When I think of a bed and breakfast inn, I think of warmth and hospitality, and this inn doesn’t really have those qualities. It’s clean and located in an ideal spot for walking to everything in historic Salem, but those are the only real pros. The wireless signal was also very good, contrary to what another review said. Everything else – service, décor, breakfast, and use of facilities – is minimal. The inn is not inviting; lights in the sitting room are on timers, so you can’t read or hang out before/after certain hours, discouraging you from spending time in them. Breakfast offerings are scant (cereal, one type of fruit, and thinly sliced cake plus coffee/tea are your only options), served strictly from 8:30am to 10am (if you come down at 8:25, for example, coffee is NOT being served yet). If you’re traveling in the summer, rooms with central AC are very hot and uncomfortable (AC is not used unless you ask for it). The bedrooms are quite small (understandable, as it is an old house), but they are also very plain, and the pillows/bedding are hard and flat as wood. Essentially, you are expected to abide by the owner’s personal preferences and schedule, which does NOT make me feel like a guest. Overall, I suppose it was an okay experience; it was definitely the most affordable hotel in the area, though not the most bang for your buck. If I return to Salem, I would not stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Having the very best location in Salem, the Stepping Stone Inn boasts six beautiful and newly-renovated guest rooms, each with private bath, iPhone charging alarm clocks, free wifi, free parking, fresh flowers and tasteful decor. We are right next door to the Salem Witch Museum and across the street from the Salem Common and the Hawthorne Hotel. Ditch the car and walk absolutely everywhere! Under brand new ownership, the Stepping Stone Inn warmly invites you to enjoy the spacious parlor and the cozy dining room with free 24-hour gourmet coffee, tea and hot chocolate service, which is the perfect ending to your lovely evening out in charming, historic Salem. ... more less
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