June 3, 2021 was a long time coming for the newest hotel in the area.
The Silver Cloud Hotel Tacoma at Point Ruston Waterfront marked its opening day on Thursday.
Consider this his smooth grand opening. Reservations are being taken now, but the hotel is operating at half capacity, with a larger launch planned for later this year, according to Justine Kunz, the hotel’s director of sales and marketing.
“The hotel will be fully open and operating with all of our offered amenities from early to mid-fall of this year,” Kunz told the News Tribune in a phone interview Thursday. “So we hope to do more of a big celebration and big plans at that time.
“But in the meantime, we are very humbled and delighted to be able to make a smooth opening today.”
The hotel, 5125 Grand Loop in Ruston, overlooks Commencement Bay and the Olympic and Cascade Ranges. Construction began in 2017 and has seen various forms of development since then.
The hotel’s 194 rooms offer an assortment of waterfront and Point Ruston “village” views, according to its website.
Hotel amenities include a rooftop pool and its Serene Spa, which will open this fall. The spa will offer 4,700 square feet of “private massage rooms, saunas and an expansive relaxation lounge,” according to the hotel’s website.
“Our full-service day spa will pamper you with natural botanicals, aromatherapy, and Northwest-inspired treatments,” he noted.
Conference facilities include a 5,400 square foot Grand Ballroom and an outdoor terrace. There’s also a 3,000 square foot fitness center.
A restaurant and bar, Copper & Salt Northwest Kitchen, is set to open later this month. It will offer both indoor and outdoor seating.
The hotel itself was scheduled to open in late winter 2019 or early spring 2020, but was pushed back to this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and construction delays.
A year ago, hotel officials told the weekly roundtable hosted by the Tacoma-Pierce County Economic Development Council that the 2020 opening would be delayed about six months due to constraints. construction procurement involving Southeast Asia and Europe.
“We have just been truly touched, encouraged and inspired by all the support from our local community and partners,” Kunz said during the 2020 update.
A year later, another factor aggravating the delays is the current labor shortage plaguing the hotel and hospitality industry.
“It wasn’t the absolute factor, but I would say it was definitely a contributor,” Kunz said Thursday. “We are in a privileged position since we are such a local company in western Washington and Portland that we can leverage some of our team members. We were therefore fortunate that some of our partner hotels dedicated certain members of their team to help us with the opening preparations.
The Silver Cloud is the latest upscale hotel to go live in Tacoma. The Murano Hotel reopened in late April and the Marriott Tacoma Downtown opened in November while the pandemic was still in full swing, giving the city many more rooms than before the pandemic.
The new Silver Cloud is Tacoma’s second, with the original at 2317 N. Ruston Way. The company has a total of 10 hotels in Washington State and one in Portland, Oregon.
News Tribune’s Drew Perine contributed to this report.
This story was originally published June 3, 2021 12:09 p.m.