The Merchant Hotel

Belfast, Northern Ireland and Donegal, Ireland

At a Glance

  • Superb location on the edge of Belfast’s lively Cathedral Quarter, with its shops, bars and restaurants
  • Gorgeous views over Belfast Lough

  • One of Northern Ireland's finest restaurants

  • Superb spa facilities

  • Great base for exploring the Antrim Coast

  • Rooftop gym with sauna, steam room and hot tub with city views
  • Unique blend of Italianate style and Art Deco heritage
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It is very difficult to predict the weather in Ireland - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but Ireland does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Bert’s Jazz bar offers live jazz music 7 nights a week, the only bar of its kind in Belfast 

Get ready in the professional ‘Hollywood Style’ vanity mirror found in all the Art Deco rooms.

Marvel at the crystal chandelier in the breakfast room which costs more than a Bentley car!

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On the edge of Belfast’s trendy Cathedral Quarter, the Merchant Hotel is a unique blend of Victorian grandeur and Art Deco elegance, housed inside the former Ulster Bank headquarters, dating back to 1860.

Reincarnated as a stylish luxury hotel, the 19th century Giffnock sandstone façade of the Merchant Hotel was once the headquarters of the Ulster Bank. Today, this Grade A listed building has been transformed (and recently renovated) to create an elegant and opulent space at the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, where the historic cobbled streets are lined with trendy restaurants and bars.

The Merchant’s 62 stylish rooms and suites are spread throughout the Victorian heart of the hotel and the recently added Art Deco wing. The lavish bedrooms are highly appointed, with luxury en-suite bathrooms and amenities. Located in the newer wing of the hotel, the Deco Decadence rooms ooze sleek, 1930s glamour with classic touches reflecting the Art Deco period and Carrera marble bathrooms. In contrast, the Victorian Splendour rooms occupy the original 19th century wing, with antique furnishings, opulent fabrics and lavish, travertine marble bathrooms, complete with roll-top baths. The larger suites, named after famous Irish writers, poets and playwrights, offer plenty of space in their luxurious surrounds, with high ceilings, antique furnishings and unbridled Victorian grandeur.

Located at the heart of the hotel, the Great Room is The Merchant’s main restaurant, serving up sublime twists on traditional classics and a sumptuous afternoon tea. Amongst the ornate columns and gilded, Italianate ceilings, sample the seven-course tasting menu and experience one of Belfast’s finest dining experiences. For a more informal meal, head to the 1920’s inspired Bert’s Bar, with its leather-banquette seating and parquet floors. Serving up French bistro style fare and expertly mixed cocktails, Bert’s transforms into a live jazz venue each evening, perfectly capturing the spirit of the Art Deco era. The Cloth Ear, the Merchant’s very own pub, offers up a tasty menu of classic pub favorites, whilst Ollie’s Club is a sophisticated, state-of-the-art nightclub within the confines of the hotel.

Hidden away in the tranquil basement of The Merchant is their state-of-the-art spa, with five private treatment rooms and an atmospheric feel. Indulge in a pampering massage or simply relax in the luxury hydrotherapy area. For a more high-octane break from exploring Belfast, the hotel’s rooftop gym is home to a fully-equipped fitness studio, steam room, sauna and outdoor hot-tub with a view of the Belfast city skyline.

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The Merchant’s 64 luxurious rooms and suites are split between the original Victorian heart of the hotel and the newer Art Deco wing. The Victorian Splendour rooms and luxurious suites are designed to reflect their historic surroundings, with high ceilings, opulent fabrics and ornate bathrooms, complete with deep soak bathtubs and luxurious marble bathrooms. The Deco Decadence rooms capture the spirit of the 1930s with their Art Deco charm, fitted with more modern design classics and taking the title of the largest rooms in Belfast. The larger Suites offer additional space, Travertine marble bathrooms with roll top baths and original antique furnishings.

Art Deco Room

These Art Deco inspired bedrooms offer the best of the Art Deco period with their sleek style and huge space. The bedrooms are classically appointed and feature large bathrooms, separate walk in showers and Carrara marble walls.  They have the option of a King bed or two twin beds.

Victorian Room

These Victorian inspired bedrooms offer the best of the Victorian era with their design and furnishings. The bedrooms are classically appointed and feature large bathrooms, separate walk in showers and antique and bespoke furnishings.  They have the option of a King bed or two twin beds.

Junior Loft Suite

The Junior Suites are designed to imitate the Victorian era.  They have a comfortable lounge area, a king bed and deep roll top baths with rain fall showers.

Sumptuous Suite

These spacious suites feature lavish decor and antique furnishings and a comfortable lounge seating area.  They have a king size bed, deep roll top bath tub and separate walk in rain fall showers.


There are no specific childcare facilities on offer at The Merchant, however additional rollaway beds and cots are available upon request, alongside children’s menus in the hotel’s restaurants.


With an array of drinking and dining venues houses within the historic walls of The Merchant, you are spoiled for choice. The grandiose surroundings of The Great Room provide a backdrop for fine dining classics and a sumptuous afternoon tea, whilst more casual confines and a French-bistro menu can be found at Bert’s Bar and Restaurant. The hotel’s very own pub, The Cloth Ear, is the perfect place to retreat for a drink and some casual food, whilst Ollie’s Club is a sophisticated nightclub in stylish surroundings, ideal for some late night dancing. Elsewhere in the hotel, the tranquil basement spa with its five private treatment rooms is the perfect place to retreat to for some pampering, and fitness enthusiasts will enjoy the rooftop gymnasium, sauna and outdoor hot tub with city views.


  • Belfast & the Titanic

    Completely transformed in recent years, Belfast is now an exciting city with beautifully restored Victorian architecture, a superb culinary scene and music-filled pubs. At the heart of it all, the Titanic Experience is a must-see exhibit.

  • The Magnificent Antrim Coast

    Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast is justifiably famous for the Giant’s Causeway, a wonderful coastline and some of the most beautiful and most varied scenery in Northern Ireland.

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Belfast, Northern Ireland and Donegal, Ireland

The Merchant is set on the edge of the city’s Cathedral Quarter, the epicenter of Belfast’s lively nightlife scene with popular bars and restaurants lining the streets. The city center is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel, whilst Belfast International Airport is 30 minutes away by car.

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