14 Magical Airbnbs in Salem MA (Updated 2023)

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Is there one perfect Airbnb Salem MA has to offer? Perhaps not, but here are some enchanting contenders for best Airbnb in Salem MA!

I adore Salem, Massachusetts, and I’ve visited numerous times and at different times of year. One thing is for certain: this is a fun New England destination and it’s even better when you have a cool and memorable place to stay.

I’ve compiled this list of magical VRBOs and Airbnbs in Salem, MA. These spots would be ideal for your visit, whether you’re coming for October and Halloween or traveling to Salem in another season. 

This list of Salem Airbnb options has something for everyone: a romantic escape for two, a cozy house for a family vacation, and much more. There are also plenty of great hotels in Salem to choose from. I hope this helps you out as you decide where to stay in Salem.

Spoiler alert: it’s an awesome town. 

a cozy bedroom with eery green and yellow lights and a spooky vibe
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The Warlock House

⭐️ RATING: 4.8/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

Let’s start off this list of Salem vacation rentals with a BANG. This place! Wow—you can’t do more on-theme than this mystical, spooky house, where, according to the listing, it’s Halloween all year!

The level of detail these hosts have created in this space is honestly unmatched. There’s even an Alexa programmed to respond to your spell commands! Wicked!

3 unique bedrooms can host up to 6 people and the home is well-located within walking distance to major attractions like The Salem Witch Museum.

pumpkin themed guest room

“By far the best themed place I’ve stayed.” -Geoffrey (Read more reviews)

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Broom & Board

⭐️ RATING: 4.7/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

Just one glance at this property and you’ll see it’s a lovely, light, bright, and area home where you will feel very comfortable.

Ideal for large groups, this Salem VRBO is in a prime location within easy walking distance to both the city and the shore.

Cooks will swoon over the well-appointed designer kitchen and all guests will love the ample room and plenty of amenities.

“Absolutely loved our stay!” -Mitch (Read more reviews)

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Nicely appointed kitchen with wooden cabinets, island table and bar stools

Salem 2 Bedroom House. Walk downtown, dogs welcome

⭐️ RATING: 4.9/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

For those traveling with dogs, this is a wonderful option. The home is pet-friendly (and kid-friendly!) and there is a fenced-in yard. 

This warm space is within walking distance to almost everything, and it has 2 parking spaces onsite for visitors. As many as 5 guests can stay in this Salem MA Airbnb, which has many excellent reviews. 

“Perfect location, very friendly neighborhood, walkable to everything. Host was amazing! Highly recommend!” -Michele (Read more reviews)

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Stay right in Salem Common, hometown of the Witches

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

You may not be able to find a better location for a stay in Salem! This cozy and beautiful unit, which can host two, is right near Salem Common.

Be in the most convenient area in Salem all while being steeped in the town’s history.

“Clean, comfortable and cozy in the heart of Salem!” -Jon (Read more reviews)

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Modern living room with sofa and area rug

Salem Charm Meets Modern Luxury Next to Downtown

⭐️ RATING: 4.8/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

For those in search of sleek, chic decor, this property will win you over.

Luxury and comfort are the order of the day in this fully-renovated 4 bedroom house. Every bedroom has a king or queen memory-foam mattress, and this Salem MA Airbnb can accommodate up to 8 guests.

You’ll be right next to downtown and within walking distance of all the top Salem sites. If you’re a Hocus Pocus fan, the famous house from the film is just 15 minutes away! (See more of Salem’s Hocus Pocus filming locations here!)

“Close to many great eateries!” -Johannah (Read more reviews)

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pink new england style house with white balconies to the side

Harbor Views, Deck, Fireplace, Historic District (Marblehead)

⭐️ RATING: 4.8/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

When looking for Airbnbs in Salem, Massachusetts, you may actually find that you’d prefer to stay in one of the quieter towns nearby. Marblehead is one such option and it has some great properties available.

This colorful pink home is a 1763 Colonial Era home that was once owned by a local ship’s captain. Today, it’s a private home and an Airbnb (the hosts live on the second floor). Guests who want a peaceful place to enjoy views over the harbor will love this Airbnb near Salem MA. 

4 guests can stay in this condo vacation rental that boasts original 18th-century details and renovated, modern aspects as well. Two fireplaces are perfect for cozying up to on a chilly autumn evening.

“Really a lovely and delightfully decorated place” -Nathan (Read more reviews)

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Family-friendly home in Historic Salem

⭐️ RATING: 4.8/5 Stars |✅ Book it!

This VRBO is a 2-bedroom condo that sleeps 4-5 guests. There are many positive reviews for this property, lauding the exceptional location, great hosts, and sparkling cleanliness.

“We’ve been booking here for many years and it’s always been a wonderful space.” -Monica (Read more reviews)

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The Irish Mariner: 3 bedrooms + Witch History!

