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
- 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
We have stayed here many times before when visiting New York City. Each visit you appreciate it more! The location at 5th and 61st Street at the edge of Central Park can't be beat. The hotel is a residential hotel so most people here are residents. It offers a quiet and peaceful respite in the midst of the craziness of NYC. Elevator operators greet you and afternoon tea is available each day in an elegant lounge. Try the afternoon tea as it whisks you away to another time - and it is just plain enjoyable. This atmospheric lounge is also great for an evening snack or drink. This is not your average hotel. It is one of the last of the grand hotels left in the city. It is old world elegance and hospitality at its finest! Service is exceptional here. It is the best housekeeping that I have ever seen and the best concierge staff, too. It is quiet, very quiet, as you are living in a residential hotel. You never hear a sound in the rooms. The towels are plush and oversized. This hotel treats everyone with respect - as an honored guest. The Pierre is such a welcome sight after a busy and crazy day in the city. Here you can truly relax and unwind and you are also on the doorstep of great upper east side restaurants like Caravaggio's and Vaucluse. The Pierre is my NYC home away from home.
We stayed here for a business event, booking made by corporate travel dept.Great location across from Central Park. Room was small, dark and interior facing. Bed linen was stained and TV did not work for he entire 3-nt stay, despite asking for assistance twice. Common areas tired and shabby. Not up to standard for the $1200+ per night price tag.Bathroom was nice. Staff very pleasant.
Fabulous location, extremely clean, excellent housekeeping, Ettro amenities ( really good), wonderful food, tons of towels, robes. slippers, plenty of room, great doormen, beautiful china: Rosenthal, an air of dignity, fabulous jewelry store, old world charm .Room in the fridge for the food you pick up at whole foods! Didn't have spa time but sure it is good. I always love this location when in NYC! A lot of staff to attend to your needs. Enough room light, good air/heating system. Triple drapes and curtains. Great phone operator and room service. All the amenities in the room.And at the end when I was checking out at 4:15 am the night manager said goodbye and gave me this compressed heart with garden seeds to soak and plant at home like a souvenir from Central Park. What a nice touch. if you want a great location and a fair price for the best local in NYC.
coming to NYC for business and celebrating our 30th anniversary and decided to stay at The Pierre. I had stayed here years ago before it was a Taj and remembered it to be classy and spacious with great service and some of that old world charm. I usually stay at the Ritz or the Mandarin Oriental but decided to try something new. WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT!!!! When we arrived we were given an interior room with no view. We were told the room was spacious but that was a big overstatement. The room was smaller than I remember and the bathroom was ridiculous for a luxury hotel in NYC. We had no room for ANY of our toiletries in the bathroom other than our toothbrushes. We had to keep our toiletries on the desks outside. The shower wasn't sealed properly and leaked all over the bathroom floor after our shower. The TV didn't work and the volume couldn't be controlled. We called and were told it was a "service provider" issue. The curtain/drapes couldn't be closed or opened properly. We didn't find out much of this until we arrived back in our room later that night after a show. We ordered room service only to get our food over an hour later and having to call on it at midnight. It was luke warm, and frankly not tasty. They spiced the pasta so much I could only eat a couple of bites. When asked to be moved the next morning to another room they couldn't because of the "room rate" I had booked through the taj's own online service so they wouldn't upgrade even though there were other rooms. When you pay a luxury hotel rate you expect luxury accommodations and service none of which we received. I will never stay here again. We checked out and moved to the JW Marriott, less expensive and much better room and service. Don't stay at The Pierre, trust me this will not be a good experience for you. I travel all the time for business and generally stay at 5 star hotels, this was just an over-rated old hotel that hasn't been able to keep up. I would have been happier at a Marriott Courtyard. There was no courtesy of a reduced room rate either. Terrible way to run a hotel.
I’m a stickler for luxury and The Pierre satisfies my needs for responsiveness, cleanliness and great bedding! A single female traveling solo feels safe and protected here. The chef is excellent and you must try the shrimp curry! Having drinks at the bar makes any out-of- towner feel like a New Yorker! I’m making The Pierre my place to stay next time I’m in town.