Hotel Murano, a Provenance Hotel
What We Love
- Art collection that rivals most museums', with glass pieces from close to 50 different artists
- Walkable to a rejuvenated downtown Tacoma and burgeoning museum district
- Sophisticated service standards, with the kind of flexibility usually seen in smaller operations
- Massages at Savi Day Spa
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Though downtown Tacoma is on an upswing, the neighborhood still has less dining and shopping variety than most big urban areas
- No pool, though there is a sunny fitness room open around the clock
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Like the Venetian island it was named for, Hotel Murano is all about art glass, from the 104-foot sea-green piece by Costas Varotsos out front (yes, that big oval is art) to the spindly glass chandelier hanging in the lobby. Inside the blood-red elevator, the featured artists of each floor are listed, along with an invitation for all guests to treat the whole hotel as a gallery. Rooms pop with bright colors in orange blown-glass lamps and whimsical pillows. For all the delicacy of the design, there’s family-friendliness to the property, and pets get special attention from staff
Bed and Bath
Gray walls provide balance for the rainbow of colors, and sleek beds are topped with the guest’s choice from a pillow menu that includes cushy selections from Swedish designers Adam & Viktoria. Rooms are mostly square and airy, with tech that is happily up to date: The TVs are flat-screens, and iPod docks sit next to the beds. The baths are lined in gray Carrara marble from Tuscany, making the midsize spaces cool and crisp; bath products are from Aveda.
The fourth-floor Bite restaurant is best visited on Tuesday and Thursday nights, when locally born chef Matt Stickle offers drink and appetizer specials, though the menu always features the Northwest’s best wares, such as salumi from Seattle in the charcuterie and creamy Backcountry Creamery havarti on the cheese plate. Breakfast is no less ambitious, starring a giant German pancake topped with sugar and syrup. The attached Salon Miro provides hair services, while the Savi Day Spa offers facials, wraps, massages and a signature body polish and steam treatment.
How to Get There
So many fine things - Beautiful public spaces, lovely museum-style glass collection, great lobby bar with cozy fireplace, outdoor gas fire pit, good food, convenient to Tacoma Convention Center, spectacular views of Mt. Rainier. Now it’s time to refresh the rooms, properly clean the marble bathroom floors, update worn furniture in suites, and put decent coffee in the rooms. Hey management, invest a little money and you’ll have a real gem of a hotel!
The entrance, lobby, and common areas are quite beautiful. The staff at check-in were kind and helpful. The restaurant was not bad but nothing extraordinary.
The rooms— you can tell they are trying to update and modernize. Overall the appeal is there. Unfortunately, they are overlooking something’s. The shower and shower head were not clean. My drain in both the shower and sink were molded and stained. The corners in all areas need recycled and cleaned. The a/c unit was missing a cover over the fan, which allowed all the visible dust to blown around the room every time it was on.
The bed ... ???? I had two queens and tried both beds. They both KILLED my back. I could feel the springs poking through, and the beds are extremely hard! The pillow game was strong, a good variety in the room. The bedding and sheets were good quality.
The coffee offered in room was pretty bad. I tried but couldn’t drink it.
The Hotel is gorgeous inside and out. The glass artwork throughout is breathtaking. Every floor has artwork of different artists. The prices are decently high. You are paying for the views and big rooms like you would anywhere else. Be aware: according to their policy, you will be preapproved for a $75 incidental fee for every night of your stay. I booked through Booking.com, I was not made aware of this policy until right at check-in. After already paying over $1300 for a 5-night stay in a King Corner room. The menu and coffee selections are slightly overpriced for the area. There are many restaurants down the street where I can get better food and drinks for half the price. During the week parking averages $8-$15. Unless you use Valet which is $20