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Nothing is worse than showing up bleary-eyed to your hotel and being told your room isn't ready yet. Worse still if your bones ache from sitting on a plane all day and you've been dragging around your suitcase for so many hours that your hand has become permanently locked in claw grip position.
Thankfully, the Plaza Athenee in New York has come up with a solution to the whole early check-in conundrum: the "Rest and Refresh" package. By reserving ahead of time, guests can kill time in their own private Spa Suite, which comes with a marble bathroom and private steam shower. In addition, they can request a facial or massage, and even sneak in a quick breakfast or lunch at the hotel's Arabelle Restaurant.
With pampering like this, who needs the guest room?
Not quite sure who Julien Farel is? Just ask Ivanka Trump, Richard Gere, Carl Bernstein, Salma Hayek, Kate Moss, Kate Beckinsale and Rafael Nadal (see photo below), who all pay upwards of $1,000 for him to go to town on their hair. And, no, we're not kidding, you can see for yourself on his website. “It’s $650 (for a cut)," he told Departures. "If they hand me the blow-dryer, it’s another $250."
Apparently he's that good, and no, you won't be getting an appointment with him. But his staff will do you up nice for much cheaper, probably in the $95 to $120 range judging by the prices at his two other hotel salons, the Setai Fifth Avenue and the Capella Pedregal in Cabo.
Getting tired of staring at the same four walls? The late stock investor Marty Zweig's three-floor penthouse at The Pierre could be yours for just $120 million. And if that sounds a little out of your range, well, just start saving up those loose pennies; you'll get there eventually.
Easily New York's most prestigious hotel residence, the record-breaking (because of its price) penthouse was bought by Zweig back in 1999 for $21.5 million, and now Curbed reports that his family intends to sell it for over five times that price.
And why not? It belonged to the man, after all, who predicted the 1987 stock market crash a day before it happened, so its value lies partly in its history as well as in its design.
Though, really, it's mostly about the design: sixteen rooms, five fireplaces, a library, a private elevator, four terraces, a sauna and a legendary ballroom are what will lure the next billionaire. Well, that, and the Pierre's post-op plastic surgery recovery room.
Hopefully for Alec, that towel didn't have linen tracking chips embedded inside it.
Yesterday, Alec Baldwin was strolling around lower Manhattan, high on life, fresh out of the NYC Marriage Bureau, where he retrieved a marriage license for his upcoming wedding to fiancee Hilaria Thomas. Sounds like a nice day to us. Until he got into an altercation with two Daily News photographers right outside the bureau, and ended up punching one smack in the chin.
Enter The Regency Hotel, which came to Alec's rescue later in the day, as he was making his way to yet another hotel to speak at an American Heart Association event—hopefully counseling them to act as he says, not as he does.
The Plaza Athenee proudly hosted one of Hollywood's oldest relics yesterday: Dorothy's ruby red slippers from the 1939 set of The Wizard of Oz. And we were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of 'em. Skipping the accompanying Afternoon Tea ceremony, we headed straight to back of the hotel's dining room, Arabelle, to photograph the precious shoes, which were enclosed in a glass case, looking slightly faded but dazzling as ever.
Just like Obama's turkey that passed through DC two weeks ago, these babies were only in town on business as they made their way to the auction house. That's right—on December 16, the slippers will go up for auction with a starting price of (only) $2-$3 million.
Last summer, we told you about the Mad Men package at The Pierre—which mainly involved a bottle of champagne, a restaurant voucher and a couple of DVDs. This year, the five-star Central Park-facing hotel has gone for a much more....um, specific demographic.
Any room in the hotel can now be converted into a recovery room for post-op plastic surgery patients. While convalescing, guests receive 24-hour service, a private escort, and a dedicated "Life Stage Personal Enhancement Team"—their words, not ours. We admit, we've never undergone plastic surgery ourselves, though if you're considering it as an option, now might be a great time to start. Between personal escorts and in-room masseuses, you'll soon forget about those bandages altogether!
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You would think that Dominique Strauss-Kahn would be a lesson for all pervy politicians with hotel-hopping habits but no, it seems not to have registered with at least one man of power.
