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The Merchant Hotel, Belfast

The Merchant Hotel

Set in an ornate Victorian building with an Italianate façade, The Merchant Hotel exudes character from every angle. Slender, stone columns, elaborate statues, detailed plasterwork and a grand central dome give an instant sense of grandeur.

The luxurious hotel retains many of the building’s historic details, but the decor is more modern with rooms furnished in either elegant Victorian or sophisticated Art Deco style.

While the centrally located hotel is surrounded by restaurants and bars, the opulence of the property’s Great Room Restaurant is unmatched. This award-winning restaurant is renowned for its gorgeous interior, fresh, seasonal menus and attentive service. The Merchant Hotel also offers several other dining venues, intimate bars and a lavish spa featuring a rooftop hot tub.

Our rating: Deluxe

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To suit different tastes the property offers guests rooms styled in a rich, Victorian manner or a lavish Art Deco style. The classic Victorian bedrooms reflect the original decor of the building and feature high ceilings, patterned wallpaper, velvet throws, rich silks and antique furniture. In contrast, the Art Deco rooms embody artistic elegance with their Hollywood-style vanity mirrors, bold geometric carpets and use of vibrant blues and golds. Additionally, these rooms are adorned with fashionable, occasionally risqué, artwork. Regardless of style, all rooms are spacious and equipped with air-conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, smart TV and a marble bathroom, most of which have a separate bath and shower.


Located on the edge of the Cathedral Quarter, The Merchant Hotel is surrounded by charming, cobbled streets lined with gourmet restaurants and lively pubs. The hotel is also close to Belfast’s main shopping areas. The domed, multi-level Victoria Square shopping mall is approximately five minutes south of The Merchant Hotel, while the famed St George's Market is about five minutes further away on foot.

Food and drink

The hotel's Great Room Restaurant is set in a remarkable hall featuring ornate columns, arched doorways, gilded mouldings and a sparkling chandelier in a glass cupola. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served from an à la carte menu featuring the finest, local ingredients complemented by expert service.

The sophisticated ambience is continued in the elegant Champagne Lounge and in Bert’s Jazz Bar which serves a French bistro menu. The atmospheric hotel pub, The Cloth Ear, serves light, informal dishes.

Facilities and activities

The state-of-the-art gym is well equipped with a range of cardiovascular and strength training machines, as well as free weights, a rock sauna, aromatherapy steam room and a rooftop hot tub which offers panoramic city views. After visiting the gym, guests are encouraged to unwind in the spa which offers a variety of indulgent body and beauty treatments.

Our opinion

A top Audley property, we love the Merchant’s grand, stylish interior and its opulent Great Room is worth a visit in its own right.

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