The Merchant is the only 5 AA Red Star Hotel in Northern Ireland and is situated in the heart of Belfast city centre’s historic Cathedral Quarter. The grandeur of the original Grade A listed building is complemented by an elegant Art Deco inspired wing with a multitude of exciting amenities. The hotel includes a stunning luxury spa, a rooftop gymnasium with panoramic city views, a dedicated meeting and events suite and a fabulous jazz bar.


  1. The Great Room Restaurant

    The Great Room Restaurant

    A quintessential fine dining experience awaits guests visiting The Great Room Restaurant.

    The grandeur of the perfectly preserved original Victorian architecture provides a stunning and fitting backdrop for the divine 2 AA Rosette food conjured up in The Great Room Kitchens by Head Chef John Paul Leake.

    The Merchant Hotel has become renowned for its iconic Victorian afternoon tea in Belfast. This decadent experience is served in in the traditional manner, with finger sandwiches, scones and pastries and of course a fabulous choice of teas.

  2. Cocktail Bar

    Cocktail Bar

    Our multi award-winning bar with staff whose knowledge of all things “imbibable” is every bit as encyclopaedic as our highly renowned drinks selection.

    This beautiful room has many wonderful original architectural features. Antique Baccarat chandeliers and a stunning antique fire complement the design. The Bar at The Merchant serves an impeccable selection of exceptional drinks. From rare spirits to vintage Champagnes – not to mention the award winning cocktail list –  this extensive offering allows us to cater to all tastes – no matter how diverse.

  3. Berts Jazz Bar


    Berts Jazz Bar

    Transport yourself back to the Art Deco glamour of 1930’s New York and the Jazz Age in Belfast’s only dedicated Jazz bar and restaurant: Berts Bar at The Merchant Hotel. Soak up the sophisticated atmosphere and let the cool jazz melodies wash over you. A handpicked list of cocktails completes the extensive drinks selection. A French bistro style menu is complemented by an extensive wine list and, of course, exemplary service.

  4. The Cloth Ear


    The Cloth Ear

    The Cloth Ear is The Merchant Hotel’s comfortable public bar. Situated in the Grade A listed part of the building, it has many original features as well as some modern touches. The pub offers an exceptional range of craft beers, ales and stouts both bottled and on tap as well as a range of lagers and beers from around the world. Visitors can enjoy an extensive range of liqueurs and spirits including a fine portfolio of Irish and International whiskies, as well as a diverse range of new and old world wines, and classic to contemporary cocktails.

  5. Rooftop Bar


    Rooftop Bar

    Our beautifully landscaped Roof Garden is unique to the city and is available all year for private events. Espaliered apple trees, box hedging and seasonal planting make this space a charming city oasis. Overlooking both Skipper and Waring Street, The Roof Garden offers wonderful views over the Black Mountain and Cave Hill. The distinctive “profile” of Cave Hill somewhat resembles a sleeping giant and is said to have inspired Jonathan Swift to write “Gulliver’s Travels”. A fully retractable roof allows flexibility to cope with whatever the weather conditions may be. We have also become renowned for our whimsical and wonderful seasonal themes. Drinks and finger food can be provided for parties of up to 70 people.

  6. Spa



    Open to residents and non-residents alike, The Spa at The Merchant Hotel has been thoughtfully designed to create an environment to restore your physical well being and promote spiritual and emotional harmony. Enveloped in a haven of tranquillity, your senses are stimulated through sensual aromas, gentle music and wonderful treatments. Therapeutic lighting surrounds you and a sense of deep relaxation washes over you. Your mind floats; your body lets go and harmony reigns.

  7. Gym



    Enjoy panoramic views of the city while working out. The Gym is open daily and is open to members as well as guests staying the The Merchant Hotel.

    Opening Hours:

    Monday to Friday from 6.30am until 9.30pm
    Saturdays and Sundays from 8am until 8pm

  8. Ollies


    Ollies Night Club

    Opulence and luxury abound in this intimate space. Ollie’s club is situated in the basement of the Merchant building in what used to be the old bank’s vaults. The brick vaulted ceilings and the old granite walls add to the unique ambiance of the club. As Belfast’s most exclusive nightclub Ollie’s has welcomed a host of celebrities, VIPs and socialites through its stylish doors.

  9. Bedrooms


    Bedrooms At The Merchant

    Lavish 5 star luxury awaits those who book a stay in one of our stunning suites. Named after Irish writers, poets and playwrights, all The Merchant Hotel luxury suites are both beautiful and unique. Surrounding the dome of the main banking hall, these were once the living quarters for the bank’s chief cashier. Today there are spacious and elegant beds befitting of royalty, opulent decor and carefully chosen antiques, making us one of the most unique hotels in Belfast.

Working at The Merchant Hotel is vibrant, collaborative and exciting!

John P. Leake

Head Chef, The Great Room Restaurant


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