Port Townsend hotels come in several types to choose among, and ranging from historical Victorian architecture to rugged campsites, there is something to suit every traveler. This lovely town on the Olympic Peninsula is a great base for exploring the beauty of the Washington coast, and it’s also an attraction on its own, with great antique shops, restaurants, and lovely views along the waterfront.
If you’re interested in historical architecture, take advantage of the variety in some of the most popular Port Townsend hotels. The Bishop Victorian Hotel, situated in the heart of downtown Port Townsend, prides itself on Victorian interiors celebrating the style of English textile designer, William Morris, and an award-winning Victorian garden. The Palace Hotel occupies the Captain Tibbals Building, constructed in 1889 in the Romanesque style. Only one block from the ferry dock, the Palace Hotel is surrounded by many restaurants, theaters, shops and art galleries. Rooms at the Palace Hotel offer views of historic downtown or Port Townsend Bay.
The Swan Hotel is another of the most beloved Port Townsend hotels. In addition to eight rooms in the Swan Hotel's historic main building, the hotel also offers four studio cottages and a two-story Penthouse with a stunning view of Admiralty Inlet. While the interior celebrates the building's original time period, the hotel provides guests with modern day amenities such as internet access and cable television. The most unique Port Townsend lodging can be found at Manresa Castle. Completed in 1892, this majestic-looking building was home to a private family, nuns and Jesuit priests before being converted into a hotel. It is also home to Castle Key Seafood and Steak Restaurant, one of the most popular restaurants in Port Townsend.
For a more personal experience with Port Townsend lodging, consider one of the many bed and breakfasts. Inn at McCurdy House offers a full wraparound porch, an exercise room and a full gourmet breakfast. Thornton House offers a chance to stay in a restored 1885 farmhouse, with two private parlors, mountain views and breakfast made from organic ingredients grown in the garden. Blue Gull Inn is located in the historic neighborhood of Uptown Port Townsend, and includes whirlpool tubs, wireless internet, and a variety of breakfast options. If you prefer to stay on the water, The Commander's Beach House at Point Hudson is the perfect B&B for you. From the house, visitors can watch kayaks launch on the beach, hike to Fort Worden State Park or simply enjoy the view of Whidbey Island. Gardening enthusiasts will enjoy Holly Hill House in the Uptown District. Its picturesque setting is characterized by 88 rose bushes, twenty ancient Holly trees, and an upside down Camperdown Elm that is more than 100 years old.
Those staying in Port Townsend for longer periods of time should consider vacation rentals. One of the most admired rentals is The Sea Loft. This carriage house is located near Point Hudson Marina and offers only a short walk to the beach or downtown. A flat-screen television and internet make this temporary home very comfortable. The ultimate Port Townsend vacation rentals, however, are located inside Fort Worden State Park. Rent one of homes on Officer's Row, regal in early twentieth century architectural details. These stately homes can sleep up to fourteen guests, but smaller Non-Commissioned Officer's Quarters vacation houses are also available at Fort Worden.
Also located within Fort Worden is the Olympic Guesthouse and Hostel. This hostel is open to both genders and offers separated male/female dormitories, shared bathrooms, lockers, and several private rooms for couples. Amenities include a full-sized kitchen with a self-serve breakfast, wireless internet, and a common room with a piano and a guitar. Campers and RVs are welcome at the Fort Worden State Park campground, Jefferson County Fairgrounds RV Park and the Point Hudson Marina and RV Park.