Whether built by American royalty (namely the Astors and the Hearsts) or by immigrants pursuing the American Dream like Charles Pierre, their shared dedication to excellence in hospitality serve as the foundation to New York City’s premier hotels.
Besides impeccable hospitality taken as a given at all of these establishments, each of these hotel are renowned for its originality. Visit these hotels for murals, the birthplace of world famous cocktails and the storied haunts of aristocrats, presidents, industrialists and Hollywood stars.
1. The Pierre
The philosophy of excellence in hospitality Charles Pierre learned while working at his father’s Monte Carlo hotel, apprenticing at Sherry’s and establishing Pierre’s Park Avenue restaurant as the favorite haunt of New York City high society still lives on at the Pierre. Designed by Schultze & Weaver, the hotel opened in 1930 and was acquired by Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces of India in 2005.
The French chateau inspired building, which occupies the site of the former Elbridge T. Gerry mansion, dominates the Upper East Side and its place in New York City history as the gold standard in hospitality.