The Murray Premises in St. John’s, Newfoundland, encompasses the oldest remaining mercantile buildings related to the fishing industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.  Today, this hotel reminds you of the buildings’ rich in history dating back to 1846.  The buildings have been used as warehouses, offices, as well as machine shops, but regardless of their changing useage, these historic buildings have always been a key part of the waterfront of St. John’s.

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As St. John’s first boutique hotel, The Murray Premises opened its doors in May 2001 with a modest 28 guest rooms. Shortly after its great initial success, the hotel waso expanded to additional floors, and now offers a total of 69 guest rooms.

The Hotel

Blending Old World charm and New World comfort, The Murray Premises Hotel creates an ambiance that is truly unique.  The Murray Premises Hotel is located in the heart of historic downtown St. John’s, where it overlooks the St. John’s harbour, is a short distance to Signal Hill National Historic Site, the Narrows, and a short walk to the famous George Street.

We love the combination of historic feel and look with the modern amenities that are found throughout the hotel. Ideally located so close to many of the city’s dining and tourist hotspots, The Murray Premises is the perfect place to call home for a few days during your visit.

The Rooms

The hotel caters to all groups of travellers, offering accommodations from standard guest rooms to executive and business rooms and suites. All rooms display the historic buildings’ beautiful architecture, including exposed wooden beams, old wooden brick, and beautiful views of the city and water. Every room comes standard with an air massage tub and/ or spa shower, towel warmer, electric fireplace, mini fridge, complimentary bottled water (replenished daily), and free high-speed internet.

Even the standard level rooms are anything but basic;  these rooms offer large marble bathrooms and oversized air massage tubs.

The executive rooms offer the next level of comfort. This includes a two-person air massage bathtub and a full body shower (with three heads!), heated bathroom floor, and a beautiful stone fireplace. We were lucky enough to stay in one of these executive rooms, and absolutely loved it!

Whichever option you go for, you will not be disappointed. Look forward to complimentary deluxe continental breakfast and complimentary water replenished daily.

Dining Opportunities 

There are two restaurants that are part of the Murray Premises: EVOO in the Courtyard and The Gypsy Tea Room.

EVOO in the Courtyard – EVOO is a Mediterranean inspired restaurant that is located in the courtyard of the Murray Premises Hotel.  The menu features pastas, risottos, and wood-fired pizzas, among many other things.

The Gypsy Tea Room – The Gypsy Tea Room is a modern, trendy restaurant that features both European and Mediterranean food, and specializes in seafood and pastas.  The restaurant features a private wine cellar for large or private groups.  This elegant, yet relaxed, atmosphere offers the ideal place for a fine dining experience.

If neither of these options offer what you are looking for, then step out onto Water Street where you will find an abundance of pubs and restaurants within a 5-10 minute stroll.


The Murray Premises does not host activities within the hotel, but just steps outside either of their main doors, you will find an abundance of activities on offer.

Signal Hill National Historic Site – Signal Hill can be seen from almost anywhere in town. It is the perfect adventure at any time of year.  Be sure to check out our post: Getting Around Signal Hill for more details on how to get there and what to do.

Explore the local pubs – The famous George Street, located in the heart of historic downtown St. John’s, is home to the most bars and pubs per square foot on any street in North America! You will have a chance to try some local breweries, fresh food, and awesome live music.

Do Some Shopping – Along Water Street, Duckworth Street, and many more streets in the area, you will find quaint little boutique shops.  Here you can find locally crafted items, Jellybean Row souvenirs, and much more.


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