I made my reservation here for a romantic getaway, but not without some reservations. It IS the most romantic hotel in Port Townsend, but that isn't saying much. What is true of Port Townsend in general is true of Bishop Victorian in particular: old is what makes it a romantic and interesting place to be, but that historic status also makes it very tricky to renovate.
The Bishop Victorian is nicely adorned and has great service, but there are a few work-arounds you have to be prepared to live with. There is some wear around the edges. There is no air conditioning and no elevator. Our room looked nice. All the furnishings were in good taste. But I just never was able to get comfortable in the space. The bathroom felt cramped, the sofa was too austere, the living room/ kitchen area was an odd shape. It felt to me they were trying to make one size fit all and ended up with nothing perfectly fitting.
Next time I think I would consider B&B's and Port Gamble.
Reservations and the front desk were absolutely impeccable. Very helpful. Gave me all the attention I desired.
The location can't be beat. It is set into the hill just one block off Water Street (the long main street where all the shops are) so it is walking distance to everything downtown. But Port Townsend is a little spread out: there is another center of activity with a couple places to eat and shops uptown, centered at Blaine & Tyler. You also need transportation to get to the beaches at Fort Worden & Fort Flagler.