The Merchant Hotel

As the only AA 5 Red Star hotel in Belfast, The Merchant offers the wow factor, from exquisite fine dining in The Great Room Restaurant; live jazz seven nights a week in Berts Jazz Bar; award winning cocktails in The Cocktail Bar; a versatile portfolio of spaces for both intimate and large-scale events, with guaranteed exemplary service throughout, it’s sure to impress your clients. On top of this it is in a cracking location to explore the historic Cathedral Quarter of trendy bars, beer gardens, clubs and restaurants. What a place this is!

The Merchant Hotel offers unparalleled five-star service and the height of luxury in the heart of Belfast's historic Cathedral Quarter. The rich history and heritage of this grade A listed building is complemented by a wealth of modern, multi-award winning facilities and services. We absolutely loved The Merchant - it's got that cool mix of funky and sophisticated and they get it absolutely spot on!

We grabbed a few minutes to chat with Claire Bellshaw of The Merchant Hotel, to find out some more info about this super cool venue in the heart of the city...

Address: The Merchant Hotel, 16 Skipper Street, Belfast, BT1 2DZ
Conference Sales Contact:
Claire Bellshaw
Tel: 028 9026 7967

Distance and time from nearest airport: 2.6 miles, 8 minute drive – Belfast City Airport

Distance and time from nearest railway station:
1.2 miles, 6 minute drive, 12 minute walk – Lanyon Place

Parking: The hotel recommend using 'Go Park' which is a public car park on High Street, just opposite the hotel. There is also valet parking for hotel residents - at a small charge

Where do coaches drop off / pick up at venue: On the High Street, outside Berts - right outside the hotel

If you are looking for a UK location make sure Belfast is on your list, What surprised us the most was how quick and easy it was to reach. We flew Liverpool to Belfast and no sooner were we up in the air and we were preparing to land, quicker than our train travel to London!

The Merchant is a luxurious landmark in Belfast offering some of the most unique bedrooms blending Victorian and Art Deco design. An array of elegant meetings and events space offer state-of-the-art facilities and natural daylight in every room.

Their commitment to service was obvious in every member of staff we met, together with their attention to detail, quality foods and extensive wine lists, along with the luxury surrounding of the hotel makes this hotel different to anything else in Northern Ireland.

Bedrooms: 62

With 62 highly appointed and elegant deluxe bedrooms and suites in 2 different room styles - the Victorian Splendour rooms are designed to reflect the Victorian heritage of the original building while the Art Deco inspired rooms reflect the very best of this era with sleek and elegant style. Super stylish and varying in style - the individual design of each room is super cool. There's also four wheelchair accessible bedrooms.

Number of floors: 6

Wi-fi: The hotel has complimentary internet access throughout

Fitness Gym: The Gym at The Merchant Hotel provides members and guests with an excellent range of equipment and facilities. It boasts a state-of-the-art strength and conditioning suite including a substantial range of free weights and functional training equipment. These facilities are complemented by a sleek Art Deco design, panoramic city views and a fabulous thermal area which includes a rock sauna, steam room. Our changing rooms include complimentary toiletries and towels. The Gym is open daily and is open for members and hotel guests.

There's also an 8 person rooftop hot tub with a view over the Titanic Quarter.

Treatment / beauty: The spa at The Merchant Hotel has 5 treatment rooms, a thermal area (with hydrotherapy pool) and relaxation area. It has been thoughtfully deigned to create an environment to restore your physical well-being and emotional harmony.

Restaurants & Bars: There are 4 bars and restaurants here.

We found an outstanding food and drink offering here at The Merchant. The Great Room Restaurant is the jewel in the crown of the hotel and undoubtedly one of Northern Ireland’s most extraordinary restaurants Bert’s is such a great space, a lovely recreation of a 1920s New York bar, all intimate lighting, oak parquet floors, deep red leather banquettes, French bistro-style food and live jazz every night. An award winning the Cocktail Bar known for its rare spirits, vintage Champagnes, and a cocktail list of encyclopaedic proportions.

The Great Room Restaurant - The hotels fine dining restaurant and jewel in the crown of The Merchant Hotel. The sumptuous surroundings and architecture of the former banking hall creates a unique 5* dining experience. An AA rosette awarded restaurant and an architectural gem with a myriad of original features, renowned for its iconic afternoon tea. Also where we serve breakfast and is available for private hire.

Berts Jazz Bar - Bert’s Jazz Bar is Belfast’s only dedicated Jazz bar and restaurant with live jazz every night. A French Bistro style Jazz Bar where guests will find themselves instantly transported back to the chic, intimate jazz bars of 1920’s New York. Bert’s can accommodate up to 48 guests for a private lunch event Monday – Friday, evening hire may also be considered Monday to Wednesday. So take a seat, soak up the sophisticated atmosphere and let the cool jazz melodies wash over you.

