Those in search of pure escapism could do worse than “Always at The Carlyle” (8 p.m., Starz), directed by Matthew Miele (“Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s”). New York’s Carlyle hotel was a home away from home to the rich and famous long before the late Robin Leach created his tabloid show.
This glossy documentary includes observations from stars both living and dead, including Wes Anderson, Alan Cumming, George Clooney, Jeff Goldblum, Anjelica Huston, Naomi Campbell, Jon Hamm, Anthony Bourdain and Elaine Stritch.
Along the way we learn that it has hosted leaders from Churchill to Kennedy to Clinton and that royals have made it their headquarters when visiting New York.
In a bit of dish emblematic of the film’s depth (or lack thereof) Piers Morgan tells us that Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and Steve Jobs once shared an elevator at the Carlyle.
Some may find it comforting to know that a place of luxurious old-school elegance has endured. As Hamm (“Mad Men”) observes, you really feel like you’ve “arrived” after you’ve stayed at The Carlyle. Then he admits he’s never had the pleasure.
For the record, Tommy Rowles, the bartender at the hotel’s Bemelmans Bar for 53 years, died just last month. One of the first people he served was President Harry Truman, who ordered bourbon. Now you know!
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