The Merchant Hotel, Belfast
Housed in former headquarters of Ulster Bank dating back to 1850, The Merchant is the grand dame of Belfast hotels, oozing luxury from the moment you ascend the steps. Extravagant is an understatement, The Merchant is a one stop shop for opulence.
Head to The Cocktail Bar to have World Class Drinks Best Bartender in Ireland Andrew Dickey whip you up something special before heading to The Great Room Restaurant, possibly Ireland’s most grandiose dining room.
Head Chef John Paul Leake offers an impressive 9 course tasting menu with emphasis on seasonality of ingredients if you want to really spoil yourselves. Retreat to your immaculately appointed room or stay up to sample one of the Merchant’s three other bars – The Cloth Ear, The Vueuve Cliquot Champagne Lounge and Bert’s Jazz Bar. Better yet, make your way to the rooftop hot tub – a night at the Merchant is one you will never forget.
Art Deco Rooms – The largest hotel rooms in Belfast, 36 Art Deco rooms are luxuriously appointed with mirrored cabinets, professional Hollywood style vanity mirrors, and angular, modern features such as Eileen Gray Bibendum and Corbusier classic chairs.
Victorian Bedrooms – In-keeping with the character of the building, original features, antique furniture and velvet textiles in the Victorian rooms evoke a 19th century feel, with all the 21st modern touches you could ever want or need.
Junior Suites – Steeped in classic and original features with antique works of art, opulent furnishings and a designated lounge area, meaning it is the perfect luxury space to relax and unwind.
Sumptuous Suites – The 5 Sumptuous Suites at The Merchant Hotel are the epitome of grandeur. Named after Irish writers, poets and playwrights, each one of these suites situated around the grand dome of the main banking hall is uniquely and opulently designed to ensure your stay is unforgettable.
The Merchant Cocktail Bar is home to World Class Drinks’ Best Bartender in Ireland, mixologist Andrew Dickey, who will ensure that your experience imbibing at The Merchant is truly world class. Sip a handcrafted cocktail in this sumptuous space with towering high ceilings and a cocktail list of encyclopedic proportions. Casual dining is on offer here throughout the day.
For lovers of smooth jazz and French bistro cuisine, Berts Jazz Bar is the place to be. Evoking the glamour and sophistication of 1930s New York, Berts serves brunch as well as an all day menu of classics such as moules frites and chateaubriand. With live jazz 7 nights a week, there is always a buzzy atmosphere in Berts.
For delicious pub grub in the heart of Belfast, look no further than the Cloth Ear, serving craft beers, ales and stout all day alongside a menu to please everyone.
The Veueve Clicquot Champagne Lounge is the perfect place to sip the iconic Champagne brand in surroundings as luxurious as Veueve itself. With floor to ceiling windows and an antique fireplace, this is the gold standard of Champagne bars.
Possibly the most stunning dining room on this Isle, The Great Room Restaurant is grandeur on a scale all of its own. The Great Room is decorated in Victorian splendour with its glass cupola, Ireland’s largest chandelier and an array of plasterwork detailing, the space is second to none.
Head Chef Johnny Leake creates masterpieces as sophisticated as their surroundings, with meticulously sourced local ingredients and attention to detail. To fully experience chef’s repertoire a Tasting menu is offered every night alongside an extensive a la carte menu of European inspired, innovative dishes. Afternoon Tea can also be taken in these luxurious surroundings and is surely the most memorable arena for ultimate indulgence.
An oasis of calm in the middle of Belfast city, The Spa at The Merchant Hotel is a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Gently heated contoured thermal loungers, a traditional wood lined sauna using dry heat generating sweltering temperatures, n aroma steam room combining the effects of warm steam and aromatic essential oils and a hydro-therapy pool make up the perfect thermal suite to escape from daily stresses.