Bereft of jet set, NY luxury hotels welcome last-minute locals

New York (AFP) – John Farrell and his wife booked a $1,000 room in the morning and were in New York hours later for their one-night stay. The couple is part of a new local and last-minute clientele keeping the lights on at the city’s most luxurious hotels now that the coronavirus has chased off the international jet set.The yellow taxis and limousines that used to pile in front of swanky hotel The Pierre are gone. So are the crowds of foreigners mingling in the lobby.The Central Park hotel once hosted galas and welcomed celebrities — everyone from Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor to, more …

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