About The Pierre
Few hotels evoke the grand old days of New York City quite like the Pierre. When it opened in 1930, the Pierre became the hotel of choice for New York society, with a lavish restaurant, impeccably classic rooms and elevator attendants in white gloves.
More than 80 years later, the Pierre still has the elevator men – some of them have worked here for decades – but it has also undergone a full modernization. In 2009, the hotel, owned and managed by India’s Taj Hotel Group, reopened after a $100 million renovation. The building was generously spruced up, from the public spaces to the rooms, which are now equipped with plenty of modern amenities like HD TVs and iPod docking stations.
Even with these contemporary touches, the true pleasure of the Pierre rests in its history, which starts with the Art Deco black-and-white tiled lobby and continues through the hushed ballrooms and swirling tromp l’oeil murals of the rotunda, the hotel’s signature room, which depict Neptune, Adam and Eve and even Jackie O. The hotel’s luxurious spaces hint at its rarefied guest list, which reads like a Vanity Fair archive: Coco Chanel, Katharine Hepburn, Gary Cooper, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Henry Fonda all stayed here. And living legends like Mick Jagger still do.
The walls are hung with contemporary, colorful Indian art, a nod to the hotel’s Taj management. And the rooms are what you’d expect from a hotel of this heritage: elegant and plush, with pale silks, classic furnishings and Turkish-marble bathrooms stocked with Molton Brown toiletries. For an iconic New York experience, the Park View rooms can’t be beat, with views of Central Park and the Upper East Side. The suites rival the toniest penthouses in the city, and some, like the Park Suite and the Charles Pierre suite, come with sizeable landscaped terraces.
The Pierre’s service is unrivaled white-glove perfection, with the kind of formal reception you just don’t see anymore, and a reputation that heightens the hotel’s overall cachet. For suite guests, this is bolstered by the esteemed Taj Royal Attaché, a concierge service modeled on the palaces of India, which is essentially a concierge, butler and waiter team at your disposal. The Taj Royal Attaché staff can prep rooms in advance with select newspapers and flowers; help with packing and unpacking; arrange for in-room custom menus; and take care of things like prepping a Taj Royal Bath.
The fragrant Jiva Spa also draws inspiration from India, with innovative treatments like the Champi Indian head massage, which uses regional ingredients like curry leaves and jatamansi oil.
The Pierre’s location is consistent with its upper-crust pedigree. Its address is signature Upper East Side, flanked by palatial buildings with uniformed doormen and Central Park directly across the street. Also within walking distance are the Museum of Modern Art, the Frick, Rockefeller Center and Lincoln Center.
High dining doesn’t get any better at a hotel. In November 2012, the Italian Sirio Ristorante – helmed by Sirio Maccione, of Le Cirque fame – made its debut at the Pierre, with everyone from Tony Bennett to Mayor Bloomberg in attendance. There’s also the neoclassical Two E Bar and Lounge, which serves afternoon tea and transforms into an intimate bar at night, with handcrafted cocktails.
Did you know?
The Pierre opened in 1930 with 700 rooms and was owned by a group of Wall Street investors including E.F. Hutton and Walter P. Chrysler. The gala party drew the cream of society, including the 85-year-old Auguste Escoffier, “the father of French chefs.”
The Pierre, with its impressive historical legacy and stunning location across from Central Park, draws a wide range of travelers, from international visitors eager to experience luxury in New York to families who appreciate the ample suites and excellent amenities. The hotel is also popular with couples – particularly those tying the knot, as it remains one of the most in-demand venues for weddings in New York City.
The Pierre Location Information:
2 East 61st St.
New York, NY 10065
N, Q, R to Fifth Ave./59th St.; F to 57th St. (Sixth Ave.)
Feast on Tuscan cuisine at this popular restaurant helmed by Sirio Maccioni, which opened in November 2012.
Two E Bar/Lounge
This intimate bar and lounge serves afternoon tea – try the ginger scones with Devonshire cream – and classic cocktails in the evening.
Room service is available 24 hours.
- 24 hour front desk
- ATM Machine
- Business Center
- Dry cleaning service
- Fitness Center
- Gift Shop
- Jacuzzi or Spa
- Parking - Valet