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“Lovely B&B” 4 of 5 stars
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16 Winter Street, Salem, MA 01970   |  
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Ranked #2 of 9 Salem B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
London, United Kingdom
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“Lovely B&B”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

We were passing through Salem doing a tour of New England and decided to do a stopover but we hadn't booked anywhere. I'd researched a couple of options and this was one that took my liking and didn't disappoint. We were greeted warmly by Donald (the owner) and as luck would have it they had a room for the night. Check-in process fuss-free and quick with Donald explaining how to access the properties off street parking and giving local information we might find useful. Our room was delightful, tastefully decorated with nice linens and towels. There was a TV in the room with satellite channels and free wi-if access which we had no problems accessing. The bathroom was clean with nice toiletries and good size towels. Sleep quality was good, nice comfy bed but stand-out thing of the stay was the breakfast we enjoyed at Ada's friendly and very well stocked table. Breakfast is much like an extended family affair. One large farmhouse style table which all guests use and are joined by their hosts. It was simply one of the nicest breakfasts I've had! Lovely homemade scones, great preserves, loads of fresh fruit and good conversation with the other guests.

Would definitely recommend this B&B, lovely!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

On our recent trip to the US we stayed in 8 different locations but the one that will always stay in my heart is Amelia Payson House. It's beautifully kept by the nicest couple you could ever wish to meet. Breakfast every morning was a delight with excellent fresh food, great conversation filled with humour and, if required, our whole day mapped out for us. Ada and Don have a great wealth of knowledge regarding the history of Salem and tell it in a very interesting way. I can't compare it to any other B&B in Salem and never will be able to as it would definitely be the only place I would ever stay again should I return.
Location - Brilliant
Cleanliness - Cleanest place I have ever seen
Rooms - ours was huge
Many thanks Ada and Don. You made our visit memorable.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

This is a great place to stay while in Salem. Location is great and Ada and Donald are lovely. The B and B was very clean and comfortable. Each morning Ada prepared a delicious breakfast with scones, waffles, fresh fruit, granola, cereal, tea and coffee.
Anything you need to know about Salem, they can tell you!
I would highly recommend Amelia Payson House to anyone.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fairhope, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I have been to Salem every year for the last 7 years. And this year my best friend and I stayed at Amelia Payson House. First time staying there but not my last!!!! I loved the house and the owners. Ida and Don are wonderful host. The rooms are very open and large with your own bathroom and to say that it is clean is an understatement. Ida keeps the rooms so clean and fresh made beds everyday. She makes a bed military style. I swear there isn't one wringle in her sheets (that are nice and clean everyday). And the bathroom..... you could eat off the floor it is so immaculate. I loved,loved,loved my stay with them. I had forgotten my running shoes and Ida offered hers to me if I could wear them. Now that is something you don't get everyday or at impersonal hotels/motels. I HIGHLY,HIGHLY recommend this B&B!!! And it is only 2 blocks from everything Salem has going on in October. If you get the chance to stay here...TAKE IT!!! You will be glad you did.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

This Bed and Breakfast was Excellent! We are BB's people and this BB was the cleanest I've been in. Their hospiatlity was wonderful, our flight was a horrible one and we arrived at 8AM they let us stay in the livingroom to rest until our room was ready how thoughtful is that! Highly reccommend this Bed and Breakfast.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eldorado, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

We stayed 18-23 Oct 2012. First and foremost, the house was immaculate! Our hosts were attentive, accomodating and ready to assist us at every turn. Ada and Donald have a wealth of info and are eager to help their guests make the most out of their time. The website does not adequately describe the breakfasts. We never left the table unsatisfied and we highly reccomend the muffins (loved them). The location was perfect! Without a doubt the entire city is at your finger tips from this B&B. Just a quick stroll down the block and all that Salem has to offer awaits you. We took the trolley the first day (as suggested by our friendly tour guide and host "Ada") and walked everywhere the rest of the week, very convenient. The nicest part of this trip was leaving the crowds and returning to the Amelia Peyson House each evening. Winter street is gorgeous with the brick sidewalks and history buildings, and of course Ada leaves nice snacks for the guests. We were sad to leave but looking forward to returning next year. Thanks Ada and Donald for a great week!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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99.5, Owner at Amelia Payson House, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Thank you Margie & Thomas for taking the time to post your stay experience on TripAdvisor; the go-to place nowadays for candid comments, assisting visitors as they select their vacation destination or business travel. Don and I are so happy you had a great stay and that Salem was all that you hoped it would be and more and that we could provide all the comfort amenities, location and assistance during your stay. We were just as thrilled to host you and get to know you both over our breakfast conversations. And while we just experienced hurricane SANDY, we are happy to say we were spared any damage, just a lot of twigs and leaves to rake, and Salem still maintains all its charm, less a few trees. Again, thank you for your kind words and compliments. It’s your comfort and enjoyment that makes it all worthwhile....... Ada May & Don
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Atco, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Our first trip to Salem 10/15-10/17. We really enjoyed our stay at the Amelia Payson House from the time we arrived and was met by Ada to the day we left. The B&B is in a great location, we walked everywhere (we love walking); in fact, after walking all day, we came back to our room and rested and then went back to eat dinner. The large bedroom was spotlessly clean, very cozy with clean towels every day and Ada freshened the room and made the bed. We were able to watch DVD's. There's a little "sitting area" on the 2nd floor for coffee and snacks and a small refrigerator. Breakfast was wonderful and we enjoyed conversation with guests and Ada and Don who I might add were very knowledgable about the area. Overall, a perfect two days. We highly recommend this B&B ~ you will not be dissatisfied! God-willing we hope to come back in the future!

Kathy & Ken

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 16 Winter Street, Salem, MA 01970
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Salem
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Salem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A little bit about us...Celebrating 27 years as innkeepers, Ada & Donald invite you to their 1845 Greek Revival home. Guest will not only enjoy the grace and charm that is tradition at a true Bed & Breakfast Host Home, but will also appreciate our convenient Historic District location; just steps from all of Salem's limitless activities. Forget about your car, a five minute stroll finds the Witch Museum, the National Park Service Visitor's Center, the Peabody Essex Museum, the House of the Seven Gables, and all the shops, restaurants, whale watching & harbor tours located at Pickering Wharf Marina. Amtrak train service and/or passenger Ferry to Boston is just four blocks away. ... more   less 

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