My husband and I stayed at the Hawthorne Hotel in mid-October to experience Haunted Happenings and also to have an early celebration getaway for our Halloween wedding anniversary. We arrived to the hotel on a Sunday and departed on a Wednesday. Four full days could be a long time to spend in a small village, but not Salem. There is so much to do - we could have stayed another week!
A very friendly woman named Sarah helped check us in on Sunday. The hotel was very busy with Haunted Happenings and also a late afternoon wedding. Our room was not ready when we arrived about three hours before the 4 PM check in time, but she took my phone # and offered to call if the room was ready early. We didn't get a call, but we were busy walking Salem Common and Essex Street, so we were in no hurry to get to our room anyway.
We also were pleasantly surprised to find several parking spaces in the lot on a Sunday since the town gets so busy on weekends. The lot is for hotel guests only and you need a parking pass, but I was still worried we wouldn't find a spot. But we did and we didn't use the car again until we checked out. The free parking at the hotel is a definite perk - a rare freebie these days.
We had a room on the fifth floor overlooking Hawthorne Blvd. The room was rather small, but this was to be expected for a historic hotel. It was very clean and had everything we needed for a few nights' stay. Shortly after we had settled into the room, we received a call from Sarah at the front desk to make sure everything was in order. I thought that was a very nice touch.
We had dinner on Sunday evening in the Tavern. It was about 6:30 PM so I was expecting it to be busy but it was actually rather quiet, which was nice. We chose the chef's special three-course menu which was an excellent value. You get soup or salad, a choice of one of three entrees, and a dessert for about $15. I think this menu is only offered on certain days, and I'm glad we opted for it. Both of our entrees were delicious. The tavern is so cozy with all of the woodwork and the fireplace. Our server was also pleasant and attentive. A perfect spot for a Sunday evening meal.
For such a busy time of year, the hotel was very quiet for each night that we stayed. This is important for me, because I am a light sleeper. If I had to state any negatives, I would agree with another reviewer who had a complaint about the temperature controls in the room. It was in the 50s during the night, but got up to the 70s during the day. The hotel can either have all rooms on A/C, or all rooms on heat. There is no individual temperature controls. Our last night in the hotel was very warm. We turned the heat off all together and opened the window, but it was still warm. We called down to the front desk and they offered to bring us a fan, which they promptly did. That was helpful, but the room was still quite warm overnight, and we contended with street traffic noise while we tried to sleep. That is really my only negative comment about our stay.
Overall, the Hawthorne Hotel is a wonderful place to stay in Salem. The added bonuses to staying in such a beautiful historic hotel would be the unbeatable location, friendly staff, free parking and the wonderful food and ambiance at the Tavern. It is also great to know that the hotel is dog-friendly. They even have a doggie room service menu. As dog lovers, we'd love to come back maybe in the late spring with our dog for another getaway.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our historic Salem, Massachusetts hotel provides 93 rooms including 6 suites all individually furnished and tastefully appointed; ideal for business and leisure travelers to the Salem area. Our 4-room guest house, the Fidelia Bridges Guest House offers travelers a unique experience in an historic property while enjoying all the amenities of the Hawthorne Hotel. All rooms have flat-panel 32inch high-definition televisions, iPhone/pod/MP3 player docking stations, twice the number of "squishable" pillows, duvets, newly renovated bathrooms with granite sink surrounds. Guests receive complimentary bottled water, complimentary coffee and tea 24-hours per day, complimentary use of the local YMCA with two indoor swimming pools, as well as use of our on-site fitness room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hawthorne Hotel Salem