My boyfriend and I just returned from two nights at the Salem Inn. We stayed 5/31 and 6/1 in the West House, Room 10 the "Enchanted Forest."
Check in went smoothly. On-street parking is very limited, but we were able to park in the tiny driveway to unload our luggage. We were given directions to park around the corner at the Curwen House lot, which is a short walk back to the main house. I wouldn't want to have to walk that far in rain or snow, but in the sunshine it's a nice stroll.
Our room was on the first floor of the main house, right at the front. This was great because there were a LOT of stairs, and I was happy not to have to climb. I was leery when I saw "Enchanted Forest" on the door of our room since I had read the negative review about this particular room. However, we thought the room was adorable! I didn't see any "tacky gnomes" or plastic flowers, maybe things have been changed? The decor was charming. This is a very old building, but it's clearly lovingly maintained. It's true that the furniture doesn't match, in that it isn't all part of a "set", but everything harmonized well.
The room was very clean. There was a bedroom with a four poster queen bed, a separate sitting room with a sofa, flat screen TV, small coffeemaker and telephone, a two-person jetted tub in a very pretty separate room, 3 closets (old houses!) and a full bathroom with a tub/shower combination. Bathroom and jetted tub were spotless, good water pressure, everything worked well. Excellent air conditioning was very welcome on this extremely hot weekend, and we had no problem with the wifi.
The Inn is in a great location, easy walking distance to everything. Breakfast is served in the basement (probably the original kitchens) of the main house from 8-10am. You can either eat indoors, which is homey and inviting, or in the very pretty courtyard behind the Inn.
Now some caveats:
1. The mattress was VERY hard. A foam topper would make a big difference. We're sound sleepers, so we were able to sleep, but after two nights on that mattress I had a very sore shoulder.
2. Pillows are very thin and flat. However when I asked for more pillows at the front desk, I was immediately provided with two king size pillows, much fluffier than the ones on the bed. Problem solved.
3. The Inn is on a busy street. If you stay on the ground floor, be prepared for street noise. Also, walls are very thin. I would suggest that the staff try to lower their voices, particularly late at night (11 pm) and early in the morning. No one was shouting, but just a normal tone of voice can sound very loud. It wasn't enough of a bother to make me get out of bed and complain.
3. Breakfast. There was plenty of food, but everything seemed to come from the grocery store. Bagels, english muffins, cinnamon raisin bread, white bread, cornbread, cold and hot packaged cereals, yogurt in a bowl, three types of melon (none particularly ripe) and frozen quiche. Also orange juice, cran-grape juice, coffee and tea. Nothing wrong with any of this, but nothing special about it either. I think for the price you pay, the Inn could really give itself an edge by providing a few more "upscale" options: muffins and pastries from a bakery, perhaps, and some really fresh fruit would make very nice additions to the breakfast buffet. Also, I never eat yogurt that's set out in a bowl for everyone to scoop. Some individual containers would be great.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Salem Inn. We look forward to returning, and I would recommend it to anyone!
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