The Salem Inn consists of three locations. After struggling through traffic to find parking in a small driveway at the Salem Inn, we were quickly registered and sent on our way to the Curwen House, about 3 blocks from the main Salem Inn. Fortunately, there was an ample parking lot with available spaces there. We had been given a key that unlocked both the front door and our room (hmmm--does that mean everyone with a key to the front door also had access to our room??). There was no one at Curwen House to assist us with bags, so we hefted them up two very steep flights of stairs.
Our room was in the front, with a street view, but not too noisy. All the basics were in the room, but it was not plush or romantic by any means. There was a phone, in case we wanted to call the Salem Inn for assistance. There was a TV, but we were never able to get it to work. The cord on the coffee maker did not reach the closest plug, so we temporarily relocated it to the nightstand in order to use it. We had 1 washcloth, no shower mat (so my hubby slipped in the wet shower & hurt his foot), the claw foot tub was balanced on 4 very small wooden blocks and was rusted around the drain--not too inviting, and the hair dryer was stored on the floor of the bathroom. Luckily the air conditioning worked. One nice touch was a carafe of complimentary port--located on the first floor. The ice machine was also located down on the first floor. Overall decor gets a "C"--not particularly warm and inviting, or of a specific design period.
Breakfast was provided--back at the Salem Inn. It was adequate with cereal, rolls/muffins, melon slices, juice, coffee, tea, and something cold that resembled quiche and was fairly tasteless. There was an attendant on duty--our first employee we encountered since our registration the day before--but she didn't respond much to anything we said so we were not sure if she spoke English or was just shy. ("C" for food)
Strangely, during our 2 night stay, we never came in contact with any employees or guests at the Curwen House--a bit spooky considering how big this house appears to be.
On the plus side, this location is an easy walk to the main tourist area in Salem, across the street from a trolley stop so we could ride to many area attractions, and around the corner from a lovely residential street. So if it's location you are seeking, these inns might work for you. ("A" for location)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Three elegantly restored historic homes in heart of downtown Salem. Just a few minute's walk to restaurants, attractions, museums and waterfront. We offer forty charming, unique guest rooms with private baths. Family Suites with kitchenettes are perfect for families or extended stays. Complimentary breakfast (including an omelet bar), sherry night cap, free wi-fi, and YMCA passes available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Salem Hotel Salem