Here are some top hotels around Salem:
Though not in the heart of Salem, you may want to visit famous sights in the larger area like Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun Casino.
Gardner Lake should be right up the top of your itinerary. Travelers come from all over to see this body of water. Like to make things simpler and stay in the area? There are numerous places to pick from. 3BR Family Cabin at Wakenah Woods- A Slice of Heaven on Gardner Lake (1 mile away) is a good choice. Wakenah Woods Guest Suite On Gardner Lake w/ Shared Indoor Pool Access (1 mile away) and Quaint 2BR Cabin At Wakenah Woods On Gardner Lake (1 mile away) are also worth checking out.