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“Perfect for a large group” 4 of 5 stars
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200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368 (Formerly Fort Worden State Park)   |  
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Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
Puyallup, Washington
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Perfect for a large group”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We rented the Madrona Vista barrack for a family reunion. The place is spacious, bright and airy with all the large windows able to open. It is of course old, but the necessary updates have been made in the fully stocked kitchen and bathrooms, and the private bedrooms with queen size beds are perfectly comfy. We BBQ'd on the large deck and easily sat 45 in the dining room for meals. The upstairs living room has couches and chairs perfect for relaxing conversation and noisy games. Every morning they brought us a tub full of fresh towels and toilet paper and took away our used towels and big garbage. Fort Worden with Madrona Vista is perfect for a large group with diverse interests. We had a wonderful time.

Room Tip: The 5 upstairs bedrooms are carpeted with nice views.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Port Townsend, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Dude, who decided this was a 'hotel'? This is Officer's Row, like a Summer house you rent. You don't walk down the hall to get ice or look for the pool! It's a State Park, how did it rank as a multi-unit hotel? BTW Been staying there since the 70s, before they were remodeled, and afterwards. You bring friends and family, but it is NOT a hotel anymore than my kitchen is a cafe!

Room Tip: There is no ROOM people! It's a house! Is my house a hotel? Duh!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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bremerton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Our whole family stayed on officer row #w11. The furnature was new, 6 bed rooms, 4 fireplaces, 3 bathrooms. One bedroom had a private bathroom and it's own fireplace,another had it's own fireplace. Look on the rental site for a list of kitchen ware. It was all very nice, quality cookware and lots of it to. Our unit was setup for twelve people, nothing was cracked or broken like the other reviewer reported. Our whole family had a great Christmas, we brought our own tree and decorated it. I just wish we could have had a later check out. 11:00 is to early to get everyone backed up and out after Christmas.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Point Richmond, California
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I was excited to stay in one of the Non-Commissioned Officer's Houses because I am a big fan of the movie (An Officer and a Gentleman). Balked at the very high rate ($200/night), but went ahead with the reservation anyway. Got there late. Checked into the unit, and was greeted by a strong musty smell. There were dirty coffee cups in the kitchen, the beds were unmade, and no towels or bed linen anywhere! We called the park ranger who was very apologetic and kind enough to have us stay in a nicer unit w/ clean sheets and towels. It was also a hot muggy night when we were there, and we tried to open the windows, they were all painted shut!
However, we did enjoy the beach and the lighthouse the next morning. We also went around the campus and saw the buildings where the movie was filmed. Battery Kinzie, the site of the "push up scene" has a great view of the beach.
We'll definitely go back to see the beach again just to visit, but will probably not to stay overnight.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Thhe historic homes at Fort Worden are not for everyone, especially is you are looking for luxury, new modern furniture, or full service. But they are perfect for families and groups who want to enjoy this beautiful setting in an historic home. The furniture may see a bit old, the appliances dated, but everything is very clean and the rooms are large and airy, with high ceilings.

We just returned from a weekend there with family members and our dog. We had NCO house #336, which is one of the 3 or so units that allows pets ( none of the Officer's Houses do, as far as I can tell). But the NCO house was great--a nice quiet location close to the trails, and well away from the road. It has 3 large bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus large kitchen and large living-dining room. Five of us shared it and there was plenty of space. Deer graze on the lawn outside late in the day, so we had to be careful to leash the dog before stepping outside.

The dog fee is an extra $30 a night, but for that you get a welcome kit with a comfy sleeping pad ( good for her to relax on the hardwood floors), a few towels to clean off mud and sand after a romp on the beach, and a sheet to cover the sofa in case your dog is inclined to join you there (we bring our own to cover the bed, as she is not allowed on the sofa but she does sleep at the foot of our bed). There were supposed to be poop bags and doggie treats too, but they forgot those. We did bring our own cleanup bags, and there are dispensers with more at several trailheads.

We cooked one nice dinner(halibut and salmon from the fish market, vegetables from the farmers' market we visited that morning), wine and additional accompianaments from Aldriges market in Uptown. ). The other night we went out for dinner in town. We spent our daytime hours walking the trails, taking the dog for a swim at the beach ( where we had to bypass a group of river otters on one side of the pier), and visiting some nearby cider houses. It was a lovely, relaxing weekend and the Fort Worden accommodations made it possible. And the weather was absolutely perfect.

Room Tip: If you want to bring your dog you don't have many choices, but this place, although not as "...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Savannah, Georgia
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We booked Bliss House at Port Townsend and were looking forward to three nights...coming from the very hot midwest, the cooler climate and ocean breezes really attracted us. Communication was fine with the reservations team, in fact we had to do some rescheduling and they were very helpful. You end up leaving messages, though. Very hard to reach a person but they eventually call you back. When we arrived, the house had been shut up and it was warm for that time of year in Port Townsend and the inside of the house was very warm. Lots of windows with views. However! BEWARE only two of the windows open, small ones in the master bedroom. None in the bathroom, living room and kitchen. Doors do not have screens so that is not an option because there were flies. We were told that the Bliss House had been renovated and the wrong windows put in (ones that DON'T open!!) and then painted. I don't know when that was done but there doesn't seem to be any intent to install windows that open. We were told we could just keep the doors open but again, that would mean flies and bugs. They also offered to give us a fan to run the whole time but with only the two bedroom windows, in a separate room, the fan would either have to be in the master bedroom to draw cool air or blow the warm air around. Finally, the second "bedroom" is slightly larger than an alcove and barely fits a twin bed. That window also does not open so you cannot shut the door and the bedroom is right off the kitchen and living room. It may be that in colder weather this set up would be fine. But for over $200 per night in the warmer summer, we though the windows should open. We decided to leave. We were offered other properties but we had specifically booked this property because of the views and location. There is no air conditioning (or TV or internet).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Pontiac, Michigan
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

My family has stayed on "Officer's Row" for years, but this year none of those houses were available during out stay, so we booked house # 353. It was lovely, 4 big bedrooms and was handicap accessible which was a bonus! The accommodations are always comfortable, but not luxurious. We stay at Fort Worden to get away from the regular world of computers and televisions. Each morning deer would graze along the side of the house and the stay comes with a complimentary breakfast at the cafeteria located nearby. It's a beautiful place, with hundreds of things to do, take an easy hike up into the woods, treasure hunt along the beaches or shop in town! We love this place!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368 (Formerly Fort Worden State Park)
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Location: United States > Washington > Port Townsend
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 11 Hotels in Port Townsend
Number of rooms: 175
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Immerse yourself in the historic charm and natural beauty of Fort Worden. Located in Port Townsend, WA, on the scenic Olympic Peninsula, Fort Worden is open year-round for day use and overnight stays. Fort Worden welcomes individual travelers and groups of all sizes as a 434-acre state park with stunning views of the Salish Sea and Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Onsite accommodations include single rooms to vacation homes to dormitories, all situated on our historic campus. Fort Worden features 20 different meeting options-from small rooms for 25 attendees to large spaces that can accommodate up to 1,300 guests. Conferences, meetings, special event and weddings venues are available. Onsite catering services include our Servery, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner options for groups; the Commons Cafe, serving breakfast and lunch, 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the Beachhouse Canteen , open seasonally; and coming soon, the Guardhouse Pub. Fort Worden is also home to more than 12 arts and education organizations offering year-round programs and events to the public. ... more   less 
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Fort Worden State Park Hotel Port Townsend

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