Andre Balazs' Mystery London Hotel Might Be a Mercer
The other day we gave you a sneak peek at the hotel in London that hottie hotelier Andre Balazs has been working on but now we've got another bit of info from a well-connected tipster--it's going to become an outpost of AB's legendary Mercer Hotel in New York. Whee!
This is actually what we suspected would happen way back in December when we found out the old fire station on Marylebone Place would not be a Standard. And considering our man on the street in London said the building was small, we thought it would be prime for a Mercer outpost as the original Mercer is quite an intimate place to stay. In fact, our exact words were:
Back then our spy told us the building was not very big and that if indeed AB turns it into a hotel, it would be a very small one. We agreed it was too small for a Standard outpost but it might be a perfect spot for another sort of Mercer Hotel.
Now that we know the hotel will house only 26 luxury suites, a Mercer Hotel is the perfect fit. Of course, nothing has been confirmed or finalized--AB Hotels don't even list London on their website-- but we really hope this works out.
Either way, given the man behind the property and the small size, the hotel will probably be extremely hard to book, will have utterly expensive rates and will always be reserved by the likes of A-list celebrities when they are in town. Still, we're excited to see what
Mercer London it will look like when finished in 2013.