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19 Washington Square North, Salem, MA 01970-4056
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#5 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Salem
Location
5.0
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4.8
Service
4.8
Value
4.6
Perfectly situated, the Stepping Stone Inn, and its two friendly cats, offers six beautiful guest rooms, each with private bath, free wifi, free parking, tasteful decor, shredded Memory Foam pillows and Gardner mattresses, made right here in Salem. We provide a full continental breakfast of bagels, muffins, croissants, hot and cold cereals, yogurt, fruit and juice, served daily from 8:30-10am in our beautiful dining room. We are right next door to the Salem Witch Museum and across the street from the Salem Common and the Hawthorne Hotel. Stash the car and walk absolutely everywhere! Family-run, the Stepping Stone Inn warmly invites you to enjoy the spacious parlor and the cozy dining room with 24-hour gourmet coffee, tea and hot chocolate service, which is the perfect ending to your lovely evening out in charming, historic Salem.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Parking garage
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Historic Hotel
Centrally Located
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CGSMOM wrote a review Sep 14
San Antonio, Texas88 contributions29 helpful votes
Not a fan of B&Bs but chose The Stepping Stone Inn for it’s location & value. Lovely experience! Matt & Kelly were so helpful! Stayed in The Salem; clean & cozy. Comfortable bed & pillows. Small shower & steep stairs, but otherwise fantastic!
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Traveled solo
Room Tip: Read Matt’s email carefully re: parking, check-in, check-out, local attractions, and breakfast...
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Responded 1 week ago
Thanks for the wonderful review. I'm glad that maybe we've changed your mind about B&Bs. We enjoyed having you and happy our location was so close to your family. We hope you'll come back soon and stay with us again. Cheers! Matt
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Juliet B wrote a review Sep 14
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Just finished a 3-night stay here. TBH, I mostly booked it for the cats and it didn't disappoint. The location was extremely walkable, the hosts were friendly and happy to talk about the area, and the fresh coffee every morning was quite good. The cats were friendly, too. I stayed in the Boston room. It was small, but cute, with a nice bathroom. It had everything I needed: a hot shower, internet (I'm on a workcation), and a comfy bed. Despite being so close to everything, it was nice and quiet and I slept well. Bathroom had plenty of towels, shampoo, body wash, and handsoap. Mini-fridge downstairs, plus tea and coffee. They were not providing breakfast, but did offer a voucher to a nearby cafe. Food there was more than I needed for just me, so I frequently had leftovers for lunch as well.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Kelly Baldassarri, Owner at Stepping Stone Inn
Responded 1 week ago
We enjoyed having you, J.B. and wish you could have stayed longer. Thanks for the fantabulous review. The cats miss your attention and we hope you'll return the next time you have to come to the Boston area. Cheers! Matt
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patriciadxb wrote a review Aug 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates46 contributions61 helpful votes
A friend and I were on a girls' trip to Salem and I am so pleased we stayed here! The Inn is adorable, with lots of unique features and furnishings. When we checked in, Matt gave us a quick intro to the house as well as pointed out some original period features of the home. We stayed in the Washington DC room and we really enjoyed it. The room was comfortable and very clean. The bathroom was small but perfectly supplied. There was no conditioner in the shower but there were small make up remover wipes at the little sink in the room, which I thought was a nice touch. No breakfast was served due to the ongoing COVID situation, but we received vouchers to a local Cafe and it was delicious. Matt and Kelly also sent a super comprehensive email with wonderful suggestions for local to-dos, which was so thoughtful and helpful. Overall, this was a lovely stay in a very convenient location. My friend and I also love cats so we enjoyed the friendly resident kitties when we came back from our morning breakfast or afternoon touring. Definitely recommend!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Responded Aug 10, 2022
Thanks for the fantastic review, Trish. We so enjoyed hosting you and Caitlin. I'm so glad you liked the room, the inn and the inn cats and we hope you'll return one day soon for another Salem Adventure. Cheers! Matt
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Renee M wrote a review Aug 2022
Rehoboth, Massachusetts2 contributions1 helpful vote
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The Stepping Stone Inn is the perfect place to stay when visiting Salem! The location is right in the middle of everything and nothing is more than a 15 minute walk! The owner, Matt, was very accommodating helping us find and secure a reservation during the busy summer months. He and his wife, Kelley were so hospitable and friendly. We stayed in the Washington DC room which had its own en suite bathroom. The room was just the right size and had everything we needed. The bed and pillows were comfortable and everything was very clean. Breakfast was not being served but we were given a voucher to get breakfast at a local cafe. The food there was very good and it was only a short walk away. Parking was not available since we checked in early but we were given a pass for the nearby parking garage and that worked out great. I cannot say enough good things about this place and its owners! We were extremely happy and hope to return soon!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Kelly Baldassarri, Owner at Stepping Stone Inn
Responded Aug 10, 2022
Thanks for the wonderful review, Renee. It was a pleasure hosting you and Rachel for the night. We wish you two could have stayed longer, but that leaves the opening for another trip to Salem to see and do much more. We hope you'll return to the Stepping Stone Inn one day soon. Take care, Matt
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Beaupeep99 wrote a review Aug 2022
Martigny-Croix, Switzerland89 contributions73 helpful votes
This was my second stay at Stepping Stone and I enjoyed every minute of it. Matt & Kelly are warm and welcoming and were flexible about my late arrival from Europe. Even though Salem is my hometown, Matt gave me a bit of a tour andexplanation of the black marble fireplace in the living room so I learned something new! I stayed in the room San Francisco which, because it was in the back, was super quiet. The bed was really comfortable and the little Victorian sink in the room was adorable. I hope to be back again soon!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Kelly Baldassarri, Owner at Stepping Stone Inn
