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The Merchant Hotel

16 Skipper Street, Belfast BT1 2DZ Northern Ireland
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#6 of 55 hotels in Belfast
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Property amenities
Paid private parking nearby
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Hot tub
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Nightclub / DJ
Children's television networks
Airport transportation
Fitness / spa locker rooms
Personal trainer
Breakfast available
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary instant cofffee
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Head massage
Steam room
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Butler service
24-hour front desk
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Cable / satellite TV
Hair dryer
Room service
Seating area
Bottled water
Laptop safe
Flatscreen TV
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Room types
City view
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Good to know
Art Deco Style
Historic Hotel
Languages Spoken
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medot wrote a review 22 Sep
Essex England235 contributions88 helpful votes
I booked the "heart of the city" 2 night break. It wasnt cheap but included a three course meal in berts bar, two bus tour tickets and breakfast on each day. My daughter also paid for us to have afternoon tea on our first day. I have got to say from the moment we stepped inside the hotel we were treated like royalty. ABSOLUTELY nothing was too much trouble for the staff. I had chosen a victorian room and I wasnt disappointed. It was amazing and so big. The room had everything you would want and it was lovely to have bottled water, a selection of teas and coffees with biscuits...something i have noticed other hotels seem to have 'abandoned' due to covid!! It was also a lovely gerture to get a balloon and chocolates to celebrate my birthday/anniversay. Afternoon tea was gorgeous and we had a bonus of a free glass of prosecco each as it was "prosecco september". Breakfast, in the restaurant, was amazing and so much choice. we also had a wonderful meal in Berts bar with live jazz music which was a complete treat for us. We even splashed out to a couple of cocktails in the cocktail bar, again not cheap, but it was a special occassion and i LOVED IT. We managed to use the rooftop hot tub twice and the views over the city were fabulous. we had no trouble just walking up to book this and on our last night we could have stayed in the hottub well over our slot as noone else came. Both my husband and i agreed this was the BEST hotel we have ever stayed in. It was completely faultless.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Travel_Happy3 wrote a review 19 Sep
Jersey, United Kingdom44 contributions20 helpful votes
This hotel is absolutely gorgeous. I've stayed in hundreds of hotels, B&B's, hostels etc all over the world and this one is now one of my all time favourites. For such a high end hotel, full of history, it is still amazing value for money. Check out the deals on their website! Staying here was an experience within itself - the room (we stayed in a twin Art Deco room), the food, the cocktails, the music, the spa. Our stay was simply divine!
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: Art Deco rooms are larger and brighter, good for friends. Victorian are very unique and romantic.
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Kathryn J wrote a review 18 Sep
Manchester, United Kingdom46 contributions6 helpful votes
Maybe Belfast and me just aren’t meant to be. The last time I visited I stayed at another hotel there, currently ranked in the top 5 on Tripadvisor, which bills itself as a boutique establishment but which turned out to be a hellish inferno of noise—partiers carousing in the halls inside and riot police patrolling on the streets outside. This time, I thought, things would be different. At first glance, the Merchant seemed like a dream come true. And if I were purely judging it on its handsomely restored public rooms, courteous staff and the truly outstanding meal my husband and I had in the Great Room on the night we stayed there, I’d be giving it 5 stars all the way. Unfortunately, now I look back at the smiling exchange I had with the guy on reception when I checked in with a jaundiced eye, wondering what he saw in me that caused him to put me in what he must have known was a nightmare of a room in the Victorian wing. Room 102, for reference, is located opposite a place called the Spaniard, which has an outdoor terrace playing music that’s annoyingly audible during the day and which becomes teeth grindingly loud on weekend nights—as in, loud enough that our room vibrated with it. Insultingly, the Merchant leaves you some foam earplugs on your bedside table when what you really need is the best set of noise cancelling headphones money can buy. So, two visits to Belfast, two terrible nights’ sleep. The only difference is this time I paid an eye watering £259 for the privilege—the kind of money that should have guaranteed me some peace and quiet.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: I cannot stress enough: avoid rooms 102, 103, 104, 105, 106 and 107 on weekend nights.
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wandagold wrote a review 14 Sep
London, United Kingdom261 contributions97 helpful votes
Fabulous heritage hotel with luxurious rooms, enormous baths and very helpful staff. Breakfast had a good variety of options and the Great Hall for dinner was an experience (but beware it’s very pricey). Very close to the titanic quarter and extremely central .
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Date of stay: September 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Professor97 wrote a review 11 Sep
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At a time when hotels are using every excuse to cut back on the level of service, The Merchant Hotel is best of class. From check in to breakfast to dinner -- all great. The location is perfect -- 6 minute walk from the Belfast Titanic Museum and 5 or 10 minutes from everything else. Surrounded by lively night spots, shops and restaurants. The only inconvenience is that the hotel neighbors multiple outdoor night clubs with outdoor seating and live music. On a Friday and Saturday night, it can be disturbing in your room. So, if you are there on a weekend, book a quiet room if you can.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Ask for a quiet room --- as far away from the neighboring outdoor nightclub as possible.
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US$195 - US$686 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Merchant Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to The Merchant Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Escape Rooms Belfast (0.2 km), Berts Jazz Bar (0.05 km), and Duke of York (0.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Merchant Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Merchant Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Merchant Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Merchant Hotel?
Yes, paid private parking nearby and paid public parking nearby are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Merchant Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Blu Restaurant, Jumon, and The Muddlers Club.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Merchant Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness centre, a sauna, and locker rooms available in the fitness centre during their stay.
Does The Merchant Hotel have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Merchant Hotel offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Merchant Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.6 km away from the centre of Belfast.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Merchant Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Merchant Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.