We had a suite and the very good was that it was a suite not a "suite". It had a bedroom with a door. Furnishings were tasteful antiques mixed with newer pieces that fit. The antiques were in good shape.
The inside was rough brick with large windows that opened and high ceilings. It was heated by a very nicely done gas stove in a fireplace like mantle. The room had a refrig, microwave and sink in a small kitchen area complete with plates, glasses and flat wear.
The bathroom had a huge tub and was all redone.
A nicely done breakfast delivered to your door in the morning. Coffee in room and in the lobby on each floor.
It all came off as very attractive and tasteful. Not overdone at all.
Sounds good, doesn't it?
Now the not so good. The wifi didn't work or when it did it was incredibly slow. I have a feeling this is an ongoing problem here because the desk clerk mentioned that Mac products have problems here and she was right our Macs didn't work but our Windows machine didn't work either. They use range extenders here to make their router available to the upper floors. They shouldn't. They have wired ethernet in each room which is what I am using to post this. A $30 wireless router in each room or even every couple of rooms, problem fixed.
No air conditioning. Now Port Townsend isn't Florida but on the top floor on a hot summer day? No thanks. Screens on two of the four windows.
A tiny armoire type closet, mostly filled with a fan (see no air-conditioning, above), ironing board, etc.
No place to hang stuff. No hooks or shelves. No room in the closet. Coats ended up on top of the dresser.
No place to put stuff in the bathroom. The sink is a pedestal so no counter space at all.
No thermostat on the gas stove, just a flame control. So it was too hot or too cold at night. The thermostat is an easy fix, I have a stove just like it.
Our first night here was very quiet, obviously the room next to us wasn't occupied. This morning it was quite different, when they got in the shower next door, it was like they were in our shower.
The stairs. Now they do tell you about them when you call to make a reservation. I can't recall if they do online. If you are 70 with a heart condition and heavy luggage, go for the first floor. They are steep.
I know it seems like I'm piling on here, so this will be my last complaint. An overstated view. Our room was supposed to have a water view and it does if you are standing up. You can see a slice of water a number of blocks away, otherwise you look at a high school football stadium which could be interesting during game night and just some buildings.
In conclusion, this hotel made an excellent first impression but staying here for a couple of days exposed a number of problems.
Would I come back? No. I'll try the Swan Inn the next time we are here.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Bishop Victorian Port Townsend