When we pulled into Salem, I had a splitting headache. As I walked into the elegant lobby, I saw a big group of people that I thought was waiting to check in. I wanted to curl up into a ball, but quickly learned they weren't in line for reception. Things only got better! I was warmly greeted, and my reservation was promptly processed. While my husband parked and made a couple trips to bring our items in, I settled into our charming, cozy Bishop room (king bed, 158 sq ft) on the 3rd floor. I lay down on the comfortable king with a washcloth over my eyes and soon decided a bath in the newly outfitted bathroom was in order. In less than 30 minutes, I was transformed! While our room was small, it was just delightful and simply perfect! I have attached some photos (excuse the mess).
If I had to focus on one feature that sums up the character and ambiance of the Hawthorne, it would be the glass doorknobs in our room! Don't laugh, but such attention to detail does not go unnoticed. We really appreciated being able to open both the bedroom and bathroom windows as it was on the warm side (a/c was the system in use - note that only heat or air is available at any given time throughout this historic hotel). Even with the street noise, we slept like babies.
We ate in the Tavern one evening (watching our Texas Rangers on the screen) and Nathaniel's for breakfast one morning during our two-night stay. Service in Nathaniel's in particular was exceptional, and the serving size was ample. My husband and I could have shared a plate. I also grabbed a bowl of chowder in the Tavern our last night and had to leave a bill (including a tip that was more than warranted, but I didn't want to wait for change) underneath the bowl in payment...never received a check or acknowledgement after the chowder was delivered, and I was seated at the first table away from the bar. A small complaint, but still noteworthy.
The Hawthorne is well-positioned so that anyone who is able to walk with ease may visit all of the town's main attractions. Once we parked, we did not move the car until the day we left. There is a CVS pharmacy a couple blocks down the Essex pedestrian mall. Note that the Visitor's Bureau is also right down Essex, and would be an excellent place to start.
- 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 or Boston area. All of our rooms come standard with hand-crafted Gartner Mattress© beds, Hypo-allergenic Beyond Down pillows, all natural and organic Pharmacopia Bath products and CubieTime alarm clock with USB power outlets. Guests can enjoy complimentary parking; complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel; complimentary lobby coffee and free use of the local YMCA. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hawthorne Hotel Salem