The Salem Inn is conveniently located within walking distance to every destination of interest for visitors of Salem, Massachusetts. The main building is known as the Captain West House. It is a brick structure built by sea captain Nathaniel West in the Federal style and dates back to 1834. Salem Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The lobby entrance is very inviting—a warm fireplace in the adjoining parlor offers comfort during the chilly Salem evenings. Each of the spacious guest rooms is quaint and inviting. This writer enjoyed a room with a small parlor, kitchenette, bathroom and two queen sized beds. Tucked away in the original kitchens of the basement of the Captain West House is a cozy breakfast room. There ghost hunters can enjoy a hearty continental breakfast before starting out on the day’s adventures.
The room that receives the most rumors of ghostly activity is Room 17. This is the room where paranormal investigators report things going bump in the night, footsteps, and knocking. The staff of the Salem Inn believes there are three ghosts who haunt the hotel. They say there is a cat that haunts the cozy parlor. Guests who are allergic to cats or cat dander find themselves experiencing symptoms upon entering this particular room. Other guests have noted a cat darting about the room out of the corner of their eye. Make a note that there are no cats on the premises of the hotel.
The staff has tales of a prankster child ghost that runs up and down the staircase and along the upstairs hallways. Doors will open and slam. Small pebbles will be tossed at the clerks working the lobby desk. Guests report items in their rooms being moved about and discovered in a new location. They feel the slight pressure of a cat landing upon their bed, or a face of a child in mirrors or poking his head through the closed doors.
The ghost affectingly called “Katherine” (AKA Catherine) is the third spirit that frequents the Salem Inn. She is often recognized as a sudden cool breeze that whisks past visitors on the stairs or hallways. Or perhaps she the disembodied voice one hears on a quiet night chatting to a gentleman about their child. She has been sighted in and around Room 17. Ghost hunters have recorded voices (EVP) when using a ghost box.
When you travel to the quaint city of Salem, be sure to take time to discover the “other” haunted hotel—the Salem Inn. The spirits of the former residents are patiently waiting to welcome you.
7 Summer Street
Salem, MA 01970
Haunted Places Examiner: Debe Branning email@example.com