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Manresa Castle
Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
Reviewed 6 January 2009

That is why we went to begin with. If you want a 5 star Red Lion Inn experience, go to Red Lion Inn. This place with its unique history, is the reason we chose to stay there. Sure, some of the rooms are small, but get real, it was set up for the Jesuit priests, and they obviously needed very little in the way of extravagant amenities, and large rooms. It was a boarding house for them so to speak. Our room was clean, the bed not too bad, the bathroom clean and the staff very friendly to us. We had an excellent view of Port Townsend and the bay. We got the New years package and really enjoyed our stay. The food, raises a question. The prime rib was excellent I heard. I had the crab stuffed prawns which left a lot to be desired. The risotto was way to saffron heavy, and the prawns, come on, I know frozen shrimp when I taste them. If the chef was to taste everything before he sent it out, it may have been different. The Ice wine was excellent. The entertainment was a bit less than expected. The jazz group was a bit too underwhelming, as a lot of people did not stick around till midnight. Should have had someone more upbeat, with music you could dance to. Could not help but yawn before the new year even rolled around. Not saying the music was bad, just not right for those who wanted to hoot and holler and bring in the new year. Call it excellent dinner music. The owner was very polite and helped his staff in the dining room, and things went rather smoothly. I would give it an easy 3 1/2 to 4 stars. Just need to get the food stepped up a bit. The owner should have Gordon Ramsey of Hells Kitchen fame come in an tool with the menu if the food was better we would make it a yearly stop for sure. We will go back again.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 October 2008

My husband, two kids and I just returned from a 2 night stay at Manresa Castle, room #319. The staff was very friendly and offered personalized service throughout our stay. Our room had a king sized bed, a sleeper sofa and an additional sitting area. It was a corner room on the top floor with a partial view of the sound. We had other family in room 314 that had a direct view of the sound and the room was smaller and more hotel like. Our bathroom was updated and the room was very clean....clean enough that I felt comfortable having my baby crawl around the carpet. Their material stated that they went through a renovation in 2005. There are no fridges in the room or hair dryer. We brought our own little cooler and used their ice machine to keep small items cold. Manresa offers a free continental breakfast daily that is equipped with oatmeal, toast, hard boiled eggs and pastries. They also have milk, coffee, water and juice. The only negative to the stay were the paper thin walls. If your neigbor is loud, you will be able to hear them. But, this is a 100+ year old building. One night we had neighbors and we were unhappy. The second night, there was no one next to us and it was a completely different experience. Both of our rooms were on the 3rd floor. And, even though they had an elevator, it was an old Otis that employees must manually operate so we ended up walking up the stairs. It was no big deal though, and our older child loved the climb. We saw lots of dear near the grounds and the hotel is located next to the hospital and a grocery store. The grounds were maintained but they could have probably done a better job on the landscaping. It is a 5 minute drive to Downtown. Overall, we had a pleasant stay.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Aloha_from_WA
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Reviewed 13 October 2008

Ok, so there were initially a few hiccups. When we checked in our room was freezing. The heat was not on and the windows were opened. The front desk staff was frosty at best despite the fact she was chain-smoking in front of the entrance. When we had dinner at the Castle Key the food was so-so and the service sooo-slooow. We ended up standing beside our table just to get the attention of the staff to request our bill!

But it was the "paranormal investigators" that really stole the show. We booked two nights at the castle; the first being uneventful. However, the second night we had ghost hunters check into the room next to us. Our room, 304, was between 302 (where the monk is alleged to have hung himself in the turret) and 306 (where the young lady is alleged to have thrown herself out of the window upon learning of the death of her fiance at sea). When we returned to our room after dinner at about 9 p.m. we found a man duck taping wires to the carpet floor outside of our room running up the staircase beside our wall to the turret. They had the door to 302 open and you could see all sorts of equipment and a couple of really loud women. One came to the door, introduced herself as a "paranormal investigator" and began asking me questions about the ghosts. Did I know about them? Yes. Did they bother me? No. But I was concerned about being disturbed by their nocturnal activities. Would they be disruptive in the night?They said they wouldn't be a problem. Yeah, right.

