Merchant Hotel Opens For Business
We first heard about this hotel last summer and now it is finally open for business. The Merchant Hotel in Belfast, Ireland has transformed the former headquarters of the Ulster Bank, on Waring Street into a luxury boutique hotel of 21 bedrooms and five suites. It took two years to restore the property and the company behind the project, Beannchor spent more than £400,000 on antiques and artwork. Rooms cost from £220 to £600 for the grand suite. Rooms have air-conditioning and flat-screen televisions. Each bedroom is named after a different Irish writer. There is also a commercial gallery in the hotel lobby, showcasing the work of Northern Ireland's best artists. Guests can also hire the hotel's Bentley Arnage.