Though the building spans 41 floors, the hotel has an intimate, quiet feel
Pets under 15 pounds stay for free and receive a customized room service menu including gourmet doggie biscuits, water bowl (replenished daily), and
dog-friendly dining al fresco at Perrine
The 24-hour concierge and elevator operators couldn’t be friendlier
High tea is served in Two E lounge between 2 and 6 p.m. daily, and there’s live jazz every Tuesday night
What To Know
Several floors of the hotel are residential; you may share an elevator with people who call the Pierre home
French-American bistro Perrine opened in summer 2016 and features a terrace overlooking Central Park
There’s no spa on-site, but in-room treatments can be arranged
Parking on site
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Upper East Side grande dame fronting Central Park, with top-notch service and a new Tuscan restaurant
Dating back to 1930, the Pierre is quintessentially Old New York, complete with all the elegant hallmarks—marble floors, gilded moldings, multitier chandeliers—of a high society stay. Today the hotel is a fash-pack favorite and plays host to the Parsons designer showcase and Marc Jacobs afterparties. Beyond the luxe trimmings, the Taj hotel has a warm residential vibe, thanks in part to a $100 million renovation in 2009. And the Pierre doesn’t just feel like home; for some people it actually is: the 41-story building has 76 private residences, including a penthouse that once belonged to J. Paul Getty. The 189 guest rooms (including 49 suites) are more quietly luxurious than the opulent lobby and trompe-l'oeil-muraled rotunda. Each is decorated in one of four subtle color schemes and accented with exquisite Frette linens and soft neutral touches, from tufted cream headboards to damask carpeting. The bathrooms are elaborate affairs, outfitted in sand-hued marble and featuring separate soaking tubs, Molton Brown amenities, cushy bathrobes, and slippers bearing the Pierre's monogram, of course. The white-gloved staff (which includes 24-hour elevator operators) will happily direct you past the lobby to Perrine, a restaurant adjacent to the iconic Rotunda, which specializes in seasonal French-American cuisine. The re-designed Rotunda space, from architect Daniel Romualdez, is the place to be for pre- or post-event small plates—the lobster tartine and miniature strawberry shortcakes are favorites. Two E bar is the spot for a nightcap (try the expertly crafted Sazerac) or decadent dessert (the molten chocolate cake is accompanied by a shot of melted dark chocolate) in a sultry Deco setting. High tea is served daily between 2 and 6 p.m., and there’s live jazz every Tuesday night. And for working off any overindulgence, there’s a well-equipped fitness center on the third floor.
In the Area
The most immediate attraction, Central Park, is on the Pierre’s doorstep, meaning it’s easy to take a wander among the grassy knolls, picturesque bridges and gurgling fountains of Manhattan’s backyard. If you’re looking to catch some culture, venture to the Museum of Modern Art and peruse the 150,000 photographs, sculptures, drawings and prints, not to mention the robust film collection. Afterward, stroll up Madison or Fifth avenue for some of the city’s best big names in shopping, from Céline to Swarovski.
The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York
2 E 61st St
New York, New York 10065
How to Get There
Flights are available to John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Newark Airport (EWR) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from JFK, about 19 miles away, start at $217.75 and can be arranged through the property. Taxis to/from JFK are available for approximately $70, each way. If you’re renting a car for the transfer, valet parking is available for $60 per day ($70 for oversize vehicles and SUVs).