Across the street, there’s a psychic reader and a shop that sells magic potions, but there is no sign of any hocus-pocus once you have crossed the threshold of the Hawthorne Hotel. This historic (circa 1925), 93-room hotel bewitches guests with quiet elegance: 18th-century-style furnishings, lot of polished wood and brass, four-poster beds, and rich brocade — plus a great location on Salem Common. The Peabody Essex Museum, Derby Wharf, and several witchcraft-themed attractions are within walking distance. (The hotel offers promotional packages with the museum.)
There are two on-site restaurants: The fine-dining option, Nathaniel’s, offers entrees like their signature Shrimp and Scallops Sophia in full or demi portions. At the more casual, oak-paneled Tavern, fare like seafood chowder and lobster quesadillas is served fireside, and flat-screen TVs are tuned to sporting events. Reality TV shows have promoted the notion that the Hawthorne is haunted, but hotel management dismisses this as untrue.