Can’t decide whether to stay in Seattle or Tacoma? Split the difference, and roll your way over to the Muckleshoot Casino Resort in Auburn for a weekend getaway of spontaneous joy. Check into a hotel for a quick overnight, or kick back a little at a B&B near the resort – now bookable with Culture Trip.
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Tacoma Downtown, an IHG Hotel
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Holiday Inn Express and Suites wants to let you in on a little secret here: Tacoma is awesome. The hotel invites you to stay right downtown and discover sites like America’s Car Museum, the Chihuly Bridge of Glass and Fort Nisqually Living History Museum from the comfort of its laid-back rooms. Blackout shades and in-room coffee makers will let you set the pace for a day of exploring the City of Destiny – after a trip to the breakfast buffet, of course.
Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston Waterfront
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A rooftop swimming pool, a 4,700sqft (437sqm) full-service spa and a private dining room with sensational views and locally sourced cuisine, all in one hotel? Yes, we could rave on and on about the Silver Cloud Hotel, but, sadly, our words could never compare to its amazing backdrop of the Puget Sound and mountain ranges, which must be gawked at in person. We advise you to book a king room, mix a drink at the wet bar and settle into the jacuzzi overlooking Commencement Bay for the ultimate experience here.
Best Western Plus Plaza by the Green
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A day on the links and a night at the casino? While Best Western Plus might be a low-key hotel, it’s quietly positioned right where you want to be. Seconds to Riverbend Golf Complex and only minutes to Muckleshoot Casino Resort, you’ll hardly spend time in your king suite. Who could blame you, though? The complimentary breakfast and Green River view will get you fueled up and ready to spend the day playing outside.
Courtyard by Marriott is a real crowd-pleaser. Aside from the fact that it’s close to Wild Waves Theme and Water Park, the Outlet Collection Seattle and Muckleshoot Casino Resort, this hotel knows how to treat its travelers. You’ll be thankful you booked, the moment you step off the free shuttle from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and spy Mount Rainier in the distance. The luxury bedding and ergonomic workstation in your spacious guest room will make you feel right at home in no time at all.
Consider Best Western Plus your babysitter if you need a parents’ night out. A double king suite with LCD TV, refrigerator and high-speed internet will keep the kids’ plenty occupied with movies, snacks and gaming. The older lot will be happy to hang out at the pool until you get back, too. Take advantage of the eight-minute cab ride to Muckleshoot Casino, and spend the night with cocktails, a bucket of coins and an audience with your favorite slot machines.
Save your money for bingo at Muckleshoot Casino when you stay at the Holiday Inn Express. This downtown Auburn abode is budget- and pet-friendly – add in the indoor pool and free breakfast, and you’re one dab away from holiday bingo. The final perk to complete your bingo call sheet? You’re right next door to the outlet mall, which also happens to have a Dave & Buster’s – if you prefer skeeball and arcade games to craps and five-card draw.
Say ciao to the Villa, an Italian-style B&B just a few blocks from Commencement Bay. While you can’t sleep in the tempting treehouse in the garden, you’ll be more than happy in either of the quiet guest rooms, appropriately named after some of the most beautiful areas in Italy. Breakfast in the plant-filled garden room is a serene start to a morning dedicated to bike rides around the Bay or a trip to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
You spend enough time on the mainland, so why not spend your holiday on an island at Lodges on Vashon? Modern design meets mother nature in this cozy lodge on Vashon Island – just a 20-minute ferry ride away from the Emerald City. Each of the four lodges is unique: from the deep soaking tub with locally made bath salts in the Courtyard King to the oversized shower with in-floor radiant heat in the Meadow King, there’s something wonderful for you here.