26 total reviews
From day one, the Salem Waterfront events staff has been professional and very knowledgeable about the wedding industry. As a bride, you will be stressed as everyone comes to you for answers from everyone, but Robyn was there for me handling it all with a smile and confidence because she is a pro. High recommend!
I had my wedding at the Salem Waterfront Hotel on May 25, 2014 and I couldn't be happier with our venue selection. Top notch in every way! All my guests raved about the food, the hotel service, even the other vendors I used had nothing but good things to say about working with the team at SWH.
It was spectacular, thank you Robyn and team!
Norma & Shaun
We had the most beautiful wedding at the Salem Waterfront Hotel. We couldn't have done it without Robyn. Her diligence, patience and professionalism throughout the planning process were exemplary. The Hotel and their staff are consummate professionals. We were married outdoors on Pickering Wharf. It was a beautiful evening. I was nervous about choosing Salem in October for a wedding - I didn't want Halloween to be the theme. While there were certainly lots of people on the Wharf for our ceremony, it still felt private, intimate and special. Robyn was by my side every step of the way. Including a couple days after the wedding when I realized we had forgotten to pick up our cake (!!). She was forever patient and kind and paid attention to every last detail. I can't thank her or the hotel enough for such a wonderful wedding.
My fiance and I went to visit the Salem Waterfront Hotel and had a terrible experience. While they do a great job with their website and photos online, it is very misleading. The outdoor area to get married at, pictured on the wharf beautifully in the online photos, is actually behind the hotel, down a street of shops with parking on the back of it. It did not feel like having groups of people watch me get married while I they were doing their afternoon errands!
The room is ok, but smaller than it looks online. It probably wouldn't hold the 120ish group we are planning on having. The space for cocktail hour is laughable - we imagine a bottleneck the whole way.
Finally, the service. We met with Susan who arrived late, didn't ask us anything about ourselves, and most of all promised a proposal by Monday (we saw the venue on a Friday), which we never received.
Cross this venue off your list!
They addressed all concerns quickly event on the day of the event. Set-up went smoothly. The day was how we envisioned.
We had an amazing off-season wedding at the Salem Waterfront Hotel. We chose the hotel because of its location and value. Adrianna was easy to work with, and we used most of the vendors she recommended. This worked out perfectly because we felt our “vendor team” was familiar with working at the hotel. We had a beautiful ceremony, followed by a cocktail hour in the pub and a very fun reception! Most of our guests stayed at the hotel and were all very happy with their hotel rooms. The front desk was very helpful with giving out gift bags, etc.
One note: We had an onsite ceremony for 130 people, and the only option was getting married in the corner of the ballroom. We had to find our own outside vendor for drapery and added lighting and flowers to transform the space so that our ceremony felt more intimate and intentional. It ended up being perfect for us, but required a little extra legwork. Overall, I would definitely recommend this hotel for your wedding!
My now-husband and I booked the Salem Waterfront Hotel for our reception. I cannot begin to say enough good things about the hotel, the staff, and our event manager. The food was delicious and we received numerous compliments regarding the food from our guests. Adrianna, our event manager, was fantastic. No matter how many times I reached out with questions or concerns, she was always very patient and helpful. I highly recommend this venue to any other brides/grooms-to-be!
I was married in May 2013 at the Salem Waterfront. We knew we wanted a location that was near the water and also felt comfortable for our 85 person wedding. The Salem Waterfront was the perfect fit for us-I loved it right away. The real standout was the service we received for the weekend of the wedding-Adrianna was everywhere and unobtrusive all at once. She anticipated my questions and everything went seamlessly-she was delivering flowers, sending me pictures of the cake as it arrived, giving me a sneak peak of the reception hall while hiding me from my groom-she was simply amazing! The reception hall details were everything I hoped for and more and all of our vendors said how working with the hotel was so easy and seamless. Adrianna really helped for me to have my dream day..even the weather cooperated ;) We've heard nothing but rave reviews for the food, and the location. People who stayed at the hotel loved it and actually we also have specifically had people mention how wonderful and friendly our bartenders were! From start to finish.. We could not have asked for more! And pictures by the boat came out beautifully!
