Oh my word - this was the most fun we have had at a McMenamins! We will be back for sure. Came from PDX to celebrate our Anniversary. I am a huge Tiki Bar fan and the one here was so much fun and such great drinks and friendly staff we had to pull ourselves away. The food here and in the pub was very good, the steam buns especially and the cinnamon roll in pub was exceptional with vanilla bean cream cheese frosting! I can't say enough about the atrium room, small but didn't matter for a second cause the charm and decor was insane! This property is so clean and there is such character on the hotel floors and in the lobby and just overall. Two of the bars were not open so I can't wait to see inside those doors on next visit. Highly recommend!
Mcmenamin's places are now so ubiquitous in the Pacific NW that we tend to take them for granted - and we shouldn't. Each is a gem of historical and architectural renovation, and a breathing art gallery and performance space, and a brewpub/micro-distillery all combined. The Elks Temple (NOT "ELK" as stated above) is a renovated BPOE temple turned into the Spanish Steps of Rome imported to Tacoma. It's a marvel - such fun! We saw lots of weird art and furnishings, heard great music, enjoyed the food and drink. You will too!
I was booked in the second floor the staff saw me with very heavy suitcase and didn't ask if I was ok with taking 6 flights of stairs to get in and out of the room. The staff is very passive aggressive with strange non COVID related rules. I felt I was in the twilight zone. One security guard approached us for carrying around alcohol to our friends room and said "someone might complain you have to lose the alcohol " with his hands on his HIPS lol. Our room has a shower like those super cheap plastic ones you install. Our room the Graffiti room had loud graffiti art all over the walls... this is a no frills motel for 276 per night .
i cannot wait to stay here again. it's like staying in a museum. i can't imagine what it took to restore this magnificent building, it's beyond beautiful. the service and food was awesome, everywhere you turn there is lovely history, and the collection of lighting fixtures is beyond impressive. love this hotel, and look forward to exploring other mcmenamin properties as well. prices were surprisingly reasonable; have a great memory of a weekend with my daughter. they are also pet friendly. highly recommend.
If you’re a tourist or don’t have American citizenship do not go to that tiki bar on 1st floor. I’m a 26 year old German. I can to tacoma to visit my boyfriend for a few month. Yesterday him, his sister her boyfriend and I (we’re all well over 21) wanted to have a evening with some drinks and a good dinner so he wanted to show us this place. Since the wait at the restaurant on 4th floor was gonna take a little, we decided to grab some drinks down at 1st floor at the tiki bar. So the four of us went there got seated and got asked for our ID’s, everything super normal. I gave our waitress my German ID card (all the information on there is German AND English) and she said sorry we’re legally not allowed to take out of state ID cards and that it’s state law here in Washington if they are not translated in english (we looked it up and it definitely is not state law) I told her that is was and also showed her my drivers license to confirm my identity. She said everything was fine and left to get us our drinks. A few minutes later she showed up with no drinks and another server to look at my ID card. Showed that guy my ID card and my drivers license. He told us that it’s state law and the bar policy that they can not accept foreign ID cards but if I had a passport everything would be fine and no problem. So I walked all the way to our car which was parked 20 minutes away to go grab my passport ( which is also in German AND English), walked back to the bar and now showed them my third form on identification. The guy then told us all was good and left. A few minutes after that the waitress came back with another guy, the manager to look at all 3 of my identification forms but at that point we were over it. We sat there around 30 minutes still no drink. So we got up and left told them we’re going upstairs to the restaurant and that this was a freaking joke. The guy the said you’re not gonna get drinks in this entire buildings all the bars and restaurants here work the same. We still went upstairs got seated. Asked for our ID’s and everything was just fine. No problem at all. Our sever was great. This place is supposed to be a hotel so obviously they probably have tons of people not from the US everyday. So you’re telling me they are not allowed to order in your establishment? What about people in the US with permanent residence that do not have American citizenship? You’re telling me they can’t drink there either? I’ve been to so many bars here in the last 2 month and did not have a problem in a single one I also entered this country with my passport. How come the American government thinks my form of identification is good enough but some Tiki bar downtown doesn’t 🤦🏼♀️ All in all this was a terrible discriminating experience and I would never go back to that bar again or would suggest it to ANYONE that is not an American citizen!…