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
This is an old hotel which has been totally remodeled. The nicest staff ever. The room we had was very nice. If you need to see a broadway show book it yourself online as the concierge charges are pretty high for this service. The location of the hotel is very good if you don’t mind being bombarded by sales people to take this tour or ride as soon as you step out the hotel door.
This was my 2nd visit to the Pierre NYC and my experience was just as fabulous as my 1st visit. Every employee we encountered was spot on in providing the best service from check in to check out. Staff was friendly and professional. A special "Thank You" to our concierge Abraham for going above and beyond expectations. The experience was one we will never forget. I look forward to a future stay at The Pierre Taj, NYC.
The check-in, room, extra beds and check out were perfect. There was a lovely scent as you entered the Hotel. We were upgraded because we booked through Amex. It is a perfect location to walk aroung the Park and all the Shopping.
Breakfast was a little dissapointing buy adequate.
Will definitely stay again
The Pierre is a favourite of many in NY. It was our first stay and I have to see we were disappointed. Firstly, the air conditioning unit was emitting a smell in one of the two adjacent rooms we had booked and while, after a few attempts to fix it, we were moved, it was not a good start.
More importantly for us, although no doubt this is part of the charm, the hotel felt very old fashioned and the ever present staff in the elevators (one of only two hotels in NY which have staff to save you pressing the buttons) made us feel slightly uncomfortable. Overall the service was good if expansive.
Location: Amazing, right next to Central Park. Tourist area but not touristy.
Room: big, clean, comfortable.
Staff: friendly, courteous, helpful. So unlike New Yorkers haha.
Price: expensive, but it is what it is.
The VIEW is more like 6-star if you’re overlooking the Park.
Highly recommend if you have the money.