The Pierre

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The Pierre
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The 1930 landmark overlooking Central Park became part of the posh Indian Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces in 2005, setting in motion a $100 million overhaul—but it retains delightfully old-fashioned elements such as elevator operators and original fireplaces in some suites. In contrast to the glitzy public spaces, including the mural-clad Rotunda and the Grand Ballroom, the classic rooms are understated, dressed in a neutral color palette and immaculate upholstery, with modern gadgets including Bose radio/iPod docks. The sumptuous Turkish marble bathrooms are generously stocked with Molton Brown bath products. The Asian influence is reflected in silk bedspreads from Bangalore and contemporary Indian art, but the hotel restaurant is the fancy but inviting French eatery, Perrine. For before-dinner drinks or a sumptuous afternoon tea, sit on the plush green velvet seats of the recently reopened Rotunda, surrounded by walls painted with a custom mural resembling the classicist style, but paying homage to moments of the 1960s. Rooms: 189.

Venue name: The Pierre
Address: 2 E 61st St
New York
Cross street: at Fifth Ave
Transport: Subway: N, Q, R to Fifth Ave–59th St
Price: $895–$1,600 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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