Salem Waterfront Hotel

Salem, MA

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About this Vendor

Perfection on Pickering Wharf

Luxurious energy, timeless romance, waterfront wedding bliss. We host just one wedding per day, so it truly is your day! Our services include: exemplary full service wedding planning, indoor and outdoor waterfront wedding ceremonies, cocktail hour and reception in our stunning Grand Ballroom. Floor to ceiling windows, crystal chandeliers and the finest quality in food and beverage, when you book with us you truly get it all! Come experience how our comfort and elegance create Perfection on Pickering Wharf for your wedding day!

Amenities + Details

  • Bridal Suite

  • Handicap Accessible

  • On-Site Accommodations

  • Indoor

  • Reception Area

  • Wireless Internet

For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.

Price Range

$$ – Affordable

Ceremony Types

Commitment Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony

Venue Capacity



Ballroom, Waterfront, Hotel, Restaurant

Wedding Categories

Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Destination Wedding Planning, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Tents, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff, Shuttle Service, Transportation

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Contact Info

225 Derby Street, Salem, MA (978) 619-1115

Reviewed on 4/16/2018 Erin C

Rose O'Malley was an unbelievable wedding coordinator at the Salem Waterfront hotel! She was so attentive, on top of all the details, available at all times. She couldn't have been more helpful as we planned for our special day. Between our tastings, details meetings and phone... Read More calls she made wedding planning such a breeze. I wish we could do it all again just so we could continue to work with her! All of our guests were blown away by this AMAZING celebration that just wouldn't have been the same without Rose's help! I haven't stopped receiving texts and calls from family and friends about how fabulous everything was. I am so grateful to Rose and the staff at the hotel. We will never forget our wedding day. Best day of our lives! XO

Reviewed on 11/13/2017 Lauryn G

We just had our wedding here on 11/11/17 and it was magical! Rose Omalley, the wedding specialist, was a dream to work with! She came in half way through the planning of the wedding as the previous wedding specialist had left....which I must say is not an easy task to do.... Read More However Rose did it with ease and grace and made my day even more perfect than I could have ever imagined. The weather was COLD but the entire staff at the Waterfront worked together to make sure my bridal party and I were well taken care of during the photos outside. This included trips on the golf cart to and from the photo spot and even to the point where Rose took off her own jacket and gave it to me! The banquet room looked phenomenal, all the walls were draped and the lighting was dim and intimate (just how i wanted it) it fit my large guest list (193) comfortably - as this was an issue me, Rose and the banquet manager Ryan looked over and worked on to make sure was perfectly done - which it was!!! The ceremony itself was like floating in the clouds! With the white draping all around us, it seemed like it was just me and my husband to-be there, but in reality there were almost 200 people watching us. The Salem Waterfront was just sensational in making you feel like you were in a dream! After the ceremony, we got the Regatta Pub for cocktail hour. Rose also planned to have the compass room (complimentary!!!!!) as the overflow for guests and photo booth during the reception - at first I wasnt sure about the idea but I am so glad I listened to Rose because it did help break up the large group of guests! I am so happy and greatful I had my wedding here! Another thing I need to add is the food was lovely.....most of the night was blurr because it went by so fast....BUT....i remember eating my clam chowder and chicken amazing and delicious...hats off to the chef! As for the rest of the staff at the WATERFRONT HOTEL thank you for making my day so special...I know my guests had an absolute blast. Last thing I want to say is to Rose specifically - you are a rockstar and absolutely amazing at your job. Coming in half way through the planning of a girls BIGGEST DAY is not an easy task to take on and you had to do it with a bunch! But as I said before you did it gracefully and to me BEAUTIFULLY. You made my day better than I would have ever imagined and THANK YOU for being honest and up front with me the entire time, as I trusted you from the very beginning. You will go far in this industry and Im so happy I got to work with you!!! Best of luck to everyone at the Waterfront and again THANK YOU!! Lauryn G

