10 Places to Stay in Salem, Massachusetts
Finding places to stay can be exhausting. There are soooo many options. Lodging often takes up most of the travel budget too! So, it is very very important to find options that will give you the experience you're looking for at a price point you can afford. I've laid out 10 places to stay in Salem. Some are going to give you that traditional "Salem" feel. While others are more of a traditional hotel experience. These are not in any particular order.
The prices of the hotels are the cheapest I was able to find at the time of this post. Just remember that prices will vary dramatically depending on what time of the year you decide to visit.
1. The Salem Inn
The inn is actually a combination of three homes: West House, Curwen House, and Peabody House. Room 17 of the West House is said to be haunted! Each offers complimentary breakfast as well.
The West House is the largest of the Inn's homes. Built in 1834 by Captain Nathaniel West, there are 22 rooms and suites, which are decorated with restored antiques. This building is also pet friendly!
The Curwen House was built in 1854 by brothers, James and Samuel Curwen. They were descendants of the Corwin family who played such an important role in the 1692 witch trials. This is an adult-only property with 11 rooms and suites decorated in restored antiques.
The Peabody House was built in 1874 by John Peabody, a purveyor of ladies' fine furnishings. The house has 4 spacious family suites with kitchenettes and 2 romantic suites. Perfect for families and small groups!
2. Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites
A more traditional hotel in the heart of Salem. It has been voted Best North Shore Hotel six times by TripAdvisor. Here you will find your typical hotel amenities. A great benefit is that the hotel is situated within walking distance to most attractions. They also offer free parking, so you will be able to save a little extra cash!
3. Hotel Salem
Hotel Salem is housed in a former high-end clothing store space. It features mid-century modern decor and vintage touches to embrace its history. Rooms vary from micro-rooms to loft-style suites. It is also home to Salem's only seasonal roof top bar and restaurant, serving drinks, eats and a killer view!
4. Hawthorne Hotel
Built in 1925 by Frank Poor, Hawthorne Hotel was the first "modern hotel for the business traveler." It has a rich past, being a member of the Historic Hotels of America and was even featured in shows such as Bewitched. Some guests also claim the hotel is haunted! Legends say that various rooms experience paranormal activity and that the entire sixth floor is haunted by a ghostly woman wandering the halls.
5. The Merchant
The Merchant was built in 1784 by sea merchant Joshua Ward. The home was built on the wharf named after Ward. So, he could literally watch his ships come in. The hotel has an interesting past and housed living and nonliving guests. Living guests include, in 1789, President George Washington who stayed in what's now known as the George Washington Room. Guests from other realms are said to be seen roaming the halls as well. Not a surprise since the building is on the very same land for one of the most notorious jails involved in the witch trials.
6. Amelia Payson House
Amelia Payson House was originally built in 1845 for Amelia and Edward Payson. It only has 3 guest rooms, but offers sitting rooms, outdoor areas, and a homemade breakfast. This Bed and Breakfast was named in Fodor's Travel as one of the best B&Bs in Salem. Its prime location makes it a perfect spot to reach all the sites!
7. Coach House Inn
This Victorian mansion was built in 1879 by a sea captain. It is located in one of Salem's historic districts, just two blocks from the harbor. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast, colorful wallpaper, and antique furnishings. This place really has charm and pays homage to its earlier era.
8. Daniels House
If you truly want to be transported back in time, then this is the place for you! Built in 1667 by a sea captain, Daniel's House is the oldest B&B in Salem. It boasts open hearth fireplaces, exposed beams, and pre-dates the famous witch trials. The hotel has only been open since 2019, so you will still be an early visitor! Even if you decide not to stay the night, they offer tours and other activities to get the experience.
9. Clipper Ship Inn
Super budget-friendly! This is a great option if budget is your main concern. The rooms are decent and it is still close to a lot of attractions. They offer all your typical hotel amenities and are even pet friendly! Certainly a spot to look into if your want to save some extra cash.
10. Hampton Inn Salem
For my folks who like a traditional hotel, you also have options. Hampton Inn is located close to the downtown area and main attractions. They offer nice rooms and typical hotel amenities, to include breakfast. So, if you prefer a modern hotel stay, there are options for you as well!