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“A great bed and breakfast in this historic town.”

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The Commander's Beach House
Ranked #2 of 16 Port Townsend B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle
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3 reviews
“A great bed and breakfast in this historic town.”
Reviewed 7 November 2013

Right from our arrival we felt welcome. The historic house right on the beach was full of character. Decorated to remind us of the original use for the home on the water made the stay even more fun. Our large room was really comfortable, the hot water heating serving us well during the cold and stormy weekend. The only weakness of this room was the wi-fi connection which did not reach to the room but was available and convenient in the guest lounge. Breakfast was splendid on both days. Our host was very knowledgeable about what was going on in town that weekend, we followed some of the suggested locations and were delighted with the results.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

We have just returned from what must have been our fifteenth stay at the Commander Beach House. These stays have been spread over the years since 2000. Going to Port Townsend and staying with Gail and Jim has been a source of renewal.

Jim and Gail with their kindness and openness create an environment like getting in touch with old friends; and they have become old friends.

The breakfasts vary between the excellent and the sublime. Our last morning's was a salmon omelet accompanied by a scone. The beginnings were slices of kiwi fruit with yogurt

Reading the other reviews of the rooms will give you an accurate idea of what the house is like. The rooms are all different in size, but all are impeccably made up and furnished. The mattresses are some of the most comfortable I have ever encountered.

The house is literally a stone's throw from the water and easily walkable to most of Port Townsend

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Gilbert, AZ
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

We booked at the last minute, so not sure what we would be getting. This was my girlfriends first bed and breakfast. ( shes 41 and sheltered..story there Lol). We had a great time here. Jim and Gail could not have been more hospitable. The location is fantastic! Listened to the :Sound Waves: and the buoy at night, the beds had flannel sheets and a faux fireplace just added to the comfort. A great breakfast with wonderful and caring hosts made the journey even better. Two positive thumbs up!

Room Tip: Id book upstairs next time because of the better view
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Purcell, Oklahoma
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

This was very quiet and peaceful - really just what we were looking for at the time. We arrived late because our flights were all delayed, and they were kind enough to talk us through the directions at almost midnight! It was somewhat tricky to find, but that was probably because it was rainy and dark. The food was fabulous and the view was great. They did have a walk-in special advertised on their door, but because we had booked ahead, we paid more. Somehow that did not seem right... The price was not exorbitant, but seemed a little high for what we experienced. However, nothing wrong with anything, and we did enjoy our stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Maple Ridge District Municipality, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

We just spent the last two nights at this amazing B&B. Gail and Jim are not only gracious, and wonderful hosts, they open their home and their hearts to those who enter . It is apparent that his more than a job, it is a passion. Gail creates these scrumptious breakfasts, and Jim, well, what can we say, he and my husband were kindred spirits, even though Rob is a crazy "Canadian" eh Jim ? LOL. We stayed in the Island View room and were awakened both mornings with sunsets over the ocean right outside our window. Life does not get any better. We were treated to the delights of Port Townsend and everywhere we went, we were greeted with warm smiles and welcoming kindness. We were blessed to share the B&B with a delightful young woman from Seattle and we look forward to seeing her on stage accepting her academy award for costume design. All we enjoyed this weekend, made our Thanksgiving one of true gratitude and thankfulness for all we enjoyed. You will not be disappointed with your stay at The Commanders Beach House. This was our 2nd visit and we are planning our 3rd, 4th, 5th, ...you get the hint. PS thanks for the wine ,a lovely gesture from Jim and Gail as repeat customers.
Rob and Sue

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington, United States
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

I had a wonderful stay at the Commander's Beach House in the Schooner room. Jim, Gail and Cutter (the golden lab) were very friendly, making me feel right at home and at ease though I initially felt awkward staying at a B&B by myself. Gail's breakfasts were delicious and Jim made sure there was wine in the fridge for evening relaxation. The B&B is located in a prime spot on Point Hudson with fabulous beach and Mount Baker views and is still easy walking-distance to downtown Port Townsend shops and restaurants. Certainly the best of both worlds. Both the bedroom room and the bathroom were very clean and extra towels, blankets, pillows, etc were easily accessible. I will definitely be coming back again in the future!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled solo
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Costa Mesa, California
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Reviewed 11 October 2013

We like to stay in B&Bs that have some history and personality. The Commander's Beach House definitely fits. It sits at the end of the road, right on the water. So peaceful to listen to the lapping of the waves.

We stayed in the Lighthouse Suite, which had wonderful views from all the windows. Something not mentioned on the website is that there is no door between the two rooms. This wasn't a problem for us, but is something to keep in mind if using the 2nd bedroom for a third person.

Gail and Jim were friendly and very hospitable. Cutter was just the 'doggie fix' we needed while away from our home. The breakfasts were really delicious with soufflés and home baked scones as an example.

As mentioned in other reviews, there is a smell of creosote in the downstairs rooms. It smelled stronger in some areas more than others. Our upstairs room seemed relatively scent free.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Commander's Beach House
Address: 400 Hudson St, Port Townsend, WA 98368-5632
Region: United States > Washington > Port Townsend
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Port Townsend
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Commander's Beach House is the only bed and breakfast that is located right on the water in downtown Port Townsend. You can walk on the beach to Fort Worden or easily stroll three blocks along the water front to all of the downtown shops and restaurants. Three of our rooms face the water and have private baths. Our fourth room faces the garden and has a shared bath located inside of the room. You can enjoy views of Admiralty Inlet, Mt. Baker, Whidbey Island, all of the boats and ships that go into Seattle, as well as vintage wooden schooners and yawls. Eagles, herons, otters and seals are frequently seen by our guests. A full sit down gourmet breakfast is served at individual tables or on our veranda, weather permitting. Come fall asleep lulled by the sounds of the sea and "relax and solve nothing"! ... more   less 

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