Reviewed on 10/26/2017 Abby S

Thank you so much to the Waterfront Hotel and Rose especially for making our day so special. We were extremely concerned about the rainy day forecast, but the hotel did everything in their power to make our ceremony perfect. Rose and her team listened to exactly what I wanted... Read More and transformed the dancefloor into an intimate and gorgeous space for our ceremony. I could not have been more thrilled! Not only was everyone so accommodating on the day of our wedding, but the planning with Rose leading up to that day was wonderful. There was a transition in staff during our planning, but Rose did everything in her power to make us feel comfortable and confident in her abilities, which we were! From little details, to major conversations with our vendors, she was there every step of the way. Even after the wedding day she has been following up to check in on us and make sure we are doing well :) The bridal suite was wonderful as well. We got ready there all day, plenty of space for 3 hair and makeup girls to come in and do their magic on 10 bridesmaids and mom! Thanks again to the whole team, cant wait to come back for a visit :)

Reviewed on 10/07/2017 Kerri C

We chose to stay at this Hotel for our wedding at Misselwood, and we couldn't be more happy that we did! We booked a suite so the girls and I could get ready in the morning. We also had some friends and family stay as well. The Pub was a perfect location for the guys/dads to... Read More meet up and relax while us girls were doing our thing. The day of, Ryan was amazing. We had lunch and mimosas sent up. My hair dresser asked him for a taller chair and he brought a few right up. The suite was large with good lighting (perfect for hair/makeup team), the bed was super comfy. Breakfast and mimosas were perfect! Let's be honest, location is key and the hotel is right downtown, close to everything and right next door to Finz where we had our rehearsal dinner. Highly recommend!

Reviewed on 10/03/2017 Alyssa I

I wanted to write more but the Knot severely limits you, here is a summary! My husband and I LOVED our wedding day at the Salem Waterfront Hotel (Ceremony and Reception both on site). The ease of having everything in the same location was great and our guests raved about... Read More hotel and overall wedding experience. (NOTE- If you have an onsite ceremony they might tell you no cars will be in parking lot on wedding day, this is a lie, they blocked off plenty of spaces and none of my photographs have cars in it, but YES there are still cars farther down in parking lot. The cons... My husband and I picked this venue because we liked the idea of having someone on site running every aspect of our day at the hotel (we learned not all venues offer this) and we liked that this person was the same one helping us through the whole wedding planning process (also not the case at some venues). We had started working with Caitlyn Ward and with the glowing Knot reviews of her she was a big reason we picked SWH. Our frustrations came when Caitlyn chose to quit her job at the hotel mid-process to start her own wedding planning business and left us at square one with a new wedding coordinator, Rose O'Malley. FYI, married friends told me coordinators at all venues quit often, so don't be surprised if the person you plan your wedding with is not the person there helping you on the day of! Our frustrations with Rose were as follows (Reason for 4 stars!) She was very slow to answer e-mails/calls and didn't pick up the pace till a few weeks before the wedding when we had hoped everything would have been settled and discussed. We had family in town and did not enjoy having to drive up to Salem to discuss last minute details two nights before the wedding! She YES'd us on a lot of things cause she was new and still learning hotel rules and we later found out we couldn't order certain food or drinks or place certain decorations in locations as she had promised. Rose was too worried with pleasing the bride and said YES to too many things which hurt her/us. Our advice is TRIPLE check everything she says you can do and DO NOT decorate, order, create anything until you are 100% sure you can do it. (I.e. we brewed our own beer for cocktail hour but instead had to give it to guests off site at rehearsal dinner). On the day of my wedding I was relaxed and definitely enjoyed myself but Rose came over a few times to check in on timing of events and alert me to some small issues (Couldn't use golf cart as told to get to photographers chosen location off site). Luckily, I am calm but everyone knows you DO NOT bother the bride on her wedding day. Rose should have told these small issues/details to my family or friends or simply figured it out herself. Our last concern was Rose refused to own up to any of the mistakes she made. No one likes hearing (on their wedding day no less!) that an issues/mistakes are their fault (or another vendors fault) when it was clear that this was not the case. Again I look back on our day fondly and loved every minute at the hotel. If you/family/friends have the time/energy to plan more of your wedding than is already expected of you then definitely pick the SWH. (I.e. I coordinated most communication between my vendors and Rose. My mom hung decorations at ceremony to ensure they got placed! My brother checked placement of decorations etc. day of.) Hopefully Rose has grown into her role and some of these issues above are now non-existent! :)

