The overhwelming musty smell was the key reason for our extreme reaction - deciding not even to stay the night. My wife and I could both feel the mustiness in our chests, even after leaving the window open for a couple of hours to have dinner. Add a few cobwebs and that was it, we decided to move on.
To be fair, the bathroom toilet, sink and shower did look clean enough. Also to her credit, the owner innkeeper Kay was reasonable enough not to charge for the night despite our backing out.
It is a bit of a shame because entering the house itself is like stepping back in time to the 18th century. Everything has character - uneven floors, worn wooden staircases floors, irregular walls, old furniture, working fireplaces in rooms. There is too much stuff in the house though. Taking away a lot of the clutter to enable the place to be spotlessly clean and to get rid of the mustiness would turn this place into a unique star of the B&B world but until that happens it really is only suitable for people with a really strong chest, no sense of smell and no allergies.
PS there is no WIFI provided by the premises. Connectivity comes at the mercy of neighbours' unsecured networks, which may or may not work throughout the house.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The home was converted to a restaurant and inn in 1945 by the Hallers. Current owner Catherine Gill, affectionately known as Kay, purchased the inn in 1962 and has proudly served as innkeeper and caretaker during 49 years . Making us Salem's oldest running Bed&Breakfast! Upon entering the home one is immediately enthralled by the sheer number of antiques and collectibles that cover most every conceivable nook and cranny. Antique pottery next to historic English puppets, laced with cross-stitch art works, majestic portraits, antique toys and so much more. A life time of Kay's world travels and collecting. It is an eclectic feast for the senses. The home itself is a living museum where guests can take a step back in time as they touch and see, feel and explore and get a true sense of the history and romance that abounds throughout the entire home. Our goal is focused on providing you with an enjoyable and memorable experience and not merely a comfortable place to relax and rest your head. We may not be Salem's most modern inn but we are the most unique! Our suites are furnished with period four poster canopy beds and decorated with genuine antiques. There are no velvet ropes here! If history and ambiance is what you seek than the Daniels House is the place to stay. Come and meet your hosts Kay Gill and Robin McDonald. Enjoy our complimentary continental breakfast of fresh baked muffins, juice, cereals, coffee, teas and pleasant conversation. Child and pet friendly. Thank you for visiting and hope to meet you at the Inn.Owner and operator for over 49 years Kay. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Stephen Daniels House Hotel Salem