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“Old World Charm, New World Extras”

Chinaberry Hill - A Luxury Urban B&B Experience
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Chinaberry Hill - A Luxury Urban B&B Experience
Ranked #7 of 11 Tacoma B&B and Inns
California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Old World Charm, New World Extras”
Reviewed November 29, 2008

This B&B has fabulous breakfasts, 19th century charm, and up-to-date bedding, internet access, cable, off street parking, jazz in the period parlor. Wonderful coffee, ground with a state of the art burr grinder, great restaurant recommendations, a wonderful view of the Sound. My living quarters, upstairs in the carriage house, consisted of a little parlor, the bedroom, a quaint walk-in closet, and a large bathroom with a claw foot tub and rigged shower. It was clean and a little funky in an old fashioned way. I was perfectly comfortable there. I was on government business and was impressed that they honored the government rate.

Stayed October 2008, traveled on business
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Boulder, Co
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Reviewed November 6, 2008

Wherever we go, we always find ourselves comparing our experiences to what we get when we stay at Chinaberry Hill (this is our third visit). Beautiful rooms (the beds are super comfy!), fun décor (if you like both opulent and quirky, this is the place for you), easily the best breakfasts we’ve had anywhere – and awesome hosts. You know when you’ve found a winner – we won’t stay anywhere else when we’re in the Seattle area.

  • Liked — The beautiful decor and friendly staff!
  • Disliked — cannot honestly think of anything
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled as a couple
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kansas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 6, 2008

These people are amazing... they go above and beyond the norm to make your stay unique and personal. Sitting down to a delightful, hardy breakfast and delightful conversation with Cecil and Yarrow is a special treat.

From mints on the pillow to fresh cookies in the jar-- Chinaberry Hill has all the little touches that make a place feel like home.

My husband and I stayed for a weekend and left refreshed after relaxing in our jacuzzi tub in the carriage house, lounging in the garden (Victorian charm) and chatting with our hosts over breakfast and games.

Loved and will return again.

  • Liked — beds and hosts
  • Disliked — loved it
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
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Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed July 6, 2008

It is obvious that this B&B was very charming a long time ago, however the current owners seem happy to focus on profits and neglect the property which is generally run down. We stayed in the hayloft which appears to be the worse room there, which is probably why there are no pictures of it on their website. The bathroom is so poor that it was nearly impossible to take a shower. This room has zero charm, and should not be rented out until it is renovated, or better yet used for storage. On a positive note, Rick, their helper was great and the breakfasts were fine. If you would like a nice B&B experience, I would pass this location by until the grounds are cleaned up and some much needed painting and work are completed.

  • Liked — the breakfasts
  • Disliked — the room itself
  • Stayed May 2008, traveled with family
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Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 10, 2007

I stayed in the hayloft and enjoyed it very much. Lots of nooks and crannies and everything, and more, that one would expect to find in a hotel. Cecil has great advice on where to go, and what to do (he's basically done it all). If you do not want to drive, this is a great area to walk around, sight-see, etc... (there is nice architecture almost anywhere one looks). Awesome breakfasts. I felt very at home.

Stayed September 2007
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Sacramento
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Reviewed October 5, 2007

I stayed in Tacoma on business and after a hectic 3 days, it was a delight to stay here. Apprehensive at first for the yard looked overgrown and the house could use paint (it actually adds to the antiqueness of the place) I was thrilled with my room! The owners were lovely and very accomodating. My room was a two room retreat with a wonderful jacuzzi which worked perfectly! The bed was wonderful and there was not an amenity that they forgot! Snacks and drinks were available as well as movies for the viewing. Games, cards and wireless internet were also available. Since I needed to leave before breakfast was served, the owners packed a breakfast of my choosing for me and set the coffee maker to be ready before I departed. I couldn't have been more pleased. After a relaxing evening, using the jacuzzi, having a snack, watching TV and resting in a very comfortable bed, I went to sleep feeling like a princess. I would stay here again in a hearbeat!

Stayed October 2007
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Las Vegas NV
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2006

What wonderful retreat! The bubbly jacuzzis are so relaxing. The beds are comfortable. The breakfast is a real meal. The coffee is freshly ground and delicious. We've relaxed outside in the lovely gardens with books and played scrabble in the parlor. We've stayed in every room and each has its own charm. The first time there we watched the ships and barges from the Pantages. The carriage house is especially nice. I loved the chair and a half upstairs--very comfortable for a good read. It's so peaceful and Yarrow and Cecil are so welcoming. Try the Jelly Bath!

  • Liked — The comfort and ambiance
  • Disliked — Having to leave
  • Tips/Secrets — Try the Jelly Bath!
  • Stayed March 2006, traveled with family
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Property: Chinaberry Hill - A Luxury Urban B&B Experience
Address: 302 N Tacoma Ave, Tacoma, WA 98403-2737
Location: United States > Washington > Tacoma
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Tacoma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
* * * Bay Views ~ Fireplaces ~ Private Jacuzzis ~ Guest Cottage * * *Perched on a hill overlooking Puget Sound, this 1889 Grand Victorian Estate offers a unique mix of upscale historic Tacoma Seattle bed and breakfast accommodations. Chinaberry Hill - A Luxury Urban B&B Experience has been featured in several publications, including Amazing Getaways, Best Places to Kiss Northwest, Best Places Northwest, Coastal Living, Conde Nast Traveler, Fodors, Frommers, Sunset Magazine, Travel & Leisure, and many others. "This is one groovy place... better-than-restored with decor that's bold, eclectic, opulent and inviting. A delightful place with secluded garden, hilltop privacy, yet great urban access." --- The Unofficial Guide to Bed & Breakfasts in the Northwest Chinaberry Hill - A Luxury Urban B&B Experience is a Top 10 Frommers pick for both hotels and b&bs in the entire state of Washington. Listed on the National Historic Register, the inn offers retro Victorian ambiance and coffee house cool. Downtown Tacoma shops and theaters, waterfront restaurants and Antique Row are just a few blocks from this remarkable garden retreat. Great breakfasts! ... more   less 
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