I had been planning to visit the Merchant for a long time now so when I did finally book in I couldn’t wait to get there. My worry was that I had heard so much about it that there was no way that it could truly live up to its hype. So in the back of my mind I had decided it might be wise to prepare myself for disappointment.
I mean how good could it really be?
How about the location? Surely the amount of bars, restaurants and shopping that they claim is within walking distance would actually require a taxi. C’mon my wife is 35 weeks pregnant she’ll need to hail a cab right? Wrong!! It all the hotels I’ve stayed in Belfast the Merchant literally has it all on its door step. Right in the heart of the cathedral district you have a multitude of dining, drinking, shopping establishments to choose from.
Well, then what about the customer service? Could that be as good as the claim? Well actually it was. From the concierge to the front desk, from the cocktail bar to the restaurants, all the staff was world class. A particular shout out to Nicole from the cocktail bar, friendly, pleasant and helpful.
Surely the room would let me down? No way, when I opened the door I couldn’t help but smile. If you’re anything like me, when you put the room card in the slot and nervously push the room door, you will get all sorts of horror images in your head, such as a chalk outline on the floor, or a mirrored ceiling and sticky brown carpet. When the door to my room in the Merchant was just cracked open widely enough I was able to let of the breath that I was nervously holding. I was in room 230, and what a room it was. This elegant, chic room was so inviting. It was bright and airy, fresh and spotlessly clean. The room had 2 large beds, a very tasteful sleek décor and all the mod cons you could need on your visit. The bathroom was extra-large and hosted a free standing bath and separate shower with the added touch of a marble ledge to sit on to rest your wear legs.
This only really leaves me with the dread of dining. Surely it was terrible? Sadly not, breakfast was very nice served in the opulent surroundings of the great hall. A lovely relaxing experience making you want to stay there until lunch. For dinner we dined in Bert’s Bar, I’ll review this separately as I feel it deserves special mention, needless to say I adored it.
So was I right to prepare for disappointment? Nah, I was being pure ridiculous. The Merchant, with all is pomp, style and grace WILL NOT let you down. Not only is the Merchant the best hotel in Belfast, I’d say it might be up there with the best in Ireland and who knows maybe beyond!! This will go down as one of my favourite trips to the INCREDIBLE BELFAST.
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