“One of the first places to put hip into hotel: slick design and a centre-stage location keep The Mercer buzzing”
With rooms carefully designed for every type of visitor, how much you enjoy yours is all in the choosing. No point opting for a Studio with an indulgent square-soaking-tub-for-2 if you’re in town to work all hours, or like privacy in your ‘bathroom’ (many have just a wall of shutters).
As you move up in room size (and price), the lofts get loftier (artists set up their high-ceilinged studios here in pre-Mercer days) and amenities more amenable (body-spray showers, huge arched windows and 2 have working fireplaces).
Whichever your room number, the idea is you’ll find a home away from home. Christian Liaigre's modernist designs and muted colour palate are understated enough to be relaxing, slick enough to stay impressive. Little touches make the difference: cashmere throws, fresh flowers, bottle of water and cookies at turndown.
Stark, sizeable, white-tiled and marble bathrooms come with thoughtful extras including votive candles, bath salts and the hotel’s own trendy line of Swedish beauty products.
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With an automatic table reservation at chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ‘American Provencal’ Mercer Kitchen, guests already have one up on the natives, who wait weeks to get one. (Many claim Vongerichten invented America's response to nouvelle cuisine, his empire now stretches from Vancouver to Istanbul.)
Even more covetable is your access-all-areas entry to the subMercer, the hush-hush wine cellar-style nightspot that you may or may not find as you make your way past the doorman, down the freight elevator and beyond the kitchen, at the end of a long labyrinth of basement corridors.
Back in the Kitchen, ordering identical set menus proved an interesting exercise. While my friend marvelled at her prawn and avocado salad, mine was slightly too vinegary. My tarte tatin was a bit on the sweet side, but she wasn’t nearly so fussy. But there was no debate over our main course of melt-in-your-mouth marinated roast chicken with French beans, baby carrots and herbed mash. Comfort food at its glorious best, this was enough to convince me that the accolade-strewn Kitchen has retained at least some of its famed star quality.
Breakfast is a la carte. We went straight for the omelette with artisan goats cheese, and for the buttermilk pancakes with bananas and mixed berries.
Soho is home to some of New York’s most revered food haunts - tell reception what you feel like, and they’ll point you in the right direction.
Children of all ages are welcome and The Mercer has a lot of equipment for younger kids in particular. Despite its glamorous appeal, it is a good pick if you're holidaying as a family. We'd note that there is very little communal space in the hotel, so bear that in mind and book the largest room or rooms possible (many with generous bathtubs) so you have space to relax.
Some Deluxe studios can take an extra bed (for a fee); otherwise the best bet is to book connecting rooms, which sleep up to 4.
Babysitting available by arrangement through the Babysitting Guild of New York
Baby listening/monitors available on request; they work everywhere in the building.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
You can get food here 24/7 and there are plenty of shops, cafés and takeaways a short walk away. You can borrow a blender or microwave if needed too.
Watch out for the windows and french doors which open and don't have gates or protective netting. There's a house doctor on call if needed.