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Where to stay when on-base lodging is full

DuPont and Tillicum options

The new Home2 Suites by Hilton in DuPont is convenient to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Photo courtesy Hilton

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Holidays and PCS season often find lodging at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) with no room at the inn. Whether you like your lodging brand new or historic, there are options just outside the gates of JBLM.

DuPont offers newer lodging and is close to restaurants and shops. Two hotels are located in the DuPont Station area just across Interstate 5 from the DuPont Gate, and a hotel sits right in DuPont city center.

The Home2 Suites by Hilton in DuPont is the newest hotel in the area. The ultra-modern hotel is filled with brightly colored décor. It offers suites with full kitchens, which is nice for longer stays. Amenities include a pool, fitness center and breakfast.  Hilton offers special military family rates, so make sure to ask.

Home2 Suites, 600 Station Dr., DuPont, 253.912.1000,

The Hampton Inn and Suites is also a nice option with clean modern rooms, daily breakfast and an indoor pool kids will love. It is right across from DuPont Station, which has a restaurant and Starbucks. The Hampton Inn also offers military rates.

Hampton Inn and Suites, 800 Station Dr., DuPont, 253.912.5555,

Located in the DuPont City Center is the Best Western Liberty Inn. It's a very nice hotel located within walking distance to restaurants, shops and a library.  Room rates include a full hot breakfast as well as pool and Jacuzzi.  In addition to regular rooms, the hotel offers 10 specialty suites in a variety of floorplans, some with a fireplace and Jacuzzi.

Best Western Liberty Inn DuPont, 1400 Wilmington Dr., DuPont, 877.912.8777,

For a more luxurious stay, consider lodging at Thornewood Castle. This beautiful historic home is now a bed and breakfast with luxurious rooms, but less well known is its vacation rental. This lovely two-bedroom apartment has two bedrooms and two baths as well as a full kitchen.  It sleeps six. The apartment offers views of American Lake and allows visitors access to the common rooms in the castle as well as the beautiful secret garden and landscaped grounds. Breakfast is included in the daily rates but not the weekly rates.

Thornewood Castle Bed and Breakfast, 8601 N. Thorne Lane SW, Lakewood, 253.584.4393,

With the holidays coming up, if you find yourself short on space with visiting family, consider the options right off base in DuPont and Tillicum.

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