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
my perfect type of small hotel ..right in the middle of the action beautifuland funky decor with fine detail to modern luxury ..there was a fantastic breakfast and a great downstairs sitting room ..modern amenities hip and authantic all at the same time
Spent three days and two nights at The Merchant, and it was a lovely experience start to finish. The decor feels fresh and new - we were in room #4 and it was spacious and gorgeous with a very comfortable bed and great fireplace. The breakfasts in the morning had a great variety of tasty options including little fluffy quiches, delicious yogurt, pineapple with cinnamon (which I recommend mixing with the yogurt), and much more. The service was extremely friendly and helpful.
The location was excellent: we parked when we arrived on Monday, and didn't touch the car again until we left town on Wednesday, despite bad weather. Everything was easy walking distance, and I was pleased to see a number of the restaurants I had researched were literally a block or two away.
I would most definitely come back to The Merchant if I visit Salem again.
This is our second time staying at the Merchant and we couldn't be happier with our stay both visits. The staff is friendly and unobtrusive, the snacks and drinks available throughout the day are inviting. Beds are super comfortable and the decor is Fantastic! Looking forward to our next visit when we opt for the Merchant vs. staying with family when we visit Salem.
Room was clean and modern in a cozy setting. Building was restored older structure with charm and style in a great location downtown. Walking distance from many local attractions. I have 0 negative things to say, it was a great room and the staff was excellent. I will look for Lark hotels where ever I travel from now on. Worth the money.
Having lived in Salem for 14 years, we didn’t want to stay somewhere boring on a visit back. The Merchant was such a great find. It had the perfect mix of luxury and homey feel to it. The lounge was a great space for relaxing and drinking wine. You can’t get any more central in the city, but being set back, it felt private and comfortable. The staff was so welcoming, and there many thoughtful touches. The room was spacious and had great light with high ceilings. Definitely going back!