By Terry Trucco
Along with Canadian Club, the Oyster Bar and the commuter train from Grand Central, New York city hotels figured big in the lives of Don Draper and his Sterling Cooper cohorts. Here’s where they checked in — and what you’ll see today if you check in (or check them out).
Then This swanky Fifth Avenue Art Deco tower named for Pierre Casalasco, the hotel’s first manager, got off to a inauspicious start, auctioned off to a new owner just three years after it opened in 1930, admittedly a bad year for new ventures. Five years later, John Paul Getty snapped it up for a mere $2.5 million. Still, by 1950 The Pierre was undeniably plush, the first New York hotel with radios and televisions in every room. Nine years later, it became a glamorous cooperative, with 75 apartments sold to private residents. The Pierre hotel kept the rest, including the stylish suite that became temporary headquarters for a fledgling Sterling Cooper Draper Price when Lane joins Don, Roger and Bert in their break-out advertising firm in Season 3.
Now Re-opened in 2009 following a grand-scale renovation, the Pierre looks as swanky as Don & Co. would remember it, albeit with well-chosen 21st-century amenities like updated plumbing, a world-class ballroom, artfully restored rotunda murals and the glamorous Two East Bar and Lounge, carved out from former offices. Rooms are traditional, ca 2015, dressed in soothing shades of ice blue, celadon and cream and outfitted with timeless furniture, marble bathrooms and Indian paintings and prints (India’s Taj Hotels & Resorts manages the place). (more…)