Egyptian businessman Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar, the former chairman of Egypt's Bank of Alexandria, was arrested on Sunday for locking a housekeeper at the ritzy Pierre Hotel in his $900 a night suite and sexually assaulting her. From NBC New York:
Law enforcement officials tell NBC New York that when the maid arrived at room 1027 with three boxes of tissues, Omar answered the door wearing a "silk-type" garment and asked her to place them on a table near the bed.
According to law enforcement officials, Omar then grabbed the maid in a bear hug and began to kiss and fondle her, grabbing her breasts and rubbing against her.
She resisted and said "I'm not here for this," officials said. He then locked the door to prevent her from leaving, before asking for her phone number, according to officials. When she gave him a number, police said, he let her out of the room.
Who's thirsty? It's time for another installment of our Summer Cocktails series. All summer long we've been profiling fun new summer drinks served at hotels around the world, and even though summer is coming to a close you should still feel free to share your favorite hotel cocktail recipes with us. And, as always, @reply us when you're wasted!
Today's cocktail does double duty in that it's not just a Summer Cocktail, it's also part of Fashion's Night Out. This fancy beverage will be served up at The Pierre's Two E Bar/Lounge next Friday, September 10, when fashion fans are getting down at at FNO party from 6–11 p.m.
While exclusivity might be the name of the game for the Boom Boom Room downtown at The Standard, uptown at The Pierre that strategy hasn't fared so well for its Le Caprice restaurant, a London spin-off.
The New York Post reports the restaurants has now joined New York's Restaurant Week and is even open for reservations on OpenTable, a far cry from last December when nearly every night was blocked out with tables at the manager's discretion--meaning "not for you." The Post's Steve Cuozzo writes:
But last week, using Opentable.com, I found tables for four available at 8 p.m. at Le Caprice for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, and at 9 on Tuesday. Two of us walked in without a reservation Wednesday at 8:45 and were seated at a table for four within minutes. Diners in the gleaming room looked more “Jersey Shore” than St. James.
Our very own hotel Agent Zero returns with yet another review. Her not-real name is Myra Ellen and she's our version of Alex Goran who travels once a week for business, usually along the Eastern seaboard. Every so often, she'll be dropping in with her latest hotel and travel observations. In this episode, she tries out a new hotel in Manhattan.
Sometimes in life, a night at your grandparents' house can make everything better. And if your grandparents' house happens to be the Plaza Athenee on the Upper East Side, you'd be extra lucky.
The hotel has nearly-completed an expansive renovation. (It looked like the last remaining construction is with the hotel spa, not that I had time for that on this trip, or seemingly ever.) It is a small-but-stately, gracious hotel that is as opposite of trendy as I can imagine. And on this occasion that was both good and welcome.
The official opening of Le Caprice in the Pierre Hotel was on Monday, but well before then a string of celebrities had already graced the deco-styled restaurant. As an outpost of the London Le Caprice, in the same stable as fellow London hotspots The Ivy and Annabel’s, the celeb contingent makes sense. Stars love nothing more than being first to try something, even if it does involve putting deliciously rich food in their mouths.
Anna Wintour threw a Vogue book party there, while J.Lo, Marc Anthony and Naomi Campbell dined with shoe god Christian Louboutin at the opening celebration. So far only renderings have been available of the black-and-white dining room, lined with David Bailey photographs—however we do note a heavy use of mirrored panels, which the A-list is sure to adore.
Looking to get drunk and then drop a lotand we mean a lotof money? Then The Pierre is the right hotel for you during New York's Fashion Week in mid-September. You see, on September 10, which is the eve of Fashion Week, stores and fashion designers throughout the city are throwing open their doors for a night of shopping specials and city-wide events.
Stores will have discounts, and a few luxury shops will have notable special happenings. For example, Chanel on 57th Street is having a design-your-own-bag studio. To get you all loose with your charge card, The Pierre has invited a cocktail specifically for Fashion's Night Out. It's called the "GinGin" and it's $14. It sounds pretty refreshing: fresh cucumber juice, fresh mint, Hendrick's gin, and Canton Ginger liqueur garnished with a cucumber wheel.