Hotel Murano Review (Tacoma, WA)

Recently I was invited to attend opening night of How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular at the Tacoma Dome. Since I had out-of-town visitors coming with me to the show, we decided to make it a true vacation (for them) and staycation (for me).

The Hotel Murano was able to make accomodations for us to have a King Suite w/adjoining double room for the night. In case you’re not familiar with Tacoma, this is the Hotel Murano. You can easily spot it from pretty much anywhere in downtown Tacoma.

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Hotel Murano is one of the five boutique Provenance hotels that showcase the city’s local culture. It is also a Conde Nast Reader’s Choice Hotel. In the spirit of being a Tacoma Washington hotel, the Hotel Murano houses a collection of glass that stands up to the country’s finest.

If I had to use just one word to describe the Hotel Murano, I would have to chose the word “gorgeous”. I’d never stayed there before, but just from browsing at the pictures on their website, I knew we were in for a treat.

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From the moment you walk through the doors of the Hotel Murano you are greeted with friendly smiles and breathtaking views & art. The hotel has a very modern feel to it and it shows in everything from the lobby to the smallest details in the rooms while still maintaining a warm and inviting vibe.

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Since we visited in December, we had the chance to enjoy the beautifully decorated Christmas tree on display in the lobby. We got all checked in and were given everything we need, including suggestions on things to see and do in Tacoma the next day.

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We had a hard time tearing ourselves away from oohing and ahhing everything in the lobby, but were eager to get to our rooms and relax. We headed up the elevator, room keys in hand, and before we knew it we were on the 17th floor.

So far we were completely impressed with everything we had seen, but nothing had prepared us for the awesomeness that we would find in our rooms.

The King Suite was amazing. It had a large bedroom with a King sized bed that was made up so beautifully and so soft that you thought you’d died and gone to heaven. I absolutely loved the red lamps too!

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The bedroom had many other amenities such as a a private bath…

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complete with soft robes hanging up behind the door.

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There was also a large screen TV for watching TV while laying in bed. The view from this room was gorgeous, especially at night.

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I could’ve stayed in the bedroom and been completely happy, but there was so much more to see. Outside this room there was a long hallway with framed art decorating the walls.

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Next we found the 2nd bathroom located in the King Suite. It was just as beautiful as the one in the bedroom. And we were incredibly grateful to have an extra bathroom since there were 5 of us getting ready the next morning.

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At the end of the hallway, we found a spacious living room with couches, chairs, table, large screen TV & DVD player, microwave, fridge, coffee pot and more. The views from the living room were breathtaking and we spent a lot of time just gazing out at the city.

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Since we had booked adjoining rooms, we also had a double room located right next door. The first thing you noticed in the room was how comfortable the beds looked.

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Although we were all pretty tired, we wanted to enjoy everything in our hotel rooms, so it didn’t take us long to get settled. Beto quickly claimed the couch and connected to the hotel’s Wi-fi.

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And Brissia claimed one of the 3 TV’s that we had and kicked back on one of the beds to relax.

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Their kids had fun exploring the rooms, watching TV, spreading their toys out and playing in the living room and later we all gathered in the living room for a late-night movie. It was the perfect way to end the day. When the movie ended, said goodnight to the city and headed to bed.

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As you can imagine, the beds were amazingly soft and comfortable and piled with pillows. I love pillows and sleep with as many as I can get away with and the beds at the Hotel Murano did not disappoint.

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I forgot to snap a picture of it, but they also had a pillow menu in the room where you could “order” the pillows you like – body pillows, etc. We didn’t use it, but I thought it was a really nice touch and shows how much importance they put on making your stay as comfortable as possible.

After a long night’s sleep, we woke up the next morning and lounged around. Everyone did their own thing for a while – either watching TV, having a light breakfast and I even set up my laptop and got some work done before it was time to get ready.

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Check out time was at 11 that morning, so around 9:30 we finally started getting ready. Luckily, we had 3 bathrooms to share between the 5 of us. One thing about the bathrooms that I especially loved were the sinks. The modern design fit the decor of the room perfectly.

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The hotel room had pretty much everything we needed. Since we were only staying one night, we didn’t end up using a lot of it, but it was nice to see that it was available if we needed it.

We loved staying at the Hotel Murano so much that we didn’t want to check out. We honestly enjoyed every minute of our stay and I can’t wait to get the chance to come back again.

Before we left, I snapped one final picture of Beto, Brissia, Danna and Edith who made the trip up from Oregon to Tacoma at the last minute to join me for a fun couple of days.

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Whether you’re a local like me, or visiting Tacoma one day in the future, I highly recommend the Hotel Murano. You will love your stay and all that the hotel has to offer. My only regret is that we didn’t have a lot of time to explore all the art located in the hotel, but the little bit that we did see was absolutely beautiful.

Check out the Hotel Murano website for more information on booking a stay here. They have a variety of special offers – even for locals like me – that you are sure to find one that works for you.

Be sure to follow them on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Instagram to stay up-to-date on all the latest news and to see more photos.

I received a complimentary stay at the Hotel Murano for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular + Discount Code (Dec 6-9 at Tacoma, WA)

How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular will be rolling into Tacoma, WA in just a few short weeks and I will be there to witness the action on opening night!

Inspired by the hit movie How To Train Your Dragon, this live event is a never-before-seen production featuring more than a dozen dragons, some with wingspans of up to 46 feet, Viking warriors and world-class circus artists and acrobats combined with a heartwarming story that truly delivers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the entire family.

The more I read about how huge this production is and how much goes into making the show happen, the more I want to see it. Check out this video to learn more about How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular.