Reviewed on 9/22/2017 Joanne S

What can we say! The day was fantastic thanks to Rose O'Malley and her staff at the Salem Waterfront Hotel. The weather did not cooperate, but the day went off without a hitch. Thanks for making Abby and Andrew's special day so magical. We thoroughly enjoyed working with... Read Moreauyfcbefvrafaxtfuutwwtrufxwrzdburayxxw Rose!

Reviewed on 9/21/2017 Jennilee R

My husband and I got married at the Salem Waterfront Hotel on August 26, 2017 & it was better than we ever could have imagined. The venue itself is stunning ( so many awesome spots for pictures), but the quality of service & food were second to none. We had the pleasure of... Read More working with two amazing wedding coordinators Caitlyn Ward & Rose O'Malley who both went above & beyond for us. Rose took over as our wedding coordinator a few months prior to the wedding & she made sure that everything we had been planning for the past year went exactly as planned. Rose was so easy to work with as she is extremely sweet, organized, & professional. She always answered any question that we had in a timely manner ( which is huge for the bride) and made sure that any requests or last minute changes were fulfilled. She made us feel as if we were the only couple she was working with. The Hotel & rooms are absolutely beautiful, many guests stayed for the weekend & enjoyed site seeing in downtown Salem & the great food from the Regatta Pub ! It's been a month since our wedding & our guests are still talking about our big day ! My husband & I truly had the most amazing experience! Thank you to the staff at the Salem Waterfront Hotel for making our day the best ever !!!

Reviewed on 9/20/2017 Christopher M

My wedding was in the first week of September at the Salem Waterfront Hotel. When we first came to the hotel we both fell in love with it. It was a beautiful space and the package they were offering was great, but the really reason why we picked this venue was because of the... Read More wedding coordinator Caitlyn. She was amazing, until she left the hotel for unknown reasons. We ended up getting stuck with Peri that is now a coordinator at the hotel. Peri did not review our file when Caitlyn left because our bill was completely wrong and we are getting double charged. When we first were given a contract we’re were given a bill break down along with it from Caitlyn. The cost on this bill included taxes and fee’s that were being charged and says it clearly on the breakdown. The total price on the breakdown was the price that was quoted on our contract and what we agreed upon. I was in constant communication with Peri leading up to our wedding asking her if we had any outstanding bills and payments. She advised us that we were great and that we even overpaid! A week after our wedding we receive a bill from her saying she had made a mistake and forgot to charge us! The bill came to $7000! Peri said that she forgot to add fee’s. But it was already included in our payments from the breakdown we recieved! We also fulfilled payments on the total amount contracted on in the time frame we were suppose to which is why our wedding even took place on our day or else it would not have happened! This is something the hotel should take care of and review and not us! In the end this will most like end in litigation (since they have their attorney calling us) which is something we don’t want and should not have happened only if the hotel staff would review what was left to them from Caitlyn. If you contract with the hotel you should make sure you keep all your bills and break downs like I did Incase this happens to you. It’s a shame this is happening because it was a beautiful and memorable day for us and now this is just ruining it for us! I wish we would have been able to stay with Caitlyn in the end.

Reviewed on 8/22/2017 Bayley C

Where to even begin?! This Venue was absolutely perfect, Rose the wedding coordinator was there with me every step of the way and was truly my guiding light through the entire week leading up to the wedding! The week of my wedding the weather was looking like it was supposed to... Read More rain (the ceremony was slated to be outside) Rose got news that the manager of the hotel wanted to move the ceremony inside but Rose knew how much I wanted to keep the ceremony outside and personally called the owner and got the go ahead to keep the ceremony outside! She is so professional and truly one of the sweetest people! all of the staff at this venue were so nice and catered to my every need! the entire day of the wedding flowed flawlessly and my guest can't stop talking about how perfect everything was! I would recommend this venue to any bride who is looking to have her fairytale day because this venue truly made my wedding dreams come true!