The Cloth Ear - The Cloth Ear provides patrons with a pleasing twist on the quintessential Irish Pub. Nestled in the oldest quarter of Belfast, The Cloth Ear has woven a rich seam of wonderful Victorian heritage into what is ultimately a thoroughly modern experience. At The Cloth Ear the welcome is warm and the atmosphere lively. Join us for your first pint of Guinness in the city as we reintroduce the gentle art of conversation.

The Cocktail Bar - Relax in our fantastic Cocktail bar with rare spirits, vintage Champagnes, and a cocktail list of encyclopaedic proportions. This luxurious bar has also been voted the 'World’s Best Hotel Bar' and ‘World's Best Cocktail Bar’ among numerous other awards.

From fun-filled surprise parties to lavish drinks receptions and high-end product launches, The Merchant Hotel has hosted countless memorable occasions. They have a wealth of beautiful rooms and spaces to perfectly suit the style of your event, from the classic Art Deco elegance of The Rita Duffy Room to the unique charm of their roof top garden.

Meeting Space Highlights

Rita Duffy Room

We absolutely LOVED this meeting space! Wonderfully light and well-proportioned, The Rita Duffy Suite is ideal for press events, product launches, fashion shows, meetings, conferences, breakfast meetings, lunch and dinner parties (up to 150 guests) and evening receptions (up to 200 guests). The Rita Duffy Suite can also be separated into three individual rooms to cater for more intimate events.

Best use for room: Breakfast meetings, conferences, lunch and dinner parties, drinks receptions, product launches, fashion shows
Décor/Design features: This elegant and versatile event spaces features our iconic Art Deco styling and several original works of art by exceptional local artist Rita Duffy. Any nice touches: personal pager system for the event organiser ensuring a quick response from our operations team; advanced colour psychology lighting system; information display screen outside the event rooms; menu tasting offered for lunch or dinner parties over 50 guests; fully stocked fridges and stationery boxes; complimentary wifi; professional event coordinator and dedicated host.

The room can also be split into 3 smaller sections.

Natural light: Yes, floor to ceiling windows
Size: Sq.M: 246.4
Reception: 200
Theatre: 200
Cabaret: 96
Dinner: 150
Location: Dedicated space on the 1st floor of hotel

AV Equipment included:
Built in 50” plasma screen in sections 1 and 3 along with built in data projectors and screen, Microphone available with 2 additional roving mics


Alan Quigley Room

The Alan Quigley Room is the only room to offer the Victorian styling of the original building. This unique room features the artwork of talented local artist Alan Quigley and an imposing antique mahogany table. This charming room makes for an elegant boardroom (with a fixed boardroom table) and / or a stunning private dining room.

Best use for room: Breakfast meetings, lunch and dinner, boardroom style events. Really suitable for smaller and more intimate gatherings

Décor/Design features: .This unique room features the artwork of talented local artist Alan Quigley and an imposing antique mahogany boardroom/dining room table.
Any nice touches: Lovely Victorian style

Natural light: Yes
Size: Sq.M: 30.15
Reception: NA
Theatre: NA
Cabaret: NA
Dinner: 16
Location: 1st floor
AV Equipment included: Built in 50” plasma tv screen


Roof Garden

Espaliered apple trees, box hedging and festoon lighting make this space a charming city oasis. The distinctive “profile” of Cave Hill somewhat resembles a sleeping giant and is said to have inspired Jonathan Swift to write his famous novel Gulliver’s Travels. A fully retractable roof allows flexibility to cope with a range of weather conditions. Drinks and finger food can be provided for parties of up to 70 people. An enduring appeal of this versatile space is our ongoing inventive theming. Each spring/summer and autumn/winter we transform this stunning space with a delightful seasonal theme.

Best use for room: Drinks receptions, informal gatherings, quirky meetings, product launches
Décor/Design features: The Roof Garden is perfect for quirky private parties, corporate events and weddings with a difference. In Spring the Roof Garden will be transformed into a Summer Garden Party; sit back and relax with tea, cakes, cocktails, and seasonal delights such as mini goats cheese tarts and crispy calamari. In Winter the Roof Garden becomes a winter woodland theme where you can cosy up and enjoy mulled wine and warming Winter Pimms with mini steak and onion pies and croque monsieur fingers.
Any nice touches: - iPod compatible system or bring your own, retractable roof, fully serviced bar

Natural light: Yes
Size: Sq.M: tbc
Reception: 70
Theatre: 40
Cabaret: NA
Dinner: informal drinks with finger food 70
Location: 4th floor
AV Equipment included: No

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