Go to to purchase tickets and for other ticket information. You can use discount code MOM to save 25% off your ticket purchase for Thursday & Friday night shows!

I received show tickets for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

Interview with Simeon Hanks, Ensemble Skater in Disney on Ice presents Dare To Dream

I had the chance to interview Simeon Hanks, an ensemble skater with Disney on Ice, and get a glimpse at what life is like for an ice skater. He also gave a sneak peek at what I can expect from Disney on Ice presents Dare To Dream this weekend!

What is your name & age? How long have you been skating?

Hello, My name is Simeon Hanks and I’m 32 years old. I’ve been skating for 26 years.

What is your favorite part of skating for Disney on Ice?

The favorite part of skating with Disney on ice is traveling around the world, being able to wear amazing costumes, and making people smile and laugh everyday!

What can people expect when they go to see Disney on Ice Dare to Dream?

When people come to see Dare to Dream expect a high flying, spell binding spectacle unlike no other!

What’s a typical day like for a Disney on Ice skater?

A day in my life as a Disney on Ice skater is pretty normal. I enjoy sightseeing, eating at great restaurants, and going shopping. I really enjoy vintage clothing stores.

What advice would you give to kids or teens who would like to be professional ice skaters?

My advice for kids and teens who would like to join Disney on Ice, would be go for it. It’s an adventure like no other, lots of hard work and determination. But, so rewarding to be able to dance behind Mickey Mouse every night!!! 😉

If you are in the Seattle area, be sure to get your tickets for this fast because the last day to see it is Sunday, November 11th.

Ticket Information

Kent’s ShoWare Center:

Wednesday, 11/7 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, 11/8 – 7:30 pm
Friday, 11/9 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, 11/10 – 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, 11/11 – 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Tickets prices for Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream range from $18 – $70 plus Kids tickets (ages 2-12) will be available for only $12 each on selected seats at the following shows:

Kent: Thurs 7:30pm, Fri 7:30pm, Sat 11:30am, Sun 11:30am and Sun 7:30pm

Tickets are available for purchase online at, charge by phone for ShoWare Center at 877.973.9613 or in-person at the box office. For more information see

You can check out this post to learn more about the show.

I received tickets to Disney on Ice presents Dare To Dream. All opinions are my own.

Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream (Kent, WA – Nov 7-11)

This weekend I have tickets to see Disney On Ice Dare To Dream and…




Okay, so maybe I’m a little older than the average fan, but seriously what girl doesn’t love to see Disney Princesses? And Prince Charming? And ice skating? I mean, come on! If you were me, you would be freaking out too.

The best part is that I get to take some really special people to the show, including 2 little girls who are going to be over the moon when they see Rapunzel, Princess Tiana and Cinderella!

If you’re in the Seattle/Tacoma area, you should definitely make a point to see Disney on Ice Dare To Dream before it rolls out of town. Forever.

About the show

Join a celebration of royal proportions when Rapunzel, Tiana and Cinderella star in Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream! Experience Disney’s hilarious hair-raising escapade, Tangled, as Rapunzel, her unlikely companion, Flynn, and Maximus, embark on an uproarious journey that takes adventure to new lengths!

Boogie to the beat of the bayou with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen in a magical, musical journey that all begins with a fateful kiss.

And fanciful dreams become reality as Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, with a glass slipper fit for an unforgettable fantasy come true.

All your favorite princesses take to the ice in a spectacular finale at the ultimate Disney Princess event of a lifetime!

Experience the beauty, sparkle, and spirit when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream comes to your hometown!

Watch the promo below to see more:

Ticket Information

Kent’s ShoWare Center:

Wednesday, 11/7 – 7:30 pm
Thursday, 11/8 – 7:30 pm
Friday, 11/9 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, 11/10 – 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm
Sunday, 11/11 – 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Tickets prices for Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream range from $18 – $70 plus Kids tickets (ages 2-12) will be available for only $12 each on selected seats at the following shows:

Kent: Thurs 7:30pm, Fri 7:30pm, Sat 11:30am, Sun 11:30am and Sun 7:30pm

Tickets are available for purchase online at, charge by phone for ShoWare Center at 877.973.9613 or in-person at the box office. For more information see

Tour Schedule

If you’re not in the Seattle area, not to worry! There are still lots of dates left on the tour schedule so check it out to see when Disney on Ice presents Dare To Dream is coming to your city.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Pacific National Exhibition: Nov 21 – Nov 25
Boise, Idaho, Taco Bell Arena: Nov 29 – Dec 02
Denver, Colorado, Pepsi Center: Dec 06 – Dec 09
Los Angeles, California, STAPLES Center: Dec 12 – Dec 16
Anaheim, California, Honda Center: Dec 18 – Dec 23
Ontario, California, Citizens Business Bank Arena: Dec 26 – Dec 30
Long Beach, California, Long Beach Arena: Jan 03 – Jan 06
Phoenix, Arizona, US Airways Center: Jan 09 – Jan 13
Las Vegas, Nevada, Thomas & Mack Center: Jan 16 – Jan 20
San Diego, California, Valley View Casino Center: Jan 23 – Jan 27
Fresno, California, Selland Arena at Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center: Jan 30 – Feb 04
Stockton, California, Stockton Arena: Feb 07 – Feb 10
Sacramento, California, Sleep Train Arena: Feb 13 – Feb 18
San Jose, California, HP Pavilion at San Jose: Feb 20 – Feb 24
Oakland, California, ORACLE Arena: Feb 27 – Mar 03
Salt Lake City, Utah, EnergySolutions Arena: Mar 06 – Mar 10
Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena: Apr 04 – Apr 07


For for information be sure to visit

I received tickets to Disney on Ice presents Dare To Dream. All opinions are my own.