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The Merchant Hotel

16 Skipper Street, Belfast BT1 2DZ Northern Ireland
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#5 of 56 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
Taxi service
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
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Full view
100Great for walkers
Grade: 100 out of 100
181Restaurantswithin 0.3 miles
91Attractionswithin 0.3 miles
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Cara M wrote a review Yesterday
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Just back from an overnight stay with my mum at The Merchant Hotel, faultless absolutely amazing rooms,facilities as I'm a wheelchair user and was looked after like a Queen didn't want to leave, cloth ear food outstanding and food all staff should be proud of themselves at the hotel made us feel so welcome,a special mention to Jack in the cocktail bar who was only there two days he's a real asset to the Hotel and a keeper.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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andrewti wrote a review Jan 16
Bangor, United Kingdom33 contributions63 helpful votes
As other reviewers have commented, The Merchant is a top class hotel with fantastic rooms, facilities, service, and food and drink options - cannot fault anything there. But, one of the core markers of a great hotel for me is how well I slept. Unfortunately, is was not well at The Merchant, due to two aspects: 1. Mattress and Pillows: I like firmness for both - the room we occupied had a soft mattress and soft pillows. 2. Heat: The room was too hot to sleep comfortably. Yes, there is air conditioning, but it was noisy and not something you'd have running through the night. The bathroom in particular was like a sauna. I appreciate that that neither of these may bother a lot of people but, for me, it resulted in a sore back/neck and a feeling of dehydration when I got up.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Jason C wrote a review Jan 15
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My elderly mum , son and myself attending an awards evening in Belfast decided to push the boat out and go for a pleasant stay. Well,when we arrived, there was no- one to greet us at the door and after we booked in to reception the girl simply handed us our key and said we are room such and such and then turned away from us. I was flabbergasted ….so I had to ask her how to get to the room and had to ask for help with our luggage. When we got to the room it was ok but after using the bathroom the mirror was fIlthy with finger marks and the bathroom window blind hanging off it’s rail. What do household managers do I ask? I remembering watching a programme about the Merchant on local television and decided to try it ourselves. Well don’t bother …..we even went to the jacuzzi and the cover was still over it and it wasn’t even a strong jet in the jacuzzi…my bath at home is stronger. My advise….for a supposedly 5 star hotel you shouldn’t have to ask staff for basics…..do NOT waste your money. If you want to look at interior just come on off the street and look around and save a fortune. The 3 of us paid a ridiculous amount of money for a very poor experience. The hallway to each room is soooo dark and dingy too. AVOID SAVE YOUR MONEY a 3 star would be better !!!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
PtotheKay wrote a review Jan 12
Newcastle, United Kingdom96 contributions69 helpful votes
This was our first stay in what I can only describe as the heaven of hotels. From entering the front door we where greeted by Ian one of the Concierge,a gentleman and a huge asset to the hotel with his manner. Onto reception we where welcomed by Mark who again another seasoned professional in hospitality and couldn’t have been more than welcoming and gave us all info we required. We stayed on the third floor our room was beautiful with a balcony and a bathroom big enough to put another double bed into. We had dinner in the Cloth ear (separate review done ) Breakfast was in the great room,what an experience that was. Decor amazing,food and staff to match. We look forward to returning for another visit here soon. Do yourself a favour and treat yourself to the Merchant you really won’t regret it. P&E
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Crangle56 wrote a review Jan 4
Dublin, Ireland17 contributions11 helpful votes
We love the Merchant hotel and have stayed many times including our honeymoon. We have unfortunately not been able to visit for the past 2 years due to Covid, we had to cancel our New Year stay last year, so we were really looking forward to staying 3 nights this New Year. There were a couple of issues during our stay, one regarding noise from a bar across the street and a couple of housekeeping problems, but I'm almost loath to even mention them because of the way they were rectified in such an exemplary manner. The standard of service and friendliness we received from the staff was second to none, particularly the duty manger on duty on the night of the 29th December, his name escapes me, apologies. Managers Sarah and Eve, who treated us so well and more than compensated for the issues, such lovely people who really know the true meaning of hospitality and have the skills to really look after their guests. Our room was beautiful, the beds are so comfortable, the bathrooms are very luxurious and the turndown service a lovely touch. Breakfast was beautifully presented and delicious as was our meal in Berts, we had a great night and the live Jazz was fantastic. The hottub on the roof is gorgeous. We have already booked for New Year this year but we hope to he back before then to our favourite hotel.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
$195 - $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 (0.1 miles), Berts Jazz Bar (0.03 miles), and Kelly's Cellars (0.3 miles).
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, Maggie Mays Belfast Cafe, Castle Street, and The Muddlers Club.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Merchant Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center, a sauna, and locker rooms available in the fitness center during their stay.
Does The Merchant Hotel have airport transportation?
Yes, The Merchant Hotel offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is The Merchant Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center 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 center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.