After a long year of not being able to travel, we have finally come out on the other side and now that I’m fully vaccinated, I have MAJOR wanderlust. While a major trip right now is definitely not in the books (way to many weddings this fall and ya girl is too poor to be booking a luxury vacay), I’ve been trying to plan quick trips here and there that are within driving distance of Boston. After all, we do have easy access to so many places across New England!
One of the places I have been dying to visit is Salem, Massachusetts. Just under an hour’s drive away from Boston, I’ve spent minimal time in the town other than field trips in high school and visiting friends in College, but it has SO much history. Then I got to thinking and planning and figured Salem would be the perfect quick trip to explore after a long year of barely leaving our apartment.
A Quick Stay at The Hotel Salem
Don’t get me wrong, I love Airbnb, but I love a hotel way more. Whether it’s a boutique hotel or a 5-star resort, I just feel spoiled and like I’m actually on vacation when I stay on vacation so when I was planning out my trip to Salem, I knew I wanted to stay at The Hotel Salem (a Lark Hotel!) after hearing SO many good things about the service, location, and overall look and feel.
Now, let’s get to the obvious. COVID is very much still a thing and just because I’m vaccinated, that doesn’t mean that I’m not still aware of my surroundings and nervous to travel (or not wear a mask!). Since this was my first trip in over a year, I was very pleased with how the hotel handled the pandemic in order to keep everyone safe.
Masks were worn, hand sanitizer was readily accessible, housekeeping did not enter our room during the duration of our stay to keep everyone safe, and they offered mobile check-in to help make check-in even more seamless.
I loved that The Hotel Salem is geared to all types of travelers, from those traveling for business to families ready to explore the historic city. All of the spaces throughout the hotel really flowed together to make it feel like one big, inclusive space.
A few of my favorite amenities were:
- Two on-site restaurants (Counter and The Roof)
- Spacious guest rooms
- A huge guest lounge on the first floor
- Coffee and water stations on each floor
- Meeting and event space for guests to utilize
The Hotel Salem is a smaller hotel with just three floors of guest rooms, but they did not slack when it comes to the rooms! Just like the lobby and public spaces throughout the hotel, the guest rooms also feature minimalist details and mid-century modern details.
I knew that the hotel is known for their modern rooms, loft-like suites, and micro-rooms, but I wasn’t expecting our room to be as spacious as it was. Honestly, I was shocked when I opened the door to the room! I love, love, love the chandelier that was hanging over the bed (definitely taking a mental note for our next place!) and the brass detailing.
The bathroom is our room was also VERY spacious and featured a separate shower and tub (my favorite!). I even drew a pre-dinner bath on our last night because I couldn’t resist the massive tub! The tile in the bathroom was also a favorite – I always see the style in magazines but have never seen it in person. It’s definitely a new favorite!
There are a few hotels located throughout Salem and I even walk by a few just to get a better sense of their location but I have to say – The Hotel Salem has the BEST location. Located along the Essex Street walking path, it’s easy to access everything that Salem has to offer from museums and shops to restaurants.
The only downside to the location is that because the hotel is located along the walking path, there is no on-site parking. There is a city-owned parking garage around the corner (no validation!) that was recommended to us to park in and it was super easy. I think we paid $40 to park for the two nights, which is nothing compared to parking options at other hotels.
If you’re heading to Salem, MA anytime soon, I highly suggest staying at this amazing hotel!
This post was written in partnership with The Hotel Salem and Lark Hotels. All opinions and views are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Hello, Her possible!