I never got the chance to sleep on Murano, an island in the Venetian lagoon on which medieval artists built a glass trade. Because Venice was closer to transportation connections, I opted to stay there instead. That missed opportunity has always been regretted, but I was able to correct it at a hotel dedicated to the art of glass in Tacoma.
Hotel Murano took it’s name from that island, and began life as a massive concrete Sheraton located in Tacoma’s downtown district. Its bulky, early 80’s appearance made it a perfect candidate for an upscale face lift, so the architectural team of Corso-Staicoff was chosen for the surgery. Tacoma is well known as a leader in art glass production and hosts the world’s only glass museum, so naturally the Hotel Murano’s design integrates glass throughout. Each floor in this high-rise spotlights the work of over 40 international glass artists ranging from as near as Seattle to as far away as Australia, and over the lobby float immense glass Viking long boats illustrating the Norse creation story.
I appreciated the fact that the amenities in this art focused hotel cater to left as well as right-brained people. Business travelers will find the necessities, wi-fi access and a business center, while the pleasure-seeking right-brainers will not only sleep among art but enjoy the iPod docking stations and linen draped beds. Outdoor enthusiasts will benefit from the close proximity to Mt. Rainer and Puget Sound recreational areas, while the many shops and restaurants within walking distance will be of interest to all types of travelers.
I was finally able to reach my goal and stay in Murano, but this time a lot closer to home.
For more information, http://www.hotelmuranotacoma.com