Responded Aug 10, 2022
Susan, it's always a pleasure when you stay with us. Thanks so much for returning and we hope that you'll be able to stay on your next visit back to your hometown of Salem. Hope to see you again soon. Matt & Kelly
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Sherry M wrote a review Aug 2022
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Very friendly owners Matt & Kelly. Very clean and cozy room. No need to drive, right in the heart of everything there is to offer in Salem. Defiantly recommend. Hope to stay there again in the future.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Response from Kelly Baldassarri, Owner at Stepping Stone Inn
Responded Aug 10, 2022
Thank you for the great review, Sherry. We loved having you and Alexia stay with us and am so happy to hear that you had a fabulous time. Please come visit again soon. Cheers! Matt
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Laura M wrote a review Jul 2022
Fairfax, Virginia2 contributions
My husband and I just stayed at the Stepping Stone Inn. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The owners, Matt and Kelly, have created a beautiful and relaxing B&B in the heart of Salem. We were greeted by Matt, who first shared the history of the house. Then, he happily answered any questions about the area. He then helped us with our luggage up to our room, where he then explained the theme of our room which ended up being the San Francisco room. We were given a parking pass to the parking garage a block away where we kept our car secure and well kept for our stay. With COVID still making the rounds, they didn’t provide breakfast in house. However, we were given vouchers to a great little cafe in town called the Red Line Cafe which was fantastic. In house we took time to pet our new found friends Sonny and Blakey who are the owners cats who made our stay that much better. If your are planning a trip to Salem, we highly suggest staying at the Stepping Stone Inn. We can’t wait for our next visit.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Kelly Baldassarri, Owner at Stepping Stone Inn
Responded Jul 27, 2022
Thanks for the fantastic review, Laura. We're so glad you and Ryan had a great stay in Salem. We so enjoyed having you and Blakey and Sonny appreciated all the attention. We hope the rest of your trip was wonderful and we hope you'll come visit us again soon. Cheers! Matt
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Callie T wrote a review Jul 2022
Rochester, New Hampshire8 contributions4 helpful votes
Was lucky enough to book a last minute trip to the Stepping Stone Inn with my fiance and our golden retriever. The location is unbeatable for people with or without pets. We so enjoyed walking the Common every morning and evening. Walking distance to all the major sites in Salem. The free parking is a huge plus! We only met Matt and Kelly briefly a few times but you can tell they are kind, lovely people who take a lot of pride in what they do and it certainly shows! Would absolutely recommend and it will be our top choice when returning to Salem.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Responded Jul 27, 2022
Thanks for the great review, Callie. We so enjoyed meeting you, Pierome and Otto! You three are always welcome and we hope you'll return to the Stepping Stone Inn for another Salem Adventure soon. Cheers! Matt
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Cara P wrote a review Jul 2022
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Great Inn in Salem The owner is very kind and helpful. He reached out before we arrived with great sites and restaurants ideas. The Inn is a historic building located perfectly within walking distance to any of the sites in Salem. My daughter and I went for a 3 day stay and had a very nice time. The Inn has two cats, Blakey and Sunny, who welcome you home and ask for belly rubs. My daughter is allergic to cats and she had zero problems with her allergies. The rooms are super clean and I don’t believe the kitties go into guest rooms. We normally don’t book an Inn or a B&B when we travel , because we like the amenities hotel provides. Stepping Stone in may change the way we travel. It’s a more personal experience staying in a home that has so much meaning to the family and to the cities history. Thanks for a great stay!
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: No need for a car. Every place you want to go can be walked to
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Response from Kelly Baldassarri, Owner at Stepping Stone Inn
Responded Jul 27, 2022
Thanks for the wonderful review, Cara. It was so nice to meet and host you and Maeve. We're so glad you two enjoyed your trip to Salem and your stay at the Stepping Stone Inn over the 4th of July! Please come back and visit again soon! Cheers! Matt
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Jim M wrote a review Jun 2022
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We were a group of 6 that stayed in 3 rooms at the inn. Each room was comfortable and felt like it had that special touch. The location can't be beat in terms of convenience. The host was fun to talk with and super communicative - their list of local things was excellent and apprciated. I hope to stay here again in the future.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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Room Tip: The rooms are all unique - but the host will give you a run down.
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Response from Kelly Baldassarri, Owner at Stepping Stone Inn
Responded Jun 16, 2022
Hi Jim, Thanks for the wonderful review. We really enjoyed hosting your group and are happy to know that you all enjoyed your stay in Salem. There's so much more to see and we'd love to have you back again, so please visit us again soon. Cheers! Matt
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$229 - $251 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
United StatesMassachusettsSalem
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Stepping Stone Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Stepping Stone Inn?
Nearby attractions include Crow Haven Corner (0.08 miles), Hex: Old World Witchery (0.3 miles), and Pentagram (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Stepping Stone Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Stepping Stone Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Stepping Stone Inn?
Yes, free parking, a parking garage, and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Stepping Stone Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Village Tavern, Red's Sandwich Shop, and Turners Seafood @ Lyceum Hall.
Is Stepping Stone Inn located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Salem.
Are pets allowed at Stepping Stone Inn?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Stepping Stone Inn?
Many travelers enjoy visiting The House of the Seven Gables (0.4 miles), Phillips House (0.7 miles), and Salem Maritime National Historic Site (0.3 miles).