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Silver Cloud Inn Tacoma - Waterfront 3.0

Tacoma, Washington, United States

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  • Pretty waterfront location near a handful of restaurants
  • Bright rooms, many with sea views and some with fireplaces or whirlpools
  • All rooms include flat-screen TVs and air-conditioning
  • Free buffet breakfast features gluten-free options 
  • Small gym has cardio equipment
  • Free guest laundry room with washer and dryer
  • Meeting room for up to 12 people
  • Free shuttle bus in the local area every 30 minutes
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Seasonal boat trips from the dock


  • Away from Tacoma's downtown core
  • Train noise in rooms nearest the road can be disruptive
  • No restaurant on-site and not many options nearby
  • Some rooms lack sea views

Bottom Line

Three-pearl Silver Cloud Inn is a decent base for travelers who don't mind being just outside the thick of the action in central Tacoma. Sitting right on the waterfront, it's a five- to 10-minute drive from Tacoma's downtown attractions -- and there's a handy free shuttle bus too. Many of the 90 rooms have great sea views, while Premier Kings have dual-aspect windows and in-room whirlpools. It's a place with a lot of useful little touches, such as gluten-free items at the free breakfast buffet, a free guest laundry room, and a weekly evening reception with drinks and snacks. However, train noise can be an issue. Travelers seeking a more central location and a modern finish should consider Hotel Murano in the city center, though rates will be higher.

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Laid-back coastal hotel perched right on the water, with a wraparound boardwalk

Silver Cloud Inn is something of a rarity in this part of town, and sits on stilts right over the waters of Commencement Bay. It's wedged between two parks, and the location alone is a selling point (so long as you don't mind a drive to most noteworthy sights). The bright lobby makes an attractive, if simple, first impression, with comfortable sofas and sea views on either side. It's a shame that the the rear of the ground floor is used as a parking garage, so the best views aren't available from the shared spaces. However, the wraparound boardwalk behind the parking lot has seating and fantastic vistas over Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains. There are few features here, and most guests use it as a laid-back place to unwind at night. Expect to see mostly couples, who are encouraged to mingle at weekly cocktail gatherings. 


Waterfront location, a five-minute drive to shopping and central Tacoma attractions

Silver Cloud Inn Tacoma is located outside of Tacoma's downtown hub and right on the waterfront, with great views of Puget Sound and Commencement Bay. It's on Ruston Way which is a main road that runs along the coast into town. The neighborhood is largely residential, but there are a handful of good restaurants within a 10-minute walk, as well as some pretty waterfront parks. Shopping and dining in the Proctor District is a five-minute drive from the hotel. The Stadium District, with its historic buildings and indie boutiques, is also about five minutes away by car. Driving to attractions downtown, like the Museum of Glass and the Tacoma Art Museum again takes about five minutes. The hotel runs a free shuttle around the local area. Point Defiance is a 10-minute drive, for the zoo and aquarium, plus Owen Beach. Getting to the airport is simplest by car, and the journey takes about 30 minutes.


Bright rooms with free Wi-Fi -- many with sea views, and some featuring in-room whirlpools

Cream walls and oak furniture create a bright, coastal feel in the rooms, which is appropriate as most have at least partial sea views. Just keep in mind that sea views aren't universal. In our opinion, it's worth splashing out on Premier King Jacuzzi Rooms, which have dual-aspect windows with in-room whirlpools beside them. All rooms include useful efficiency kitchenettes with sinks, coffeemakers, microwaves, and mini-fridges, plus large 55-inch flat-screen TVs, air-conditioning, safes, irons, and free Wi-Fi. Suites add separate living rooms with fireplaces. Bathrooms are done in simple cream and white decor, with shower/tub combos, generous counter space, Aveda products, and hairdryers. Keep in mind that while most rooms do stay quiet, train noise can be a major issue throughout the night, particularly in rooms at the front of the hotel. If you want a quieter night, it's best to pay for rooms farther out over the water.


Free buffet breakfast, small gym, waterfront picnic tables, and a free shuttle bus downtown

Features aren't too numerous here, but what's on offer does add convenience to a stay (despite there being no lunch or dinner service on-site). The hotel serves a free buffet breakfast that includes gluten-free items, plus a good spread of hot and cold dishes. Room service is available from a local restaurant and there are picnic tables on the deck overlooking the water. There's a small fitness room with some cardio equipment and dumbbells, plus water and towels. Business guests can make use of the meeting room, which seats up to 12, and there's a PC in the lobby with a printer. Wi-Fi is free throughout. The hotel throws a weekly evening reception with free drinks and snacks that's a nice way to socialize at this otherwise sedate property. A shuttle bus to downtown attractions and the local area runs every 30 minutes. The guest laundry room is free to use, and the front desk can arrange dry cleaning services. Seasonal boat trips run from the hotel's dock. 

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2317 N. Ruston Way, Tacoma, Washington 98402-5303, United States

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