Murray Premises Hotel

St Johns, Newfoundland and Labrador

The hotel

Built in 1846 and full to the brim with history and charm, the Murray Premises Hotel is part of the oldest collection of mercantile buildings related to the fishing industry. Within a National Historic Site on the waterfront, you’re just steps from Water Street, known for its unique shops. After days of exploring this fascinating city, retreat to your room and make the most of some me time in your air-massage tub. And as if that doesn’t sound appealing enough, you’ll can enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the morning.

Amenities

  • Free Parking
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In downtown St John's, steps from Water Street, famed for it's boutique shopping plus bars and restaurants. Transfer time from St John's airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

All rooms have a different layout and features, and most are harbourfront. All rooms with air-conditioning, clock radio, coffee maker, full fridge, iron and board, hair dryer, air massage tub and/or spa shower, electric fireplace, 43" TV, mini-fridge, telephone, bathrobes and complimentary bottled water (replenished daily). Guest Rooms have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

The Gypsy Tea Room (European and Mediterranean cuisine). Complimentary self-parking. Complimentary WiFi.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Yee old faithful

Mar 12, 2020 BobcatNS Windsor, Canada

I have stayed here a few times. What’s most attractive about this hotel is the price and the location. You can get a decent price under 150 and it’s walking distance from everything downtown. There dozens of eclectic bars, cafes, pubs, and restaurants to please all appetites. There is some Main Street shopping there as well. Lots hidden gems.… Read more
I have stayed here a few times. What’s most attractive about this hotel is the price and the location. You can get a decent price under 150 and it’s walking distance from everything downtown. There dozens of eclectic bars, cafes, pubs, and restaurants to please all appetites. There is some Main Street shopping there as well. Lots hidden gems. George street is a 2 min walk. You are right across the street from the water front so you take in harbour front walk or a stroll down Water street. They have free continental breakfast included. There is parking available but not sure if it free. It is classified as a boutique hotel which means there are lots of business inside the hotel including ev-oo restaurant. See reviews. The hotel could be called rustic and antique. It is quite dated b it Th he made attempts to upgrade the rooms with whirlpool tubs, electric fireplace and towel warmers. They also come with Alexa in the rooms as well. Internet seems decent. Staff are friendly and reliable. Don’t bring your bathing suit or workout gear as there is no pool or fitness area but options are available located close to the hotel. The view from the fourth floor is pretty awesome but it’s like that floor was an after thought as the rickety old elevator only goes to third floor and you have to climb the steps to fourth floor. Not that I couldn’t use the exercise but it meant if wanted to go downstairs I had leave a few minutes early to meet up with people and at the end of the day it’s a long trek to get to your room. They have a convenient little food and beverage area when you first walk in where you can get some snacks and beverages. The room itself was really nice. Updated bathroom and very comfy bed. Squeaky floor boards so being quiet is a task late at night but nothing crazy. The hotel was empty for 2 of the 3 days I was there. Will definitely stay again for lots of the positive reasons. Read less
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Jan 28, 2020 WinnipegTraveller11 Winnipeg, Canada

