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A Boutique Salem MA Hotel

An exquisite boutique hotel stay in the heart of Salem

Rum, pepper and a little bit of mystery. Our Salem MA hotel's name and tagline pay homage to Joshua Ward, the post-Revolutionary War sea merchant and privateer who commissioned the stunning federal style building that today houses our Salem boutique hotel.

Luxury in a small Salem MA hotel package

Located in the heart of downtown Salem, Massachusetts yet in a private setting, The Merchant offers large, luxurious guest rooms that retain much of the original woodwork and exquisite detail while offering the best of today's amenities—including heated bathroom floors, gas fireplaces, plush linens, USB charging outlets, and LED TVs with Apple TV.

Built by acclaimed 18th century architect Samuel McIntire, the property hosted president Washington in 1789 and lived many lives prior to becoming our chic, intimately-sized Salem MA lodging. Read about The Merchant's history (and why "rum and pepper") here, then book a room and experience this unique and quiet retreat for yourself.

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