Travel Blogs from Port Townsend
... on Saturday and the ladies in the office said it’s a great one, so we drove over for the day. It was a major seaport in the late 1800’s and also a lumber and fishing area. Town leaders built ornate and large Victorian homes and brick and stone commercial buildings anticipating a railroad line, but it never materialized. It became a quiet, somewhat forgotten town until the 1980’s when it was rediscovered as a ...
... spontaneously that sub school wasn’t for us and we needed to get to the “Fleet”. The school administration was so insulted that they immediately cut our orders for the unglamorous ships in the “Gater Navy”, in Norfolk, Virginia.For the next 18 months I served onboard the USS Mount Olympus, a Navy communications ship, where I was to experience that life that I ...
... of Olympic NP. We hope it is better than North Cascades...The visitor center is almost inside town, so we can plan what we can see in this section and also in the others, thanks to a very kind ranger that explains us lots of things about the park and sorroundings. Today we'll see:
-Moments in time.
... was closed in the 1950's, and remains a State Park today.
The girls collected sea-wood along the beach and built quite an impressive tower for a fire. Because it was so windy, ad because we had no paper, I was concerned that we would not be able to start the fire. However, Katelyn said she learned from her Laura Ingalls Wilder books that ...
... the night) and thoroughly enjoyed their spaghetti. After a good dinner, it was time to head to our resting place for the night. We had about another 20 minutes to go and by the time we got to the lodge it was too dark to really see where we were staying. I will say the rooms we had were very quaint and one of my favorites on the trip. We had no television, no phones, and one bathroom for all 7 of us. I think we had Becky scared out of her ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Manresa Castle Port Townsend
This is a great hotel if you are looking for a comfortable, no frills kind of room. The rooms are simple and tiny, but nice and clean. Compared to some of the hotels we were looking at a few miles west on the 101, this place was a palace. We had a private bathroom and despite the design of the doors (with the frosted windows) it offered plenty of privacy. The service was helpful and friendly and they had plenty of free parking. It's convenient to the dowtown area and close to the ferry ports. If you are looking for a place to rest in this area of Washington at a reasonable rate look here, this is nicer than the standard chain motel/hotel! If you are looking for a fancy 4 star, keep looking.
We arrived early in the day and the desk clerk was nice enough (and disinterested enough) to let us explore the sleeping areas of the hotel, so we were able to look at about 20 rooms as they were being cleaned.
Unique but not clean!
View would have been nice except the windows were so dirty one could not enjoy the view. Loud music from the lounge kept us up until late. Room cleanliness is below standard...mold in the shower is never a good sign.
A very unique property but it looks and feels worn. We expected more and I would not recommend it.
My husband and I stayed at Manresa Castle three nights in August 2004. We appreciated the comfortable room, friendly service, and unique atmosphere; but we would stay there again for the smoke-free, cozy bar furnished like a Victorian parlor. I'm not a hotel bar person, nor much of a drinker, but we had drinks before and/or after dinner every night and thoroughly enjoyed the tasty, reasonably priced drinks; the atmosphere; and the friendly, professional service.
We stayed at the 100 year old Manresa Castle and sad to say she's showing her age. When we booked we asked for a room with a view, and were told "the best view is from the 3rd floor, but we don't have an elevator". As advertised the room had a lovely view of the water, but was in need of upgrading. Paint was cracked and peeling from the wall. The bathroom was large, but had a small plastic prefabricated shower, no hairdryer, but the towels were soft. The continental breakfast included juice, croissants, muffins and coffee. The best feature of the hotel are the public rooms. The bar is decorated with lots of wood, is comfortable, and drinks were reasonably priced. The reading room was very comfortable, but the restaurant makes visiting or staying here worthwhile. The chef has worked in a variety of restaurants, the food was excellent, and the dining room was beautiful. Service was attentive, but not overbearing. I would eat there again, but stay elsewhere. When we checked out we were told that the "castle" had been sold and possibly would be remodled.
Fantastic Place To Stay
We went to stay at the Manresa Castle this year in March and were delighted with the entire experience! The building and grounds are gorgeous, meticulously maintained and quite breathtaking to view! The staff are friendly and informative, and the service - from the continental breakfast to the formal dining room - was second to none!
We requested one of the known "haunted" rooms and had a wonderful experience or two while we stayed! I highly recommend this to everyone!
The town of Port Townsend is also charming to roam about - the shops and places to eat are really good - and we especially enjoyed the Celtic shop downtown, and the Nifty Fifties burger bar! You won't be disappointed with a stay in beautiful Manresa Castle!
Ask for the Weekend Getaway Deal!
The rooms are quaint, victorian style with ample room and reasonably quiet, the staff is excellent, the food at the restaurant is OUTSTANDING! All and all, this is a great place to take a long weekend away from it all.
Great Victorian Hotel
We had a great stay in this beautiful hotel. The room and hotel interior were wonderfully maintained in all their Victorian glory. And the service was top notch. Try to get a room with exclusive access to a huge hot tub. The warm, old, elegant lounge is pretty cool as well. And the walk from the Castle to downtown Port Townsend is endlessly scenic.
Will definitely stay there again.
Relaxing Ocean View and Friendly Ghosts
My fiance and I spent 2 entertaining days at the castle on our way to Vancouver. We found the hospitality to be very welcoming, and the accommodations to be charming and relaxing. We were lucky to get a room with an ocean view (as most, unfortunately, overlook the parking lot and surrounding buildings). The rooms were pretty small, but the "old" furnishings added a special touch. We were also entertained with the stories about the Manresa ghosts and even bought a book at the front desk on the different paranormal occurrences. If you stay there enjoy a drink in the library or in the old fashioned bar. The only downside is that you have to drive downtown for any activities, as there is nothing to do around the castle.
Sleeping in a Pulp & Paper Mill
Advertising for Manresa Castle, located near Port Townsend, Washington does not state its close proximity to a pulp & paper mill. On our 2nd night the entire hotel was encased, in and out, in a thick putrid fog of smoke as the wind had changed. Those with allergies and asthma should beware! In addition, exept for a few of the rooms, most are institutional in style and fittings.