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“Musty, cobwebs - Museum not B&B” 1 of 5 stars
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Stephen Daniels House
1 Daniels St., Salem, MA 01970   |  
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Ranked #7 of 9 Salem B&B and Inns
Cdn in Scotland
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23 hotel reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Musty, cobwebs - Museum not B&B”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2011

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.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2011

Awesome, historical, no purple ropes, secret notebooks, hidden rooms, authentic to the max, 3 main staircases plus several more 'tweeny' ones along-side of the fireplaces that you can use!

  • Stayed August 2010, 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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2010

If you want to instinctively start listening for sounds of breathing in the darkness when you wake up at night you will love this place. I really enjoyed the antiques and feel of the place, but it is far from as clean as it should be. There is a lot of dust piling up in the corner of the rooms and I was afraid of the shower curtain. I felt sad that the place is not better kept. I want to be afraid of the weird dolls and the darkness, not to take my shoes off in the bathroom.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2010

I loved, loved, loved the Stephen Daniels House! We actually stayed in September 2009, and we couldn't have asked for a better, more charming inn. The history in Salem in general and the Stephen Daniels House in particular is worth the price of admission... and what a price! It cost the same at SDH for 2 rooms as any other Salem B&B for 1 room. Kay is awesome, has great stories, and makes great muffins. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!!

  • Stayed October 2009
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wilbraham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2010

Honestly I've never been to a place more weird. And though it was not very clean, I would go there again!

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cardiff , South Wales, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2010

Words are simply not enough to describe what a wonderful experience I had visiting Salem. For me it was a truly magical place. From the very first moment I arrived and stood outside the Daniel's House I knew it would be memorable. Upon entering we were greeted by Sabrina the wonderful landlady's cat who apparently always greets all newcomers. She was immediately followed by Kay (the landlady) who was welcoming and friendly. Kay is a real character and entertained us at breakfast with her tales about the history of the house.

The house looks as though it has been frozen in time and the antiques Kay has collected over the years are amazing and really add to the overall atmosphere of the house. It's strange but when I first explored the house I thought “how am I going to sleep here when the lights are out ??” (I have a wild imagination and was sure that if I was ever going to experience something supernatural , this was the place it would happen). Unfortunately I didn't see anything but I enjoyed listening to Kay's stories of what other guests had claimed to have experienced but her down to earth and light-hearted nature is what entertained both me and my partner the most.

If you're a bit of a wimp like me and are thinking about staying here I will put your mind at rest because the Daniel's house is far from sinister and scary. In fact after the first night I was wishing we could stay longer , I was beginning to feel right at home . I'm planning to go back , so that says it all really. :)

A wonderful , wonderful,wonderful place!!!! - I can't wait to go back .

See you in the future Kay and Sabrina !!

Robert and Stephanie x x x

  • Stayed August 2010, 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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Newport NH
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

I went to the home with my sister, niece and a frend ( just a girls weekend) the rooms were clean. The inn keeper ( Kay) was so friendly and a real joy to be around. We enjoyed every morning sitting and talking with her and other guests.The history of the home and the things the Kay had around her home were wonderful, she knew so much. We loved that we just parked the car and were walking distance from down town. It ws great to come back from a day of site seeing to relax in a quiet friendly home.

The parking was the only problem I could have had if the Inn would have been full. It is a two car driveway, but the people were so friendly and had no problem when we asked to move their car. We would go back there again as it is a touch of history making us feel like we went back in time.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Stephen Daniels House

Address: 1 Daniels St., Salem, MA 01970
Location: United States > Massachusetts > Salem
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Salem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 
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