The Swan Hotel

The Swan Hotel is a prominent feature near Point Hudson Marina. It’s three stories high, painted forest green with white balconies, a widow’s walk, and an outside staircase. Staring at it against a blue sky dotted with clouds one can almost picture its former life as a Coast Guard facility, and the men who dedicated their lives to the sea, moving about the balconies.

For boaters who want a night ashore, The Swan Hotel is situated perfectly. It is steps away from the marina (and their boat), across the street from the Northwest Maritime Center, and part of the charming downtown Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, Washington.

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The Swan Hotel Rooms & Amenities

The hotel has 13 rooms in total. Nine cozy guest rooms include ground floor studios ($135-$150), deluxe ground floor studios ($144-$166), deluxe premium view studios ($162-$180), and the penthouse, which can accommodate up to 8 and has a full kitchen is only booked by calling the hotel. All of the rooms have a queen bed, with the exception of penthouse’s king bed, and have a private bath, desk, casual chair, microwave, refrigerator, DVD player (movies are available in the lobby), high definition TV, and complimentary coffee and tea. The premium view rooms and penthouse have the best views over the marina.

Next to the hotel are a row of matching private standard and deluxe cottages ($153-$185) with brightly colored Adirondack chairs surrounded by lush vegetation. They have a queen bed with the same amenities, and the deluxe cottages have a gas fireplace and jetted soaking tub.

Tip: There are discounts for AAA/CAA/AARP members.

Tip: If you want a view of the marina request a Premium View Studio A7 or A8, or the Penthouse.

Tip: The Ground Floor Studio rooms and Cottage 4 are dog-friendly ($20 nightly fee).


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The Swan Hotel Review

Check-in for my deluxe premium view studio room was easy and the attendant very friendly and helpful. She brought out a map and highlighted restaurants and other sights that might be of interest during my stay. She also pointed out there was a guest computer, movies to check out for in-room use, and a selection of coffee, tea, and fruit.

The marine-themed room was very inviting and the bed cozy. The French doors faced the water and shared porch, so if one wanted, they could lounge in the bed and still have a partial view of the water. On the desk was a small welcome basket with a map, snacks, and water. It also had a comfy chair, a microwave, refrigerator and coffee/tea set up. And, in the bathroom, custom blended foaming bath salts.

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Each cottage has a stone patio and Adirondack chairs.

The Swan Hotel Highlights

Location: The Swan Hotel is in a prime location as its close to the docks and town. Port Townsend is a destination that is not to be missed. It has lots of historic buildings, great restaurants, and shops, including The Rose Theater, a movie theater where you can order food and have a glass of wine, cider or beer. If you want to dine near the hotel, there is Shanghai Chinese, Hudson Point Cafe, Doc’s Marina Grill on the other side of the marina, and Velocity Coffee House is across the street at the Northwest Maritime Center.

Friendly Staff: I’m partial to small boutique hotels because of the personalized attention, and that was the case here. The staff was super friendly and helpful at both check-in and check-out.

Comfort: I thoroughly enjoyed my lodgings and lounging in the Adirondack chairs on the shared porch and watching the activity in the marina and the ferry crossing Admiralty Inlet.

The Bed: The older I get, the less I’m able to sleep well in other beds. I had a great night’s sleep at The Swan Hotel and woke up ready to enjoy my morning tea on the porch.



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The hotel lobby was built for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle.

The Swan Hotel Cool Facts

Over the years, the main building has had many purposes including housing personnel for the Coast Guard at Point Hudson and during the 1800s it was a quarantine site for sailors. In 1889, the four cottages housed railway workers near the Port Townsend Paper Mill. The hotel lobby was built for the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle to showcase the “house of the future,” which was the modular home.

If you regularly visit Port Townsend, you might already be familiar with this small 13-room boutique hotel. What you might not know is that The Swan Hotel is rated TripAdvisor’s #2 rated Port Townsend accommodation. Number one is a block away and its sister lodging The Bishop Victorian Hotel.


Check out our other Port Townsend articles.

Lara Dunning

Lara Dunning is a member of the Waggoner Cruising Guide team and has made one trip up the Inside Passage to Ketchikan, AK. She is enthusiastic about small town living, and you can read more about her discoveries at Small Town Washington. She has been published in Bainbridge Island Magazine, Experience Anacortes, Northwest Travel & Life Magazine,, and Whidbey Life Magazine.

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