Lark Hotels opens boutique property in Salem

Lark Hotels opened its first boutique hotel this past November with the opening of The Merchant. Originally a private residence owned by wealthy sea merchant and privateer Joshua Ward, the property has at times been a tavern, an office building and even a rare books shop. Although the city is best known for the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, the property carries its own unique history boasting an overnight visit from President George Washington as he was on his inaugural tour in 1789, and now guests can rest their tired eyes in the very same room, aptly named The George Washington Room. Designed by Boston-based Rachel Reider Interiors, the hotel includes 11 guest rooms and suites fusing an elegant modern vibe with ornate 18th century details and Asian influences such as artwork, inspired by the city's past as a vital trading port. Go online for more details.