When we think of Washington, Seattle is our go to spot. We had never really ventured out beyond the touristy comfort of Pike’s Market, Gas Works Park, and the Space Needle. But recently we had the opportunity to spend some time in Tacoma, a short 30-minute drive from Seattle. Little did we know that Tacoma is a city known for its world-renowned glass art that has a walkable downtown with a mix of historic architecture, urban design, and yummy restaurants!
We stumbled upon a gem in Hotel Murano, a boutique downtown Tacoma hotel that boasts incredible service and beautiful, modern style. They take great pride in Tacoma being the epicenter of the American glass art movement, as you can see by the INCREDIBLE glass art throughout the hotel. We we absolutely blown away by some of the pieces. We were especially fond of how the hotel featured artists on each floor. When you stepped out of the elevator, you would see photographs of each glass artist, possibly photographs or elements from the process, and the finished product. Fascinating!
Our room was amazing. It was spacious and had awesome views of the city with windows wrapping all around the room. The bathroom had everything we needed, including a great shower (Bobby’s favorite). Living in Southern California, we haven’t experienced much Fall weather, so really it was just so nice to have cold temperatures and a cozy bed.
Each morning we ate at Bite, their restaurant where Hotel Murano continues to showcase art, both on the walls and with the food. When you go for breakfast, indulge in the Breakfast Club or the Brioche French Toast, and maybe a Bacon Bloody Mary!
When not eating at Bite or relaxing in bed, we spent our time exploring Tacoma. Here are some of our favorites that we think you should check out:
- Museum of Glass (or just check out every floor in Hotel Murano)
- Original House of Donuts
- Point Definace Park
- Union Station
- Bridge of Glass
- Anthem Coffee
After our days exploring Tacoma, we’d perch up at the Lobby Bar and enjoy more glass art. We’re confident that you have never seen this much glass art in your life (unless you’re a glass artist). It’s crazy how many different styles there are, and how intricate some of it can be.
One of our biggest regrets about our time at Hotel Murano… not taking our dog, Sally. They are pet friendly! It would have been the paw-fect place for her to relax (hehe).
Overall, this is a great hotel in a really awesome city that most people haven’t explored. On your next trip to Seattle, carve out some time for Tacoma and stay a few nights at Hotel Murano!