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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Stephen Daniels House Hotel Salem