I've stayed at a handful of NYC's 4- and 5-star hotels, but The Pierre is head-and-shoulders above the others. My first stay at The Pierre took place last week, and it's now the only place I'll stay during future visits to New York. With regard to cost, I feel bemused when I read hotel reviews from people who stay at luxe hotels and complain about the expense -- of course 5-star hotels are expensive. And The Pierre is no exception; however, I consider The Pierre to be a good value when compared to the St. Regis, Trump, Peninsula, Mandarin-Oriental, Plaza, Ritz Carlton, etc. The staff made me feel as if I were the only guest there -- ever available, genuinely concerned about my comfort and safety, always happy to see me. The historical elegance of the property is unparalleled, and the location on Central Park is a joy. I'd long read about The Pierre and am so grateful I finally made a visit. I highly recommend it.