The Pierre - A Taj Hotel  

Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City

Built in 1930, the Pierre features a stately neo-Georgian exterior and an ornately detailed interior, especially in its ballrooms and the rotunda, where every inch of the curved walls and high ceiling are covered by trompe l’oeil paintings. With the $100 million, 15-month renovation completed in 2009, however, a few Indian touches -- some furniture and colorful silks in the guest rooms and artwork from Indian artists in the lobby -- were added to the hotel. The overall look is opulent elegance -- not so much East meets West as it is old New York made new.

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