The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
How to Get There
The place is very clean, the rooms are big and convenient, the bed is just incredible. We spent 5 days there for our wedding anniversary. Ana Dekker made everything wonderful for this special occasion (Halloween pumpkins, champagne, cookies & cakes in our room). What we really enjoyed is the fact that she really took a special care of us.
We'll definitely go back there next time we're in NYC.
We stayed at The Pierre for marathon weekend. The Pierre is beautiful and the location is amazing. Everyone was extremely warm and welcoming. We traveled with our 20 month old daughter, and they ensured we had everything we needed for her. We booked our stay with AMEX FHR. It was a very crowded weekend for the property, so an upgrade was not available, which would’ve been nice but certainly was not a problem. I found it odd that we did not have an iron or ironing board in the room. However, we called and requested both, and they were delivered promptly. It was also strange that an in-room coffee station was not available, and the lobby coffee station was not available after 7:00 AM. Breakfast at The Perrine was ok, but nothing special. You can find much better for the price.
We had one unfortunate incident during our stay. We reported a housekeeping issue the morning after we had checked in the previous evening. Without going into unnecessary details, we simply asked housekeeping to address a minor issue in the bathroom, and the issue was promptly addressed. Later, on two separate occasions, housekeeping addressed both my wife and myself insinuating that we were responsible for the issue...essentially denying any responsibility from housekeeping staff. Based on our clearly visible personal attributes, it was obviously not an issue of our own creation. Regardless, it was not an encounter one would expect when staying at a property of this caliber.
Overall, we had an excellent stay. The Pierre is luxurious yet unpretentious, which made our marathon weekend especially comfortable. We will certainly consider The Pierre the next time we are in the city.
This was quite literally the best hotel I have ever stayed at. From the moment we walked in the door, staff members were incredibly attentive and saw to our every need. My husband and I stayed for our anniversary and they sent champagne to our room without a word. Daily room cleaning and turndown service that don’t overlook a single detail- even your loose chords are wound up with a little Taj holder. Elevator attendants that remember you and your floor. The hotel bar and restaurants are great. Room was very comfortable. Location was great. We’ve stayed at some very lovely luxury hotels in New York and elsewhere but this was the absolute best - hands down.