By 11pm they had still not finished their "set up" and I called down to the front desk to ask them to give our neighbors a call and request that they quiet down. Which thankfully they did. But that was the only sleep we were going to get. At 2:20 a.m. one of their monitors began beeping and for the next hour and half we were forced to listen to them open and shut their very loud, squeaky door; engage in conversations in the doorway and trapes up and down the staircase to the turret to tromp around on the ceiling. By 4 a.m., we were discussing checking out to drive home to get some sleep. But didn't want to end what was to be our romantic weekend away together on such an unhappy note; so we decided to stick it out. Wrong decision.

The ultimate irony was that we ran into our ghost hunter neighbors at the breakfast buffet (such as it was) where we were forced to listen to them complain about the loudness of a room down the hall! I couldn't look at her, as I was sleep deprived, without making a scene so we went back to our room to pack and check out at 9:30 a.m.

Upon check out we asked to speak with the manager who was not available, so we left our name and number and asked him to please call us. When we arrived home at 1:30 we had thought to have had a message but we didn't so we called the castle but he was not available and we left another message; and then again at 4:30 we called to find that he had left for the day. In effect, the manager, Preston Massey, simply blew us off and we have yet to hear from him! When I tried to explain my frustration to the front desk staff they were completely unsympathetic and rude.

Why would they authorize that kind of activity on a weekend and WHY would they put people in rooms right next door when you have to know that there is going to be activity in the night. I mean that's when ghosts do their haunting isn't it?

No wonder they charge you for the room upon your arrival. They grab your cash while they can and then duck and dodge when you have a concern as a guest.

We will NEVER stay there again and of course NEVER recommend it to anyone. And IF the manager ever decides to return our call I'll tell him the same thing!

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 August 2008

We stayed for an anniversary treat. It was so disappointing!
The website shows this gorgeous Castle, when in reality, the rooms are terrible, uncomfortable because you have to walk up a step to go into the tiny bathroom, and there is a constant light on in the hallway that shines through the creepy office like door- windows of the room all night long!
It is hardly a comfortable room (we had a courtyard "view")-- especially if you visit in the summer. It is hot, stuffy, and the windows are too high to even get a view of the courtyard from the sitting. The courtyard looks dreary and hardly the bright colorful spectacle they advertise on their website. Don't believe the hype... If you want a romantic getaway, stay at the James House B&B instead!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank griffinz
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Reviewed 12 August 2008

An important thing to remember about this hotel is that it is old and was not originally designed to be a hotel. It was actually an old monestary and they like to try to keep some of that alive in the hotel's decor. (So don't go expecting new amenities and charming, plush gingerbread decorations!) The idea is for it to be a little dark, sparse and creepy - which it is! :-)
The fun of Manresa is wandering around the castle imagining old priests and rumored ghosts! We didn't see either, but still had fun. We stayed in the jacuzzi suite. BEAUTIFUL view and nice sized room. The tub is old and takes about 45 minutes to fill, so turn on the water early if you are going to use it! Once it is going, it is nice, especially after a rainy day hiking.
If you get the chance, stop by Manresa, even if it is just for dinner and checking out the building and grounds.

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank Hiattville
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Reviewed 4 August 2008

We had the fortunate opportunity to stay at the Manresa Castle for one night in July. We had a lovely stay! We were able to book last minute, so not much available. We took a room on the third floor with a slight view. The room was small (which was expected) with a decent sized private bathroom. At check in the clerk was friendly though not overly helpful. We decided to check out the lounge which was nice and the bartender was awesome. We went into town for the evening and then returned to the lounge because the bartender was so nice. We did try the cheese and fruit plate while there and it was very nicely done. This is not a 5 star hotel, but a lovely historic property. Although we were only there one night, it was enough to want to stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Thank obrienjs
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Reviewed 28 July 2008

We were really looking forward to staying here but encountered some unfortunate problems. Our room was on the 3rd floor and there were no elevators. Be ready for a lot of climbing. Because it is an old castle, the room noise is a little loud. We were booked for three nights and our toilet was never cleaned. We informed the front desk each day, but nothing was done about it. The breakfast is sparse and repetitious. Basically serve canned peaches, bread you can toast, oatmeal that you can microwave. Breakfast area is down another flight of stairs that are dimmly lit. I wound up falling down the breakfast stairs our last morning there and we had to go home to seek medical care rather than continue on to Seattle on our vacation. I'm not really sure who would enjoy staying here but they do seem to be sold out every night.

  • Stayed: July 2008, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank cadillaclady
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Address: 651 Cleveland St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-2940
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Region: United States > Washington > Port Townsend
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Ranked #10 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
Price Range: £61 - £130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Manresa Castle 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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