The Merchant is heaven on earth. My wife and I had a wonderful time here, celebrating her birthday (thanks Niall).
After a bit of difficulty we managed to find the correct approach to the hotel. We parked outside and the concierge greeted us, took our luggage to reception and organised for our car to be parked (parking can be expensive, but it was included in our deal). We received a very warm greeting at reception and the concierge then brought us to our Art Deco room.
It definitely had the “WOW” factor: it was a very spacious room (with an equally spacious bathroom) full of glitz and glamour (for glamour, there was a dressing table which was lit just like in a star’s dressing room). A large comfortable bed was centre-piece and luxurious furniture and photographic prints completed the Art Deco look.
Afternoon Tea in the grandeur of the The Great Room is an experience. This room was also used for breakfast. The surroundings and superb service made us feel that we were in a different era. Breakfast was cooked to order and made a welcome change from the breakfast buffet, where ingredients can linger and continue to cook until selected, if at all.
We enjoyed a sumptuous dinner in Bert’s Jazz Bar, and we able to stay in our seats for the great Jazz session that followed later at night.
The hotel was within easy walking distance from the shopping precincts and other restaurants. We enjoyed a drink (or two) in the bar opposite (The Spaniard), The Crown and the Duke of York.
I can recommend the hotel without hesitation: quality costs but The Merchant is worth it.
Thanks to all concerned for a wonderful break away from reality.
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- Also Known As:
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