Murray Premises Hotel Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Murray Premises Hotel Celebrates 10th Anniversary with an Open House on May 12, 2011

Turning 10 years old for any business is a reason to celebrate, but it is even more momentous when you’re turning 10 years old in a building that was scheduled for demolition in the 1970’s!

Murray Premises Hotel opened its doors as St. John’s first boutique hotel in May 2001, with 28 luxurious rooms on the third and fourth floors of the Murray Premises, each room being distinctively unique due to the architectural design of the building. It was a great start for our story……sold out on our very first night!  This was definitely a sign of things to come.

Fast forward 10 years and two expansions later, our original 28 guestrooms have more than doubled to our current total of 67 spectacular rooms.  It was in 2006 that we started to expand adding 19 rooms to our second floor, and our new annex wing on Beck’s Cove with its twenty spacious and luxurious guestrooms opened in early 2010.

Owner, Bill Mahoney, General Manager, Kelly Finlay and the entire team are proud of the accomplishments that have been a part of this exceptional journey.  To celebrate this special milestone, Murray Premises Hotel is hosting an Open House on Thursday, May 12, from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.  Mrs. Shannie Duff, Acting Mayor, City of St. John’s and Chair, Heritage Advisory Committee with City of St. John’s, will be on hand to cut the anniversary cake and celebrate this special milestone with hotel staff and guests.  The general public are invited to come by to view our beautiful rooms and take a walk through history as the pictures that adorn our walls show how life was in the original structure back in the 1800s.  Special prizes will be awarded as well as a cake cutting ceremony at 12:15 p.m.

We hope that you will join us in celebrating this special anniversary. We thank our many guests who have stayed with us over the years and look forward to welcoming them back or to introducing first time guests to Murray Premises Hotel in the years to come.


Media Contact:
Kelly Finlay, General Manager
Murray Premises Hotel

History of Murray Premises
Built in 1846, the historic Murray Premises is the oldest collection of mercantile buildings in the Province related to the fishing industry.

The Murray Premises, which survived the Great Fire of 1892, was named after Andrew H. Murray, a 19th century merchant of salt, coal, and general supplies. These waterfront buildings have been used as warehouses, offices, and machine shops. 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 restoration plan allowed for as much of the original character of the buildings to be maintained while converting the buildings into a modern commercial complex. Within approximately eight months after the restoration began, 70 percent of the commercial space was leased. The official Grand Re-opening of the Premises was held on November 30, 1979.

During the 1980s and 1990s, ownership of the Murray Premises changed several times. In 1996, a local businessman, William Mahoney, purchased the property and is still the owner. Since that time, all of the commercial space has been leased and the Murray Premises, being a modern pedestrian mall retaining the charm and character of long ago, has become a highlight of any visitor’s trip to St. John’s.

Early in 2000, the third and fourth floors were renovated and developed into hotel rooms. Guests began staying at St. John’s first boutique hotel, Murray Premises Hotel, in May 2001. In July of 2006, the property continued its’ growth with the addition of the 2nd floor Executive Suites.  The most recent development in the history of the Murray Premises offers the addition of 20 new rooms in the east wing completed early in 2010 bringing us to a grand total of 67 rooms.  Murray Premises Hotel is proud to be able to offer the best of both worlds.  Exposed beams, slate floors and exposed rock and brick walls combine with heated floors, electric fireplaces, towel warmers, glass showers and whirlpool tubs.  All are here to offer you the perfect experience.

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