Reviewed on 8/21/2017 David P

My Wife and I got married at the Salem Waterfront Hotel August 12, 2017, and everything was just perfect. We started planning two years in advance and had the pleasure to work with Robyn, Caitlyn, and Rose; all three wedding specialist are great, experienced and... Read More professional. Rose took over as our coordinator, she put our minds at ease even after last minute changes and she made sure everything went exactly as planned for our big day, definitely went above and beyond. We loved the food, and we still getting great compliments from some of our guests about it, specially the passed hors d’oeuvres during cocktail hour. The Platinum Package was priced reasonably, and the hotel was very flexible some requests we had for our big day, specially Linda who also went above and beyond to make sure we did not have to worry about anything and enjoy our wedding day. Bridal suite was spectacular specially after turn down service ;-) The entire staff at the hotel was great and we highly recommend this for a wedding venue or any other special event.

Reviewed on 8/14/2017 Ali P

We got married at the Waterfront Hotel last month, and it couldn't have been more perfect. The two BEST things about the Waterfront were the coordinator Caitlyn and the food, both of which were spectacular. The package was priced reasonably, and the hotel was very flexible... Read More with a few special requests we had for our big day. I don't have a single negative thing I can say about this venue. Highly recommended!

Reviewed on 11/26/2016 Lyndsay M

My wife and I got married at Salem Waterfront Hotel in November 2015 and we couldn't have asked for a better venue for our ceremony and reception. Caitlyn Ward, a wedding planner at the hotel, helped us with all of the wedding planning and we loved her!! We highly recommend... Read More Salem Waterfront Hotel and Caitlyn!

Reviewed on 11/14/2016 Thomas H

We had our wedding here laat weekend. It was amazing. We were engaged for a few years and Caitlyn Ward who is the coordinator was there for me from start to finish with any questions or concerns I had. I couldn't have done it without her. She was with me up until the last second... Read More walking threw the doors. I recommend this venue to anyone looking for an amazing location, great food and an incredible people who are there for you.

Reviewed on 11/12/2016 Theresa M

Deciding to have my wedding at the Salem waterfront hotel was not a hard decision to make at all... my husband and I always travel to Salem mass for our weekend getaways and consider ourselves lucky when we get the chance to stay at that remarkable hotel.. working with Caitlyn... Read More was amazing!! I run out of words to describe her.. she is phenomenal! So professional and organized and she always has a solution for the smallest problem... we truly hit the jack pot being able to work with her not only is she the best at what she does but she is one of the most kindest souls I have ever meet and she will truly do anything to make sure your wedding day is perfect no matter how big or small... we are the lucky ones to have meet her and have her help us with everything for our wedding day... everyone at that hotel is amazing the chef is incredible the food was delicious... from the bartenders and servers that were working that day and everyone even working the front desk I could not thank all of them enough you all are amazing!! I highly recommend this established for any function you may be throwing especially your wedding!!

