A fun, fascinating documentary about one of the most legendary hotels in the world, ALWAYS AT THE CARLYLE is loaded with history and movie stars.
In the heart of New York City, The Carlyle has hosted decades of Presidents, film stars and the well-to-do.
Writer/Director Matthew Miele does a superb job interviewing the hotel staff, many of whom have been on the job for most of their lives.
George Clooney, Jeff Goldblum, Wes Anderson, Anthony Bourdain and many more share their favorite experiences, most of which are loaded with humor and appreciation for the sheer old world class of the property.
It's sad when you hear one gentlemen sharing that he's retiring because the basic decency, appreciation and personal contact that he's thrived on for a half century has been replaced by the self centered, faces buried in phones, lack of personal service world that's left him behind.
It's melancholy to hear him talk about this change, making you feel the loss of personal interaction that used to be the norm.
I doubt if I'll ever stay at The Carlyle. I'd love to, and after seeing this I went online to see what a room costs. Yeah, I don't mind splurging, but this is another league!
If the closest I come is this superb, enjoyable documentary about the people inhabiting this iconic NYC spot, I could have done a lot worse.
Hell, even Harrison Ford is having a good time here and he ALWAYS seems grumpy.
I was able to see Christine Ebersole perform in the legendary Cafe Caryle a few years ago and it was like going back in time. Pure Class.
Like having lunch in the lobby restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria, it's personal time travel to a finer age.
If you love New York, luxury hotels, following the jet set or just plain history, check into CARLYLE today. We'll give the film a solid B.