A salem B&B Since 1984

Amelia Payson House

Salem, Massachusetts
Phone 978.744.8304
An elegant B&B in a historic and vibrant city
Amelia Payson House Bed & Breakfast, Salem, Massachusetts

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February 2013
I adore the B&B and the owners. I've been coming to Salem for 8 years now during October and love it. This past year October 2012 I found the Amelia Payson House. I now will never stay anywhere else. I loved it!! Ada is...well...wonderful. A better person you will not find. I know I drove her crazy by not coming down for breakfast but the room and bed was so clean and comfortable I couldn't get up.I can't wait til October 2013 to visit again.

June 2010
Dear Ada and Don,
Just sitting here on a stormy morning on Cape Cod and thinking about my lovely visit to Salem. Thank you both for making my stay so pleasant. The Amelia Payson House is just perfect! It reminds me of my favorite B & B, which I stayed at in Wales about 10 years ago. My room was delightful, and I very much enjoyed the delicious breakfasts, complete with good conversation! Best wishes for a wonderful, busy summer. How lucky those who find their way to Winter St will be...

June 2009
What a delightful stay. Our welcome was warm and inviting. The accommodations were exceptional and the breakfasts were wonderful (great coffee too!). Thank you very much for an outstanding experience.

October 2008
My husband Steve and I discovered Amelia Payson House last year. We returned again this October and we plan to come back for hopefully years to come. Ada and Donald are the best! I love it there, so warm and welcoming, I never wan't to go home. I tell all my friends and colleagues about Ada and Donald's wonderful hospitality, wonderful breakfasts, superb coffee (and I drink a lot of coffee :) ). It gave us the energy to go out there and shop and visit and savour all of Salem. Our sons and their girlfriends want to come along next year. They enjoy our stories so much, they cannot wait. I cannot wait. Thank you so much again Ada and Donald. Take care and see you next October.
Francine, Gatineau, Qc. Canada

October 2008
Ada and Don,
We could not thank you enough for our wonderful stay in Salem. Your lovely accommodations & wonderful hospitality made our trip so complete. We are truly honored that our first bed & breakfast was spent with you and are already discussing returning to Salem!! Thank you so much for everything!!
Becky & Woody, Pennsylvania

July 2008
Dear Ada and Don,
Our mother-daughter 2 day get-a-way to Salem was such a treat, thanks to your wonderful accomodations. My mother, Ruby, and I truly enjoyed our time at Amelia Payson house. The rooms were so bright and cheerful and the AC was such a treat after touring Salem in the heat. It was nice to have the bottled water waiting for us and the treats that were stocked in the common room was a nice addition. It was also great to see that a refrigerator, microwave, coffeemaker, iron, etc were all there for our use and convenience. Your breakfast of heart-shaped waffles were delicious as was the very fresh fruit. Your conversation at breakfast was a delight. We will definitely be back in the future and would highly recommend you to others. Lastly, we loved having the opportunity to read the history of the B&B, so thank you for making that available in our room. Many thanks,
Amy-Jean, Lunenburg, MA and Ruby, Lowell, MA

July 2008
This was our first stay at a B&B and will not be are last. Ada and Don were absolutely wonderful. The house was beautiful and their hospitality warming. Next time we are in Salem(possibly a yearly event)we will be staying here,it is walking distance to all the attractions.We will recommend the Amelia Payson House to anybody going to Salem. By the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY DON!
Rhonda & Bill, New York

May 2008
My daughter, Andria, and I stayed at the Amelia Payson House the last weekend of April, 2008. This was my first experience at a B & B and it was wonderful. From the warm greeting to the luscious homemade breakfasts, our hosts made our stay truly enjoyable. The home is lovely and beautifully decorated. My daughter and I are both "clean freaks", as is Ada, and we were so impressed with our accommodations. If you want the best in Salem, be sure to stay at the Amelia Payson and you will have a grand time.
Carole, New York

July 2007
I just returned from the Amelia Payson House only a few days ago. Ada and Don were extremely helpful and friendly, actually greeting us at the door when we arrived. The rooms were VERY clean, large, and bright and the breakfast was a wonderful assortment of items including fresh fruit and muffins. My mother and I loved the convenience to all of the attractions and the wonderful amenities provided by Ada and Don. We would love to visit again and highly recommend them to anyone.
Becky, Iowa

June 2007
We found out about your B&B through Trip Advisor. We had an amazing time and were glad to be able to experience a true B&B in such a historical house. It was truly an experience. We loved how you knew who we were right away and how helpful you were in telling us about the area, the house and helping us with our many bags!

It was great to be able to leave our car parked in your drive. And as you said, getting around Salem by foot was fairly easy. We did get rained out earlier than we'd hoped and to our regret were unable to give you a proper thank you and farewell.

