Close to events.
UT is close to downtown and the waterfront. The Tacoma Dome is literally in the back parking lot. The parking garage is in the basement, with a locked gate at night for safety. However, the elevators had a key slot for guests to use to access the elevator service for safety, and it was never turned on during my stay. It made me a bit uncomfortable as anyone could go up to guests floors and rooms directly from the basement parking garage. In addition, at night a few sketchy people were seen hanging around the property. I realized on the 3rd day of my stay that the Homeless Shelter was about 2 blocks away, which would account for the increased number of people on foot later at night.