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What We Love

  • Fascinating history spans building’s previous incarnations as a home, a rare books shop and a tavern
  • Smart, whimsical design blends historical elements with a contemporary aesthetic and modern conveniences
  • Salem historical attractions and restaurants are just a short walk away

What To Know

  • On-site parking is not available; free parking passes are available for a nearby lot
  • Rooms are designed for two occupants; suites can accommodate more people, with a fee of $50 per person, per night
  • There’s no restaurant on the property, but the rate includes pastries at a local cafe

Amenities

  •  Free WiFi
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Overview

Brand new boutique hotel in historic Salem beautifully blends history, maritime style and modern-day amenities

The Lowdown

Salem’s fascinating history comes to life in this gorgeously designed boutique hotel, which at various times has served as a private home, a tavern and a rare book store and is set to open in late November 2015 as its newest incarnation. Style-savvy travelers will swoon over Boston-based interior designer Rachel Reider’s nautical-leaning historic yet contemporary aesthetic, which is complemented by an eye-popping palette of rich, bright colors and Asian accents. All 11 guestrooms feature unique design and modern-day amenities like gas fireplaces, Apple TV and heated bathroom floors. The hotel’s interiors are full of other timeless gems. The original paneling, stunning “floating” staircases and restored wainscoting, for example, are the work of renowned 18th-century architect Samuel McIntire.

In the Area

Salem may be one of America’s most history-rich cities, but its modern-day dining scene has been exploding. The hotel is located in the historic McIntire District, so when you’ve had your fill of museums and historical tours (no visit to Salem is complete without a stop at the Salem Witch House, where the infamous trials took place, and the Salem Witch Museum), hit one of the many excellent nearby restaurants. Bambolina is known for mouthwatering wood-fired pizzas, the newly opened Opus serves excellent sushi and a creative menu of locally inspired small plates, and Finz is a locals’ favorite, with a waterfront setting and consistently tasty seafood.

How to Get There

The Merchant
148 Washington Street
Salem, MA 01970 United States

Reviews

Excellent with a few minor quirks
Metlhed27

Just spent 3 nights here and enjoyed it very much. Hotel is centrally located within walking distance of everything in town. It is beautifully remodeled, clean and comfortable. Staff was extremely helpful, friendly and courteous. Bed was very comfy for both of us. Minor complaint of my girlfriend's was lack of space in bathroom to place toiletries. There is zero counter space. Biggest complaint was weird gurgling sound coming from A/C unit. It wasn't super loud but was distracting at times. The system works well just a bit noisy. The keypads on the exterior doors were kind of a nuisance also- nothing major but it sometimes took a few tries to get in the front door! Overall, a truly enjoyable stay and would def recommend to those seeking something different. We have stayed in several Lark hotels and never had a serious issue to speak of. They do things right and we will continue to book trips to other Lark hotels as well.

Cool Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Salem
Kwajtraveler

Unique upscale furnishings and touches throughout the hotel made this a special stay. The rooms have an old world meets European travel vibe with plush bedding and towels. The staff was exceptional in both checking us in to our room and providing tips for what to see. Both John and Tamara were great hosts. The hotel has snacks available during the day and several nice seating areas for gathering. The breakfast included tapas sized quiches, muffins and banana bread as well as fresh fruit, yogurt and biscuits. All of the food appeared locally sourced and fresh. I would recommend this hotel for a nicely unique experience.

Exceptional Stay, Fantastic Staff, Thoughtful and Tasty Breakfasts
ChefNick68

This is a lovely property with a great location for walking around Salem. Tamarra and her staff are great hosts and she is so very thoughtful. We arrived on our anniversary - and soon after check-in a lovely bag with thoughtful treats arrived at our door. The Room was comfortable, and the whole property is decorated very creatively and tastefully.
Tamarra and her team had lovely breakfasts each morning - and even accommodated a dairy allergy with delicious alternatives each morning! Thank You All for a great start to our vacation. Don't miss Ledger restaurant for dinner- just down the block!