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“Haunted, but quaint”
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Manresa Castle
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
Gwangju, South Korea
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“Haunted, but quaint”
Reviewed 31 December 2007

We had a little trouble finding the hotel when we arrived. There were no signs from the main road and it was very dark. We did find a good coffee shop, Grounds for Perfection, just along the highway on the right. They told us how to get back to the hotel.

When we did get to the hotel, we were given the keys to our room. The room was cute, small, but comfortable The bathroom had a toilet seat heater on the wall which was very nice :)

We went back to the lobby and took the self guided tour of the hotel, very interesting history and then read the published ghost story of the hotel's haunted occupants.

We did not encounter any spooky ghosts unfortunately but if you read the story and the encounters previous guests have had, "Kate" is a nice spirit that will most likely leave you alone.

Breakfast the next morning was downstairs where we had plenty of hard boiled eggs, canned peaches, muffins (kinda crumbly) and toast.

Overall the castle was the "castle" we expected, however, for the price of the room, we would recommend this location as a must see stop.

  • Stayed December 2007, travelled with family
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Westerville, OH
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Reviewed 22 November 2007

To put this in proper context, our night at Manresa Castle followed our not so wonderful night at Lake Quinault Lodge (see separate review). Since I had booked both of these using the same information and both are vintage "small hotels", I had quite a bit of trepidation as we approached the Castle.

The contrast between the two could not have been more dramatic. From check in to check out the next morning, we were treated like valued guests. The room was immaculate and very well done.

The history of the "Castle" is fascinating and its location high on a hill overlooking Port Townsend makes for a very scenic setting.

Dinner in the Castle Keys restaurant and relaxing in the adjacent lounge with Jimmy, bartender / manager, capped a great stay. Ask Jimmy to tell you the history of the beautiful bar.

I travel extensively on business and for pleasure - I have the opportunity eat at some of the truly fine restaurants in many major cities. Lamb is a personal favorite and the lamb chops at Castle Key were the absolute best I have ever had.

Highly recommend the Castle.

  • Liked — It was exactly as advertised - clean, unique and the restaurant was superb.
  • Disliked — Not much - i guess if there's any complaint it would be the steep front stairs.
  • Stayed October 2007, travelled with family
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7 Thank mforkner
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long beach,ca
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2007

We really enjoyed this place and the price was right. The view we had of the ocean was beautiful and the bathroom was large. The bed was very comlortable and the meal we had at the restaurant was wonderful. The breakfast they provided was plentiful and the staff was helpful. The only problems would be the noise in the hallways and the lady at the desk was overworked. The only wireless internet was downstairs in the main room. Overall we enjoyed our stay at the Castle.

  • Liked — The view
  • Disliked — The noise
  • Stayed August 2007
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3 Thank grandmahazel
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Sammamish
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Reviewed 20 August 2007

We stayed as a family with one child under 10 for 2 nights at the castle. If you are into old victorian homes, a unique experience living in an old 19th century home that away from other commercial establishments, you will like it. But be prepared for some unconfortable beds, cramped rooms and dated furnishings. Overall, the stay was better than we expected.

Our nights were in 311 which has a double bed. though we had a child with us, they let us stay in the smaller room as the hotel was full. The room had an attached bathroom that was clean. This was adequate for a two-night stay.

The rooms were without any extra accessories such as hair dryer or ironing board. You can request one from the front desk. The carpeting and furniture was old and dusty. If you have allergies to dust, beware. We did not have a great view.

The breakfast included in the room charge is minimal with muffins, toast, eggs, coffee, juice and canned fruits. The front desk staff is quite helpful with arrangements and were willing to upgrade us to a better room on the second night. They also gave tips for our ferry return to Seattle.

The lobby is a converted living room in the house. It is small with some fine antiques. The surprise is that they offer free wi-fi in this area.

the hotel is located on a hill on the border of Port townsend next to a hospital next to highway, so it can be a bit noisy. There is a QFC next door and Safeway down the hill featuring a Starbucks. However, it is farther away (Around 5-7 min driving distance) from the main attractions in Port Townsend.