My husband and I stayed here while in town for some business but also stayed a couple days extra to explore. We picked this hotel because it is very central and right down by the harbor. Even though we had a rental car we were able to walk pretty much everywhere, it was really great! A little history from their website, scroll past if you're not… Read more
My husband and I stayed here while in town for some business but also stayed a couple days extra to explore. We picked this hotel because it is very central and right down by the harbor. Even though we had a rental car we were able to walk pretty much everywhere, it was really great! A little history from their website, scroll past if you're not interested. I just wanted to include it because it adds to the charm of the place: Built in 1846, the Murray Premises, a National Historic Site, is the oldest collection of mercantile buildings related to the fishing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Murray Premises, which survived the Great Fires, was named after Andrew H. Murray, a 19th century merchant of salt, coal, and general supplies. These buildings have been used as warehouses, offices, and machine shops and for more than one hundred years, the Murray Premises has been a major highlight of the St. John's waterfront. The buildings were originally built on pilings sunk into the harbour floor. Most were constructed with masonry walls, wood floors, and wood interior supports. Some feature brick infill interior walls of timber frame not unlike the half-timber construction of the European middle ages. In the 1970s the Newfoundland Historic Trust and the St. John's Heritage Foundation saved the Premises from destruction and helped begin the preservation of the structures. The official Grand Re-opening of the Premises was held on November 30, 1979. The story of Murray Premises Hotel began in early 2000 when the third and fourth floors were renovated and developed into hotel guest rooms. Guests began staying at St. John's first boutique hotel in May 2001, at which time the hotel had 28 rooms. The success of Murray Premises Hotel was instant and the realization for additional guest rooms was imminent. In July of 2006, the property continued its growth with the addition of the second floor Executive Suites, bringing the total number of rooms to 47. Today, Murray Premises Hotel, with 69 guestrooms, continues to welcome visitors to this beautiful historic building to experience old world charm with new world comfort. We stayed on the top floor under the slanted roof. The pros: ● It was a very big room with two dressers, king size bed, a little window nook with two chairs and a table, a fireplace and a nice bathroom with heated floors, a window and a jacuzzi tub! The room was modern but with an antique flair. Very clean and lovely. ● The breakfast Lounge was lovely and the staff working there where amazing and friendly. We are late risers and got there every morning with just about 5 minutes to spare before breakfast was over but nevertheless the staff in the breakfast room made us feel welcome and let us stay and finish our breakfast every day even though it was technically already closed. They did not hurry us or make us feel like we were inconveniencing them at all but were very friendly and joking around with us and talking with us every day. ● the front desk staff was also very lovely, friendly and helpful. ● if you have a rental car, they have assigned parking for you in the hotel parking lot so you don't have to worry about finding parking somewhere. The cons (for some people): ● The elevator only goes up to the second last floor. If you are staying in the top floor, you have to lug all your stuff up a couple (short) flights of stairs after getting out of the elevator as far as it goes. It wasn't too much trouble for us as we are fit and able bodied but a little bit of an inconvenience. ● If you need silence to sleep, this will be a problem here. The harbour is very loud with the shipyard being meters away from the hotel. Also, Water street is right behind the hotel and is a busy and loud street on the weekends especially. Closing the windows helps somewhat. Again, we weren't bothered by it (we actually slept with the windows open cause we enjoyed being in the centre of it and hearing the noises). All in all, we loved this hotel and would definitely stay here again! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Exceptional experience!

Jan 26, 2020 GosseyDoha St. John's, Canada

The room was exceptional. We had an eclectic fireplace, jacuzzi, mini-fridge etc. Check-in and out were really smooth. There is a lounge off the lobby with fruit, cookies, coffee & tea, newspapers etc, Also there is a business centre nearby. The next-morning continental buffet is a real treat. And the added bonus is free parking. A historic… Read more
The room was exceptional. We had an eclectic fireplace, jacuzzi, mini-fridge etc. Check-in and out were really smooth. There is a lounge off the lobby with fruit, cookies, coffee & tea, newspapers etc, Also there is a business centre nearby. The next-morning continental buffet is a real treat. And the added bonus is free parking. A historic property which offers a real feel of old St. John's. Read less
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Jan 4, 2020 jjsa527

We thoroughly enjoyed this hotel. It's quaint, unique and historic and still offers all the comforts, extras and conveniences we could have asked for. The staff are very kind and helpful. The hotel is exceptionally clean and well cared for. We highly recommend this hotel the Murray Premises!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent staff in a relaxed quirky hotel

Dec 10, 2019 Question0

Good basic facilities and adjoined restaurants so a few busy days can be spent inside the hotel. Certain rooms come with a board room attached which is really useful as a space to working away and can be a great place to hold meetings for 8 people. There are good restaurants and coffee shops near by all serving a range of food for every diet.… Read more
Good basic facilities and adjoined restaurants so a few busy days can be spent inside the hotel. Certain rooms come with a board room attached which is really useful as a space to working away and can be a great place to hold meetings for 8 people. There are good restaurants and coffee shops near by all serving a range of food for every diet. I have been felt welcome here and have returned a few times. Read less