Breakfast was great - I love that you had a great deal of options available. We loved our room too - everything was so spacious for us. The aura of the Amelia Payson House just made it all the more enjoyable - from the style of the house itself to the furnishings. Thanks so much for everything!
Yours, Kathy & Kathy, Ontario, Canada

Thank you so much for letting us stay at your BEAUTIFUL Bed-n-Breakfest. I have always wanted to visit Salem. I finaly decided to go. I took my daughter on our FIRST mom and daughter get-a-way and we could not have picked a better place. We were both a little shy about staying in a place other than a Resort. We can not wait to stay with you again. We felt very much at home even though we stayed to ourselfs. We look forward to comeing again soon and spending more time meeting you and seeing more of the town. It was way more than we had expected. Thank you so much, That time we spent together was much needed and we were happy to spend it there. The room was beautiful along with the rest of the house. I have even told my husband that we should buy a vacation home there. Thank you and we WILL highly recomend you to ALL our friends,
Sheri and Jaymie, Massachusetts

Amelia Payson House exceeded our expectations! By far, the best bed & breakfast we have experienced...enjoyed it more than our 4 star hotel in Boston! Ada & Donald made everything perfect. Thank you for a wonderful stay!
Alicia & Dan, Illinois

We stayed at the Amelia Payson house for Halloween in Salem. The house is beautiful, very comfortable, terrific host and hostess and the breakfasts are outstanding. The other guests were very enjoyable. We would stay here again anytime we could. I wish all of our B&B experiences could have been this wonderful. Thank you for a delightful time.
Diane and Craig C., Delaware

This was our very first experience staying at a Bed and Breakfast. . . and it could not have been a better one! Ada, the owner, has such a welcoming personality that it is like visiting relatives. The rooms are beautiful and immaculate. I highly recommend and compliment the owners of the Amelia Payson Bed and Breakfast. They take pride in what they do!
Kathy B., Massachusetts

Don and Ada:
We are recovered now from the thrill of Brian running the Boston Marathon and having our sons and daughters' in love with us for the 5 days and nights. Your hospitality was a cut above the many B&Bs that we have stayed at through the years and you made it a vacation that we will never forget.
Brian and Kay along with Paul and Becca and Chris and Tricia (Idaho and Wisconsin)

Dear Don and Ada:
I had the best time visiting Salem and staying with you! I really enjoyed the breakfasts each morning. You have good food and the freshest fruit!

The best part was that I got to really talk to you and the other guests and I feel like I made some good friends. When I arrived in Salem-I knew no one. I also have some great new ideas on what to do on my next visit.

You took great care of me and I appreciate all of the "extras" - the soaps, the chocolates - and the pick up and drop off at the train station. The room was beautiful and met all of my expectations and more.

I miss it already!!
Angela, South Carolina

Ada and Don,
We had so much fun in Salem and a wonderful time staying at the Amelia Payson House. Everything was so beautifully decorated and we really enjoyed the breakfasts in the morning and the chance to sit with other couples literally from around the world and share stories. It was an experience like no other and your hospitality and kindness was very much appreciated. We also wanted to thank you for picking us up at the train station and dropping us off there when it was time to leave, it is a nice service that you don't get at many places nowadays. We were also very grateful for the maps, directions and local information that you gave us. You are both very nice people and I can't even put into words how much we loved our stay in Salem and staying at your bed and breakfast. We would definitely love to come back and stay with you again sometime!
Holly & Joe

Dear Ada and Don,
Roger and I wanted to thank you for making our stay so pleasant and enjoyable, especially considering the horrendous weather. Your home is absolutely beautiful, exquisitely decorated, warm, and cheery, and the contrast with that horrible nor'easter blowing outside made it even more pleasant to head back to our room after the wind and rain.

And Don - thanks for chaffeuring me back and forth to the train station. By the way, that bus trip from Salem to Logan Airport has got to be the best bargain around: less than $5.00, about a one hour trip, and the bus drops you off maybe ten steps from the door to the terminal!

I must tell you that in all our 37 years of marriage, and traveling around the US and Europe, Amelia Payson House definitely ranks in the top 5 places we have stayed, including some pretty pricey resorts. As I explained to my friend, it was like stepping back into the 18th or 19th century, with all the modern comforts and conveniences. I've described the decor as "Hester Prynne meets Laura Ashley!".

Roger and I also developed a profound fondness for that Senseo coffee brewer in the sitting room. So much so, that I went and bought one last week and we are just drinking up a caffeine storm. The Sanseo people should be giving you free pods, given the great advertsiing you do for them.

When we finally get our photos of Salem up loaded, I'll send you a note, you so can enjoy them, too.

