Famous NY Hotel Temporarily Shuts Down

Posted on January 2, 2008 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

NEW YORK CITY — The famous upscale Pierre Hotel recently closed its doors for at least a year. The closing is part of a $100 million renovation of the Pierre, which the New Yorker magazine once described as a “millionaires’ Elysium.”

The Pierre, at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street, has the look of a French chateau, if a French chateau were 41 stories tall. It was opened in 1930 by a former headwaiter named Charles Pierre Casalasco who had managed to get the backing of such financiers as E. F. Hutton and Walter P. Chrysler.

The renovation of the Pierre was made urgent by the “highly competitive arena” of New York hotels, said Heiko Kuenstle, 38, the Pierre’s general manager.

The consequences will be significant, acknowledged Kuenstle. Of the 600 hotel employees, he said, only 300 are sure to remain. The “vast majority” of the other 300, including waiters, kitchen workers, bartenders and others, are unlikely to come back because of the protracted shutdown of the cafe, the bar, the rotunda and other areas, Kuenstle said.

Source: New York Times

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