The Salem Waterfront Hotel exceeded my expectations and made my dream wedding come true. I first met with the hotel's wedding coordinator Adrianna last July to begin planning my June 2013 wedding. She was so easy to work with. Any time, I had a question or concern, Adrianna would respond almost immediately with a phone call or email. When one of our groomsmen forgot to reserve his hotel room, Adrianna was able to make a reservation for him even though our room block had already closed. The hotel was absolutely incredible. I have had so many compliments from my wedding guests on the hotel's amazing food, friendly staff, beautiful ballroom, and stunning ocean views. I would definitely recommend the Salem Waterfront Hotel for future brides. You will not be disappointed.
We had our wedding at the Salem Waterfront on 5/26/13. The venue is gorgeous and has beautiful views of the ocean. Our pictures came out amazing!! We had previously looked at about 10 different places and no one could compete with the price (they have a few different packages for weddings to accommodate any price range), location and value that Salem Waterfront offered. We met with Adrianna (wedding coordinator) at our first visit and were impressed with her energetic & bubbly personality. She seemed to have a lot of experience with weddings and now I know she is capable of dealing with any situation (or bride for that matter). She was always available to take my calls and answer my many emails. On the day of the wedding she checked in with me multiple times about all the little details I had requested, was patient, flexible and quick to resolve a few "issues" that came up. Everything was amazing and exactly how we wanted it to be. The food here is so good and the portion sizes are decent compared to other venues where I have attended weddings. We used the Regatta Pub (at the hotel) for our cocktail hour and also had our ceremony on-site. They also had another room used for the bridal party during cocktail hour after pictures and provided us cheese and crackers with champagne. We would highly recommend the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina to anyone planning a wedding!!!
Everyone at the Salem Waterfront Hotel was great and very accommodating. The hotel room are updated and clean and the ballroom was the perfect size for a wedding of 100-125 guests. Pricing was very reasonable and well worth it.
I just got married at the Salem Waterfront Hotel and wanted to let all the brides to be out there know how wonderful my experience was there.
The wedding coordinator, Adrianna was phenomenal and extremely helpful. I never felt that had to chase anyone down to get questions answered or for information I needed.
The venue itself is very clean and more of a modern style ballroom that you can really make your own decor. It's also a great size - I had almost 130 guests. The room is not too overwhelmingly big. It felt intimate.
We had a sit down dinner and the food was excellent - which is always a concern when 100+ people and wedding food is not known to be great anyway - But a lot of our guests were raving about good their meal was, which we were relieved about.
Everything went relatively smooth. Adrianna let us do a walk through of the ballroom before the guests came in to ensure everything looked the way we wanted and everything was right - I did notice we were short a table, but this was fixed IMMEDIATELY. It was very helpful to take a quick glance and see how beautiful everything looks before everyone enters the room. We were happy with the chairs (I recommend paying the extra $$ for the chiavari chairs vs the standard ones included with the chair covers) it really elevates the look - and the linens - we added overlays to the table to make it more rich and it was gorgeous with the centerpieces / chairs / candles...
The staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. Again, Having Adrianna there from the beginning was such a BIG HELP. She is very detail oriented and a really sweet person so it was nice to work with her.
She really made sure that the day of the wedding, everything went off without a hitch and it did. It was really perfect. I so appreciate everything she did for us.
Couple things to note about Salem in October - it's obviously high tourist season because of Halloween, so keep that in mind. The waterfront is GORGEOUS for pictures - we took all our formal pictures down by the water and the Friendship sailboat and they came out amazing.
Make sure you book enough rooms for guests to stay! Also, the regattabar in the hotel is great and we had fun there after the rehearsal dinner and the wedding.
It was a GREAT place to get married and we were SO happy with everything and the way we were treated. I HIGHLY recommend. check it out.
I lost my venue 3 months before my wedding. I was completely devastated. Frantically I looked for a new place to have my wedding and came across The Salem Waterfront Hotel. Anne Marie called me within a few hours of my inquiry and was extremely responsive the entire 3 months that I ended up having to replan everything. Even through my panic she was there every step of the way to calm me down. I live in Ohio and was having a destination wedding so having someone to be able to talk to me about every detail helped tremendously. When the big day arrived everything went so well! I was seriously scared because I didn't know what to expect. All I heard from my guests was about how great everything was and what an excellent time they had. The food was perfect. The room looked fabulous! Anne Marie made my big day better than I could have ever imagined. Thinking back on it now just a few days later I actually cried because I'm so sad that it's over.
