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Stephen Daniels House
Ranked #8 of 9 Salem B&B and Inns
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1 review
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“Staying here was interesting”
Reviewed September 17, 2006

Not only was our visit to the city of Salem disappointing; so was the inn. Although the antique house and furnishings were interesting, the "old" smell was something that we couldn't handle. Even the bath towels had an "old" odor from being stored in the wooden cabinet. When we arrived home and opened our suitcases, we discovered that even clothes we hadn't worn had to be washed because the smell had invaded our suitcases! The place could certainly benefit from a GOOD cleaning - dust was everywhere and the "antique" rugs and upholstered furniture in the room needed vacuming/cleaning. I hate to think how long ago the curtains and bedding (except the sheets) had been washed, as there were visible stains/spots. The bathroom was private; but it was very small and DARK, with no place to set personal items. I didn't expect shampoos or lotions (I was correct), but drinking cups would have been nice! This is not a place to which we would return, nor would we recommend it to anyone.

  • Liked — The historical aspect
  • Disliked — The need for cleaning!
  • Stayed September 2006, traveled as a couple
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DENVER, COLORADO
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Reviewed September 7, 2006

We never plan much of anything. Being in Salem about ELEVEN AM, we saw the Stephen Daniels house, LIKED IT, and gave a phone call for a reservation, hopefully. . We were enchanted by all the ticking and chiming of the dozens of clocks through out the entire house~the original antique period furniture, the interesting and helpful housekeeper, the walkin fireplace downstairs in the kitchen with the hooks and cauldron~we felt the energy of the past in every nook and cranny! We adored it! The next morning (after nearly setting our room on fire~dont build a fire in the fireplace in the bedrooms~the chimneys are blocked)we (all four of us) were looking at the fireplace area when a transparent, grey & black cat walked from our left to the right, and then disappeared into the wall. We all saw it, and it added to the charm and mystery of this most interesting B&B! I CANT WAIT TO GO BACK! Breakfast is light, coffee, juice and muffins~personally, I prefer a light meal in the morning~If you are used to staying in Huge, 5 star hotels with room service, this is not for you. If you adore History, and dont mind a "paranormal experience" this will suit you perfectly!

Stayed September 2005
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World Traveler
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 18, 2006

I'm a musician and while on my World Tour, I had free time to travel out of Boston, to Salem, with my wife. Leaving my Band behind, we arrived at the Salem Chamber of Commerce, un-announced, and at closing time. Now, being just before Halloween, most all of Salem's Hotels and Inns were 'booked', but the very kind directions from the Chamber Representative, led us to Daniels House. This was the best we could have hoped for... The dream had come true... To visit OLD SALEM... Ghost Cats and dingy anex halls and all...Kay took us on a tour of her 'house' and immediately we were spell bound. Whilst staying the night and between impromtu photo shoots and reading the 'Secret Drawer Society' letters (adding a few tales of our own) we were able to wander the house at will, exploring it's deep dark corners. Kay was a most gracious host, never imposing, always friendly and helpful, yet allowing one to feel completely at home... Just what we needed....

We visited Nathaniel Hawthorne's House and many other Museums in the area. They don't even compare!! I'm talking about 300+ year old Living History! If you dream to spend a night in a living Museum, well then, this is the place for you!! ...However, if you are like some of these other writers in this forum (not so worldly a traveler) then fine, stay at the Best Western...please... It will make our, and many like us, next stay at Daniels House that much more enjoyable without you...

Are you worthy of Daniels House? That's the question.....

  • Liked — The entire historic experience
  • Disliked — nothing at all
  • Tips/Secrets — Before you go to Daniels House, as yourself, 'Are you worthy?'
  • Stayed October 2002, traveled on business
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Reviewed June 29, 2006

It is a period home built in 1667 by Cpt Stephen Daniels.
The innkeeper (Kay Gill) has been the same innkeeper for 44 years with her own collection of colonial antiques, stories and history of the area.
We're a family of four and at one point prior to resting for the night, I was the only one wanting to stay in the inn. I'll have to admit that prior to our resting we went on the ghost walk and my family was pulling a mutiny on me not to stay, "It's a mistake and we need to go somewhere else" they were telling me. When we came back to the house Kay was there with the other tenants and we visited for 15-20 minutes talking about the town and then the family felt better talking to Kay.
Now, Kay has two four rooms she offers. We were able to share two rooms for our family (Me in one room and the three scaredy cats all nestled in one room). There are nine fireplaces all over the house and all operational. Ask Kay about her celebrities that have stayed including several articles and the article from the Country Living magazine.
I wouldn't recomend anywhere else to stay because the memories will always stay with us forever.
When we left we all gave Kay a hug good bye.

  • Stayed June 2006
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Reviewed June 27, 2005

My family and I were staying one night in Salem and when we arrived we found that our hotel was overbooked. However, our hotel offered to put us up in any other accomodation of our own choosing. After a brief description, we decided that the Daniel's House seemed like a good choice for a stay and we went over to get settled in. First, the innkeeper was hard to find. When she was finally found, she showed me the two rooms available. Neither room was clean and the smell inside the rooms was a strong, musty odor. The rooms were a disappointment and we tactfully explained that the inn was really not what we were looking for. Then the innkeeper became very hostile and told me that perhaps my family would be better suited in a motor lodge. Luckily, our hotel was able to find us a room at the Salem Inn which turned out to be a wonderful bed and breakfast. I would not recommend the Daniel's House because it was not very clean and the innkeeper was very unprofessional. One can do a lot better in Salem!

  • Stayed June 2005
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Reviewed June 11, 2005

If Post Modern Minimalism is Comforting to you, this is not the place to rest your weary head. But if a respite from today's bustling world is what you are looking for, this is the place to experience! The Daniels House delights with its' treasure trove of antiques, cozy antique canopied beds with down comforters, china from the bowels of the old seafaring vessels, walk in fireplaces, creaky wide plank floors, oriental rugs and a Tale or Two worthy of Hawthorne. True Old New England Charm with an Innkeeper who is Gracious, World Travelled, and Full of Tales of the History of Salem and The Daniels House and ever ready and helpful to guide you on your exploration. If you delight in history, and the thought of great chats in front of a roaring fire is your idea of happiness, then ........we were totally Comfortable and Charmed!

  • Stayed May 2005
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Ayer, Massachusetts
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Reviewed March 24, 2004

Of all the places you could stay in Salem, this house is certainly not my first choice, and I would not stay there again. Though the house is wonderfully old, with great furnishings and a definite energy of old lurking in the rooms and stairwells, as well as the ghost of a woman in one of the front bedrooms (a friend who stayed in the room saw her... I heard footsteps). The bed in that room had a small pile of dirt in the center of the bed, and we had to search for clean sheets since the inkeeper was no where to be found. The innkeeper is a total loon which is apparent after only 5 minutes of conversation. And when we did see her the next morning, she didn't believe what we told her. Also, when staying at a B&B, you expect a nice breakfast the next morning. Coffee, juice, and minature muffins do not constitue a breakfast, but rather a snack before you go out for a real breakfast.

If you are into old historical houses with a few specteral guests who still live there, then check it out. But if you are looking for warm, intelligent hospitality, a clean bed to sleep in, and a good hearty breakfast the next morning, you will be sadly disappointed.

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Property: Stephen Daniels House
Address: 1 Daniels St, Salem, MA 01970-5214
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Location: United States > Massachusetts > Salem
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Salem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
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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