Travel Blogs from Salem
Today was the first full day for touring around so we decided to take the Amtak train to Salem. Salem is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts about 90 minutes north of Boston.
Salem is featured notably in Arthur Miller's The Crucible and the city's cultural identity is centred around the Salem witch trials of 1692. They have all witch things ...
... at one of the other tourists in the group!
We then went for a nice lunch at an outdoor cafe and afterwards walked around a bit (through an old graveyard and past lots of witch-y type stores and attractions.
We left Salem around 4 and on the way back to the campground hit some horrible traffic! It was hot and muggy so we were very glad when we finally made it back to the air conditioned motorhome.
... the ceiling up were exquisite. You could feel the love for God that the original designers and parishioners must have felt.
After services we dropped Camden off at the MIT Museum where he spent a blissful couple of hours engrossed in the history of technology. The girls and I headed up the road about a mile to Harvard Square to check out the shops. Harvard Square is an interesting area but it was way beyond crowded and there was even a protest of some sort ...
How has this inn rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Salem Inn
I stayed at the inn over the summer (7/2003) and had a lovely time. We stayed in the honeymoon suite at the curwen house, a lovely yellow house about a block away fromt he main house of the inn. The staff seemed friendly though I found it odd that all of them I saw seemed to be either of high school or college age. I didnt have any real problems so I cant comment on their service in that area. The curwen house was lovely, with plenty of private parking behind it and very quiet. We had a very secluded weekend there. The room was big and lovely marble fireplace that apparently in winter months they let you use, and a small tv if we were so inclined, but I hardly know why you'd need a tv if you were staying in salem on vacation...its a lovely place to walk about! Overall I was very pleased with my stay, though there were a couple minor details that i was dissapointed in. First off the period/recreation antiques didnt match at all, they were lovely but it was off-putting how they were all of completely differnent styles and not even all stained the same shade. It also had a distinct feeling of staying at grandma's house, which was a little off putting given it was the '*honeymoon* suite'. I was also dissapointed in the 'canopy' bed...I had expected one of those flowing gauzy types and it was more a four poster bed with a knit piece of fabrice on top. They made up with it with little touches though..providing both coffee and tea, all the supplies in the bathroom (including bath oil's which i completely forgot about for the lovely whirlpool tub) and a hair dryer, and they even an adoreable step for those who had trouble getting into the bed, which was rather high. The breakfast was nice and with quite considerable a selection given its 'continental' moniker, and the stay was extremely pleasent. Salem itself is lovely as well, and I highly reccomend it to any one interested in history. They even let us leave our car in the lot after checkout so we could spend the day in town our last day. I had a blast and would to love to stay again.
Salem Inn was wonderful
My husband and I stayed at the Salem Inn for Halloween this year. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The room we stayed in had a large whirlpool and was clean and comfortable. The Inn is in the middle of town so we didn't miss any of the festivities.
Very Disappointed with this inn
Over priced, not very clean,outdated, staff wasn't very helpfull or overly friendly. Didn't have heat the first night, the radiator was missing a handle to regulate the temp, so they gave me a wrench!
Loved the Inn
We stayed 3 nights in the Capt. West house, in a room with one large bedroom. The second room had a kitchenette, table, twin bed, and trundle bed. It was fine for 4 people. An assortment of tea and tea was provided, and the bath was also nicely stocked with extras. The only problem was that the fridge didn't cool properly. There was a nice assortment for breakfast, luckily the breakfast room was in the same house. Yes, this is an old house, but it is very pretty and clean. I would have no hesitation in recommending it. Also, while in Salem, don't miss the Peabody Essex museum. Skip some of the tacky witch museums, the collection at the Peabody is lovely.
Salem Inn, homey atmosphere
Having traveled to Western Europe, England and the the Northeatern US, I thought the Salem Inn was lovely. Our family Suite was roomy and clean as well as comfortable. Our continental breakfast was tasty and filling, though it was nothing fancy. The front desk staff was pleasant and helpfull. This is not a Sheraton or Radisson, it is an historic home. It was exactly what we wanted.
Not a good experience
The "Honeymoon" suite was a great disappointment. For 200.00$ a night off peak we got a room with a stained bed spread. The whirlpool tub spued brown gunk into the water. The T.V is tiny and the remote control was broken. It should not be called a bed and breakfast when you have to walk 3 to 4 blocks in the morning to get coffee and doghnuts.The staff was less than courteous and helpful. Do yourself a favor, and stay somewhere else!!!!4/2003
I spent a Valentine weekend at the Salem Inn in the Curwen House. I loved it. It was quiet and relaxing for me. I was in Salem to check out the attractions, but my 2 nights at the inn were just as rememberable. Room was comfortable and I recommend anyone stay there if they can....
Loved the Salem Inn
Great location. We stayed in a beautiful Historic building with a great history. We found the staff to be extremely helpfull and accommodating. Also, their buildings are all located within walking distance to all are attractions and restaurants, we did not need our car once! Would recommend to anyone who wants to experience "historic Salem".
The Salem Inn
The Salem Inn was a huge disppointment. The 6 person oversized family suite had a terrible odor, smelled like a backed up sewer. When trying to deal with the staff about the problem, they were rude and uncooperative. We were unable to stay the night beacause of the odor, and wound up leaving. The Inn would not refund the money, and we wound up losing $250.00
The Salem Inn is hundreds of years old and it shows. The rooms are poor quality and the "suites" appalling.
The place is over priced and over rated, Salem is an utter dump.
don't waste your time or money visiting!