There are pockets of New York City that exude the old soul of this town and embody the luxury for which it was once known. The Pierre is counted among such places — its lobby sprawling and sparkling, its guests filtering through with shopping bags in one hand and a bellhop at the other. The Pierre is a cornerstone of its neighborhood and living proof of a bygone era, and THE STAYCATIONERS are checking in.
THE SPOT: The Pierre New York | 2 East 61 Street
THE STATS: 140 rooms, 49 suites, restaurant, bar/lounge, stunning event spaces, valet parking (duh)
PERFECT FOR: The crème de la crème of five-star staycationing
The 39th-floor Tata Suite is as ridiculously lavish as it sounds. Two bedrooms, a dining room complete with an eight-seat silver leaf table, a bathroom the size of most New York City apartments, and a living room overlooking Central Park in all its lush, green glory…it’s scenery like this that calls for Cynthia Rowley getups and goodies from Tuza whilst sampling mignardises in the lap of luxury.
Inspired by a recent trip to New Orleans, THE STAYCATIONERS put their shaker skills to good use with an old school French 75. Make it at home (or on a staycay of your own) with this classic recipe from Chris Hannah at Arnaud’s French 75, calling for Cognac in place of gin per the cocktail’s true origins.
1.5oz good cognac (THE STAYCATIONERS favor HINE)
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon simple syrup (1:1 sugar:water)
Shake Cognac, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice. Strain into a chilled Champagne flute; top with Champagne and garnish with lemon zest after expressing oils.
Miss Kristen Lam came along for the ride, which entailed sipping cocktails in a giant bathtub overlooking the city skyline and getting real risqué. You know, the usual.
We didn’t say it wouldn’t be bougie.
This iconic space got a recent (and rather breathtaking) facelift by renowned architect Daniel Romualdez, serving as a vibrantly-hued snowglobe of whimsy at the heart of the opulent hotel. For decades, The Rotunda has entertained countless guests and historic figures, a circular Art Deco stage for weddings and parties, cocktail hours and intimate affairs. Those who stay at the hotel, and even those passing through for a bite at Perrine, pass through The Rotunda not out of necessity, but out of curiosity. Oh, what its walls have seen.
Editor’s note: rotunda isn’t easy to rhyme, okay?
After a big, beautiful dinner beneath The Rotunda’s domed ceiling, THE STAYCATIONERS flitted off to their suite for some shuteye. Tata for now.
Photography by Vanessa Granda for THE STAYCATIONERS; special thanks to guest staycationer Kristen Lam.