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Historic Distinction with Modern Style

"The house is an excellent example of the Greek Revival style architecture with its wide entablature and cornice pilasters, all of which make it look like a version of a Greek Temple” -Salem Historic Commission.

Located in the heart of historic downtown Salem Massachusetts, The Amelia Payson House was originally built for Amelia and Edward Payson in 1845. The house features two well-appointed guest rooms each with private bathrooms. Creative design choices made during the 2022 renovations pair the charming history of the house with a peaceful modern palette. Just a short walk to historic sites, unique shops, area attractions, a vibrant waterfront, and distinctive dining establishments. Impeccable hospitality, luxurious rooms, and beautiful grounds make The Amelia Payson House the ultimate Salem destination.

The Amelia Payson House was highlighted in Yankee Magazine as an Editor’s Choice Award and named in Fodor’s Travel as one of the best B&Bs in Salem, citing its excellent location, short walk to the Peabody Essex Museum, the Salem Maritime National Historic site, the House of the Seven Gables, the Witch Museum, and transportation availability to Boston by Ferry (55 min) or by train (35 min). The seaside towns of Rockport and Gloucester are a short train ride/drive up the coast.



Just as the charming history of the house is enhanced with a modern peaceful style throughout the common areas, the guest rooms host the same unique character.





Made to order breakfast offered daily from 730am to 930am.

Free Wifi & Cable TV


Complimentary wifi and cable TV is available with each room. Details are provided at check-in. 



The Amelia Payson House offers multiple garden spaces to enjoy your morning coffee, afternoon snack or just relax with a book from our guest library. 



Cleaning services are available upon request throughout your visit. 

Tea Time & Charcuterie


Afternoon tea, homemade cookies and fresh seasonal fruits  served daily 4pm -5pm (incl. in room rate)

Charcuterie by special request $35

On-site Parking

Complimentary on-site parking for one vehicle per room included in each reservation. Additional parking can be arranged independently at various public lots for a fee. 

If you are looking for the perfect gift consider an Amelia Payson House gift certificate.
Inquire About Gift Certificate HERE





Salem is one of those destinations that draws guests back again and again.

Rich with history, culture and quality fare that makes every visit memorable.

While October is the most popular time to visit Salem, the city has much to offer all yearlong. 

Some events worth considering:

Massachusetts Poetry Fest (May) 

Summer Music Series on The Hannah Glover (June-August)

Salem Arts Festival (June) 

Boat tours to Misery Island and Bakers Island Lighthouse (Summer) 

Salem Heritage Days (August)

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival (Feb)

Check out the calendar of events for a full list of goings-on 

Historic Sites


Founded by Roger Conant and a group of immigrants from Cape Ann. The settlement was first titled Naumkeag, but the settlers preferred to call it Salem, derived from the Hebrew word for peace. (

Arts & Culture


Salem was first made famous by the 1692 Witch Trials but now is known as a cultural and historic destination showcasing innovative and transformative art throughout the city.

Shopping, Drinks & Dining


From the historically charming to the modern and unique, Salem has award winning dining and shopping to meet the expectations of even the most discerning visitors. 

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Guest Reviews

August 2022

Words cannot express what an absolutely lovely time we’ve had staying at your beautiful home. You are such a gracious hostess, and have fantastic culinary skills which made our stay as delicious as it was charming! Your attention to detail did not go unnoticed… Hermes… so luxurious! Your thoughtfulness in decorating with your guests in mind by combining historic charm with modern serenity allowed us to take a deep, relaxing breathe after long walks in the city. We can never say enough about your accommodating our special dietary needs. You went out of your way to make our stay special. Just like Sparky has a new friend in Bella, Savannah and I feel as though we are walking away with new friends in our lives and memories to share. We are honored to be your first guests, but this will not be our last visit! -Thank you, Savannah and Melinda

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