|Venue name:||The Mercer|
147 Mercer St
|Cross street:||at Prince St|
|Transport:||Subway: N, R to Prince Street|
|Price:||$525–$975 double. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|
Opened in 2001 by trendsetting hotelier André Balazs, the Mercer still has ample attractions that appeal to a celeb-heavy clientele. The lobby, appointed with oversize white couches and chairs, and shelves lined with colorful books, acts as a bar, library and lounge. The loftlike rooms are large by New York standards and feature furniture by Christian Liaigre, enormous washrooms and Face Stockholm products. The restaurant, the Mercer Kitchen, serves Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s stylish version of casual American cuisine. Rooms: 75.