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From journal A Romantic Weekend in Salem...
September 23, 2004
The Salem Inn is an old inn on Summer Street, a few blocks from all the main downtown action. The inn is actually three buildings. The main inn is in a stately brick building that was built in 1834. The rest of the rooms are in two wooden homes that are in the same block. Our room was in the Peadbody House which was built in 1874.
What peaked my interest was that the inn offers family suites. These are two bedroom and have a kitchen. The rate for these rooms is only $189. The rate included breakfast. The inn looks great on the internet, is a bit stately, and has some wonderful antiques. We booked it.
On arrival you check in at the brick Capt. West House. The check-in desk is tiny, but the employees working the desk were very friendly and helpful. They directed us two doors down to our room in the Peadbody House.
We were on the third floor and there is no elevator or bellman. We had a lot of luggage and it was hard to get it up the narrow staircase. I couldn't imagine an older person trying this feat.
Our room was large, but odd in layout. You walk in the door and are in a small kitchen. Behind the kitchen, you find two good-sized bedrooms. The unit had one bathroom. The bathroom was a little dated and needed to be redone. The decor was not antique, but more Goodwill and Garage Sale. It was clean and the space was impressive. The room was air conditioned with a window unit and had good closet space.
The breakfast is served in the basement of the brick Capt West House. It still felt like a basement with its low ceilings and had a dark feeling to it. However, the breakfast was good: lots of fresh fruit (local blueberries were in season), fresh bagels, cereal, yogurt, and lots of baked goods. In the evening, port and sherry is set out in the palours in each house. It was a nice touch.
The only concern I had was the lack of security. Our house was two doors down from the main building and had no personnel working it. You were suppose to enter with your room key, however the front door was never locked and anyone could come in. It just didn't feel very safe.
Overall, this was not the most charming inn I have stayed at. The family suites are a great deal, the service is friendly and the breakfast was outstanding.
From journal Salem - More than just witches.