A Guide to the Best Belfast Hotels

The Merchant Hotel - A famous Belfast Hotel

Updated On: April 29, 2024 by   MariseMarise

Are you planning on visiting Belfast soon? Do you wish to be treated to the most glamorous luxuries? Do you want to know what 5-star really means?

Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland, boasts a rich history, vibrant culture, and stunning landscapes. Whether visiting for business or pleasure, selecting the perfect accommodation can significantly enhance your experience. From luxurious five-star hotels to charming boutique options, Belfast offers diverse accommodations to suit every traveller’s preferences and budget. This guide’ll explore some of the best hotels Belfast offers, ensuring a memorable stay in this dynamic city.

Keep reading for information on two of the best Belfast hotels.

Belfast Hotels
The Merchant Hotel, home to Bert’s Jazz Bar, Belfast.

5-Star Belfast Hotels: 

Firstly, what makes a 5-star hotel worth this rating? In 2007, four groups joined to create the UK ranking system: The Automobile Association (AA), VisitBritain, Visit Scotland and VisitWales. They have created a set of standards expected for each rating. A 5-star hotel is expected to have everything ratings 1-4 have, plus more. A 5-star hotel is scheduled to have additionally:

  • access to book any date throughout the year
  • A restaurant which serves all meals, 7 days a week
  • a bath in at least 80 % of rooms
  • exceptionally proactive services and customer care
  • hired multilingual receptionists
  • extra services such as valet parking, concierge, afternoon tea, and 24-hour reception and room service
  • additional services such as a second dining room, a business centre, a spa, and a luxury suite (permanent, containing three separate rooms: a bedroom, lounge and bathroom)

Belfast has many hotels of a high standard, however, only two are classed as 5 star: The Merchant Hotel and The Fitzwilliam Hotel.

The Merchant Hotel

The Merchant Hotel Belfast, Warring Street, Northern Ireland

Located in the heart of Belfast’s historic Cathedral Quarter, The Merchant Hotel is renowned for its opulent luxury and exceptional service. Housed in a former bank building dating back to the Victorian era, this five-star hotel seamlessly blends classic elegance with modern amenities.

Guests can choose from various beautifully appointed rooms and suites, each exuding sophistication and style. The hotel’s signature, The Merchant Suite, offers unparalleled luxury with its spacious living area, marble bathroom, and panoramic city views.

The Merchant Hotel offers a range of rooms in their Victorian and Art Deco designs:

  • Their Victorian-style rooms are available in deluxe, twin, and suite and are accessible.
  • Their Art Deco-styled rooms are available in deluxe, deluxe twin and accessible.

In addition, to push themselves to the 5-star rating, the Merchant Hotel offers two Junior Loft Suites and five Sumptuous Suites.

The Merchant’s Sumptuous Suites provides:

  • Antique furnishings and many pieces of artwork
  • Super king-size beds
  • velvet throws made from lambswool
  • marble bathrooms
  • deep roll top baths
  • rainfall showers
  • (two of them) restored antique fireplaces
  • (one) Victorian mahogany four-poster bed
Belfast Hotels
The Merchant Hotel – A famous Belfast Hotel


One of the highlights of The Merchant is The Great Room restaurant, which provides a 5-star dining experience. It serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner. The menu offers a range of options for every meal, including separate dinner menus for those with any form of food allergy or requirement (such as vegetarian, nuts, and gluten-free) and kids.

There are two breakfast options: business breakfast, a continental breakfast price, and the a la carte breakfast menu served in The Great Room restaurant. Of course, as a 5-star hotel, it also provides afternoon tea. The Merchant’s afternoon tea is iconic within Belfast, complete with finger sandwiches, pastries, and a variety of teas.

What sets The Merchant’s beverage selection apart is its Water Menu. Within this menu, there is a selection of bottled water from around the world. Their most expensive bottled water is Iceberg natural still water from the Canadian Arctic Ice Shelf, Newfoundland, at £26.45 per 750-millilitre bottle.

Unique Offers at The Merchant Hotel

One unique feature which sets this hotel apart is that it offers guests a Rolls Royce driver. Guests can request the Rolls Royce Phantom and chauffeur for weddings, pick up/ drop off at the airport, or dine at The Great Room restaurant.

A second, arguably the best, unique feature that The Merchant offers is its rooftop hot tub! With a fully equipped gym and spa, this rooftop wonderland sets it apart. With amazing views of Belfast, there is no better place to relax and enjoy your time in the city.

Hotel Location

Guests will never be bored staying at The Merchant, which is within walking distance of the Cathedral Quarter and Belfast city centre. An abundance of shops, restaurants, and bars just seconds away makes this location the perfect city break destination.

The Fitzwilliam Hotel

Each room and suite at The Fitzwilliam Hotel features modern amenities, including plush bedding, flat-screen TVs, and high-speed internet access. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s 24-hour room and concierge services for a truly personalized experience.

Complete with Nespresso coffee facilities, a complimentary mini bar with sweet or savoury goodies, complimentary Fiji water, a GHD hairdryer, super king-size beds with Egyptian cotton, and, of course, luxurious robes and slippers for maximum comfort.

Guests who choose this suite are also offered many additional services (some with additional charges). The complimentary services are:

  • superfast WiFi with private VPN network SSID
  • 24-hour room service
  • evening turndown
  • shoeshine
  • garment pressing
  • dry cleaning
  • valet parking
  • daily international newspapers
  • use of the Gym

The services offered with additional charges include:

  • Victoria Square personal shopper (£200 per day)
  • Private butler service (£400 per day)
  • Private chauffeur and waiting on (£400 per day)

The AA awarded the restaurant at The Fitzwilliam a Rosette, also a proud member of Taste of Ulster and the Restaurants Association of Ireland. The head chef, Chef Dean Butler, describes his food as classic but modern. He earned the Institute of Hospitality’s “Chef of the Year” title. Due to this, this restaurant is associated with luxury and class. As a 5-star hotel, afternoon tea is offered at £27 per person. Open 7 days a week, serving all meals and providing room service.

Unique Offers

With many function rooms, The Fitzwilliam Hotel ensures guests have fun during their stay. Private dining is available for groups of up to 50 people. The Fitzwilliam can provide Murder mystery-themed dinners in the boardroom for 14-22 people, costing £65 per person.

Another fun activity that is offered is a cocktail master class. It is £30 per person and includes sparkling wine and canapes on arrival. Each guest gets to make and enjoy two delicious cocktails.


The Fitzwilliam is located in Belfast’s city centre next to the Grand Opera House, minutes away from shopping, bars, and nightlife. There is much to enjoy while staying in this hotel, making for a memorable time in Belfast.

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