ARRIVAL/CHECK-IN: It happened to be the rainiest fall day (week) in New York City when I was due to be in the city for work. I took a fairly empty Amtrak train into Moynihan Train Hall on a Tuesday afternoon and swiftly hailed a cab to reach my final destination: The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, located right in Central Park. A bellman unloaded my luggage from the cab and led me past a giant arrangement of flowers and the concierge desk to the reception area, where I noticed the polished marble décor boasted New York elegance. After a swift check-in, I headed to the elevators, all operated by a full-time attendant, and made my way to the 11th floor.
GUEST QUARTERS: I admired the hotel’s timeless elegance hidden within all of the modern-day luxury features. The elevator attendant was the first example, followed by tiny touches in the room that married two generations of high-end hospitality. My guestroom featured a king- sized bed decorated in a royal profusion of greens and pinks. A nightstand stood on one side of the bed and a desk on the other. A large dresser below the TV held a minifridge filled with a lovely array of indulgences. The bathroom was quaint but included a shower as well as a tub which bookended a petite vanity offering only enough room for a single toothbrush. I used a separate shelf to hold my toiletries. The guestroom included one closet with shelves, clothes hangers and a safe.
SERVICES/AMENITIES: The Pierre houses several dining options, including Perrine, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and Two E Bar and Lounge. Our work event took place in Two E, which blew me away, from the food to the drink service and more. Two, the hotel’s jazz bar, serves elevated light bites and handcrafted cocktails. I also enjoyed room service for lunch during my stay. The menu was sourced from Perrine, and the service was quick.
The wellness amenities at The Pierre are abundant, from the fitness center to its partnerships with Suite Reyad Salon, an affiliation that allows guests to access and use the salon in store or even in their room if booked in advance.
The Pierre is also well-known for its event venues, creating iconic experiences within the 18,000 square feet of event spaces. The Grand Ballroom, recently renovated and remodeled, remains one of the city’s most sought-after luxury venues.
- The Pierre’s convenient location in Central Park, on the border of Midtown and the Upper East Side, makes the city accessible.
- The Pierre offers a full schedule of entertainment including live jazz music in Two E Lounge every Thursday through Sunday.
- All of the guestroom bathrooms feature Turkish marble as an extra touch of rich elegance.
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