There are reports that hotel rooms 302, 304 and 306 are frequented by two resident ghosts. There is reportedly a monk who hung himself in the castle’s attic. To this day, people can still hear the footsteps of the monk in the attic. The other ghost is that of a young lady who had been waiting for her beloved to return from war. When she heard the news that her beloved died in the war, she threw herself out of the window and fell to her death.
In the café, which was once the chapel, drinking would spontaneously explode even when they are on the hands of servers. Empty glasses would also turn upside down on their own.
The castle was built in 1892 as the home of Charles Eisenbeis and his wife Kate. Mr. Eisenbeis was a prominent member of the Port Townsend business community. He had various business endeavors which included a bank, hotel, brewery, bakery, lumber works and brickworks. Eisenbeis was elected as the town’s first mayor. Manresa Castle was the largest residence in Port Townsend during that time. It had 30 rooms and was called the Eisenbeis Castle. German artisans installed finely crafted woodwork and tiled fireplaces. When Charles died in 1902, Kate remarried and the house was left abandoned.
In 1925 an attorney bought the property and made it a vacation house for nuns who are teaching students in Seattle. However, this did not work out quite well and the castle became a training college for Jesuits. In 1968, the castle was converted into a hotel and was renamed the Manresa Castle.
The stately Manresa Hotel was designed to resemble a castle. Aside from providing well-appointed rooms and suites for guests, Manresa Castle also has romantic gardens and banquet halls which will make your wedding day one of a kind. Many couples have exchanged their vows in Manresa and all of them are pleased with the excellent service and great planning which the staff has provided them on their special day. There are ceremonies and reception venues for both intimate gatherings and large parties. The Banquet Room can accommodate 80 guests at a sit-down dinner.
Castle Key Seafood and Restaurant offer guests the best of Northwest recipes with fresh and local seafood. They also serve mouth-watering steaks. The Castle Key Seafood and Restaurant is open for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday.
Things to Do
Port Townsend is a place that has a festival or celebration almost every weekend so you will never run out of things to do. If you enjoy nature and hiking, there are several trails along the waterfront. Fort Worden State Park has beach trails and a forest that everyone can explore. Port Townsend has two wineries that offer wine tasting to guests.
The Sorenson Cellars and the FairWinds Winery will delight guests, as well as the Port Townsend Brewing Company. The Victorian seaport of Port Townsend has a historic downtown district. You can take a stroll by the boats and then stop at the Key City Fish Company. It is an old-style fish market that specializes in local seafood. People who are interested in marine life can go to Marine Science Center where they can go on whale watching tours. Guests can also bring their golf clubs along when visiting the castle. The Port Townsend Golf Club is a 100-year old course that is friendly to both advanced players and beginners in golf.
- Courtyard view rooms start at $109
- Water view rooms start at $119
- Suites start at $169
- Deluxe suites start at $189
- Tower suites start at $229