Because Tacoma is at the center of U.S. glassmaking, Sondland, 50, and curator Tessa Papas filled the hotel with glass sculpture. There are 46 artists represented, from Seattle's Dale Chihuly to Greece's Costas Varotsos to Denmark's Vibeke Skov, whose glass Viking ships are seen here.
"I wanted different examples from different parts of the world - different glassmaking techniques," Papas says. "I wanted well-known artists and up-and-coming artists." Each floor of the Murano features work by a different artist, plus a portrait and biography. And the rooms, which start at about $175 a night, include sketches of the artist's inspiration process.
Click through for a peek at the creations of some of Hotel Murano's glass artisans - and a glimpse of their other themed properties, such as the Hotel Preston, where Elvis lives on.