Unlike Seattle, its larger neighbor, Tacoma has a small-town vibe that is reflected in its luxury hotel community. Most of the city's high-end hotels, which are a bit of a rarity, are small and traditional. Bed and breakfasts in the area are some of the most luxurious accommodations you will find, and you might need to look just outside of the city to find an upscale hotel to your liking.
Frommer's Travel Guide says "this grand Victorian home has luxurious guest rooms and commanding views of Puget Sound and Commencement Bay." Located in downtown Tacoma, the hotel is near the waterfront and Antique Row, and five miles from the Tacoma Dome and the University of Puget Sound. This bed and breakfast serves a multi-course gourmet breakfast each morning, complete with Starbucks coffee. Rooms come with antique, claw-foot soaking tubs or Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, poster beds and feng shui design elements.
Downtown's Hotel Murano offers a variety of room classes decorated with urban, chic decor. Reflecting Tacoma's glass-loving culture, each of the hotel's floors pays tribute to a different glass artist. The two-floor lobby houses an art collection, an octopus-like chandelier, white terrazzo flooring and modern lighting. The restaurant, Bite, features an extensive menu of traditional fare with a contemporary twist. Savi Day Spa offers aesthetic and therapeutic treatments, like hot stone massages, manicures and pedicures, scrubs and microdermabrasion. The hotel also has a hair salon. Conde Nast Traveler named the hotel to its 2010 Gold List.
Thornewood Castle Inn and Gardens
This 27,000-square-foot Gothic Tudor-style mansion was built in 1908 and has hosted Presidents Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt. Guests can swim, fish or boat on the American Lake, where the hotel is located. Antique furnishings, medieval stained-glass window insets and a half-acre sunken perennial English garden give the bed and breakfast a historic charm. The hotel has a hand-tiled lakeside porch, ping-pong table, lawn games and a great hall with piano. The hotel does not allow children under 12, pets, or non-guests on the grounds. Stephen King fans might recognize the home: The miniseries "Rose Red" was filmed here. The inn is 12 miles south of Tacoma in Lakewood.
Silver Cloud Inns and Hotels
Tacoma's only waterfront hotel, the Silver Cloud Inn is two miles from the Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass in the Old Town community. All of the 90 rooms have a view of the water, as the hotel extends out over Commencement Bay. The seasonal boat dock and waterfront walking pier are parallel to the hotel. Silver Cloud also has a fitness and business center. Complimentary breakfast is available each morning.
Steps from the shores of Gig Harbor Bay, the Maritime Inn offers rooms with Pima cotton bedding, air-jetted tubs and flat-screen televisions. Each individually designed room has a handcrafted wooden nameplate on the door, gas fireplace and view of the water. Some rooms have private decks with patio furniture. The hotel is just over eight miles northwest of Tacoma.