Very comfortable Bed & Breakfast in a great location. We felt very much at home here and our host, Peg, was wonderful. Very pleasant and informative. We had five people in our party and everyone was comfortable. Would definitely stay again!
I wanted to find a romantic, but high classy B&B for my boyfriend and i to spend a weekend at for our 2 yr anniversary. After reading the Reviews from Trip Advisor, AND i read the B&B's personal website. on the website you had a choice of 3 rooms to choose from, and each room stated they had a "Private Bath". The website stated there was free parking in the back, and homemade breakfast was included. We would eat with the main host who tells us lovely stories of the past, and have a lovely chat. my bf and i were the only ones staying in the B&B this weekend but the host told us if we had any questions to call her cell phone, but the secretary will always be here. also everything is in walking distance from the B&B.
After reading all this i was like deff. lets stay here. but they failed to mention MANY deal breakers.
The B&B is located on a busy Street corner with a traffic light so we did not sleep well at all. every 20-30 minutes you would hear some inpatient beeping! we were woken up several times in the night by loud music, and drivers speeding. our last night there at 1am a man got out of his car and started screaming and cursing demanding the driver in front of him to get out of his car to fight. we then heard the man speed off and the other went after him you could hear them speeding through the small streets.
The pillows the B&B provided were 2-3 inches thick and VERY flat, but luckily my bf and i brought our own.
Our King size bed was nice but was VERY hard and stiff, i dont know about the other rooms.
The "Private Bath" was really one bathroom for all individuals staying at the B&B and it was not attached to our room.
The "Parking in the back" was the regular street, and parking was VERY limited
The "Homemade Breakfast" it was technically "off season" and in the state of MA. B&B's are not allowed by law to actually cook and serve food. she would only be able to provide us with store bought pastries, fruit, pre-made stuff. or she would refund us $15.00 each so we can get breakfast down the street (so we took the $30.00) the host told us "but don't worry coffee will be on everyday always at 7:30am and i will be here to chat. we never saw or heard from her again, and there was no coffee.
We only saw the secretary the DAY we arrived, and then saw her the next day for 10 minutes.
At night no one was around unless the Host's daughter showed up to cook for her daughter who was younger than 4. and the Host's daughter kept to herself, and when we asked her a question i felt like i was bothering her.
The morning we left no one was there to politely say goodbye or "Thank you for staying come again" nothing it was as if it didnt even matter if we came or not.
I would NOT bring any children here who are lite sleepers because of the constant noise of traffic, and walking would be WAY too dangerous because of the amount of speeders.
December is considered the "Off season" but the traffic is dangerous and we almost got hit.
The B&B was SUPER clean! like amazing clean everything was in its place just right! The bathroom was spotless, and so was every room you entered!
Our room had a mini fridge with a mini coffee maker, cream, sugar, regular / decaffe, tea, and 2 coffee mugs w/ costars.
Everything was in walking distance, and took very little time to get to the main attractions.
There were SEVERAL police vehicles out on patrol looking for speeders, and several times we saw speeders get pulled over.
The "Red's Sandwich Shop" has the BEST and biggest breakfast at an awesome low price.
Good price for a nice if you are a pass an go traveler.
Overall my boyfriend and i enjoyed the experience of staying at the B&B, because "we" were the only guests. The 3 rooms are ALL yes ALL connected by doors so, if there were other guests i would have felt very uncomfortable Knowing they were SO close. and it would have grossed me out sharing 1 bathroom with strangers.
If i knew about the breakfast issue because of the MA. state law, the one bathroom for all guests (we got lucky no one else was staying), how bad the noise was gonna be from the traffic i would have chosen another place.
We stayed here in early October.We had the Red room which was has an old fashioned charm, a comfy high bed, quite a small bathroom ,we are small so it wasn't a problem for us.The room was up a back staircase and quiet.It was warm which was nice as it was rather cold when we visited.Our only problem was on arrival, nobody answered the door and there was a telephone number to call,a slight dilemma as we had no phone .However we went around the back and luckily there was someone in who could call for us.Breakfast was cereals ,fresh fruit and a toasts, breads etc , hosted by Meg the owner.An interesting lady and very helpful.As Salem is a sleepy place in the morning there is no rush to start out too early, it seems to be lively in the evening .We enjoyed our stay here ,and parking out on the street was not a problem. However take the train or ferry from Boston, the road to Boston Airport took forever ,was very busy,and the way out of Salem was hard to find.
I stayed once before at the Henry Derby in 2004 and returned again in 2011 for Halloween. I stayed 10/27--11/02 in the YELLOW ROOM. It was a very pleasant, clean room that was very roomy with 2 twin beds. I had even more room since the friend I was going to be travelling with cancelled at the last minute.
Since my last visit a coffee maker and mini fridge have been added to the room. The mattresses are also new since I last stayed and were VERY comfortable.
Even though the weather in Salem was in the 40 and 50 degree area, the room was never cold.
The ajoining bathroom was spotless and large as well.
There was never any noise from people in the neighboring rooms even though all of the rooms were occupied.
The proprietor, Peg, is very friendly and has all the information you need to get around and enjoy Salem if you've never visited before. She also puts out a very nice breakfast in the morning where you can sit & chat with other Henry Derby guests, talk about your Salem plans, and get to know one another.
This is a very comfortable place to stay in Salem in the Historic District. Everything is in walking disntance from the Henry Derby B&B. You won't need to rent a car, not even if you want to visit Boston. The train, which is also close by, will take you on a pleasant 30 minute ride where you can see the changing leaves in the Fall and Boston skyline.
Here's my standard Salem warning---
If you are going to book a room to visit Salem for HALLOWEEN, you MUST book as soon as possible because it is a small town and rooms will fill up by february for the following october.
I'm not kidding.
Book your room for a Halloween visit as soon as possible or you'll be staying in a neighboring town and have to commute into town every day.
I recommend the Henry Derby and look forward to staying there again.
We were in town for only a few days and were able to book the Henry Derby during the coveted times around late October. Everything was great and was exactly as described on the site. We arrived and checked in then walked around the sights for a while. We were able to come and go as we wished later at night and felt quite at home when coming and going. The bed gave us the best nights sleep either of us have had for quite a while and the room was far enough away from others so that our tendency to be loud didn't seem to bother anyone else. Also, having a mini fridge in the room is incredibly convienent for things like left-overs. Breakfast and the chat we had about music was great, and we both lovvvvvved the coffee and the many types of fruit available. We hope to come back when we have a chance to spend time in Salem again!