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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


  •  Free WiFi
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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


5.0 Excellent 287 Reviews
History steeped in comfort and home made touches
Reviewed 1 day ago

We were well greeted after our drive from Montreal and instantly loved the feeling of the place. Old history in every corner with modern comfort at every turn. The decoration is welcoming - makes you want to curl up with a book and tea immediately. Our room was very clean with crisp linens, A/C and heat at our control - even a gas fire place in the room. We loved keeping our window open for the fresh air. Breakfast (included) was original and very tasty. Coming home one night we smelled the muffins and pastry being baked for the next morning and realized that it is freshly made by the staff. Small portions set out buffet style to enjoy quickly and be on the go... or slowly with a good coffee. Parking was made easy with a free pass on a lot across the street. Everything is in walking distance in Salem.. so park and enjoy the town. We had an excellent meal at the Mediterranean restaurant across the street. Highly recommended for couples looking for quiet and pampering get away.


Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our 1st time staying in this historic Inn and we were highly impressed! The staff is so friendly and helpful and we asked quite a few questions and relied on them for many recommendations, and they were so accomadating! The afternoon snacks and mixer bar was such a treat too! We were right in the heart of Salem and was able to walk to everything! The room we stayed in as well as the common areas of the hotel were very clean and orderly, which is huge for us!We would definately stay in another Lark hotel!

Reviewed 1 month ago

This is a lovely hotel old with a lot of character. Coffee and tea homemade cookies available all day .
Lovely rooms very comfortable beds .staff all very helpful
Nice breakfast in the morning with plenty of options
Would stay again As in centre of Salem

You MUST stay here!
Reviewed 2 months ago

I travel a lot for work and this has been my favorite spot. The hotel is simply 5 stars because of so many aspects.
1. The staff is incredible!! They are thoughtful, happy, go out of their way, carry your bags, get you milk, and have great suggestions. Tammara and Chelsea were equally fabulous...better than all hotel staff I usually encounter.
2. Coffee, sparkling and snacks are free around the clock. Free internet. Cocktail make it yourself bar in evening.
3.The entire hotel has divine decor. Truly an artist's paradise.Comfort and beauty has been a priority.
4.THE ROOMS- just the best part. I stayed in a room that George Washington stayed in and my friends was just as nice but different. So spacious, working fireplaces that truly heat up the whole room quickly, great views, superb products(and I am picky), and the bed was the best! Many choices of fluffy pillows and sizes.I wanted to just stay in my room.
5. Clean, clean,clean!
6.Breakfast- again included with room and so fresh, lots of choice and healthy with vegan option.

Awesome stay!
Reviewed 2 months ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our stop over in this historic inn. It is within walking distance to all of Salem. The hospitality, snacks and breakfast were all welcomed surprises. The bed was comfy and we enjoyed the heated flooring and the fireplace too. We're definitely looking forward to returning at some point in the future!