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 my absolute favorite place to stay in NYC. The rooms are beautiful, the food is amazing (try the butternut squash soup) and on top of that everyone is so nice. Nice in an authentic way. Everyone goes out of their way to be friendly and kind. And while the Pierre is fancy, it's fancy in a comfortable way, not stuffy at all. I just love it there!
The Pierre is practically perfect in every way, and I could even strike practically. Our experience was fabulous, with no need or even unnecessary luxury neglected. The best location for visiting the city, attentive and delightful staff, loads of charm, and excellent restaurants... we cannot wait to return.
This Hotel was very comfortable and had a really good Wheelchair accessible room Really Enjoyed my stay, Staff were all very helpful and friendly I would recommend this hotel for that special occasion
My wife and I have stayed at the Pierre several times and always enjoyed it, from the friendly staff including elevator operators, to the lovely rooms, to the bowl of chocolates kept at the front desk. It’s a pricey place, but has always lived up to price point and our expectations.
We just finished a 4 night stay which was a bit disappointing. Still better than most hotel experiences but off of Pierre standards. The room we were assigned had a substandard, unrenovated bathtub which on close inspection had enormous amounts of mould in the grout—clearly a lack of proper cleaning and supervision/inspection of the cleaning. On request we were moved to a much better room, and the first night discounted, which was nice, but it shouldn’t have happened in the first place.
Service was sluggish. On two occasions we required bell service with luggage, phoned in plenty of time and then had to rephone. Operator relaying these requests to the bell staff clearly not doing her job—leaving for checkout we gave up waiting, hauled our own bags, only to find 3 bellmen waiting in the lobby none of whom had received our request.
Place seems understaffed compared to previous stays. Has manager changed in the last year?
I’d been hoping to take my wife back there in November for a milestone birthday. Now we are having to rethink. Not saying we wouldn’t go back, but before this stay that would not even have been a discussion point.
Nice place. Great location. It is hard to beat the location of the Pierre if you wish to stay in a quiet place midtown. Central Park is literally just outside the door. All the shops on 5th and Madison are mins away. Excellent staff. Food is over priced.. A small fortune for room service.