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More than a century ago, the New Hotel Mertens was a popular stopover for travelers coming through Union Station. Boasting 150 rooms, 100 baths, and modern conveniences, accommodations cost between $1.50 and $3.00 a night. Intricate tile flooring and hammered tin accents welcomed guests to the lobby.
From 1914 until the 1970s, the hotel thrived. But when urban blight hit the downtown area as it did in so many places during that time, the hotel became a Heartside Manor. It was a place for the "downtrodden," and the hotel fell into disrepair.
In 2017, a new French-style brasserie was opened in the former hotel lobby. Going back to the name the New Hotel Mertens, vintage details were lovingly restored. Even some of the graffiti from the years the hotel was abandoned remains.
Once the brasserie was a success, there was another project to be tackled: A fabulous rooftop addition. Haute opened in the summer of 2018, featuring spectacular city skyline views and a French menu featuring charcuterie boards, fresh seafood, a full bar and incredible desserts. You'll want to Instagram them all!
Cover photo credit: newhotelmertens via Instagram.