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“charming, historic downtown hotel” 5 of 5 bubbles
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The Waterstreet Hotel
Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
Boston, Massachusetts
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221 reviews
100 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
“charming, historic downtown hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2007

If you like an atmospheric, historic hotel in the heart of an old downtown walking district filled with great galleries and restaurants, this is the hotel for you. The rooms are huge (our five year old loved having space to play) and have that early 1900s ambiance. We had a corner room with many windows that was delightful. While not highly decorated, it was very tasteful and relaxing. The beds were comfortable. We chose a room without a private bath (it was the only vacant room with two queen beds) but the bath was just outside our room and we never saw or heard anyone else using it. The room did have a sink. It was about half the price of rooms with private baths. There is no elevator and given the high ceilings, it is quite a climb up the stairs. The hotel is in a perfect location, with public parking behind the hotel, and it is right on the waterfront. We ate at the restaurant on the main floor which had great ambiance and good food and service. The hotel lobby has a small gallery of attractive Northwest Native American crafts. The owner is very personable. We were extremely satisfied with this hotel, but it's not for those that want a modern or recently refurbished hotel.

  • Liked — the historic atmosphere
  • Disliked — the long flight of stairs
  • Stayed June 2007, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Dutch Brother
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Western Montana
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2007

Stayed on 3rd floor in room with mutiple beds and kitchenette. Agree stairs were a bit 'daunting' as others have said. Especially after a few beers in the bar below. Noise was not a problem, even on Friday and Saturday night while band played below. Second floor might be a bit louder. Very clean bright rooms with wonderful views. Lack of phones in rooms was offset by free WiFi. All in all, we enjoyed our stay immensely and cannot wait to return.

  • Liked — centrally located and views
  • Disliked — stairs
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 Thank pac_nw59
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Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2007

My boyfriend and I booked the third floor room with a view of the water. The view was amazing- we had a ‘private’ balcony that ran the width of the building and large windows on two sides of the large room. The highlight was sitting on the balcony in the swing and watching the boats, birds and ferry. The room also has a gas stove for heat which was also a big plus.

The furnishings were sadly on the shabbier side of shabby chic- it looks like garage sale leftovers supplied most of the pieces.

The noise complaints are valid and fall into two categories- Harley bikes revving their engines in the street by the inn and the patrons from the restaurant below.

The alarming thing that happened on our stay is that at about 2:00 in the morning, as we were sitting up in bed looking out onto our private balcony at enjoying the view of the water under moonlight (door was open since it was our ‘private’ balcony) a man crept by outside our door! He then came back into view of the door and actually stuck his head into the room, apparently not realizing that we were awake. My boyfriend yelled at him (while I was screaming in fear) to leave and that he shouldn’t be out there. The guy took off, but it really startled us and made us realize that he had likely been planning on robbing a couple of tourists. The balcony is posted ‘private’, but from what we could tell he managed to get up the fire escape or enter from the floor below us- really creepy.

Don’t stay here. The staff are very nice (we really liked the front desk lady), but you would be better off spending more money for something more upscale and safe.

  • Liked — View and friendly staff
  • Disliked — Prowlers, noise, shabby atmosphere
  • Stayed April 2007, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank JessicaInSeattleWA
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Lincoln City, Oregon
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2006

My Husband and I stayed in one of the large suites on the 3rd floor of this Wonderful, old, hotel. We found the climb up 3 flights of stairs a bit daunting, but, worth it once we arrived in our VERY spacious room with a nice kitchen and the most extraordinary view!!

The king-sized bed we used (there were two extra beds) was very comfortable, the room was quiet, lots of sunshine and windows! Our private deck was HUGE! (Room 15) There was a porch swing where we had our morning coffee and could enjoy panoramic views of the harbor and all it's activities. Bring field glasses! One morning we saw a Mama Racoon with her babies feasting on Octopus!
The drawbacks, besides the stairs were the lack of parking and the small sink in the bathroom. Overall, the view and the charm of this lovely room more than made up for them. Everyone was friendly and helpful and we will definitely come back!

  • Liked — The room and the view.
  • Disliked — The stairs and some of the bathroom plumbing.
  • Tips/Secrets — Be in good shape! Bring field glasses.
  • Stayed August 2006, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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3 Thank Liallia
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Ashland, Oregon
Level Contributor
32 reviews
21 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2006

We stayed in the two room suite of this old hotel on January 30th, 2006. It did not bother us to walk three long flights of stairs to the generous sized rooms, but the rooms were unheated. You could fit a paperback in the gap between the window and the wall and the wind blew threw it all night. When we tried to locate someone to explane where the heat was going to come from, no one was available. We spent the night under every blanket we could find, with the burners on the stove going full blast. The next day the daughter in law of the owner, who was out of town, told us the thermostat in our room operated the heat in the adjoining room. She said she would bring in heaters for us that day. When we returned we found two heaters the size of small toasters. It was not the AAA aproved hotel we expected.

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16 Thank Linda R
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Silverdale, WA
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18 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2005

Yes, we agree - the Waterstreet is noisy! The music from the downstairs bar shook our room till 2 AM. Not surprisingly, we were exhausted all of the following day. We won't stay again. And no, we are not old!

  • Stayed September 2002
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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4 Thank SharonSilverdale
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2004

Wife & I love the Waterstreet Hotel, we've stayed in several rooms by ourselves (the back waterview rooms are awesome!) and have shared the large multiple bed room with our kids when we go there to kayak. The staff are great, very friendly, and there is enough original "funk" to make it charming. As for the downstairs pub, we've frequented it and had great times there as well...noisy? Your too old!

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Property: The Waterstreet Hotel
Address: 635 Water St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-5726
Region: United States > Washington > Port Townsend
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Ranked #5 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
Number of rooms: 20

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