We made a last-minute decision to stay overnight on what was supposed to be a day trip. With two dogs in tow, I thought we might find ~something~, but wasn't sure what it would be. What an enormously pleasant surprise to end up in Suite 14 of the lovely Bishop Victorian Hotel.
We were checked in and lounging a mere 15 minutes after making an online reservation from the comfort of our table at Waterfront Pizza (don't miss it. Eat upstairs, it's worth the wait if you have time. If you don't have time to linger, get a slice to go, just don't skip it).
The evening front-desk person, Laura (? i think that's right) was friendly and helpful and very welcoming.
Some rooms are set aside as pet-friendly, and we were in Suite 14 at the top of the stairs. The room had everything you could want packed into a comfortable, cozy space. Sofa, flat-screen tv, gas fireplace, dining table and chairs, kitchenette, brass bed, new bathroom, ... the list goes on and on.
But first things first. The bathroom had a shower only, no bath, but this was more than compensated for by the fabulous showerhead, excellent water pressure and endless hot water. Everything was squeaky clean and worked perfectly (not always the case in hotels that sell charm).
The bedroom was tiny, but it was a bonus to have a separate space from the main suite, and tons of pillows and extra blankets if needed. The furniture is all vintage/antique, but again, we don't lose any utility with the addition of charm, everything worked perfectly.
We didn't use the kitchenette for more than making coffee and warming up the continental breakfast (super-fresh scones and croissants, perfect way to start the day), but everything was perfectly clean and worked as it was meant to.
Our location at the top of the stairs was great for dog-walking egress, and the area around the hotel has plenty of grassy areas if you just need to take Fluffy for a quick outing. I took the hounds on a longer stroll in the morning and the area is perfect for it - marina a block away (in either direction), Water Street a block away for window-shopping, beach/boat launch/pier for sniffing and digging. Plenty of grassy patches and trash cans here and there for the necessities.
A few side notes - there is free hotel guest parking in a lot next to the hotel, which while not crucial during winter would certainly be valuable in summer season. There was a looong flight of stairs up to our suite, and not an issue for us, but might be something to be aware of. Lastly, this is an historic building, and lovingly restored, but the walls are still thin. If you're a light sleeper you may want earplugs.
We were here in the winter, so obviously a totally different feel than the height of summer, but had a relaxed, quiet time. Will definitely be back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The top rated TripAdvisor hotel in Port Townsend is the Bishop Victorian, located in the heart of the Historic District with easy access to shops, restaurants and activities. The Bishop Victorian offers 16 suites, including ground level and two bedroom accommodations. Suites feature Victorian ambiance, private baths, fireplaces, convertible sofas and a continental breakfast delivered daily to your door. Each suite is outfitted with a mini or full kitchenette, including microwave, fridge and coffee service, and all guests have access to wireless or DSL connectivity from the comfort of their suite. High definition TVs, DVD players and a DVD library add to your enjoyment. The Bishop Victorian also offers meeting facilities for groups up to 35 people, and the outdoor tented garden venue provides a spring and summer location for weddings and other celebratory events for up to 200 guests. Preparing for an important event is effortless, with Touch of Health Massage Therapy and Izadora’s Tanning, Day Spa and Salon, both of which offer a variety of relaxing and rejuvenating services, conveniently located right next door. Children welcome and dogs are permitted in some designated suites and in accordance with our dog policies. Mid-week, commercial and government rates are available. Three-Diamond AAA rated. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Bishop Victorian Port Townsend