The 5-Star Merchant Hotel in Belfast is a harmonious blend of Victorian grandeur and Art Deco inspired sleek modernity. Situated in the heart of Belfast city centre’s historic Cathedral Quarter, the grandeur of the original Grade A listed building is complemented by an elegant Art Deco inspired wing with a multitude of exciting amenities. These include a stunning luxury spa, a rooftop gymnasium with panoramic city views, a dedicated meeting and events suite and a fabulous jazz bar. The Merchant Hotel is also home to the exclusive fashion boutique, Harper. As Northern Ireland’s only stockist of Valentino, Celine and Christian Louboutin of Paris, Harper at The Merchant Hotel is a must visit for every fashionista. Due to its prime location, The Merchant Hotel is a short distance from a host of visitor attractions including Victoria Square Shopping Centre, the Ulster Museum, City Hall, the Titanic Quarter, the Waterfront Hall and the Odyssey Arena. The Merchant Hotel has just been awarded AA Hotel of the Year for Northern Ireland at the prestigious national AA Hospitality Awards.
Well appointed and sumptuous, all guestrooms at the 5-Star Merchant Hotel feature bespoke furnishings and original works of art complemented by the very best in 21st century technology. Luscious velvets and silks, specially designed rich wool carpets, spacious en suites and a host of in-room amenities all add to the comfort and opulence of a stay at The Merchant Hotel.
All Guestrooms Feature:
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Tea & Coffee Hospitality Tray
- A State-of-the-Art TV system, featuring Complimentary Movies
- Professional Hairdryer
- Robes and Slippers
- 24 hour Room Service
- In-room Safe
- Turndown Service
- Multimedia Hub
- Full Black-Out Blinds or Curtains
- Full Air Conditioning
The Great Room Restaurant:
The Great Room Restaurant is truly the jewel in the crown of the hotel. A sumptuous space evoking effortless and timeless grandeur, situated in the former main Banking Hall of the building. A more fitting setting for the gastronomic delights prepared daily for discerning guests could not be imagined. The food in The Great Room Restaurant is inspired by the classics, yet allows the excellence of each individual ingredient to shine through. One can taste the subtle flavours of each component, each element complementing one another perfectly. This is a showcase for food as it should be, using the best of local produce. Enhancing the stunning food experience is a wine list which endeavours to remain unsurpassed in Ireland. It has been carefully constructed and changes regularly to reflect the flavours of the season, the best new wines and classic vintages. This graceful experience would not be complete without the careful attention and professional service of our highly trained staff.
The Bar at The Merchant Hotel is a classic, multi award-winning cocktail bar. This beautiful room has many wonderful original architectural features. Antique Baccarat chandeliers and a stunning antique fire complement the design. A cocktail list of biblical proportions ensures that the diverse tastes of all cocktail connoisseurs will be met! Furthermore, the refined simplicity of the food menu provides a relaxed yet elegant alternative to the fine dining experience in The Great Room Restaurant. We are proud to state that The Bar at The Merchant Hotel is officially the ‘World’s Best Hotel Bar’. The Merchant Hotel was presented this prestigious award and two others (‘World’s Best Cocktail Menu’ and ‘World’s Best Drinks Selection’) at the world famous and internationally acclaimed Spirit Awards, as part of the ‘Tales of the Cocktail Festival’ in New Orleans. The Merchant was the only European venue to achieve any awards at this prestigious event.
The Cloth Ear:
The Cloth Ear is The Merchant Hotel’s comfortable public bar. The warm and welcoming interior provides the ideal environment to relax and enjoy yourself in style. Combining both modern and traditional design features with a healthy dose of eccentric touches – the many unique items of vintage and antique clothing, the wooden moose and deer heads and the classic 1930’s – 1950’s sheet music that adorns the walls. The food in The Cloth Ear is intrinsically comforting. Inspired by homemade favourites, it is nostalgic yet fresh and creative, making use of the best locally sourced seasonal produce. A selection of daily specials is also a feature of The Cloth Ear dining experience, allowing the chefs to really capitalise on the best and freshest seasonal ingredients.
Berts Bar encapsulates the sleek elegance of the art-deco era, complemented by the very best in live jazz, fabulous cocktails and mouth-watering food. Find yourself instantly transported back to the chic, intimate jazz bars of 1930s New York as you soak up the sophisticated atmosphere and let the cool jazz melodies wash over you. A handpicked list of cocktails completes our extensive drinks selection. A French bistro style menu, epitomised by our fabulous charcuterie, cheese and shellfish platters is complemented by an extensive wine list and, of course, exemplary service. Berts offers live jazz seven nights a week from 9pm as well as perfectly relaxed weekends, complete with delicious brunch and all day dining menus from 12pm and live jazz from 12pm to 2pm.
On the Map: Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, is located in the northeastern corner of the country in County Antrim. Belfast is well served by a network of good roads, including the M1 motorway from Dublin City.
Approximately one third of the population of Northern Ireland – about half a million people – live in Belfast. It’s setting is very attractive, nestling in a semicircle of hills, where the River Langan enters Belfast Lough. The city got it’s name from Beile Feirst “the mouth of the sandy ford” – and was founded in 1177 when the Anglo-Normans built a castle here. It began to really expand in the 17th century with the development of the local linen and shipbuilding industries (the Titanic was built here). Sights to see in Belfast City, the Belfast City Hall, built of Portland stone in Classical Renaissance style, dominates the city center. The Linen Hall Library, founded in 1788 is an absolute delight, a cultural centre with exhibitions, a Theater & Performing Arts Archive and a Genealogy and Heraldry collection. Away from the city center you have the Ulster Museum in the Botanic Gardens, near Queens University which has miles of galleries and exhibitions. This lively and friendly city, with historic buildings standing side-by-side with modern creations is a delight not to be missed.