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Palace Hotel Port Townsend
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
Certificate of Excellence
Shelton, Washington
1 review
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“Nostalgic and intriguing place to stay”
Reviewed 15 May 2011

We always enjoy going to Port Townsend for it's interesting little shops. This was the first time we stayed at a hotel in the center of town. One thing we learned; go to bed early because sleeping in is virtuously impossible. At around 8 PM (on a weeknight) this town became strangely quiet. We were pleasantly surprised at how quiet it was as we drifted off to sleep with plans to sleep in. Wrong! We spent 2 nights there and at 5 AM both mornings; the seagulls began their wake up calls, followed by very loud delivery and garbage trucks.
The hotel has personality and intrigue. Each room has its own charm. Our room had a very comfortable / albiut, very squeaky bed...brings to mind the true feel of a brothel / turned hotel.
One drawback; They warned us ahead that we would need to climb 3 flights of stairs to our room. What surprised us was, the height of the ceilings made the ascent feel like at least 5 flights.
But, over all, it was a great visit.

Room Tip: Best view, room 11 (Miss Kitty)
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  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2011

This is an old victorian hotel that is is a wonderful location and within walking distance to everything. We stayed in room #3 and it was huge with views of the town and the water. Comfortable beds.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 24 March 2011

Last week, my husband and I (we're retired) spent a couple of happy nights in Marie's room (Rm 3) where we gloried in the expansive dimensions of the room, both horizontally and vertically, while gazing out its many floor to ceiling windows lining our corner suite and taking turns indulging in a long read while lying on an elegant upholstered divan. We enjoyed walking around barefoot on the luscious deep red carpets in the bed / sitting area and on shiny green linoleum in the kitchenette and bathroom. The latter was beautifully appointed with wood furniture and soft, romantic lighting (kind to older faces!), including a golden stained glass window by day. Our room, overflowing with character and charm, offered a welcome retreat during one particularly rainy afternoon when we lay around reading and feeling extravagantly pampered!

The stairs, which several previous guests have complained about, appear to have been newly carpeted and are wide and welcoming, with a beautiful stained glass skylight overlooking the staircase to the third floor, an awesome 'overhead' reward after exercising the leg muscles. Besides, while on holiday, climbing stairs provide an easy way to fit in a little exercise, and Port Townsend, built on a steep hill, offers hikers and strollers several sets of outdoor staircases and hills too to lead visitors Uptown to its many attractions.

Our 2-night stay in Port Townsend was followed by a 3-night stay in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Sadly, I spent every evening there in our cramped B&B bedroom wishing I was still back in the grand and graceful surroundings of Marie's room at the Palace Hotel! At the same price, I doubt any corporate hotel could offer a comparable room experience, either in quality (beauty and charm) or quantity (i.e., square footage up, down and sideways).

Besides all the above, it was simply great fun spending time in an old hotel with a long history that has been so lovingly preserved. We'll return again soon to the Palace Hotel to luxuriate in its truly spacious rooms.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 March 2011

Found crusty washcloths left in the shower. Furntiure was dirty and dated. Some staff was pleasant and others not. We've been to PT many times and there aren't a lot of great choices, but some of the B&B's in town are nice. The Bishop is good and the Water Street is better. Fort Worden is also a fun place to stay.

Eat at T's out past the marina.

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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167 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 January 2011

Port Townsend is a great little town to visit in the summer. This hotel is right on the main strip so you have a perfect location to walk to all restaurants and sights. The interior is a bit on the old side but it's clean and comfortable enough and add to the character of the hotel. I'd definitely go back.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Mount Vernon, WA
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Reviewed 1 December 2010

This was one of the best places I ever stayed at. Quaint, richly appointed, inexpensive, great staff, and just well done. The bed was like home except bigger! You know how so many motel pillows are sort of flat and lifeless. Not here, they were just as good as my pillows at home. The view was grand. The location cannot be improved, right downtown with what seems like an endless selection of eateries and places to shop within walking distance. So close to the ferry, you could just walk.

Beware of one thing. You gotta use the stairs and the ceilings are really high, so getting to the great view rooms on the third floor meant climbing something like 40 feet of stairs. I really didn't mind a bit. Just sort of added to the flavor of the place. We'll be back, soon.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 1 December 2010

Our B&B reservation fell through and we found ourselves in PT late at night in the middle of a windstorm. The Palace was the only hotel we could find that was still open and I'm SO glad for it! The gentleman at the front desk was very kind and ended up giving us a great deal, even though it was probably obvious that we would have paid anything for a bed at that point. The building is absolutely lovely, with soaring ceilings, period furniture and beautiful lobbies. We had a very romantic room with a massive private bath. Some reviews on here are critical of the decor and comfort levels of the bed, linens etc, but I would say that those are either outdated or come from very persnickety people (who perhaps might be more comfortable in a chain hotel...) We had no problems with noise or temperature in the room either, but we did stay during the off-season, so maybe the situation is different in summer. The free wi-fi was a nice unexpected bonus. Personally, I'm glad that they haven't ripped up such a beautiful old building to put in an elevator, but if stairs are a problem for you this might not be the best choice. Overall we were completely delighted with the Palace and plan to return to PT just for this hotel! Highly recommended, especially for a romantic getaway.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Palace Hotel Port Townsend
Address: 1004 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-6706
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Region: United States > Washington > Port Townsend
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Palace Hotel Port Townsend 2.5*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This beautifully restored Victorian hotel is in the heart of historic Port Townsend. A former bordello with most rooms named after former working girls including Madame Maries suite and Miss Kittys room, this Magnuson Hotels affiliate is located one block from the ferry dock in the center of many fine art galleries, restaurants, theaters, antique stores, and unique gift shops. ... more   less 
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