After staying here four times in the last year on business, I read some trip adviser reviews and thought, "Huh?" In my experience, apart from the cleanliness of of the rooms, the most notable characteristic of the place is it's nearly tomb-like silence, especially in the rooms the desk clerk calls the "quiet side" of the building. I've stayed in the ones on the street side too, and they ain't exactly under the El, folks. Port Angeles is kind of a sleepy little town, at least when I'm there.
This hotel is a tiny little place with only 15 or so rooms most of which are up two longish flights (no elevator) in what could be described as a vintage building. Thick concrete walls, tall skinny windows with sort of craftsman style white trim. Looks like it was remodeled a couple years ago. They're heavilly into the rattan furniture and euro-deco reproduction poster look. It's nice, not generic motel stuff. The chennile bedspreads are cozy. I always stay in the cheapest room ($50 with tax) The four bathrooms are in the hall about ten or twenty feet from your door, the desk clerk usually assigns one for my private use when occupancy is low enough for everyone to get their own bath. Always spotlessly clean, BTW. I like the casual atmosphere, and its nice to be recognized as a 'regular' by the guy who runs the place when I make my reservation or when I check in.
I've seen some of the nicer rooms, with kitchenettes and their own bathrooms, but never needed those, so why spend the extra 20 bucks? Overall, I highly recommend this place, unless you need the in-room spa or something. (Alas - no pool here either, but the ocean is a block away :)
PS They have Wi-Fi here, but they don't tell you about it unless you ask about it first.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A small yet elegant family-owned hotel in the heart of Port Angeles, just one block away from the Coho ferry to Victoria, BC. Recently remodeled, located in the shopping and dining center of Port Angeles, The Downtown Hotel retains its old world charm with neat and tidy rooms ranging from budget-oriented Euro-Style one-beds to a two-bedroom apartment suite with a full kitchen. Some harbor or mountain views available. ... more less