“The former 19th century HQ of the Ulster Bank, complete with gloriously pompous decoration in the Great Room and lofty suites that were once the private rooms of the Director, has helped to restore Belfast's status with its stunning transformation into an evocation of romantic Napoleon III-style Paris, including a superb bar serving, amongst many others, the world's most expensive cocktail. Though atmosphere isn't quite as louche as its decor suggests – once a bank, always a bank – it's admirably unusual and dramatic for a city hotel. Affordable standard rooms.”
Written by Fiona Duncan
“We are delighted to announce that The Merchant Hotel has recently been awarded Hotel Accommodation of the Year at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards 2012. January also saw The Merchant Hotel awarded Best Hotel UK at the prestigious International Hotel Awards!
The five 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.
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 is just 2km from Belfast Central Railway Station and main bus stations, 5.6km from Belfast City Airport and 28km from Belfast International Airport.”
Belfast is a city on the up, and nowhere is this more evident than the Cathedral Quarter, where the The Merchant can be found. Grand in style, with elements of Victorian and the 1970s thrown into the mix, this is the kind of establishment where guests can book the resident Rolls-Royce Phantom for an afternoon.
Originally published by The Telegraph (view article)