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... Gerry, he said, would you mind having your photo taken with these Aussies. No problem he said and a photo was taken. Maybe our cabbie was a genuine IRA member because he and Gerry Adams were than just casual acquaintances. The Black Cab tour was very interesting and just showed how stupid the human race can be by killing one another in the name of religion.
Our cabbie dropped us off in the ...
... building a rockery) with the purpose of seeing the grand depart of the Giro D'Italia (the Italian equivalent of the Tour De France.)
Donna not being interested is keeping Zoe happy at home.
Not saying that the plane was small but did not need steps to enter. But once aboard the (Q400 Dash 8) plane the twin propellors kept us in the air fine !!!
The rather large stewardess struggled down the isle in ...
... and the Protestant side of town (Shankhill Road and northeast), they had to erect a wall called the Peace Wall to keep the citizens on both sides safe. Of course it didn't prevent much. Bombs were still thrown over the wall and it had to be built taller on two different occasions. There are also other, shorter walls around Belfast too. Lots and lots and lots of violence and battles and fires and bombs and killings and attacks on IRA/UVF members as well as innocent people. ...
... On October 5th 1968, a protest in Londonderry (also known as Derry, depending on whether you are Unionist or Republican) was broken up violently by police, sparking the troubles. The IRA came out of seclusion, and a number of paramilitary organizations sprung up on both sides. The British Army was deployed in 1969, and would be a constant presence in the country until the 1990's. Studying Defence, Development and Diplomacy I have met a few people who served in ...
We travelled on and eventually landed in Ballintoy which is where we stopped for the night. A tiny, one street, blink-and-you'll miss it town famous only for it's proximity to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge; a major tourist attraction along the Northern Ireland coast.
Here we had a double-bed room in a 'hostel' which was more like a hotel but half the price (ensuite!), run by a very friendly couple, with stunning views of Sheep ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Merchant Hotel Belfast
Well now, this place is a different proposition altogether... The buildings are amazing, the interior is jaw-dropping and the rooms are luxurious - bathrooms outstanding and well stocked with fine toiletries! The staff are unbelievably helpful and will accomoadate your needs and wishes without question. Now, of course this comes at a price - it is not cheap, but there is no feeling of stuffiness. There are a few poseurs strutting about and making a show of being there simply *because* it is expensive, but these 'Del Boy ' types are easily ignored.
Service lets it down
Stayed in the Merchant on 30th September 2006. This hotel has undoubtedly been finished to perfection. A little too dark for my liking but fits in well with the overall style.
We had to wait over an hour to check in as our room wasn't ready - a bit disappointing but hey we headed to the bar to sample a few of the coctails. What was most surprising was the fact that cleaning staff were freely dragging vacuum cleaners and other cleaning products through the bar and the restaurant area - not what you would expect from a hotel of this standard. The room was great and we had breakfast via room service the next morning - ok but not a patch on the infamous Hilton breakfast! Overall our stay was ok but we wouldn't rush back!
I've just returned from a business trip to Belfast where our hosts booked us into the Merchant Hotel. From the warm welcome by William at the door to the amazing decor and cocktails, this was a real treat. The renovation has resulted in a truly beautiful hotel, right down to the last detail. The service was always friendly and Andrew the concierge deserves a medal for his cheery tour for our excited group! The cocktails are to die for. Food's good, but I didn't have anything exceptional, although we dined out that evening, so can only comment on daytime/breakfast fayre. The only downside for me was the lack of daylight. As a former bank, the walls are thick and there few windows. The dome in the centre is stunning and fills the room with light, but elsewhere in the hotel, I was beginning to feel like a mole kept away from the sun!
I stayed in The Merchant Hotel, Belfast last weekend. Service was great, staff were very friendly and helpful. Rooms are luxurious and comfortable. The cocktails in the bar are a must! Breakfast was well-cooked, nicely presented and delivered to the room at no extra cost. There are bars (the spaniard, the potthouse, the northern whig etc.) and restaurants (Nick's warehouse, Tapps, Ba Soba etc.) just outside the door, in the Cathedral quarter, if you want to visit them. The Hotel also has quite a busy nightclub, and there are other nightclubs within walking distance. The area is lively at the weekends, but the hotel is quiet, so you can party, then return to a quiet room for sleeping. I had dinner in "The Great Room" in the hotel. Dinner was good, although slightly over-priced but the decor, service and feel of the restaurant are worth it. The hotel's own website offers reduced rates sometimes e.g £140 per night per room instead of £220 so check that before booking elsewhere. I work in Belfast and did not expect a night in the city to be as enjoyable as it was, but staying in this hotel felt like a real treat and I will definitely stay there again.
Stunning but pricey
A beautiful and stunning hotel, much needed for the top end of the Belfast market but a bit too expensive to be enjoyable. The room and restaurant was top rate but the rest of the facilities seemed cold. The normal Irish hospitality seemed to be stiffled as bar staff all tried to give an air of sohistication, but this only made them seem cold and aloof. If you have money to burn then this is the place to do it . . . in style but unfortunately without atmosphere. Would stay again but only with a crowd of friends and to be honest Belfast has other mid range hotels at a fraction of the price with much better hospitality.
Fantastic hotel!!! Highly recommended
A wonderful renovation. Beautiful dining/bar area and rooms nicely done. Deep soaking tub in our bath. Warm and helpful staff. This will certainly emerge as THE hotel in Belfast and Northern Ireland. Go now while you can get a great introductory rate.
At Long Last!, Belfast has a truly stunning Hotel which can compare favourably with any top hotel in Europe. The owners and designers must be congratulated for achieving within this majestic (originally a bank) building, a wonderfully splendid themed interior which is evocative of a Grand French Romantic character (without being too 'in your face ormolu'!)and employs a wide range of original fine quality artworks and antiques - nothing kitsch, corny, twee or fake here - just the real thing - beautifully done. The quality and service are second to none, staff trained to perfection and obliging. My wife and I truly enjoyed our stay and the Merchant Hotel atmosphere perfectly compliments the 'new vitality' in the Catherderal quarter of Belfast. We look forward eagerly to our next visit.
The Bentley was only the beginning!
The hotel Bentley picked us up from home and conveyed us in style and comfort to the Merchant. That was just the beginning. Friendly staff, excellent rooms and superb food all combined to make this a most memorable stay. This hotel is new to Belfast and we would highly recommend it. It is expensive but we loved it!
I struggled to find an excuse to stay in The Merchant, the newest hotel in the town I was born (only 25 mins. from where I live now).
Friends in the local hairdressing industry invited me to the opening party for this wonderful hotel. The owners have lovingly preserved an old victorian bank and transformed it into a spectacular boutique hotel. From my experience of the party the hotel is targeting the young hairdressers and clothes shop assistants of Belfast. There is an interesting juxtaposition between the old world charm of the hotel and the high street style of the guests, however this in no way detracts from the welcoming environment. The only flaw at the launch was that the lack luster bar staff appeared to be under pressure for most of the evening, which I put down to teething problems. I believe the Merchant will quickly become the catalyst in lifting Belfasts nightlife into the 21st century.