⭐️ RATING: 4.6/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

Welcome to this nautical-themed home in Salem, just 100 yards from the ferry dock. 6 guests will settle in happily to this 1807 townhouse, known as The Irish Mariner!

This Salem vacation rental has historic roots; it was built by a shipwright back when Salem was the largest city in the USA.

It also is the site where one of the Witch Trials’ victims once lived.

The 3-story space has plenty of room for visitors to relax and base themselves for a fun Salem vacation

“Wow! I cannot say enough positive about Ellen and her beautiful home in the heart of Salem. ” -Ashley (Read more reviews)

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Henry Derby House

⭐️ RATING: 4.9/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

I am personally obsessed with this amazing looking home. Do I have 11 friends who’d like to book this with me?!

This Salem vacation rental is the entire home, and can comfortably hold up to 12 guests. This is perfect for a few families or a large group of friends.

While conveniently located to all the sites of Salem, this is also somewhat off the beaten path, so you can enjoy a relaxed stay. The stately yellow house is comfortable and charming, ready to welcome you for a pleasant stay.

An 1838 home in the McIntire District originally built for tailor Henry Derby, the house is certainly steeped in history! The hosts note that the home has lots of quirks (to be expected in a nearly 200 year old home) and that you may even experience some paranormal activity!

If you’re looking for a haunted Airbnb in Salem MA, this might be it!

exterior of an 1800s house painted yellow with green shutters and flowers in each window box

“10 out of 5 stars!” -Melissa (Read more reviews)

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John Edwards House

⭐️ RATING: 4.8/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

Here’s another historic Airbnb that can hold up to 10 guests, the John Edwards House. (This and the Henry Derby House are managed by the same Airbnb host).

Set in a quiet neighborhood, this property is well-liked by family groups and wedding parties. It contains 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and boasts a private garden space.

There is beautiful decor that really highlights the historicity of the home. Take a closer look at this enchanting Airbnb listing! 

“This was so close to the center of Salem that my car was lonely in the driveway.” -Kathryn (Read more reviews)

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NEW Renovated Studio Minutes to Downtown Salem

⭐️ RATING: 5/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

This Salem MA VRBO property is fresh and new to the site, so it doesn’t have many reviews yet. But, wow, does it look nice!

A charming studio space less than a mile from downtown Salem boasts fast Wi-Fi, an outdoor patio with grill and fire pit, and family-friendly amenities like a pack n play, high chair, and even a stroller.

That could make this spot an ideal option for those traveling to Salem with kids!

The studio has space for 3 guests to enjoy a cozy Salem experience.

“Loved the location. So central to activities!!” -Sonya (Read more reviews)

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Historic Salem Oceanfront 2 Rm Apt

⭐️ RATING: 4.9/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

Salem isn’t just about its spooky and dark history, this is also a coastal town with a maritime tradition.

Why not stay in a Salem Airbnb near the water? This 2-room, oceanfront Airbnb apartment in a quiet Victorian seaside neighborhood would be a beautiful option. 

A basement apartment, this cozy space for 2 people is bright and well-appointed. Full sized windows look out onto the ocean, and you can step out into the yard and survey the peaceful scene from the Adirondack chairs.

Please note: this apartment is booked WAY out in advance, so plan ahead!

“Dale’s place is a gem, tucked away in a little neighborhood in Salem. Beautiful views and plenty of activities, can’t wait to go back next year!” -Andrew (Read more reviews)

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The Forsythia Apartment

⭐️ RATING: 4.8/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

Another historic house holds the Forsythia Apartment, set in a busy and fun area of Salem. This Salem Airbnb is set on the same street where author Nathaniel Hawthorne was born!

When you stay here you’ll be near Salem Common and Pickering Wharf and pretty much everything you want to see in Salem.

Lovely hardwood floors are in this apartment, which is spacious and open and suitable for 3 guests.

Traveling with pets? This space is also pet friendly.

Many guests at this Airbnb have returned more than once, and the location and reasonable pricing makes it a much sought-after spot!

“A million stars! Especially for Barbara! Super host for sure!” -Colleen (Read more reviews)

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The Mason Suite of Salem

⭐️ RATING: #/5 Stars | ✅ Book it!

The Mason Suite is located in a historic area of Salem and surrounded by 17th, 18th, and 19th century buildings. The Airbnb suite itself is inside a Greek Revival from 1844. 

Without a doubt, this place is stunning.

4 guests can make themselves at home here with 3 bed spaces (1 queen bed in the private bedroom and two sofa beds). The living space is bright and open with skylights letting in pleasant natural light.

A great location near Salem Common and all the main attractions of Salem…what more do you need?

“Truly the best AirBnb my husband and I have stayed at in a long time- maybe ever!” -Madeline (Read more reviews)

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There are so many great options for vacation rentals in Salem MA and vacation rentals in Massachusetts all around the state. The hardest part is deciding which one is the perfect Airbnb Salem MA has for you!

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