Located just 16 miles north of Boston, Mass. and approximately 14 miles from Boston Logan International Airport, the historic 14-room Hotel Marblehead is a delightful base from which to explore the picturesque seaside town of Marblehead as well as the nearby villages of Salem and Rockport.
I arrived in the ample parking lot just after midnight, long after the front desk staff had locked the door for the evening. As promised, my key and instructions on checking in were waiting for me. I only hope I had not awakened any other guests when I climbed the wide, carpeted, but still slightly creaking staircase to the 2nd floor.
Exhausted from a long day of travel, I collapsed into a deliciously comfy king bed.
Though the hotel is located on a main street into Marblehead, the old, but completely renovated Victorian home is set sufficiently back so traffic noise is inconsequential.
My room was very tastefully decorated and outfitted with flat screen TV (not that I’d be spending much time watching anything as I had too much exploring to do) and a remarkably quiet mini-fridge.
Just before 8 a.m., the smell of coffee wafted up the stairs and into my room, nudging me out of bed in the direction of breakfast. Drying off with a very fluffy towel – not some cheap hotel towel — was a nice start to my morning.
I found my way into the bright breakfast room, secured a paper, found a table, and then set about foraging from several nicely appointed tables with juice, coffee, meat, cheese, fresh fruit, cereal, and yogurt. There were also a number of pastries and a small quiche.
Delightfully, the free Wi-Fi worked very well, and over breakfast, I was able to make quick work of emails, some story research, and upload some photos. The desk staff was also super helpful, eager to be sure my stay in Marblehead was most enjoyable. I especially loved the freshly baked chocolate chip cookies in the late afternoon while I sat and edited photos taken during the day. Although I’m pretty sure I ate more than my fair share, the staff offered to bake more!
From Hotel Marblehead, it is an easy walk (if you like walking) or a short drive (if you like trying to find places to park, which is not always easy) into Marblehead to eat, drink, shop or wander around historic landmarks, parks and beaches. I never tried the bikes the hotel supplies for free, but they looked to be in very good shape and yet another great way to get around town.