We stayed at the Hawthorne Hotel from October 29th through November 1st for Halloween 2009. We booked a room a year in advance and were very excited to visit Salem for the first time. When we arrived the hotel was everything I imagined it to be. It felt cozy and inviting. We arrived after midnight and the woman at the front desk was so helpful and made us feel genuinely welcome. The room was very nice, it was quoted as being the smallest room in the hotel, but I have no complaints. I thought it was just perfect. The only negative thing I can say, although I am laid back enough to not have been too bothered, was that I found a toe nail clipping on the floor and a sanitary napkin wrapper under the dresser. Besides that no complaints at all, only a great review. I also have to say that the breakfast buffet was great and the service was truly the best.
After enjoying a wonderful time in Salem… a must see town for all those who have not been there… we spent our last night at the Halloween ball at the Hawthorne Hotel. My one and only true critique derives from this ball. My boyfriend and I spent a great deal of time designing creative costumes to wear. Upon arrival at the ball he and I spent the better part of the evening posing for pictures and loving every minute of it. The great disappointment was the couples/group costume contest. I was so shocked at how poorly run this contest was. Instead of being able to volunteer yourself for the contest or have a specific stand where judges sat, so that you could approach them for a quick meeting, the judges were supposedly floating around and handing out wristbands to those costumes they deemed good. The problem with this system is that you aren’t guaranteed to be seen by the judges since there were almost 1,000 people there. I decided to take it upon myself to speak with the woman running the contest she was at the stairs of the stage and I asked her if I could walk on stage with my boyfriend or at least see a judge to see if we could get a wristband and she was a nasty, unhappy person. I was taken aback by her rudeness. I walked away very disappointed in how all this was run. I realize that my boyfriend and I may not have won, but it would have made our night and had been so much more fun if we could have gotten on the stage and showed off what we had done. I am sure it would also have brightened up the night of at least three other couples who specifically came up to us and told us they were disappointed that we hadn’t even been nominated. I was very disappointed with the contest, but will not hold it against the hotel as a whole. I would still recommend this hotel to others and in fact I will stay there again.
- 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