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Palace Hotel Port Townsend
Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 December 2012

This hotel is in the center of the town of Port Townsend and renovated and furnished as it would have been in the 1800's. Funky in the extreme but tasteful and spacious. Room rates are exceptionally reasonable for this unique hotel experience.

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 December 2012

We stayed 2 nights in the Miss Lou room - large king bed with a view of the water which we could enjoy while sipping our coffee in bed. Clean, large bathroom, great 14ft ceilings and windows. The hotel itself is unassuming from the street, being narrow and long. But as soon as we entered, and were greeted by Bob at the desk, we were enveloped by warmth. We loved that we could peek into any unoccupied rooms that their door open. All inviting, done in the decor of the period, each different. We met many people who were not guests, and still were wandering the hotel, taking in the history and ambience. Even encounted a group of women trying to "contact the spirit of the blue lady" with a crystal. Such fun. Hubby and I enjoyed a glass of wine in each common area, and could image the ladies of the night entertaining their clients. There was an amazing wind and rain storm that night, which was so fitting, it seemed. We loved Port Townsend, so much history. We spent a whole morning walking around the huge old homes on the hill, and the afternnon in our car, exploring. Many great places to eat. And do not miss the wine shop, which is part of the same building as the Palace, and right next door.

Room Tip: we would definatly choose the Madam's room next time - large, wonderful corner suite with views...
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  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 December 2012

Felt like I was transported to another era at this hotel. Stayed in the Miss Kitty room. Strong winds that night, but that just added to the excitement of the place. No elevator, and I wasn't anticipating that so that was the only inconvenience.

Would definitely want to go back. The receptionists (night and morning) were very friendly and helpful with information that we wanted.

Stayed: November 2012, travelled with friends
Thank Ashim P
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Reviewed 22 November 2012

We stayed here for a quick overnight trip- walked off the ferry and then a block or two to the hotel. The hotel itself is well kept, with friendly desk staff and reasonable pricing for the off season. The room was clean, with gorgeous high ceilings and expansive windows. We stayed in a second-floor room looking out on a side street. It was a very windy and wet day, and the room was great for watching the storm. It was a perfectly pleasant experience and I highly suggest it.

I did take away a point for sleep quality but that is probably more my fault than the hotel's: my apartment at home is in a moderately busy and noisy part of town, and so the absolute quiet at the hotel was a little difficult.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2012

If you are looking for a short getaway to a 19th Century Victorian, frontier-hotel fantasy, this is it. On the down-side, while it is good value for the budget minded guest, it is just a middling "hotel" experience.

Once a frontier brothel, the hotel has been restored to nearly replicate the original ambiance. A grand stairway adjacent to hotel office and ground-floor parlor takes you to Victorian themed rooms on the second and third floors. Halfway up the staircase from the first floor is a pulpit over-look where you can imagine the resident ladies of the night evaluating their clients. Further up the staircase is the large second-floor Victorian themed parlor, for board games, reading and quiet conversation. Rooms are well appointed in Victorian style, often with separate sitting and sleeping areas (ours also had a kitchen). Double-high ceilings add to the ambiance. Bathrooms, while retaining the overall theme, have modern fixtures. Water pressure is excellent even on the third floor. Room temperature was well-balanced (autumn stay). Flat screen video-monitors in the room and wi-fi access was greatly appreciated. Restaurants and an active bar/night scene are a short walk, while an excellent boutique bakery/coffee bar is "around the corner".. Off-street parking at the rear of the hotel provides good access and perhaps some vehicle security.

The experience can be a lot of fun, but the traveler must honestly ask him or herself "Which is more important to me - the Victorian or hotel experience?": There is no elevator and the double height ceilings make the walk-up, third-floor rooms very distant, particularly when schlepping several bags; Sound carries and is perhaps amplified in the high-ceiling hallway - not a problem this night, but we had quiet neighbors. The mattress in our room ("Miss Lily" - yes, rooms are named, not numbered) was adequate but sagged a small bit towards the middle. The linens were soft not crisp - an issue for us; A folding luggage stand was so low as to be nearly useless, and enough off-theme finishes were present to keep us aware that we were in an imitation not a replication of the period; At a subtle level, the Victorian decor, while elaborately executed, veers towards the garish, rather than elegant, and may get old very quickly for some travelers.

Room Tip: Remember when reserving rooms - no elevator, side and off-street rooms are quieter.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

This was such a cool place! If you need all the ammenities of a chain hotel, this place may not be for you. The style is all victorian which fits in perfectly with the whole area. Our room was large and period decorated. The history of this building is facinating and each of the rooms has the name of one of the "girls" who used them.The staff was helpful and gave us good suggestions about places to dine.

Room Tip: Each room is special!
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  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

This is a really neat old place, comfortable and clean -not luxury but a unique heritage experience. Generously sized rooms with the highest ceilings you have ever seen. Bed was comfortable -antiques and vintage furnishings - great location,free convenient parking. A great alternative for folks like me who don't really want a B and B and rates competitive. I am usually pretty fussy but had no problems relaxing my expectations a bit to stay somehwere unique with a genuine history and an interesting past. If stairs are an issue you will have to give this one a pass. Place is definitely haunted but not scary! stayed on Halloween and heard some bumps in the night - some kids were exploring the hotel and ghost hunting having a great time.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled on business
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Address: 1004 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-6706
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Region: United States > Washington > Port Townsend
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #4 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
Price Range: £99 - £118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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