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The Merchant

20th September 2013

The Merchant Hotel in Waring Street Belfast has long been admired for its distinctive architectural style. Both in its former life as the headquarters of the Ulster Bank and now, in its incarnation as a five star luxury hotel.

The hotel has managed to blend harmoniously and in stunning affect, Victorian grandeur with Art Deco inspired sleek modernity. The design is both grand and lavish showcasing the unspoilt listed interior, and has been described as "Romantic Parisian, with a touch of Venetian decay."

The details throughout the design can be clearly seen with bespoke furnishings, original works of art,
luscious velvets and silks, and specially designed rich wool carpets. The suites all adeptly named after Irish writers, poets and playwrights feature travertine marble bathrooms, free-standing roll top baths, an array of antique furniture, fireplaces and art - this is Victorian grandeur at its best.

The Art Deco rooms reflect the very best of the period with their sleek and uncompromising style. The rooms feature a number of design classics such as the Eileen Gray Bibendum chair and the Corbusier classic chair. Their use of carrera marble walls in the en-suites and statement turquoise tiling create a pared down yet elegant effect.

It is hard to believe that this once opulent hotel was a bank headquarters and that up until 17 years ago tellers sat at their desks. The building still carries on this history and is clearly seen in the simply breath-taking Great Room with its original enamelled glass dome and gold painted decoration.

At ROCO we adore the design and marriage of periods in this hotel, it is a testament to great design and a true escape, as all great hotels should be.

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