Reviewed on 10/31/2016 Alyssa H

I got married at the Salem Waterfront Hotel in June of this year with 200 guests. My four star review is for the overall hotel and service we received. If this review was just for Caitlyn it would be 10 stars, but unfortunately there aren't just 100 of her working at the hotel!... Read More Caitlyn was absolutely AMAZING for the entire year plus leading up to my wedding. I can't tell you how much easier she made my life and how helpful she was. However, there were quite a few things that could be improved the actual weekend of the wedding. - check in and check out - the front staff was confused and not helpful to the guests who had reservations. I got so many calls about non existent reservations, etc. which is the last thing you want to be doing on the night before your wedding. Check out - no one helped me and made sure I got everything from the night before. My husband and I had to drive back over an hour and a half round trip to come back for our wedding cake that no one brought out for me from the fridge. Someone should have been there Friday when we were checking in and on Sunday as we were checking out specifically dedicated to the wedding when there are that many people. (I'm pretty sure we were one of the largest weddings they've ever had) - the woman also rudely told me I couldn't come into the back room to get all of the wedding stuff on Sunday morning even though A. all of my stuff was back there and B. I had already been back there with Caitlyn multiple times - the pub was not prepared for the brunch crowd on Sunday at all and were rude, flustered, and took forever. I told them we were having a farewell brunch in the pub and they were obviously not prepared. My dad (who footed the bill for the whole wedding) had to wait 15 minutes just to get a coffee...a lot of people actually left our brunch to go eat somewhere else because it took so long for people to come up to them and we wanted all of our friends together so we could say our goodbyes. - cleaners didn't clean up all the drinks out of the bridal suite in between getting ready and the end of the night even though my wedding planner was in the room and specifically asked them to before they left - After Caitlyn left for the night the banquet manager was no where to be found so there wasn't anyone really to help us. My wedding planner had to keep asking people to go get him and he wasn't very helpful or communicative. They weren't very careful with packing up our items at the end of the night and just threw my bouquet in a box where it was ruined. - The AC was basically non existent, we were all so sweaty (again which makes me believe they don't typically have weddings that big) - Mimosas when we were getting ready - we had to keep calling and looking for them, It would have been awesome if they were there the whole time. - We had to rent or buy a lot of stuff for the wedding, having to pay to upgrade everything they offer even in the most inclusive package was frustrating and got very expensive. I think the hotel should invest in some of that or spell out all of the charges that you will likely opt for in the beginning. Overall, I still would have chosen this hotel for my wedding and it was an incredibly beautiful day. I gave this feedback to Caitlyn as well, but I know as a bride that read every single review, if I had known about these issues before I would have made sure it didn't happen, so hope this helps someone else!

Reviewed on 10/26/2016

We based our August 2016 wedding weekend out of Salem, blocking guest rooms at Salem Waterfront and hosting brunch there too. We were very happy with the experience as were our guests. The Waterfront staff were wonderful for both the lodging and brunch. Out of town guests... Read More were very impressed. Caitlyn is kind, professional, and excellent to work with.

Reviewed on 10/25/2016 Catherine D

We based my daughter's wedding weekend out of the Salem Waterfront Hotel and everything worked out beautifully. Caitlyn was terrific to work with. The wedding itself was held elsewhere but we had an amazing brunch the next day which was delicious and relaxing. Great time all... Read More around and everyone was very professional and friendly !

Reviewed on 10/17/2016 Kimberly M

Wonderful Experience! I had my wedding rehearsal, rehearsal dinner and a block of rooms for my wedding which was at Misselwood. Caitlyn and her team were amazing to work with! They were very accommodating and were great with providing details leading up to the events. During... Read More the rehearsal and dinner they were so generous and nice and made it an absolutely fantastic experience.

Reviewed on 10/15/2016 Peter J

The hotel did a fabulous job with the set up for our wedding reception. They always made sure we had everything we needed and they made us feel very comfortable. Caitlyn Ward was our coordinator and did a fantastic job, even to the point of wiping the cake frosting off of my... Read More shoe when it fell during our cake cutting! We had a great experience at the Salem Waterfront Hotel and recommend it for anyone looking for their dream wedding!

Reviewed on 10/13/2016 Amanda F

We got married at the hotel in January of 2016. Caitlyn Ward the event coordinator was amazing! She and her staff were excellent, all our guests loved the rooms, the food and overall experience at the hotel. Dan and I would recommend the Salem Waterfront Hotel to anyone... Read More looking to host an event. Planning a wedding takes a lot of time and can be stressful, but Caitlyn made it so easy. Thank you everyone for making our wedding so special and fun! Amanda and Dan Face

