October 25, 2009 in Business

Tacoma hotel ranked sixth-best by Conde Nast Traveler readers

John Gillie (Tacoma) News Tribune
 

No hotel in such pricey and prestigious locales as San Francisco, Las Vegas, Palm Beach, Scottsdale or Seattle, not Vegas’ Bellagio, not San Francisco’s Ritz-Carlton or Seattle’s Olympic can brag of an honor equal to that given this week to Tacoma’s Hotel Murano.

The well-respected Conde Nast Traveler magazine announced this week that its readers rated the 319-room Murano as the nation’s sixth-best hotel. The readers’ rating of 93.5 total points also won the art-filled Tacoma property a place – 72nd – among the world’s 100 top travel venues.

“I think the kind of money and imagination that the owners have put into this hotel have attracted national attention to the Murano,” said the hotel’s general manager, Mark VanCooney. “But it’s the hard work and skill of the staff that have ensured that the service is up to our high standards.”

The Hotel Lusso in Spokane was rated 25th among small U.S. hotels, with a readers’ rating of 84.6.

The Coeur d’Alene Resort was ranked 70th, with a rating of 83.8, among top “mainland U.S. large resorts.”

The Hotel Murano, built as the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel as part of Cornerstone Development Co.’s Tacoma Center project in 1984, reopened as the Murano in the first quarter of 2008 after a $28 million renovation. Portland’s Provenance Hotels remodeled the hotel as a kind of art museum with sleeping rooms. The hotel’s collection of glass art in the lobby, hallways, meeting rooms and restaurants rivals many museums.

The award, said the magazine, was based on voting by more than 25,000 of the magazine’s generally well-traveled readers. Those readers rated hotels based on food and dining, location, overall design, rooms and service. For the ratings to be valid, the magazine and its contracted research firm set a minimum number of reader evaluations needed to ensure a valid and broad-based rating.

Other Northwest hotels that won high ratings were the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach, Ore. (seventh), the Fairmont Olympic in Seattle (24th), the Four Seasons in Seattle (25th), the Inn at the Market in Seattle (51st), the Hotel Deluxe in Portland (55th), and the Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie (59th).


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