Many of the Tacoma  area’s motels are strung along Pacific Highway just off I-5, many in neighboring towns of Fife and Lakewood.
Econolodge Tacoma (3100 Pacific Hwy. E, Fife, 253/922-9520 or 800/982-3781, $58 s or $64 d) has an outdoor pool for those toasty Tacoma summer days, plus a free continental breakfast. Pet owners can bring Fluffy with them for $10 more per night.
In Lakewood, Home Motel (11621 Pacific Hwy. SW, Lakewood, 253/584-1717) rents singles for $55 and doubles for $59.
In Tacoma proper, Tacoma Central Motel (1220 Puyallup Ave., 253/272-7720, $55 s, $65 d) is a modest yet pleasant lodge with kitchenettes.