A friend and I stayed at the Clipper Ship over a long weekend. We were looking for a cheap place to stay... and we found it. Would have prefered one of Salem's historic b&b's but it was grad weekend and very busy. Still, saw some of the other motel-type places in nearby Danvers and Peabody and we clearly got the better deal.
Getting there was more than a bit confusing: the I95 and the 128 are the same road... but no one tells you that. Once we got to the motel and then looked around Salem we figured it out, but that sure didn't help us when we were lost in outskirts of Boston/Peabody/Salem after dark.
The Inn is almost to Beverly and a little further from historic Salem than we had thought. Just a little too far for walking distance, especially considering how much walking we did during the day!
Found the staff fairly surly. They haven't quite figured out that new-fangled internet thing yet, so the only way to book was over phone, giving credit card for first night and then they snail mailed you a receipt. Spent a few days wondering if we'd actually been booked. The lady seemed to have some trouble with the credit card machine when we got to the motel too. Still, she at least tried to be friendly which is more than could be said for the gentleman who checked us out.
Rooms were spacious and generally clean. We didn't have anyone banging on our door the way others described. One thing to watch out for: spiders. I saw the cleaning staff carrying around smokers, and had a close encounter with a large brown (recluse?) spider in bed one night.
There are a few places to eat nearby but you wouldn't know it from the motel staff: they directed us to the Dunkin Donuts (they give out gift cards which are supposed to cover your breakfast) or the pizza joint, both across the street. We discovered on last night that there were two nice looking restaurants about 5-10 minutes walk down the street.
Yes, there are cats there. Saw two humungous beasts in the lobby, but no where else. Not sure if they were well taken care off: they were pretty much comatose the few times we saw them.
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