The Merchant Hotel is Belfast’s only AA five star rated hotel after being named the first AA Hotel of the Year for Northern Ireland at the AA Hospitality Awards 2013 - 2014. The magnificent Grade 1 hotel situated in the historical Cathedral Quarter of the city centre has been lovingly and sensitively restored to reveal its original architectural grandeur and interior opulence. In 2010 a further 36 rooms were added to the existing 26 as well as a luxury spa, rooftop gymnasium, a dedicated meetings and events floor and a jazz bar. It is also home to the exclusive fashion boutique, Harper – Northern Ireland’s only stockist of Valentino, Celine and Christian Louboutin of Paris – luxury night club, Ollie’s and The Bar – a classic, multi-award winning cocktail bar.
The hotel’s accommodation facilities are outstanding- each guest room, whether it be Art Deco or Victorian, features 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 the hotel. The Merchant Hotel is also recognised for its fantastic dining facilities including the crown jewel of the hotel – The Great Room Restaurant. This is a sumptuous space evoking effortless and timeless grandeur, situated in the former main Banking Hall of the building where gastronomic delights and afternoon tea are prepared daily for discerning guests. The hotel also hosts Berts Jazz Bar which encapsulates the sleek elegance of the art-deco era, complemented by the very best in live jazz, fabulous cocktails and mouth-watering food. Here you find yourself instantly transported back to the chic, intimate jazz bars of 1930s New York as you enjoy delicious, French bistro style cuisine. For those who prefer something a little more casual there is the hotel’s comfortable public bar – The Cloth Ear. 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.
Its prime location and wealth of five star amenities make The Merchant Hotel the ultimate luxury experience in Northern Ireland.