We have visited the Merchant several times and have enjoyed our stay on each occasion. The location is great, within reach of most of Belfast's attractions.
We have only stayed in the Victorian rooms and have not experienced the newer Art Deco rooms yet. The Victorian rooms are nicely decorated, though they are not necessarily very big rooms. They are actually poorly lit, which makes reading very difficult. Be warned that you may experience noise problems either from the Spaniard pub nearby or from the nightclub. Make sure you have earplugs, which may be supplied in your room.
The staff have always been very friendly and efficient, and very eager to help, so absolutely no complaints there.
One of the best things about the hotel is the wonderful Great Room the dining room with its fantastic ceiling and sculptures. Afternoon teas are very nice, though to be honest, the evening food is not really 5 star quality. The bar in the older part of the hotel is also very nice and comfortable. It has apparently been voted best hotel bar in the world, though it is pricey.
At first, the £15 daily parking charge seems steep, but you will pay that in other city centre hotels anyway (if not more) and you do get valet parking.
Overall, the Merchant is a top class hotel. It is expensive, but you do get what you pay for.
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