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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
Glenham, New York, United States
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Loved It”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We just stayed at this bed and breakfast this past weekend and loved every minute of it! Our only regret was not planning to stay more than one night. We loved meeting Kay and Robin and chatting with them at breakfast. Our room was lovely......so much nicer than staying in one of the chain motels. We had a fantastic time and will definitely be going back again. Thanks again Kay!

Room Tip: We stayed in the Great Room and it was charming!
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  • Stayed September 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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Chicago, Illinois
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

One of my very favorite lodging experiences in the world. There are not many houses left in the US built in the 1600s and you can stay at virtually none of them. This is a deeply textured place with a very strong atmosphere. I really could just have sat in it the whole time I was in Salem and had the Salem experience. Our rooms were cozy and fascinating beyond belief. The owner Kay is like a great jewel set in this crown, very knowledgeable and witty, a true character. I liked the furniture and art there better than what is at the Museum in town. It is very near the sea and its national historic site and the Seven Gables and Hawthorne birthplace. I stayed here 20 years ago and never forgot it. I am so glad I got back. If you are into authenticity and the real deal, this is your place.

Room Tip: I traveled with a friend. We took a suite of two rooms and a bathroom that are in the oldest part o...
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  • Stayed August 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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Cranford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The review of excellent means it was excellent for us. You have to be appreciative of history & uniqueness to stay here. The rooms (one w/ double bed & one single bed) were the oldest in this 1667 property, which is funished with original pieces. One room was huge; the single was not huge, but cozy & fine. Kay, the owner, will give you the tour & tell you the history. Robin makes delicious muffins & keeps the place clean & tidy. Breakfast is at a long table @ 9am w/ other guests. Kay can be a bit "crusty" but is lovable in her own way. We paid $150 for the 2 rooms & there was one very large bathroom. We also met Sabrina the cat, whom we liked because, well, we like cats. My friend & I loved the place w/ its fireplaces, historical furnishings & location (it is near the House of Seven Gables, Hawthorne's house, the waterfront, and several pleasant places to eat & have fun: In a Pig's Eye pub, Witches Brew & Capt. Dusty's ice cream parlor). There is nothing new or fancy about the house & that's what we loved. As my friend said, "It's like getting to sleep in a museum & touch stuff." Parking is tight, but we managed by coordinating w/ the other people. The pictures should say it all to you. they are open all year 'round & I can't wait to go back & show my husband when time allows.

Room Tip: It's totally unique. So you have to tailor it to your needs. There was a family of 4 across the...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

First off, DON'T BELIEVE THE BAD REVIEWS. This is probably the best B&B we've stayed at because of it's history, atmosphere and style. And i'll admit, I found it a little eerie because it's 345 years old! As soon as we walked in the door, Kay was welcoming and took us on a quick tour of the first floor of the house because her poor knees cannot travel upstairs to the second and third, yes, third floor. Our room was great and decorated period correct. My boyfriend was in awe of the room and house because he LOVES period correct houses, decor and architecture. Kay and Robin are fantastic women. Kay is so charming and such a knowledgeable women, she is truly inspiring. I love that Robin is so free-spirited, open and welcome and they make a great team. The house smelled great, the bedroom and bathroom were clean (soap is included but bring your own shampoo, etc), the bed was a little snug for two people but overall very comfortable and the breakfast included fresh fruit, muffins, coffee, OJ and cereal (if requested.) Breakfast was so great because our conversations with the other visitors, Kay and Robin were so warming and memorable. I don't know if there is WiFi because we didn't even try, there is too much to see in the house and around town, don't waste your time on the internet! It's a great walk from downtown Salem. If we ever get a chance to travel north again, we ARE staying here again.

Room Tip: Once moved in your room, check out the drawers in the desks and decorations to find the secret notes...
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  • Stayed August 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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Westbury, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

What a great stay at this wonderful little gem in Salem. My Mom and I stayed here from July 27th through the 30th. Kay greeted us when we got to the B&B and gave us the lay of the land. We both thought she was a trip. She is an older woman and had us cracking up within 5 minutes of walking through the door. She showed us around the main floor and pointed out some of the antiques and interesting things about the house. She then explained how to get to our rooms which were on the 2nd floor (Kay can't walk up stairs anymore so we were left to explore the upstairs on our own). We had the run of 2 beautiful rooms on the second floor (the rose room and the adjoining room). The Rose room had a really nice canopy bed and a fireplace in the room. Both my Mom and I stayed in the room right behind it which had 1 twin bed and a queen bed because it was closer to the bathroom. Both of the rooms were clean and very interesting. You could spend hours just going through all the knick knacks and antiques that Kay has aquired over the years. **Note** make sure you look in all the little drawers in the rooms. All of the curio cabinets had little notes with inspirational sayings on it. We had alot of fun exlporing through the 2 rooms trying to find them.

Anyway, the next morning we went down for a nice little breakfast of freshly baked muffins, fruit and juice. Kay and Robin (her helper) sat with us along with a really great Australian couple. We spent close to an hour and a half every morning eating breakfast and chatting with everyone before we set out for the day. Both Robin and Kay were beyond helpful and listening to both of their stories were wonderful. If I ever go back to Salem I will DEFINITELY stay at this B&B again!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Athol, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2012

Got a room here at the last minute on a Monday night, travelling on business. Comfortable, hospitable, and so wonderfully 17thc. in accommodations and atmosphere, that I was surprised (but gratified) to find they did have Internet. So much better than the cold, sterile rooms one often ends up in on business. Thank you, Kay and Robin!
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Room Tip: A place for "old New World" authentic charm, with alls its rustic eccentricities, (though...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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O.C.
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

The Stephens Daniels House is a Salem experience all its' own! A great place to spend not one but at least two nights while exploring the area. Kay, the proprietress is a charming lady with a wealth of information and delightful conversation should you so wish to sit a spell with she and Sabrina.

The home is furnished with period pieces and wonderful collections that add the perfect amount of charm and distinctive character to this 300 plus year old home! The portrait paintings welcome and spook with puritan scrutiny as you move from room to room! Boo! It can be haunting if you let your imagination go there.

The rooms were clean, the continental breakfast was welcoming and the location is perfect for walking throughout historic Salem. I would recommend this B&B for the adventurous traveler.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 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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