Luxury for less: The Mercer versus the Smyth
- Price: $650/avg per night
- Pearls: 4.5
- Location: SoHo, New York City
The Mercer's 75 loft-style guest rooms, beautiful staff, stylish lobby/lounge, personalized service, the Jean-Georges restaurant Mercer Kitchen, and swanky SoHo location make it a go-to choice for celebrities and other fashionable members of the entertainment industry.
Opened in spring 2009, The Smyth delivers style and substance without pretension: name-brand artwork, a brand-new bistro & wine bar, Sferra bed linens and top-notch service.
Oyster's Take: The Smyth delivers a comparable experience across the board. Mercer is trendy, sure, but you'll pay a lot for a little cachet.