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This Grand Dame of Central Park continues to set standards with her timeless, Old World charm.
In the fall of 1930, The Pierre opened as a 700-room, French château-inspired property on Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park. A guidebook of the time described it as beautiful, gorgeous, distinctive and catering only to those of refined tastes who can afford the best. After decades filled with management changes and even a foreclosure due to the Great Depression, this landmark property joined Taj Hotels and Resorts as the collection's U.S. flagship hotel. An interior design restoration incorporated modern and contemporary works of celebrated, emerging and traditional Indian artisans (with a guided tour of the collection offered once a month), and a $100 million renovation updated the accommodations, corridors, public areas, restaurant and bar, returning The Pierre to its former glory as showcase of European style and grace in a prime Manhattan location.
Today, the building is divided into private apartments and guest rooms. The 189 rooms, including 49 suites, feature residential-style décor, with high ceilings, lots of natural light, rich woods and tufted leather headboards with matching benches. A soft, neutral color palette makes soothing use of pale ivory and taupe with coral and blue accents. The Pierre seamlessly mixes historical ambience with modern amenities such as interactive flat-panel TVs in bedrooms, living rooms and bathrooms, Bose home theater systems with iPod docking stations, high-speed wired and wireless Internet, executive desks with built-in data and power outlets, electronic safes and floor-to-ceiling glass wall showers. The 39th-floor, 1,980-square-foot Tata Suite provides unparalleled decadence with three-way views of the city, two bedrooms, bathrooms featuring Turkish marble, a dining room with a custom silver leaf table that seats eight, a large living room and a kitchen.
The stunning, restored Rotunda allows guests to dine among the historic 1967 murals of Edward Melcarth, while updated Perrine offers a choice of seasonally inspired dishes and long-standing Pierre classics. Serving finger food, fine wine and cocktails, Two E Bar/Lounge is an impressive space with its metallic art deco bar. Additional offerings include afternoon tea service (with unlimited glasses of Taittinger Rosé) and evening jazz Thursday through Sunday.
Long known for its reputable service, The Pierre boasts an accommodating staff, available around the clock. In addition to those in the 24-hour business and fitness centers, there are valet attendants, bell staff, elevator operators, security and a doctor on call at any hour of the day. Given the attention the hotel lavishes on its guests, it's no wonder it has hosted such distinguished guests as Germany's Chancellor Helmut Kohl, French President Francois Mitterrand, Japanese Emperor Hirohito and Russia's President Boris Yeltsin, as well as celebrities such as Mary Tyler Moore and Barbara Walters (who both held their wedding receptions at the hotel) and literary icons including Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman, John Grisham, Stephen King and Tom Wolfe. Needless to say, those who stay here are always in good company.
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