We stayed at Northey House for two nights 20th and 21st October 2013. After reading several reviews on trip advisor we emailed Flora the owner and other b & bs and hotels in Salem. Flora was efficient in replying to our email where some others could not be bothered. We decided to book and in doing so received an email advising us of parking rules,and insisting that we telephone her one hour before arriving, this we did several times but her cellphone wasn't working. When we arrived there was no where to park but Flora arrived shortly after and made space for us. On entering we were told to remove shoes as slippers were provided which we thought was unusual.
We were in a room on the third floor with no elevator and steep narrow stairs to negotiate, I was a little worried about carrying heavy luggage as I have a heart condition and get breathless but Flora grabbed two cases and took them upstairs for us.
The room was historical with comfy beds and onsuite bathroom but there was no plug in the washbasin and when I mentioned this to Flora she shrugged her shoulders and gave us a plastic bowl.
The kitchen where breakfast was served was on the second floor and Flora told us we could make tea and coffee anytime. Breakfast was I suppose ok for people who liked that kind of food and my partner did, but for myself I prefer bacon and eggs To be fair Flora did make me scrambled eggs on the second morning as I had nothing the previous morning.Meeting the other guests at breakfast was interesting and Flora introduced everyone to break the ice.
We found Flora to be most obliging,friendly and tried hard to please her guests but needs to think hard about her no shoes policy and to inform guests beforehand so they can bring their own slippers. Breakfast should also cater for all tastes and not just the healthy eating brigade.
In conclusion our stay at Northey House was pleasant and Flora made us feel welcome and If we ever go to Salem again we would consider staying at this b & b.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best B&B: Winner of the 2011 & 2010 Best of the Northshore (readers choice)! Rated 5-stars on TripAdvisor.com. 1809 Federal, short walk to all attractions. Private baths, parking, AC, cable, WIFI. Smoke-free. Hearty breakfast. Open year round. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Northey Street House b&b
- Northey Street House Hotel Salem