Hotel History

Our New York historic hotel opened in 1904 as the Hotel Seville just before the opening of the New York City subway. It was designed and completed by Harry Allen Jacobs in the Beaux-Arts style and helped turn the neighborhood into one of New York City's most elegant destinations during the early years of the century.

Now, over one hundred years later, designer David Rockwell’s multi-million dollar transformation maintains our New York City historic hotel as the pinnacle of elegance and style in this extraordinary city.

Rockwell’s thoughtful design enhanced our hotel's rich aesthetic tradition without losing any of its old world charm through the integration original interior features and details. Two of our new favorites are the rediscovered Tiffany-style glass skylight on our Mezzanine Level long hidden by layers of paint used to deter air raids during World War II and the lobby bar's vintage bar that was used back in 1912 and has hosted luminaries such as Frank Sinatra.

David Rockwell combined the classic décor including oiled bronze handrails, herringbone patterned wood floors, distressed paneling and antique mirrors with modern updates to create a unique, signature look for our historic luxury hotel in Manhattan. You can see this in one of our most captivating focal points - the lobby’s cascading two-story contemporary waterfall that reveals an oversized vintage black and white photograph of the hotel taken in 1924 as The Seville Hotel.

Carlton on Film

Learn more about The Carlton Hotel's various television and film appearances.