Travel Blogs from Belfast
So we arrived at Belfast International Airport at around 10 in the morning, me and Stephanie had a booze cruise the whole 7 hour flight without sleeping at all, watching foreign movies and listening to Pink Floyd, so as soon as we hit the Merchant Hotel, we slept for about 4 hours.
When we finally got up, we headed to get a picture at …
... and we were by the museum then so paid to go in just to get out of the rain. It was pretty interesting though. A part of history that I remember watching on the news. Time to head to the Giants Causeway rain wind and all. ... Oh my, on the coast it was like 60 mile an hour winds! A lot of brave soles out there with us. It was fun when the rain wasn't pelting you and I was nervous of the camera getting wet but also wanted pics. I was ...
... how it came to be what we see today is truly an amazing site. The strange but beautiful columns contrast with the hills that sit above and the ocean that merges with them below. After hiking around the area, appreciating the landscape and scaling the shepherds steps (all 162 of them that shepherds used to have to carry their sheep herd up for the winter) we departed for the nearby Rope Bridge. This area looks surprisingly similar to some of the islands around Thailand with ...
... spot 100 meters below and the most breathtaking views. It was incredible to see Scotland across the channel. We sat on the grass for a while to soak it all in and appreciate our wonderful vacation. It started to rain during our hike back to the car, the timing was perfect, as was the weather during our entire trip ... perfect. We grabbed some coffee and fanta and took the motorway back to Moira to pack up and prepare for a long day of travel ...
... obviously caught, I said "we can just get a taxi and have him drive around until we recognise something...now guys, just a warning...'Don't ever say that to your worried spouse', it is far better and safer to feign ignorance...my arm is just getting feeling back 8 hours later. Eventually I was able to get wifi on my phone, and look up B&B'S in Belfast and find the place we were staying at, which is very nice. The guy who owns the place ...
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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.