A heritage hotel in the historic Cathedral Quarter


Facilities & services

  • 62 rooms and suites
  • Restaurant
  • Cocktail and champagne bar
  • Spa
  • Gym

The former headquarters of the Ulster Bank, The Merchant Hotel is a beautiful heritage hotel dating back to 1860. Located in Belfast’s historic Cathedral Quarter, the hotel is just a stone’s throw from the city’s main attractions.

The Grade A listed building still has telltale signs of its former life, such as the sculptures depicting commerce, justice and Britannia that look down from the magnificant facade. The grand central dome of the main banking hall is still very much a feature of the hotel today. There are 57 rooms – choose from art deco or Victorian style rooms – and five suites named after Irish writers, poets and playwrights. Surrounding the grand dome, these were once the living quarters of the bank’s chief cashier.

The Great Room restaurant with its glass cupola, ornate chandelier and plasterwork detailing is a beautiful space where guests can enjoy two AA Rosette food and exquisite afternoon tea. Travel back in time to 1930s New York and the height of the jazz age at Bert’s Bar, and experience the legendary Irish hospitality at The Cloth Ear pub. There is also a cocktail bar and Veuve Clicquot Champagne lounge where you can indulge in a pre-dinner tipple in front of the antique fireplace.

At the hotel spa you’ll find a thermal and hydrotherapy area with hyro pool, sauna and steam room and there is a fitness centre which looks out across the city.

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