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The Merchant - A Marvelous New Boutique Hotel with Awesome Old History in Salem, Massachusetts

Not too long ago I had the pleasure of wandering up to Salem, Massachusetts to check out a new exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum and the timing was such that during my trip, I was also able to take advantage of a Travelzoo offer and spend a night at one of Salem's newest lodging offerings - The Merchant . An upscale boutique hotel located in one of Salem's historic grand former homes, the mansion has had prior incarnations as the upscale Washington Hotel in the early 19th century, the home of the Higginson Book Company  a tavern and offices of the Carlson Realty Company in the 21st century, as well as being a stop on a few of the very popular Salem Ghost Walks - one of which I was on myself back in October of 2008 and the closest I had ever gotten to the house prior to my stay.  In a city that never seems to have enough accommodations come October when everyone hops on their broomsticks to fly up to Witch City for a month full of Haunted Happenings . I've got no d