The Victorian bank was designed by James Hamilton of Glasgow with carving by Thomas Fitzpatrick. It served as Ulster Bank’s headquarters until they moved to new offices beside Belfast City Hall in 1999.
Being a Grade A listed building it has been carefully converted into a luxurious 5-star hotel, The Merchant which opened its doors in 2006. Many of the original features of the building still remain. You can admire the stucco work, mosaics and stained glass of the original banking hall which now serves as an elegant dining room.
The hotel is renowned for its luxurious accommodation, elegant cocktail bar, excellent service and superb food, served in the spectacular Great Room restaurant.