author and illustrator of the Madeline storybook series.

The Madeline Tea begins on Saturday, November 3 and continues every Saturday until December 22. There are two seatings lasting approximately two hours each, the first at 10:00 am and the second at 12:45 pm. The cost is $70 per person (adults and children); $35 for children under three. Tax and gratuity is not included. Pricing includes entertainment and buffet featuring assorted child-friendly items. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly at 212.744.1600 or via email

Standing at the corner of 76th Street and Madison Avenue, The Carlyle has been an enduring landmark for East Side social life since 1930. The internationally acclaimed hotel has always been ranked amongst the best in the world, and was named Top Hotel in New York City in Travel + Leisure’s 500 World’s Best Hotels list in 2010 and one of the top 20 U.S City Hotels by Harper’s Hideaway’s 2007, 2008 and 2009 Reader Survey. The Carlyle’s new Sense, A Rosewood Spa® was named one of the top 50 Hottest Spas of 2009 by Conde Nast Traveler. The Carlyle is a 35-story, 188-room hotel that has long understood the aesthetic sensibilities of its clientele and is surrounded by galleries, designer boutiques and the city’s most popular art museums. Embracing a passion for the arts, pianos grace many of the suites, and most tower rooms have views of Central Park. Follow the latest news through the hotel’s social media channels on twitter @TheCarlyleHotel or

Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts® manages one-of-a-kind luxury properties in the world’s most desired destinations. Rosewood properties embrace the company’s A Sense of Place® philosophy, reflecting the history, architecture, scale and sensibilities of the destination. The Rosewood collection includes some of the most legendary hotels and resorts in the world, including Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek® in Dallas, The Carlyle in New York, Rosewood Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, as well as contemporary classics such as Rosewood Sand Hill® in California, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende® in Mexico, and Rosewood Tucker’s Point in Bermuda. Rosewood also offers Sense® spa – featuring treatments reflective of the location’s culture and natural environment – available exclusively at select properties.

A favorite neighborhood bar of Upper East Siders and visitors alike, Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle is a special hideaway where artist and author Ludwig Bemelmans’ whimsical drawings come to life. Best remembered for his beloved Madeline series of classic children’s books, Bemelmans was commissioned in 1947 to paint the large-scale murals to depict all four seasons in famed Central Park. Restored in 2002 by designer Thierry Despont, the bar maintains its Art Deco legacy with chocolate-brown leather banquettes, nickel-trimmed black glass tabletops, a dramatic black granite bar and a 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling. Featuring the only surviving Bemelmans’ commissioned art open to the public, the bar combines wit and coziness in unique New York style. Open all year with live music every evening, Bemelmans is open from Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Sunday from noon to midnight. Named in honor of the legendary artist, Bemelmans is a classic New York watering hole that has drawn socialites, politicians, movie stars and moguls for more than five decades.



Jennifer Cooke
Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
T: 212.570.7143