7 Summer Street, Salem, Massachusetts, 01970, United States
Quaint, but Strange Stay
We chose this hotel because it was pet friendly and we were traveling with our dog. It was quaint and definitely has an old feeling. The room was very spacious and I like that we could control the temperature. The staff was friendly and helped us find great tours and restaurants. Parking isn't necessarily the greatest. However, it didn't affect us much because it is located near most of the museums and other places we wanted to visit. So we walked or took the trolley everywhere. The wifi connection in the rooms worked great.
The only downside of our stay in the Salem Inn was the unexplainable/weird things that happen to keep me up all night. I heard doors slamming at 3am. Our dog was very docile (who is never calm) and busy looking at something move thru out the room. Our dog and I both picked up our heads to get a clear view of what I thought I saw something poke half its body thru the door as if it was looking in the room and whipped right back out. My husband's body kept strongly shaking off and on all night just as my eyes would close and wake me back up. Yet he said he slept fine. He said he did felt pressure on his body while he was sleeping. I felt my hair being stroked in the middle of the night. So unfortunately I didn't sleep until the sun rose. However, when I did finally fall asleep it was great! The bed was comfortable.
Unforgettable Stay - Strange !
Our stay was very memorable, and although we decided to check out early due to strange happenings, I have to admit that we did ask about the haunted reputation of the hotel and they said that occassionally, some guests do report strange events but they cannot confirm or deny the reports.
I think the hotel staff should warn customers about the reported activities on the 3rd floor. I think a few sightings would be acceptable, but I'm not a big fan of shaking beds, faces appearing on the TV or noises coming from the closet "with the closet door open" ! When I went to complain to the staff, my door was locked from the outside somehow and I started to panic until the residents across the hall woke up and helped me by physically prying the door open. they complained the door handle was hot but I can't confirm this. The real kicker was when I got back to my room "10 minutes later" as I walked into my room, I swear that I saw a young boy "looked to be about 5 yrs old" walk into my bathroom. I was afraid to walk in there to see if I was crazy, but when I did I found the water running and the room was empty.
We packed up and got in our car and drove to lexington and found a comfort inn.
The staff was very nice, and the rooms were extra clean.
Not sure if we were seeing things but I needed a break from the strange happenings.
Lovely place other than the weird activities.
Unique Quality: Decorations were great and the beds were very comfortable. I would recommend this hotel and might give it another try again but would want another room. I will not stay on the 3rd floor ever again.
Directions: On Essex St... great location
Salem Inn, But I Am Out!
The only thing I liked was the location.
Loud music/orgy in next room until 3 am
Old bedding in Peabody House
Froze all night cause no wood for fire/heat didn't work
Told girl at front desk of trouble, all she said was "Oh."
Breakfast was cold and continental
Wrote letter explaining trouble...no letter back
A fantastic & romantic place for a honeymoon!
Our stay was FABULOUS! The staff let us go through a couple rooms to chose which one we liked best, the continental breakfast was above & beyond (I loved the kisch) and the complimentary sherry night cap is a great idea. It is with in walking distance of almost everything, so we didn't spend money on gas for the 2 days we were there since we didn't have to use the car (a great money saver for a road trip) & the price was unbelievable. We were there on our honeymoon & couldn't have asked for better service. The jacuzzi was in it's own little room & was very romantic. We even took pictures of the whole room to use when we decorate the master bedroom of our new house.
I've paid more for less in the past & I have to say that when we go again next year, we will definitly be booking a room at Salem Inn.
Unique Quality: Complimentary breakfast & sherry night cap.
There is a computer with internet in the common room of the West house for guest use (very handy for keeping long distance calls to the Mom's down...yes they still worry...)
Even after the winter & even though spring hadn't quite come yet, the courtyard still had a nice relaxing quality about it.
The homey touches in the room were very nice. The TV & sofa were in a second room. The jacuzzi was seperate from the bathroom. It just added a bit to the atmosphere.
Directions: Along Summer St. between Essex & Norman. The front desk is in the house nearest to Essex & there is a little driveway you can use for check in & unloading luggage.
Quaint as could be!
My fiance and I stayed at the Salem Inn July 14-17, 2003. He picked the hotel himself and booked us a honeymoon suite. (Before we were engaged - a hint of what was to come!)
When we arrived we were a bit confused as to where to park and where the main building was as compared to ours. But that was not a huge deal at all. The buildings were old restored ones was a bed and breakfast but we overslept and never made any of them! It was in the "main" house. That part of Salem is so lovely that we enjoyed all the walking! A 2 min. walk to breakfast would have been lovely if we could have gotten up!
When we got to our room there was a dozen rosens on the mantle over the fireplace, a bottle of champagne, 2 champagne glasses (with their logo to take, a lovely reminder of a lovely trip) and wonderful local chocolates! There was other local candy about the room and fun little scented packets to add to the jacuzzi tub!
The first room we were in was VERY hot. We turned the air on and left for the day. When we returned it was still HOT. We wanted to sleep. The girl working the desk offered to move us to another room; choice of 2 regular rooms and 1other honeymoon suite. She got keys to all three and let me go in all of them to decide! We chose the other honeymoon suite. She helped us move.
The 4 poster canopy bed was high with a little footstool to climb up into it. It was adorable! And comfy!
The 1st morn I lost a diamond earring the sink! The same girl who helped us move came to take the pipe off and find it.
