The Hampton Inn of Salem, Massachusetts
I recently wandered up to one of my favorite haunts in New England - Salem, Massachusetts - even though October is generally not a time I would go to Salem as normally it's THE big month for the Witch City and you can't find a hotel for less than an arm and a leg no matter what time of the month it is. This year, though, things are a lot different due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as the city's annual Haunted Happenings has been canceled and everything else is scaled back. With all that, I figured it was actually the perfect time for me to head up and learn more about a subject that has interested me since 7th grade - the 1692 Salem Witch Trials - without the usual big crowds.
Turns out it was a most excellent time to go as I was able to score an amazing deal on Booking.Com for a two-night midweek stay at the brand-new, recently-opened Hampton Inn located on Dodge Street in downtown Salem.
The hotel is within easy walking distance of pretty much anything you're going to want to see/do in Salem so valet park the car ($18 a night) and enjoy being in a convenient location while you also enjoy the other amenities that the hotel offers like an indoor pool and fitness center - provided there's no pandemic and they're open!
The hotel's lobby offers plenty of seating (which has built-in plugs so you can charge those all-important electronics!) along with a nice fireplace and lots of great photos of Salem attractions. There's also a 24-hour coffee bar over there on the right in the photo below where you can get a nice cup of something hot to drink - coffee, tea or hot chocolate - whenever you feel the need.
Speaking of photos, I'm pretty sure I've taken some very similar to this one of Salem's Friendship docked down at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site!
During our stay we were in a non-smoking double room on the 4th floor. My distracted sidekick thought the room number was pretty funny as they immediately associated it with an internet error!
Even though the pool was closed for Covid precautions and I didn't have time to check out the fitness center, I have to say that I was very impressed with not just the Hampton Inn Salem itself but also with the staff who were all very friendly and helpful from the valet parking attendant to the desk clerks to the housekeeping staff.
Currently housekeeping in the rooms is only as requested but as I was leaving one afternoon, I said 'hello' to one of the housekeepers who asked me if we needed anything in our room. I said that it might be nice to have the trash emptied but we didn't require anything else and sure enough, when I returned not only had the trash been removed but clean towels had also been replenished in the bathroom. It's those little touches that make a place special!
Before heading home, I took a moment to take a bit of a selfie with the awesome mural because how could I resist?
Next time you're going to be wandering around Salem and wondering where to stay, I highly recommend the Hampton Inn Salem which is a part of the Hilton family of hotels.