The best Tacoma hotels are found in the downtown area, but there is an array of places to stay in Tacoma, including some surprisingly luxurious spots perhaps not even known about by many natives—like the Thornewood Castle in Lakewood! Whether you want just your average cheap or mid-range hotel, a bed and breakfast, or the full luxurious experience, Tacoma can accommodate (and is a lot cheaper than staying in comparable hotels in Seattle).
Downtown Tacoma Hotels
Many of the best Tacoma hotels, much like the best restaurants, are found in downtown Tacoma. This area allows you to have convenient access to many different parts of town, the top attractions in the area, and some really great views of the water and mountains!
- Hotel Murano -You can’t go wrong with Hotel Murano if you want a great location and upscale surroundings. An art collection, fitness center, and business center are just some of the highlights here. The rooms feature artistic touches and interesting design and there are suites as well. Hotel Murano is home to Bar960 and Bite, a restaurant that's a great lunch or dinner spot.
- Courtyard by Marriott - Located right across from the Tacoma Convention Center, this hotel is ideal if you are in Tacoma on business, but also great if you are here and want to stay a notch above the usual hotels. A salon and day spa, an onsite café (with breakfast) and business services are just some of the perks to staying here. This hotel is smoke-free.
- Best Western Tacoma Dome Hotel - This is your best bet for an affordable downtown Tacoma lodging option. It is located a little bit out of the central part of downtown, but you can easily catch the Link light rail, walk, or drive the minute or two drive to downtown. Tacoma Dome station is close by, which has buses that link you to the entire region, as well as a large parking garage that's free for day use.
Tacoma Waterfront Hotels
- Silver Cloud Inn - There is just one option for a place to stay right on the water in Tacoma and that is the Silver Cloud Inn. Every room here has a water view and they all are nonsmoking rooms. Free breakfast and a local shuttle are two other pluses, but the best is being able to stroll the attractive Waterfront or enjoy the nearby restaurants.
North Tacoma Hotels
North Tacoma is curiously devoid of hotels, but you will find many bed and breakfasts in this part of town. These are ideal if you are visiting your child at the University of Puget Sound or UW – Tacoma, or are staying in town and want to be close to the Waterfront. Most of the bed and breakfasts here are concentrated near the Stadium District. The Silver Cloud on the Waterfront (above) is not far from most of North Tacoma.
Bed and Breakfasts in this part of town include: Branch Colonial House, Geiger Victorian Bed and Breakfast, Plum Duff House, The Villa Bed and Breakfast, Chinaberry Hill and Dresden Rose Inn.
North Tacoma also has a few excellent properties on AirBnB that get good reviews.
Thornewood Castle is by far Tacoma's most unique lodging choice. It's a 500-year-old Tudor mansion that was shipped over from England and reconstructed just outside of Tacoma. For a romantic choice, it's difficult to beat this retreat from modern life with its expansive English gardens and gothic appeal. The castle functions as a bed and breakfast as well.
Hotels Near Tacoma Mall (South Tacoma)
The Tacoma Mall area is great if you don’t want to deal with the expense of parking in downtown. If you enjoy shopping, the Tacoma Mall is a mid-size mall with a good range of stores and lots of nearby restaurants. These hotels also offer easy freeway access.
Hotels on Hosmer Street (South Tacoma)
The Hosmer hotels range from low-end to middle range. If you are out for simple, straight-forward lodging with few frills, look to the HomeTowne Studios, Econo Lodge, or Motel 6, while Holiday Inn Express and Holiday Inn Tacoma Mall are the best hotels in this part of town. The Hosmer hotels are best if you need reasonable costs, or access to Joint Base Lewis McChord as the freeway is close.