Hawthorne Hotel

Salem, Massachusetts

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18 Washington Square West
Salem, Massachusetts


(978) 744-4080


The Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts was built in 1925. The hotel was named after Salem’s famous native author, Nathaniel Hawthorne. It has since become an iconic fixture in the city’s downtown area.

Over the years, the Hawthorne Hotel has hosted numerous notable guests, including Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as celebrities like Johnny Depp during the filming of “Dark Shadows.” The hotel is known for its distinctive Georgian architecture, red brick facade, and its prominent location on the Salem Common. It continues to be a popular destination for tourists and a well-loved venue for events, contributing to Salem’s vibrant cultural scene.

Haunted History

The Hawthorne Hotel has become famous for its hauntings and paranormal activity. One of the most well-known spirits associated with the hotel is that of a seaman who roams the building. According to legend, the sailor died in a shipwreck and is known for moving objects, creating cold spots, and making mysterious noises throughout the hotel. Some guests and staff members have reported encounters.

There have also been reports of other ghostly encounters within the hotel, such as unexplained footsteps and voices in empty rooms. While many of these stories are anecdotal and lack scientific evidence, they contribute to the hotel’s reputation as a haunted location in Salem.

Learn More:

“Hawthorne Hotel Salem Ghost Stories.” Hawthorne Hotel, www.hawthornehotel.com/about/ghost-stories/



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