Belfast's Merchant Hotel named best in UK
Belfast city centre hotel the Merchant has been named best in the UK at an industry awards ceremony.
The five-star Merchant picked up the title at the first International Hotel Awards in association with Bloomberg Television, held at the Savoy in London.
The hotel, which was this week cited in Fodor's '21 places to go in 2012', went on to compete against other regional category winners from around the world to find the Best International Hotel with Dubai's Palm being crowned the ultimate winner.
The Merchant Hotel was opened on Waring Street in 2006 by Co Down businessman Bill Wolsey. He spent £10m transforming the Victorian former Ulster Bank premises into one of Northern Ireland's best known and most lauded hotels. The Merchant has now picked up scores of awards for design, accommodation, food and drink.
General manager of The Merchant Hotel Adrian McLaughlin said the accolade is an excellent reflection of the entire team.
"I am absolutely delighted to receive such a prestigious award which reflects the depth and strength of our luxury offering throughout the hotel," he said.