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The 5 AA Red Star Merchant Hotel is in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast's city centre. It offers luxurious air-conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi, a spa, and a rooftop gymnasium and hot tub. The Merchant is the winner of the Best UK Hotel 2011 award in the International Hotel Awards.

All of the elegantly appointed rooms are decorated with original artwork. They each have black-out blinds, a flat-screen TV, and spacious en suite marble bathrooms.

The Merchant is a Grade I Listed building dating back to 1860. Its Great Room Restaurant has a huge domed ceiling and offers a fine à la carte menu and traditional afternoon teas.

There is a selection of bars, including the Veuve clicquot champagne lounge. Berts Jazz Bar serves food and has live music 7 nights a week.

The Spa has 5 treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy area. There is also a sauna and a steam room located on the rooftop.

Couples particularly like the location — they rated it 9.6 for a two-person trip.

The Merchant Hotel has been welcoming guests since 24 Jul 2009.

Property highlights

Top location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.6)

Want a great night's sleep? This hotel was highly rated for its very comfy beds.

Breakfast info

Full English/Irish, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free


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This property is part of the Travel Sustainable programme, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.

4 reasons to choose The Merchant Hotel

  • Prices you can't beat!
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  • The staff speak English
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Hotel surroundings *
Guests loved walking around the neighbourhood!
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What's nearby
  • Customs House Belfast
    0.1 miles
  • Big Fish
    0.2 miles
  • Victoria Square Shopping Centre
    0.2 miles
  • Albert Memorial Clock
    0.2 miles
  • St. Annes Cathedral Belfast
    0.2 miles
  • Ulster University, Belfast Campus
    0.3 miles
  • Belfast Central Library
    0.3 miles
  • St. George's Market
    0.3 miles
  • The Linen Hall Library
    0.3 miles
  • Belfast City Hall
    0.3 miles
Top attractions
  • SSE Arena
    0.5 miles
  • St. Peter's Cathedral, Belfast
    0.8 miles
  • The Belfast Empire Music Hall
    0.9 miles
  • Titanic Belfast
    1.2 miles
  • Park Centre
    1.7 miles
  • Belfast Castle
    3 miles
  • Malone House
    3.5 miles
  • Clandeboye Estate
    8.8 miles
  • WWT Castle Espie
    10.5 miles
  • Bangor Marina
    11.1 miles
Natural beauty
  • Lake Strangford Lough
    25 miles
Closest airports
  • George Best Belfast City Airport
    2.4 miles
  • Belfast International Airport
    12.4 miles
  • City of Derry Airport
    58 miles
How to get to The Merchant Hotel from George Best Belfast City Airport
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1 restaurant on site

    The Great Room Restaurant

    Cuisine: Local

    Open for: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, High tea

Facilities of The Merchant Hotel
Food & Drink
  • Wine/champagne Additional charge
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
No parking available.
Reception services
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour front desk
Entertainment and family services
  • Babysitting/child services
Cleaning services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Dry cleaning Additional charge
Business facilities
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Meeting/banquet facilities
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key card access
  • 24-hour security
  • Safety deposit box
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Allergy-free room
  • Heating
  • Car hire
  • Lift
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Room service
  • Wheelchair accessible
Wellness facilities
  • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Spa and wellness centre Additional charge
  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
Languages spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
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House rules The Merchant Hotel takes special requests - add in the next step!


15:00 - 22:00

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in


01:00 - 12:00


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodation type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check the conditions of your required room.

Children and beds

Child policies

Children of any age are welcome.

Children aged 16 years and above are considered adults at this property.

To see correct prices and occupancy information, please add the number of children in your group and their ages to your search.

Cot and extra bed policies

There is no capacity for cots at this property.

There is no capacity for extra beds at this property.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are not allowed.

Maestro Mastercard Visa Solo Diners Club American Express The Merchant Hotel accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Please note, any requests made in the Special Requests box at the time of booking are subject to availability.
With our self catering apartments they are subject to a £100 security deposit at check in, which is refunded on departure.

Please note that when booking 3 rooms or more for the same date of arrival an automatic 5 day cancellation deadline will apply

In response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Please inform The Merchant Hotel in advance of your expected arrival time. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly with the contact details provided in your confirmation.

Guests are required to show a photo identification and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

Sauna is closed from Thu 18 Jun 2020 until Wed 30 Sept 2020

Fitness centre is closed from Thu 18 Jun 2020 until Wed 30 Sept 2020

Spa/wellness centre is closed from Thu 18 Jun 2020 until Wed 30 Sept 2020

Hot tub/jacuzzi is closed from Thu 18 Jun 2020 until Wed 30 Sept 2020

FAQs about The Merchant Hotel

  • The Merchant Hotel is 650 yards from the centre of Belfast.

  • The Merchant Hotel offers the following activities / services (charges may apply):

    • Spa and wellness centre
    • Hot tub/Jacuzzi
    • Fitness centre
    • Sauna
    • Massage

  • Yes, there is a hot tub. You can find out more about this and the other facilities at The Merchant Hotel on this page.

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to The Merchant Hotel by:

    • Car 15min

  • The Merchant Hotel has 1 restaurant:

    • The Great Room Restaurant

  • The prices at The Merchant Hotel may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates you select, hotel's policy etc.). See the prices by entering your dates.

  • Guests staying at The Merchant Hotel can enjoy a highly-rated breakfast during their stay (guest review score: 9.0).

    Breakfast option(s) include:

    • Full English/Irish
    • Vegetarian
    • Vegan
    • Gluten-free
    • À la carte

  • Room options at The Merchant Hotel include:

    • Double
    • Suite

  • Check-in at The Merchant Hotel is from 15:00, and check-out is until 12:00.