Considering the fact that most people have heard of Salem, MA based on its involvement in the witch trials, it is not all that surprising that the town has a reputation for being one of the most haunted in America. There are many spots around town that have ghost stories to tell – both witch related and not! There are also a few spooky places to spend the night.
Let’s take a look at some of the most haunted hotels in Salem, MA.
2 - Hawthorne HotelBook Now
The Hawthorne Hotel was named after a well known local author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and can be found right in the heart of historic downtown Salem. The six story hotel dates back to 1925 and it is something of a landmark in the town.
As we know, Salem became famous thanks to the witch trials and this is key to the hauntings here at the Hawthorne Hotel. You see, the land now occupied by the hotel was once the site of an apple orchard belonging to a woman named Bridget Bishop.
For those not up to speed on their witch trials knowledge, Bridget was the first woman hanged for witchcraft at the town’s Gallows Hill back in 1692. The site would later be occupied by The Salem Marine Society who offered help to the families of men who perished at sea and to retired sea captains. Both of these former residents have a connection to the paranormal activity that goes on today making this one of the most haunted hotels in Salem, MA.
Staff and hotel employees alike have reported seeing a female apparition who is believed to be the spirit of Bridget Bishop hanging around outside room 612 of the hotel. Guests staying in this room describe feeling very uneasy at times, as though they are not alone in the room.
There are also frequent reports of a strong scent of apples throughout the hotel. This often happens when there are no apples in the hotel and no apple based dishes on the menu. This is thought to be the work of Bridget since the hotel stands where her orchard once did!
There are also many reports of the spirits of long dead sea captains and other mariners haunting the hotel. This could be in equal parts because of the connection to the Salem Marine Society and because the hotel restaurant has pieces of various sips used as decor.
Other reports of paranormal activity include various unknown entities appearing or making strange sounds. Room 325 is said to be particularly haunted with guests reporting lights and faucets turning on and off, being touched by unseen hands and hearing the disembodied crying of a small child. This is one hotel that is not for the faint of heart!
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The owners of The Salem Inn remain adamant that there is no such thing as ghosts, but their staff and guests have a very different story to tell and claim that this is one of the most haunted hotels in Salem, MA. There are apparently no less than 3 spooks said to be haunting the 19th century property.
The first of the three spirits is said to be a woman who the staff refer to as Katherine. Next up is a little by who is often heard running up and down the staircase and through the halls. Finally the parlor is said to be home to a spectral cat!
Room 17 is said to be one of the most active spots in terms of paranormal activity with a wide range of unexplained noises being reported by those who spend the night there!