The 44-story Pierre, located off Fifth Avenue and Central Park, is an elegant property that's basically synonymous with New York City’s elite — and it has been that way since its opening in 1930. Despite several refurbishments over the decades, the hotel’s grand aesthetic and unparalleled service remain timeless. Here’s our review of this swanky NYC staple.
In 2009, The Pierre underwent a massive, $100 million renovation. Rooms and suites are spacious and feature a panoramic city and/or park views, comfortable beds, incredible bathtubs, and luxe amenities like plush linens, super-soft robes, and slippers. The main restaurant, Perrine, serves seasonally inspired dishes in an elegant setting (think smoked salmon imported from the Catskills, winter squash flatbread, and fresh lamb from New Jersey). Meanwhile, Two E Bar and Lounge offers live jazz music, afternoon tea service, and delicious bites in a relaxed yet chic ambiance.
The iconic Rotunda was redesigned in 2016 and features beautifully painted, Old World-inspired murals, a dazzling chandelier, a beautiful ceiling painted to mimic a clear-blue sky, marble stairs, stone walls, and romantic lighting to give the space an intimate vibe. The Rotunda is currently being used as a private dining and events venue — but guests may still walk through it and admire its beauty on their way to Perrine.
Here, it’s all about the (unparalleled level of) service. As soon as we walked in, the doorman greeted us outside, opened our car door, and immediately whisked our luggage away as he walked us to the reception desk. From there, we were immediately offered water bottles, a cold towel, and chocolate. As we entered the lobby, we noticed that the demographic definitely skewed older (think smartly-dressed women and jacket-wearing men in their late-50s and 60s). If you love people-watching, consider splurging and partaking in the property’s signature acclaimed afternoon tea service, which includes light bites, tea (of course,) and, for an upcharge, champagne. Tea service starts at $74 per person.
Who Will Love It
Well-heeled travelers and architectural enthusiasts will certainly appreciate a stay here. Those with the taste of the finer things in life will also enjoy the guest rooms, upscale restaurant, and the ritzy Fifth Avenue location (steps from the city’s most expensive designer shops like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Saks, and Bergdorf Goodman). If you’re looking to splurge, consider reserving the property’s signature Park Suite. Located on the 28th floor, this 1,100-square-foot suite features an incredible view of Central Park and is complete with an en-suite bath with a deep soaking tub; a sprawling sitting and dining area; a pantry kitchen; and a fireplace.
Who May Not
While the hotel might be a nice respite for business travelers, this hotel does not have a box chain feel. Additionally, travelers who are looking to explore more under-the-radar, trendy neighborhoods may feel the property’s location is too touristy.
All bath amenities are by the luxury fashion house, Etro. From the bath salts to the shampoo, to the moisturizing body milk, the products definitely added a luxurious touch. Also, each guest room is equipped with a shower and a bathtub: a rarity in NYC.
Your stay includes the use of the 24-hour, 1,600-square-foot fitness center; complimentary evening shoe shine; dog-friendly amenities (for pups under 15 lbs); one-hour pressing service; free parking for all Land Rover and Jaguar vehicles; and the opportunity to use the property’s house Jaguar vehicle (subject to availability).
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
The Pierre charges a nightly hotel fee of $34 per night. This includes evening turndown service (complete with complimentary bottled water), as well as free wifi for up to five devices and coffee, tea, and pastries in the lobby.
How to Get a Deal
Consider visiting midweek in the off-season (January through March; excluding holidays), when rates start at around $420 per night. Additionally, be sure to check the property’s special offers tab, where you can find seasonal deals, promotions, and packages.
In the Neighborhood
The property is just steps from the city’s iconic Central Park, where you can people-watch in the winter, stroll in the spring, rent a paddleboat in the summer, or even visit the zoo in the fall Meanwhile, fashionistas and shopaholics will love The Pierre’s proximity to swanky Fifth Avenue, where you’ll find designer duds from Saks, Louis Vuitton, Bergdorf Goodman, and more. Foodies will appreciate all the high-end eateries in the ritzy neighborhood. Some of our favorite spots are Harry Cipriani for haute Italian cuisine (and brunch and bellinis, too!), Sarabeth’s for pancakes, and Nobu Fifty Seven for incredible sushi.
The Pierre is about a half-hour by car from LaGuardia International Airport (excluding rush hour). And, while JFK International Airport and Newark International Airport are a bit further (both about 40 minutes away) they’re both linked to the NYC subway system. LaGuardia and JFK are also serviced by the New York Express Bus; take the bus to Grand Central and expect a 12-minute subway ride (or 10 minutes by taxi or ride-share) from there.
This swanky, iconic Upper East Side property is as timeless — and as grand — as ever.