Thanks again for a wonderful stay, and you can be sure we will return if we are fortunate to be in the Boston area again.
Best regards - Jane

A friend and I stayed with you last year. I am looking to return with my boyfriend. When we came to Salem, we stayed in the beautiful room which is featured in the Salem Visitor's Guide. The room was as lovely as in the picture - more so, actually, in person. The breakfast was wonderful and very friendly. We felt very at home and I look forward to returning soon!
Ellen M.

Dear Don and Ada,
When Ali & I decided to have a mother /daughter get away we could not find a place that had what we were looking for. Our friend Carrie then told me that we had to go to your beautiful home. I decided to take her word for it and that was the smartest thing I did! You gave Ali & me a week-end we will forever cherish. Each morning was started with a warm and wonderful breakfast from days past. The afternoon and evening was spent on endless events that were all in walking distance. And the night we returned to a beautiful home and bedroom that had every comfort we could wish for. We will definitely be returning! And we cannot wait!

Hi, Don and Ada!
I very much enjoyed my stay at the Amelia Payson House on May 20, 2002. This was my second visit with you folks, and I'm sure not the last! Your immaculate inn and effulgent hospitality truly epitomize the very best that a B&B has to offer. Carry on!

My boyfriend and I had such an amazing and comfortable stay here. I kept catching myself saying over & over.. "I wish this were my house' ... that is how cozy,clean, warm and comfortable the feeling is. You two do an incredible job & we thank you so much and look forward to re-visiting with you very soon!

May 2001 - My fiance and I have stayed at other bed and breakfasts but Amelia Payson House was by far the best in terms of friendliness, comfort and experiencing an overall feeling of being at "home". We enjoyed our stay immensely and we will definitely be back. Thanks for all you did to make our first "Salem" vacation a happy and memorable one.

My October 98 stay was absolutely wonderful! This is without a doubt one of best run B&B's I have ever stayed in. Don and Ada are truly gracious hosts and do an outstanding job of making their guests feel welcome.

I stayed at your home in 1994 during october. Your home was beautiful!! we really felt very comfortable there.It was a very romantically furnished and clean. i actually took pictures of my room to show my friends! i also enjoyed getting to know you and all the others who were staying there too. It was interesting having breakfast with people from all over the country. thank you!!! You actually took us in, because we did not have a place to stay, And that was the best thing that ever happened. Your home will be the number one place for us always!!!!!
barbara and frank

Thanks for your wonderul hospitality, to visit Massachusetts and not stay with you is an unpardonable crime against tourism.... and you can quote us on it!!!!
Frank & Sue

My wife and I stayed here in June 1999 and found it to be a wonderful experience. The room was comfortable, clean and cozy; the hospitality was excellent; and the location was convenient for exploring the beautiful historical town of Salem. This is an affordable B&B with the quality of more expensive places... I would recommend Amelia Payson house to anyone exploring New England.
Eddie K., New Jersey

Ada & Don:
Thank you so much for the wonderful hospitality you provided during our stay with you over the weekend. Sue and I had never been to Salem or to a B & B. We had a wonderful time. We want to come back! I enjoyed your home and all the little details that made our stay so special. We will pass the word !! Thank you again,

This was truly a wonderful B&B. Ada and Don could not have been nicer. Ada has so many nice touches, she really goes above and beyond. We will definitely go back.

We enjoyed our stay tremendously! Ada and Don Roberts could not have been nicer; we would gladly stay there again!

Dear Ada and Don,
Thank you again for a delightful experience while staying at your home. I will recommend you to everyone. Being "at home" with you added significantly to the enjoyment of the seminar week.

Geneva, Illinois

A super house & cosy room. Thank you for having us to stay!
Gill & Martin
Tonbridge, Kent, England

Delightful hosts - superb accommodations - special Halloween
St. Thomas, U.S.Virgin Islands

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here! Beautiful rooms and warm hospitality. Thank you!
Stewart and Julie
Salt Lake City, Utah

If Amelia were to come back, she would be quite happy, I'm sure, with the care and love you've bestowed upon her house. Thank you so much for the hospitality; our first canopy bed!
Maxine & Earll
Oakland, California

The fact that we booked for one night & stayed for three speaks for itself. We couldn't think of a better way to make our first aquaintance with New England.

Many thanks.
London, England

Ada and Don,
Wish we could have stayed longer! You have a fabulous home - we thought the QE2 was great - this is far superior. We'll be back. Thanks very much.
Roy and Judy
Halifax, Nova Scotia

What a lovely place to stay! We're so glad to have found you! Our rooms were so comfortable & everything was perfect! We will never forget our stay with you. Thank you for everything!
George & Marian and Phil & Mary
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

From now on when coming from the East to visit the West, this will be my first stop on the itinerary. Thank you very much.
Will, Tokyo, Japan

Thanks for making our "second honeymoon" so much fun! The B&B is really neat.
Bob and Ruth
Laconia, New Hampshire


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