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Our Awards

Our Awards & Industry Recognition

Since it opened The Merchant Hotel has received wide acclaim from customers, critics and organisations alike. Unparalleled service, superb restaurants and first class facilities have won the hotel a series of prestigious international awards.

Below are a few of our most recent awards and honours:

  • Irish Craft Cocktail Awards Best Cocktail Bar in Ulster, 2017
  • The World Travel Awards, Northern Ireland's Leading Hotel, 2017
  • GNI Award Best Same Sex Wedding Venue, 2017
  • DANI Awards Best Campaign in Travel, Hospitality and Leisure for Decade of Decadence Marketing Campaign, 2017
  • Irish Restaurant Awards, Best Hotel Restaurant in Antrim (The Great Room Restaurant), 2017
  • GNI Award Best Same Sex Wedding Venue, 2016
  • AA Five Red Star Rating, 2015
  • Belfast Business Awards Best Hotel, 2015
  • Janus Awards Front Office Manager of the Year, Sharmaine Dickson 2014
  • AA Spirits Award for Service of Spirits and Cocktails, 2014 
  • Fodor’s 100 – One of only 11 hotels worldwide in Fodor’s enduring classics category (alongside The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok and The Savoy, London), 2014 
  • AA Hotel of the Year Northern Ireland, 2013 
  • Grub Club Best Restaurant (The Great Room Restaurant), 2013 
  • Janus Awards Restaurant Chef of the Year (Johnny Leake, The Great Room Restaurant), 2012 
  • Northern Ireland Tourism Awards Best Hotel Accommodation, 2012
  • International Hotel Awards Best UK Hotel, 2012 
  • UK Hotel Awards Best UK Hotel, 2011 
  • Fate Awards NI, Best Hotel, 2011 
  • Belfast Business Awards Best Bar (The Cloth Ear), 2011 
  • Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards World’s Best Cocktail Bar 2010 
  •  Fate Awards NI, Best Cocktail Bar, 2010 
  •  Belfast Business Awards Best Restaurant (The Great Room Restaurant), 2010 
  • Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards World's Best Hotel Bar 2009 
  • Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards World's Best Drink Selection 2009 
  • Tales of the Cocktail Spirit Awards World's Best Cocktail List 2009 
  • Imbibe Magazine Best Boutique UK Hotel Bar, 2009 
  • NI Tourism Awards Hotel of the Year, 2008 
  • RICS Award for Excellence in the Built Environment (Major Conservation & Restoration Category), 2008 
  • Hospitality Ireland Awards Best Boutique Hotel, 2007 
  • Belfast Business Awards Best City Hotel, 2007
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