There was a wedding party in the hotel on Fri night which wrapped up much before nighttime. While the evening was noisy with music and dance, the noise did not continue into the night.
I cannot call this a kid-friendly hotel as the hallways and rooms can be small and the visitors are mainly seniors. But the staff never made us feel unwelcome as some other establishments around Port Townsend are towards children. They even took my children around to see the haunted room when asked.

If you visit Port Townsend, do stop at the Elevated Icecream shop, which features some of the best ice cream I have eaten.

  • Liked — Ambience and unique design
  • Disliked — uncomfortable beds and dusty carpets.
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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1 Thank Dhan M
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Seattle
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16 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2007

Had a good one night stay recently. Booked room 304, a deluxe suite over the courtyard. Room is large, bed is very comfortable, and the bath includes an oversized jacuzzi -- more of a hot tub, but large enough for two with plenty of room to spare. And the room was very clean. The restaurant is simply outstanding. Chef does a wonderful job, and service is good. Plan on about $100-$120 for dinner for 2 (including tip).

That being said, the place is not perfect. Our room had 4 windows. Two could not be opened, and the two that could be opened only had small push out windows. Very inadequate for air movement. And the hotel permitted 5-6 people to party (very loudly) in the courtyard until 4 am. We had to close the small windows and rely on a fan to cool the room in order to get any sleep (which wasn't much). Additionally, while the b'fast was adequate, the chairs in the lounge were very stained/dirty.

So, we'll be hesitant to return to the hotel for an overnight stay; however, we will return to restaurant as the food is more memorable than some of the best restaurants in Seattle.

I rate the property as above average only because the noise issue could have been a one-time event. But the fact that nothing was done by management to eliminate the loud party shows a managerial deficiency and a probability that it will happen again.

  • Liked — Restaurant & Room
  • Disliked — Noise
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank ChipOffTheBlock
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Seattle
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2007

Our room was okay, although the classic, beautiful chairs in our room weren't very clean. But the bathroom was pretty cool, beautiful white tile, large frosted glass window, and big fluffy towels. Our dinner in the dining room was quite good, although our waiter was a bit goofy. While I didn't actually see a ghost, I slept poorly & had nightmares, which may have been due to the three children in an adjacent room who were squealing until, I don't know, probably 11PM? The next morning, 'breakfast' was served in the basement of this former Jesuit seminary. It was a poor excuse for a Continental Breakfast; no cold cereal, no milk, no bagels or toast, and minimal fruit. The highlights were good muffins, and an excellent carrot bread, but then I found out it really was carrot cake that they just didn't frost! The one thing I really liked about this dark basement (besides plenty of coffee) was the juxtaposition the church-influenced chairs and all the old, sedate photos on the walls, vs the1970's cocktail bar with huge brass rails, and fake wood paneling.

  • Liked — The grounds
  • Disliked — poor furniture maintenance
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Pomegranate206
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Carnation, WA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 April 2007

We stayed here on April 21st. The castle looks great inside and out. We got a "Town View" room, which was well worth the extra $10. "Courtyard View" rooms overlook a grim grocery store parking lot. The location is a about a mile out of the main town, which makes it a lot quieter than the hotels in town. The hotel and the room were beautifully decorated in period style. The bathroom was large, but didn't have a bath - only a very tiny shower. It was, however, clean and fresh looking. The room we had (210) was tiny, but the great view of the Puget Sound made up for it. The bed was comfortable. There is no air conditioning, and only a tiny opening window, so it could get rather warm in the hotter months. A continental breakfast was included and consisted of fruit, toast, muffins, instant oats, OJ and very weak coffee (there is a Starbucks in the nearby Safeway store). When we checked in, we were giving coupons for $1 off a drink in the hotel lounge, which we used that evening. The bar tender was surly, and inattentive. The bar did have a good selection of Whiskeys. There are a number of excellent restaurants in town. We chose "Ichikawa", a great Japanese restaurant with excellent Sushi. Try the Northwest specialty - geoduck (pronounced gooey duck) with a raw quail egg. Be sure to eat early as most places close at 9pm.

All in all, the Manresa Castle was a fun stay that I would gladly repeat.

  • Liked — The great views
  • Disliked — The hotel lounge
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
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Property: Manresa Castle
Address: 651 Cleveland St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-2940
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Region: United States > Washington > Port Townsend
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Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
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Hotel Class:3 star — Manresa Castle 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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