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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

5.0 Excellent 280 Reviews
Peabody Essex Museum Visit
Reviewed 4 days ago

Decided to stay in Salem a couple of days to have time for unhurried visit to PEM. The Merchant was exceptional, beyond our expectations. Location for PEM and historic Salem was perfect. We were able to walk to everything. The staff was lovely, they provided great service and recommendations for eating establishments. The room was very comfortable, heated floors were much appreciated, the fireplace is a nice amenity, unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), we didn't use it due to unseasonably warm temps in February. We loved the gathering room downstairs for evening tea and reading. Also appreciated that they have mixers and bar set-up for those wanting something stronger than tea. We might avail ourselves of that on another occasion. The building is wonderfully historic and the design/aesthetics were magnificently done.

My favourite Hotel!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We finally made it to Salem! I booked the hotel on looks and boy were we not disappointed! This is a beautiful hotel, well ran with smashing staff. Good parking and even a little breakfast on a morning. Rooms were super cosy with their own fireplaces. I loved here so much we are already booked again for 2019. As we come over from England, the choice we have is massive, this Hotel was head and shoulders above expectations.

perfect location and perfect hotel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is right in the center of the historical town, an historical building itself but with all the amenities of a modern hotel. large rooms with plenty of windows, new bathroom with great shower, furniture in the style of Salem but very comfortable including the bed,, a gaz fireplace for atmosphere, good heat and good lighting. the ladies who take care of the house could not be nicer. there is no coffee machine in the room but there is hot coffee downstairs and hot tea at all time. the wifi works very well everywhere. there is an iron and bathrobes

negative points: no elevators but you can require a low floor if you have any problem. if you are dreaming of pancakes, the breakfast is only continental (fruit, yogurst, cereals and various pastries).. and bring your own air dryerr

if i come back to Salem, i would surely stay here.

Anniversary Weekend
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to do a weekend in Salem for our anniversary and selected The Merchant. Excellent choice. All the staff was welcoming and knowledgeable of the area. Because of some cancellations due to a January ice storm, they upgraded us to a king room. The room was great - fireplace, views of the center of Salem, clean and comfortable. The common room with two fireplaces, complimentary drinks, dry bar, games and breakfast just added to the whole experience. We highly recommend the hotel.

What a wonderful hotel!
Reviewed 1 month ago

What a wonderful hotel! We appreciated everything about our stay: the way each of the three of you greeted and treated us throughout, the tasteful ways that the public areas and guest rooms are furnished, the excellent quality of the light breakfast you served us this morning (loved the quiche and the pumpkin muffin): You're going to see us again!