We were lucky enough to be put up by the university my husband was interviewing with for a night at the Silver Cloud Inn in Tacoma. The location was so great! Our room faced the water and we saw a seal playing in front of our room. It was very clean and the staff was extremely friendly. They have a high quality continental breakfast - including danishes from the same company that makes Starbucks' pastries, as well as a waffle maker and lots of fresh fruit.
The only downside is that the train runs near the inn...I did hear it come through at night. Of course, I was not wearing the complimentary earplugs provided by Silver Cloud Inn!