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
- Free WiFi
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
Resplendent is the word I would use to describe The Merchant. It is just modern and funky enough as to not take away from the elegance of its history. My daughter and I spent three nights here on a little side trip. The beds were very comfortable, we loved our views from the third floor, we appreciated the convenience of the beverage and snack station in the third floor hall... We LOVED the parlor- the velvet sofa, the window seats, the views... We loved the lilac bushes in the front yard... Housekeeping does a fantastic job! Very clean!! And Chelsea was so helpful with everything from sights to a recommendation for a local automotive shop for a tire puncture issue. And the location is PERFECT! We walked to everything- shops, eateries, historical sights, etc. Thank you all for the fantastic stay!
5 star, cool , laidback, and perfect. Booked the best room but it never had any windows, just a sky light. it was a beautiful room but not for us, asked to be down graded which they did without
A fuss and even reduced the room rate.
Some really nice touches which made for a perfect stay. Would recommend this hotel to people seeking the best.
Awesome B&B!! It's perfectly located in the heart of downtown Salem, yet it's quiet and all the cool restaurants and shops are all walkable.
Despite it being a historic building, it's very modern and beautifully appointed. The bed and pillows were super comfy and the room always had a clean, fresh smell to it.
Jon and another gentleman with glasses (I'm sorry I forgot his name) were absolute professionals and exuded hospitality.
I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else next time I'm in Salem!
We stayed here before flying out of Boston. We were able to walk to many interesting shops and restaurants! We enjoyed our stay in the beautiful historic inn setting. We had to leave early and missed the morning breakfast but it was a great quiet safe place! We will stay again when we return to Salem.
We really liked the house. The room was spacious with a fireplace. I missed some basic hotel services like phone, bar and elevator. Not very easy access with car. No staff in reception until 8 in the morning but very friendly and helpful when available.