Reviewed on 10/12/2016 Lisa S

On July 30, 2016, my husband and I got married at the Salem Waterfront hotel. We would highly recommend it! From beginning to end, the staff made us feel incredibly welcome and well taken care of. In a time of crisis, they responded with panache and care. Here's what happened.... Read More My then fiance and I were planning our rehearsal dinner elsewhere. At 9:00 on the night before the rehearsal, our venue fell through. I immediately reached out to Caitlyn, our coordinator, who reached out to the chef and other necessary folks, told us not to worry, and scheduled time with us the following morning. Over breakfast, we made decisions about food, beverages, etc. And that night we had a wonderful rehearsal dinner that people raved about. That was the beginning of a beautiful weekend with our friends and families. The food was great (way better than catered food should be!) We made lots of unusual requests throughout the process, even on the morning and afternoon of the wedding, that were accommodated every time with a smile. For example, we decided that we wanted our friends and family who stayed at the hotel with us through the event to be able to have drinks on us any time prior to the wedding in the hotel bar. We devised a plan to give out rubber bracelets that the hotel staff knew entitled those guests to charge beverages to our central bill. I know that must have been a pain for them, but they did it as if it was no big deal. Salem Waterfront also recommended vendors that we immediately connected with and delivered exceptional quality results. From the cake bakery (D'Amicis in Lynn), Rouge Cosmetics in Salem, Sound City DJ and photographer and the balloon people (Balloonatics in Saugus) we could not have been more pleased with the overall outcomes. Caitlyn and the rest of the staff have made us feel so at home that we have stayed there many times before and after the wedding. The facilities are beautiful and convenient and the service is exceptional. And our guests were impressed, even my mom :)

Reviewed on 10/12/2016 Holly H

We had a room block at the Salem Waterfront Hotel for my wedding in June 2016. From the very beginning, we knew we were in good hands with Robyn and Caitlyn - who answered all of our questions quickly and helped us not only reserve the room block but also helped us plan the best... Read More rehearsal dinner and post-wedding brunch! The guests loved the ease of making reservations - the suite we had was perfect for getting ready in (and for pictures!!) - and both events that we held there went off without a hitch. It was fun going down to the Regatta Pub to meet our family and friends too. I 100% recommend having your wedding party and guests stay here and hosting one of your events at the hotel.

Reviewed on 10/12/2016

Caitlyn Ward was the coordinator for our daughter’s wedding accommodations at Salem Waterfront Hotel. She was nothing short of outstanding. We had a multi-day event including accommodations for local and international travelers, evening ‘meeting and greets”, Sunday Brunch and... Read More an off sight ceremony. Her attention to detail and experience allowed us adjust to every possible challenge. Her knowledge of local vendors and services provided unlimited resources for us to care for the guests. Caitlyn is the consummate professional and was a trusted partner in a very special day for our daughter. I highly recommend the Salem Waterfront Hotel for all of your wedding and event needs.

Reviewed on 10/12/2016

Caitlyn Ward was the coordinator for our daughter’s wedding accommodations at Salem Waterfront Hotel. She was nothing short of outstanding. We had a multi-day event including accommodations for local and international travelers, evening ‘meeting and greets”, Sunday Brunch and... Read More an off sight ceremony. Her attention to detail and experience allowed us adjust to every possible challenge. Her knowledge of local vendors and services provided unlimited resources for us to care for the guests. Caitlyn is the consummate professional and was a trusted partner in a very special day for our daughter. I highly recommend the Salem Waterfront Hotel for all of your wedding and event needs.

Reviewed on 7/30/2016 Emma F

I had my wedding here in May and everything was amazing. Caitlyn Ward was my coordinator and she made sure everything went exactly as planned. My husband is in the military and we had to reschedule the wedding due to a deployment and Caitlyn worked with me on changing all of the... Read More vendors to a new date and replanning the entire wedding. As for the actual day of the wedding I couldn't be happier. Caitlyn ensured everything ran smoothly and I wasn't stressed about anything. Also the food is to die for. We had filet mignon and chicken saltimbocca with clam chowder and caesar salad. Our guests raved about the filet mignon and clam chowder. The venue has a great location because it's walking distance from many attractions in Salem. Many out of town guests came and stayed for the weekend to explore the town.