My boyfriend and I stayed at the Hawthorne Hotel for 3 weeknights during the month of October. I was shocked that they had any rooms available, as I made these reservations for the busiest month of the year for Salem only two weeks before. I suppose the weekdays will always be less crowded, but for anyone who has been to Salem before in October (we had been there several occasions throughout the seasons), you know it's busy all month long.
Indeed the hotel was pretty pricey, as are most of the historic inns, b&bs, and hotels in Salem (about 160$ per night...I guess around 170$ once all the taxes were added) and the rooms pretty darn small for the price paid. However, there were many things that made it worth the price. First and foremost: location, location, location. If you are spending some time in Salem, this is the best place to be, by far. Last October, we stayed out almost by 95 and had to drive in and, though not a long drive, it was a bit of a pain, especially after a late night of ghost tours. Also, we had to pay 10$ a day to park in Salem's garage when we drove in. Staying at the Hawthorne, we could make use of their ample free off-street parking, and we could just run right back to our room if we needed a mid-day nap (which we did everyday b/c we were busy!) And though the room was small, it was cozy, and everything worked well. The bathroom door creaked loudly, but I personally thought it added to the spooky October ambiance that most people come to Salem to find, and my boyfriend and I had fun spooking each other with that creak. We also had a great view of the Witch Museum and the Salem Common from our window.
Another perk of staying here was the staff. Everyone from the front desk staff to the cleaning staff to the waiter at Nathaniel's restaurant was very friendly and accomodating.
Speaking of Nathaniel's, which is the hotel's rather fine dining restaurant (read: pretty expensive), it was very very good. I am not one to love spending ample amounts of money for food, but this was quite good. In fact, I had the best salad I have ever had...their raspberry vinagrette salad, which if I recall has field greens, raspberries, mandarin oranges, candied...walnuts perhaps, and this great raspberry and what tasted like balsamic vinager dressing. It was very very good, and they served a lot of it...not just the little tiny serving that a fine dining menu might typically offer.
All in all, the Hawthorne was a great place to stay. Rather expensive for the size room and such, but during October especially the location was terrific and totally worth it.
- 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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