What We Love
- 2015 Jetsetter Hotel Food Award Winner
- One of New York's hippest stays with a loyal celeb and fashion industry following
- Seasonal fare by a Michelin-starred Jean-Georges at The Mercer Kitchen
- Friendly staff who often greet guests by name
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- The front desk will loan out Guitar Hero, Wii and Xbox 360s for free
What To Know
- Pet-friendly; the bellman can take Fido for walks
- No on-site gym, but the hotel can arrange private trainers, massage therapists, in-room beauty treatments, yoga and Pilates sessions, or free passes to 24-Hour Fitness
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
Designed by William Schickel and built in 1890, this landmark Romanesque Revival building became the trendsetting Mercer Hotel in 1998. More than a decade later, the Andre Balazs sleep continues to win guests over with cozy public areas and personalized service. The lobby doubles as a living room, with leather sofas, low-slung coffee tables and a 50-foot-long wooden bookcase stocked with magazines and books (some donated by guests). Once artist studios, the hotel still appeals to creative types and is a magnet for fashionistas, so you might just spot industry moguls like regulars Marc Jacobs and Calvin Klein over your morning latte.
Bed and Bath
Upstairs, the 75 loft-style rooms feel more like mini apartments and are kitted out with dark hardwood floors, flat-screen plasma TVs, Bose iPod docking stations and Fili d’Oro linens. Oversize double-paned windows (with electronic black-out shades), metallic-finish doors and interior designer Christian Liaigre’s crisp white-on-white color scheme complete the industrial-luxe look. Marble bathrooms have vintage faucets, organic Face Stockholm toiletries and showers with a high-pressure body spray.
The Mercer Kitchen, headed by James Beard Award–winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, has an open concept, with family-style tables where in-the-know gourmands enjoy dishes from a seasonal American Provençal menu that focuses on locally produced ingredients. For more intimate dining, request a table in the back (the exposed brick, cast iron and glasswork couldn’t be more Soho) and order the peekytoe crab fritters with aioli and basil before moving on to main courses such as tagine of steamed sea bass with carrots, orange, cumin and couscous.
In the Area
Shoppers are spoiled for choice in this part of town, from sprawling international chain stores such as Uniqlo to designer outposts of Prada and Marc Jacobs and Burberry to trendsetting boutiques like Opening Ceremony. The New Museum may not be so new anymore (it opened in 2007), but the rotating exhibits and stacked box façade feel completely of-the-moment. The newly renovated Public Theater is your ticket for edgy new plays, thoughtful cabaret acts and innovative restagings of the classics. Locals share lingering meals at the Smile, a cozy subterranean spot serving reasonably priced seasonal fare. Or opt for a power breakfast or late night steak frites at Balthazar.
How to Get There
The Mercer Hotel has a fantastic location for Business & leisure. Some fantastic restaurant’s around. Right in the heart of Soho. The hotel itself, I’m not sure I would pay $800 per night again, not including breakfast. They gave us an allowance of $35 for Breakfast. For two adults plus our 14 year old daughter first morning $120. So we went out each day for breakfast. The room itself not great, very dark and basic. Staff very good, bed linen very good. But you would never think you were in an $800 per night room. As we left the hotel a couple of times it was raining, they handed us complimentary umbrellas, nice touch. All great until you arrived in your room.
Of all the hotels lobby (whether it is four seasons, ritz, St Regis, etc) typically welcome guest and non guest to be at the their lobby for waiting. This hotel, however, was very much pretentious and do not allow non-guests at the lobby. It is 2019, pretentiousness is unpopular and I'll never again stay in this hotel in the future as a past patron. Just turned me off
Stayed for business in a really impressive loft suite facing the courtyard on the 14th floor. Room great in terms of size and layout. Great floor to ceiling windows. Sofa stained, old and worn down which was strange.