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“Good night's rest in a historic bordello”

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Palace Hotel Port Townsend
Ranked #3 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
Certificate of Excellence
Blue Ridge, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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“Good night's rest in a historic bordello”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

They say the place is haunted but no ghostly disturbances during my stay. Nice comfy big room. A bit much on the perfumy scents when walking into the room. Friendly, helpful staff. Some issues with housekeeping though. Dirty washrag still hanging on tub, coffeemaker still had old coffee and coffee bag in it. No hairdryer. Very nice to be in right in the middle of old town.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled on business
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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Reviewed 15 October 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely, huge room which was beautifully decorated in the style appropriate to the age, style and history of the hotel. We had a very warm welcome and were given lots of useful information about the town and surrounding area. Although hairdryers were available from reception, I do think that, for a hotel of this quality and price, a hairdryer in the room in not an unreasonable expectation.

Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

The Palace Hotel was a fun experiment for us. Centrally located in historic Port Townsend it is an easy walk to restaurants, shopping, the harbor & the historic upper hillside. It is beautifully decorated, clean & friendly. We enjoyed having a small kitchen area where we were able to prep some easy, quick foods even though there was no stove. Our room wasn't huge but the very high ceilings made it seem much bigger. Great bed, too. It was a bit noisy at times & the lack of an elevator could be a hardship for some but I prefer it's charm to any chain motel.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 September 2013 via mobile

You must Say "yes" to the Palace Hotel in the middle of Port Townsend; great staff, historically interesting rooms... We changed rooms each night to "try" another view or enjoy an incredible bathtub! Stroll down to the water and dine El Fresco, don't miss Chetzemoka Park.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2013

I’ve managed to stay at half a dozen different Port Townsend hotels and greatly prefer the rustic Victorian venues to the modern motor inns. And the Palace is as rustically Victorian as it gets. Housed in an authentic late 19th century brick high-rise with period furnishings, carpets and artwork to complete the vibe. Even real stairs to get your heart pumping! One point of historical interest is the Palace was once a busy brothel!

The location is about as good it gets: on Water Street smack in the middle of the PT strip. Plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and PT landmarks are within a couple block radius. As charming as the Palace is, the view leaves much to be desired with a parking lot and adjacent building to keep you company. It’s a mere stone’s throw from the waterfront but most rooms barely see the bay. However, you never forget how close you are to the water as gulls nest on the top of the building and are noisy, waking me with their constant screeching throughout the night.

The room was comfy, clean and reasonably roomy but not as nice as the Bishop Victorian or my favorite almost across the street, the Belmont Inn. One big fail was the lack of decent curtains making sleeping in impossible.

So nice rustic Vic vibe, great location but I prefer being right on the water and need real curtains.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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178 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Recommended by a good friend. We were warned it was on the third floor. It was a hike of a total 58 steps due to the high ceilings. They warned us so we knew we were into it. Loved the fact they had a parking lot in back. What we had not expected was that even though we had a view of the water, it was very warm. The sun shines in the front windows all day. Of course, an old Victorian hotel doesn't have AC. We did have a big fan, but it was hot. Great location but not sure I will stay here again.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sidney, Canada
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89 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2013

When I booked this hotel, my husband said- hmmm Victorian hotel, gonna be creaky floors and noisy plumbing. Yes, he was right.

The hotel was renovated in the 1980's, and they haven't changed much since. There are period pieces in the lobbies and some in rooms, but mostly it is just tired oak paneling and fading floral wallpaper and borders from that unfortunate period of decorating.

The bed was not very comfortable and the linens are very old- they were very dinghy. The bedside tables were not antiques, but they were falling apart.

Also- a big sticking point with me- the room was super dusty. All the ledges and windowsills needed major cleaning and the closer you looked, the more you saw that needed attention.

We were only here for one night and I would not go back. I'm trying to think of something nice to say- OK the view is OK, but the windows were dirty on the outside which made it a bit hard to see. OK the location is good. No disputing that.

I guess if you can't live your life without spending the night in what they claim was a brothel back in the day, well this is the place for you.

A palace, it ain't.

  • Stayed August 2013, 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
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #3 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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