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At a Glance
- great location
- sophisticated design touches
- celebrity sightings in lobby
- service inconsistent
- some tight rooms
The Mercer Review
Owner André Balazs has a knack for dating Hollywood starlets and channeling a neighborhood sensibility, and here it's SoHo loft all the way. The Mercer is superbly situated in the heart of SoHo's myriad name-brand stores, although you wouldn't know it once you're inside the lobby, a minimalist oasis created by acclaimed French designer Christian Liagre. Most guest rooms are generously sized, with high ceilings and walk-in closets, but the lowest-priced rooms are a tight 250 square feet. Dark African woods and custom-designed furniture upholstered in muted solids lend serenity with sophistication. Some bathrooms feature decadent two-person marble tubs surrounded by mirrors. Downstairs is the always-happening lobby with 24-hour food and bar service for guests; Mercer Kitchen, and the submercer bar, with a separate entrance, remains a popular choice after all these years. Beware the inconsistent service, which runs from friendly to indifferent.
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