Adrianna from Group Sales was excellent to work with in planning our room block. The hotel itself is in a great location. Rooms were huge, clean and well worth it. Great spot for wedding room block.
From the moment my husband and I entered the doors of the Salem Waterfront Hotel, we knew that was the location our wedding reception would be held. From the attentive and friendly staff, to the professionalism of Adrianna Avery the wedding coordinator, this place was a dream come true. Throughout the entire process of planning the event, I never felt alone. Adrianna not only calmed my nerves but took care of every little detail. On our special day, everyone said our wedding was one they would never forget. Our experience would not have been possible without the dedication of Adrianna Avery. Thank you so much for providing me with an experience that will live on in our hearts and minds for decades.
I could not rave about this place enough. First, I must thank Adrianna! I was the most un-organized bride ever. I think she did everything for me. She was there throughout all the planning and there the night of my wedding. I had so many guest travel from all parts of the country (mostly Alabama) and my phone hasn't stopped ringing yet. Everyone was so impressed with this venue. The food was great andnSERVICE WAS SPECTACULAR! Most of our guest stayed the entire weekend if not the whole week. We had are rehersall dinner there as well as a brunch the day after the wedding. I highly recommend the Italian spread for rehersal! Also, hair and makeup was all done in a short walk on pickering wharf. Salem is a great walking town and a wonderful place for your guest to be entertained. There are plenty of restraunt, bars, shops and great views right outside the hotel. You are treated like a queen! I've even had request from my family asking if we can renew our vows every year at the same place. I recommend this to any stranger. (don't want my friends to top my wedding) AWESOME!!!!
Our wedding was absolutely amazing! The venue was gorgeous and the staff was so wonderful and always helpful! I received so many compliments on the food and how beautiful the hotel was. We couldn't have asked for anything more perfect!!!
We got married here almost a week ago and everything was handled by Adrianna who was a huge help; she was there when you needed her but she also did not hover and crowd us. Venue was amazing, food was excellent and Adrianna was spectacular :) The area is great for picture taking and walking to downtown bars and restaurants. Great time!
We were married here on 9/1/12 and I am still in awe at how perfect and wonderful our day was. The SWH was the perfect location for our summer, nautical-themed wedding. Everyone was so pleasant, helpful and attentive -- from the front desk all the way up to management. The food was amazing, we got rave reviews from all of our guests how much they loved our food choices. The decor of the hotel fit wonderfully with my theme. The hotel rooms were fabulous. I wish that we could have stayed there longer!
I had a very clear vision in my head of how I wanted our reception space set up, and Adrianna and her team nailed it. It was so wonderful to not have to stress out about the last minute details on the big day, because I knew that they had everything under control.
Adrianna was one of my favorite people throughout our wedding planning process. We were engaged for 16 months, and I must have emailed and called her hundreds of times, and she was always so incredibly patient and kind with me (even when my questions were ridiculous or slightly panicked!) She truly knows how to do her job well, and it really showed!
I truly cannot imagine a better venue. We were (and still are!) so glad we chose the SWH and I will definitely be recommending them to others! Thank you again for a perfect evening :)
I had my wedding reception here in August of 2012, and it was amazing!
The food was great, the staff was friendly, the coordinator was fantastic!
Great location, right in downtown Salem, near all the shops and the waterfront.
Everyone loved the party, and most of the guests stayed at the hotel. We had a rehearsal dinner the night before, and a brunch the morning after.
Everything was amazing!
I highly recommend the Salem Waterfront Hotel and Marina for your reception and your stay!
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Perfection on Pickering Wharf
The Salem waterfront Hotel & Marina sits waterside in Historic Salem, Ma. With a nautical, contemporary and warm decor, our chandeliered Maritime Ballroom makes us the perfect location for your upcoming nuptials. Visit our Wedding Blog!
- Price Range: $$
- Amenities: Indoor Ceremony Area, Kosher Available, Liquor License, On the Water, Onsite Catering, Onsite Overnight Accommodations, Onsite Parking, Onsite Wedding Consultant, Outdoor Ceremony Area, Site Fee, Wheelchair Accessible
- Capacity: Up to 200
- Style: Banquet/Reception Hall, Hotel/Resort, Restaurant
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- The Knot Best Of Weddings 2013