When staying at a genuine Victorian hotel the criteria are different than for the Sheraton or local motel. It is no longer about how new the fixtures are or when the last remodel was done, but how well the classic features of the room have been preserved and the decor. I am not an expert on Victorian architecture or style, but the decor seemed good to me... Furniture and Wall hangings seemed appropriate and tasteful. Decorative embellishments like crown molding seemed to fit the decor (I have no idea if they were original). The room even used a regular key (not a key card). The bathroom was a mixed bag with what appeared to be a period-style pedestal sink and wall paper, but a modern bath and bath-surround. I don't mind as I would rather have a well functioning shower than a claw-foot tub.
As for how well preserved/maintained, here is where I might have some nits to pick. On first glance the room seems fine, but after some time chipped paint and stained wallpaper become apparent. The room was clean and comfortable, but the challenge of maintaining such an old facility was obvious.
The hotel overall has many positives that would bring me and my family back. As I said it was clean. The location cannot be beat, right in downtown, and also near the stairs/path to uptown. The staff were friendly and efficient. We had one issue where the room obviously needed to be vacuumed (after a toddler repasted on the fine breakfast they provide of croissants and scones), but housekeeping did not see fit to vacuum until we requested it. But I think this was an anomaly and generally housekeeping did a good job and the front desk staff was excellent.
The room layout worked out well for our family - parents and two kids. We had our own bedroom, while the kids slept respectively on the sleeper-sofa and pack-n-play in the main room. Space was a little tight, but fine. Next time we might opt for a 2 bedroom suite.
- Also Known As:
- Bishop Victorian Port Townsend
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The top rated TripAdvisor hotel in Port Townsend is the Bishop Victorian, located in the heart of the Historic District with easy access to shops, restaurants and activities. The Bishop Victorian offers 16 suites, including ground level and two bedroom accommodations. Suites feature Victorian ambiance, private baths, fireplaces, convertible sofas and a continental breakfast delivered daily to your door. Each suite is outfitted with a mini or full kitchenette, including microwave, fridge and coffee service, and all guests have access to wireless or DSL connectivity from the comfort of their suite. High definition TVs, DVD players and a DVD library add to your enjoyment. The Bishop Victorian also offers meeting facilities for groups up to 35 people, and the outdoor tented garden venue provides a spring and summer location for weddings and other celebratory events for up to 200 guests. Preparing for an important event is effortless, with Touch of Health Massage Therapy and Izadora’s Tanning, Day Spa and Salon, both of which offer a variety of relaxing and rejuvenating services, conveniently located right next door. Children welcome and dogs are permitted in some designated suites and in accordance with our dog policies. Mid-week, commercial and government rates are available. Three-Diamond AAA rated. ... more less