In our baby-free days we loved the Mercer Hotel in New York’s trendy SoHo. It has a cool bar and lounge frequented by its celebrity guests. It’s the sort of hotel celebrities choose because they don’t get hassled – I saw the staff discretely ask an autograph hunter who had approached Clive Owen (who just happened to be sitting at the table right next to us) to leave him in peace. As I said, we loved it
In the spirit of not going quietly into the dark night of new parenthood, we decided to stay at the Mercer on our first trip to NYC with three month old Jack. The hip hotel staff took his needs and ours in their stride. The crib in the room was more beautiful than the one we had at home and was filled with baby toiletries and teddies.
Whilst not strictly a dining out review, I had to include The Mercer because they bent over backwards at mealtimes to accommodate Jack – a high chair was procured, milk warmed and clothes washed and returned beautifully packed. It’s not cheap, true. But for sheer style and the way they made Jack feel as welcome as any other celebrity, I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Feeding Facilities: 4/5
Changing Facilities: 3/5
Overall rating: 20/25 £££