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The Palace Hotel

Phone: (360) 385-0773 1004 Water St , Port Townsend, WA 98368 - Get Directions
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Your host John Gair and Gary Schweitzer, Manager, welcomes you:

A Step Back in Time
The Palace Hotel occupies the two upper floors of the Captain Tibbals Building. This classic three-story brick building was constructed in 1889 for $28,000 by Henry L. Tibbals, a retired sea captain. Built in the Richardson Romanesque style, the building's arched windows appear to extend for two stories through the use of twin columns that bracket each window bay on the building's facade. The Captain Tibbals Building is a beautiful example of Port Townsend's turn-of-the-century architectural past.

The first floor of the Captain Tibbals Building originally housed a billiard parlor and saloon known as the Townsend Tavern, while the upper two floors provided furnished rooms for rent. In the early 1900s, The Call newspaper operated out of the building. Over the years, the building has housed an Egyptian theater, the Northern Pacific offices, a grocery store, a state liquor store, a florist shop, and several restaurants. Like many other downtown buildings in Port Townsend, the upper floors of the building were very much under-used for many years.

From 1925 to 1933, the upper two floors of the building were known as the Palace Hotel, affectionately nicknamed 'the Palace of Sweets' as they were operated as a brothel and hotel. During this time, the Madame of the house, Marie, occupied the corner suite on the second floor. Her room was richly decorated with plush red wallpaper and deep green woodwork, much as it is today. It had the only fireplace in the building, but it lacked a private bath as there was only one on each of the upper floors. On the third floor there were four, small interior rooms which were lighted from the large stairwell skylight, but had no outside windows. While this type of interior room was quiet common in the building of this era, in the Palace Hotel they served as 'cribs' for the 'girls'. Following an early morning raid by the sheriff in the mid 1930's, the brothel was eventually closed and Marie and the 'girls' soon left town. Such is the colorful past of this beautiful building.

A long and tedious restoration of the building began in 1976, with much of the interior renovation completed by 1977 and the exterior restoration completed by 1984. In the spring of 1984, under state and federal matching grants, major foundation repairs were made and the long missing sheet metal cornice was finally restored.

The Present
Since being renovated, the building has been home to The Palace Hotel. The hotel occupies the second and third floors, with a lovely restaurant and several specialty retailers located on the main level. The hotel features 15 charming guest rooms and suites, each still bearing the name of one of the 'girls'. Each room is uniquely furnished with antiques and collectibles, in keeping with the Victorian character of the building. Most have private baths and several have mini-kitchen facilities. With soaring windows and 14-foot ceilings, each guest room retains the flavor of century-old quality and architectural character so rarely found today. Many rooms have magnificent views of Port Townsend Bay or the historic downtown. Soak in a Jacuzzi or old-fashioned six-foot clawfoot tub featured in many of our beautifully restored rooms.

We welcome the opportunity to share this timeless quality with you.

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Innkeeper(s): John Gair and Gary Schweitzer, Manager
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- Complimentary breakfast delivered to room.

- We do accept dogs. However please call ahead to make arrangements.Well behaved children are welcome.All rooms are non-smoking.Open year round, the prices are based on Double Occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Sales tax will be added to the rates. For each extra person (12 & over) there is a charge of $10. Please inquire about our seasonal specials and rates for groups.


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