Next time we go to Salem (3 1/2 days - not enough), we will stay here again. This time I want to stay in the main house. 1) several of the rooms are supposedly haunted! and 2) maybe I'll remember breakfast if I can go in my jammies!
Everytime we hit the main house for information, whoever was working the desk was as pleasant and as helpful as could be!
Unique Quality: Yes, it was an old building. But the charm and friendly service was unbeatable. & the location! Most major hotels were outside the inner circle of old Salem. We were 2 minutes from the beginning of the tourist area; where the streets are red cobblestone and pedestrians have the right of way!
Rich in History!
I have never stayed here, but I drive by it every day on my way to the train station and work. This is one of three buildings to the Inn, The Captain West House. I'll be taking pictures of the other 2 soon.
Unique Quality: Located in the heart of one of America's oldest seaports, the Salem Inn is comprised of three historic homes offering accommodations rich in history. Just looking at them from the outside, you can see they must be beautiful inside.
The West House, Curwen House, and Peabody House.
Each building has been meticulously restored and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Centrally located in the heart of historic Salem, the city's impressive array of attractions, restaurants and activities are all within easy walking distance.
Directions: The Salem Inn will be on your left (on Route 114) at the intersection of Essex Street in the heart of downtown Salem.
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Avoid the Salem Inn
Although listed as a Bed and Breakfast, the Salem Inn offers completely impersonal service, in various separate buildings without any of the atmosphere that would characterize a B&B. Based on their posted pictures on the web, we had selected a specific room, labeled "honeymoon suite". That specific room, although confirmed as reserved for us in prior correspondence, was not available. We were then offered another room (if you hear "my preferred room" from any employee,....run for the exit! ). She then told us "most of our rooms are honey moon suites" !
Bottom line, the room's decoration was ugly. It was in state of disrepair (see pictures). Our request for a price reduction was turned down.
Honest recommendation: stay away.
A great, character-filled place to stay
My husband and I stayed at the Salem Inn as part of a world tour. The staff there were some of the best we met on our trip - everyone was so helpful and willing to provide advice on what to see and do in the local area. Nothing was too much trouble, and we were touched by how comfortable we felt during our stay.
As someone who has stayed in many B&Bs throughout the UK, I have to say that this was a real treat. Our room had been beautifully furnished in keeping with the period atmosphere, and as we were staying there in February, the fireplace in our room made it seem very cosy - especially with the snow coming down outside!
I would have no hesitation in recommending the Salem Inn to friends travelling near Boston, as we would be only too happy to go back. It certainly beat the impersonal hotel-motel chains for atmosphere.
We stayed at the Salem Inn – Peabody House for one night the first week of June 2005. We booked the honeymoon suite for $189 a night and a room with a queen bed for $159 a night for our babysitter. Both rooms were spacious and the honeymoon suite had a large bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub and a kitchen with a microwave and fridge. You can view the pictures on their website. The Inn was located in an excellent location walking distance to everything. However, the Inn is definitely a 3 star. If you are like me and stay at luxury Inns and resorts you are better off staying somewhere else other than the city of Salem. Salem does not offer any luxury properties or Inns with luxury linens or even Hyatt quality beddings. It is a small town with less discriminating visitors. I have stayed in a lot of B&B’s but some of the Inn’s I have stayed in made efforts in making the place really charming. The Salem Inn Peabody House looks charming in the website pictures but needs renovating. The website said it was renovated but the renovation was not done very well. It’s a clean place to stay and it does have some charm but if you are a discriminating guest like me then you should not stay anywhere in Salem.
If you are looking for a convenient place to stay, a spacious room with all the things you need then you should book the honeymoon suite in the Peabody House of the Salem Inn. The staff was very nice even though some of the reviews complained about the staff. It was a convenient place to stay when you have small children because of the location, parking and the room amenities in the honeymoon suite. It had a small tv with cable and a fireplace. It had a window a/c that was a bit noisy but worked well. The Inns are old and the website pictures make the Inns look a lot nicer than they are. I think it’s a little over priced for the accommodations but not for the location and ample parking. I rated it 3 out of 5 because they could make the Inn a lot nicer. It's 5 out of 5 for location and it was clean.
Over all the city of Salem has great history but is definitely creepy. We did the ghost walking tour in the evening and that was very interesting. You toured all the known places in Salem that have been proven to have ghost activity and the docent went over all the history and sightings. That was worth every penny but definitely creeped us out. You did it at night and you visited graveyards! You book your tickets at the Spellbound Museum. I would recommend Fins by the Wharf for a great place to eat. It’s more on the expensive side but had great lobsters and top sirloin. If you have small children definitely take them to the pirate museum, my 3 year old loved it. Also visit the oldest candy shop in America which was near the Seven Gables. Salem was a great place to visit for it's history but not for it's accomodations.
Would not reccommend this so called B&B
We just got back from our stay at the Salem Inn....it was one of our worst stays at a B&B--and we have traveled to many B&B's in the New England Area. We found there was no hospitality --and no interaction with the owners. The room was not furnished in a new england way--and was unkept and "motelish". We were very disappointed in our stay and will highly reccommend future tourists to not stay there. Salem was a beautiful city--and we enjoyed touring it--but our accomodations were a disaster. The Salem Inn felt more like a "hotel" and not a bit cozy at all. We will be back to Salem---but will definately stay at a "nicer" B&B!
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Address: 7 Summer Street, Salem, Massachusetts, 01970, United States