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Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier
zeppyblimp from: Silver Spring, Maryland
Published Date: Nov, 24, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Mt. Rainier? You must stay here!
Mt. Rainier towers right over this grand hotel. All other accommodations are miles away. But here you see the mountain all the time (weather permitting) and you can leave your car in the parking lot because great hikes start from your front door. The staff is friendly and helpful. The Great Hall is beautiful. Keep in mind, though, that there are no elevators anywhere and that the rooms with shower and toilet are in the section of the hotel called the “Annex.” These Annex rooms are clean, comfortable, and attractively furnished – after extensive renovations completed in May 2019. Some of them face Mt. Rainier while others face the Tatoosh Range. Hint for seniors: we reserved Annex rooms 7 months in advance on-line, then immediately called up and asked for the THIRD FLOOR, which is on the same level as the lobby of the main hotel and connected to it by an indoor walkway. From the car to the room without stairs.
ed1 from: london
Published Date: Nov, 2, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
We arrived relatively late. The 3 hour drive from Seattle was simply stunning. We drove through miles and miles of pine forest without seeing a soul. We then emerged into the alpine scenery and our jaws dropped when we saw mirror lake. We didn’t get to the inn until about 7pm and found a parking spot right in front of the inn. I’d booked all my accommodation months ago and so was a bit alarmed when they couldn’t find my reservation. I didn’t fancy that wonderful 3 hour drive down a mountain in the dark! No problem, the receptionist said, we hold a room back just in case of such emergencies. They had no internet for me to check my email but she helpfully said I could get it at the visitor centre. I checked and there was no confirmation. I have no idea what went wrong. Before each stay I’d double checked the reservation, I was so comfortable with the rest of our trip working so smoothly that I didn’t bother for our last night. In a way I’m glad I didn’t as we wouldn’t have driven all that way and stayed at such a wonderful place.
The room we were allocated was right behind reception, so very easy to get to. I didn’t think we were in any position to be fussy, but we didn’t need to be. The room was perfect. I thought it might be noisy but it was one of the quietest of our stay. I think we lucked out as I thought I’d reserved an annex room and those sound like they are much smaller.
We ate dinner and breakfast in the dining room. This was probably the low point. Encouraged by the excellent cooking in the PNW I was expecting something good from my salmon, but it was virtually cremated, as was the dried out tinned sweet corn that accompanied it. No idea how a kitchen can produce something quite so dreadful. Our server was wonderful though. Breakfast was tolerable. The coffee shop was very good with nice table to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine and views.
We took a wonderful walk the next day. The sun was shining and the scenery simply gorgeous.
I absolutely loved mount rainier and the paradise inn. I think it helped that we arri
- Rooms: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Daveflyer98023 from: Federal Way, Washington
Published Date: Oct, 29, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Great lodging -- WARNING when making reservations!
Warning: Users who book reservations for lodging within the National Parks system should be aware of the “fine print” on the non-government "National Parks Reservations" website – noting that they charge a 10% nonrefundable “service fee” for all reservations. This is a private travel service – it is NOT affiliated with the National Park Service. Other than a tiny notice in light gray italic font on their home page denoting the 10% fee, there is no other notification either in their reservation request form nor in their confirmation email. You won’t even know that you were charged the 10% fee until you get your next credit card statement. For most lodging at National Parks, there are other websites that provide DIRECT RESERVATIONS through the government-contracted vendors for the lodging – that do not charge this 10% fee.
- Value: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
alans747 from: Kahului
Published Date: Oct, 25, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
nice lunch spot
While touring the park we stopped for lunch at the Paradise Inn and enjoyed a nice meal. It was convenient and the service good... The building itself is impressive.being constructed of huge logs. Parking is a problem as the visitor center is on the other side of the lot and you might have to wait for a space.
- Value: 3
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 4
SeniorTraveler65575 from: Carson, California
Published Date: Oct, 2, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
We recently stayed 2 nights at the historic Paradise Inn. What a great location next to Mount Rainier, however for 2 days all we saw was fog and low clouds, very cold. The lobby is beautiful, very historical furniture, two fireplaces to enjoy, beautiful restaurant. Our room in the main building was a short walk from the lobby, it was small with a queen bed, desk, 2 chairs, night stand and lamp, but recently refurbished and was clean. We had a private bathroom which was extremely clean, it had been updated recently, with surprisingly good quality face cloths & towels. The parking is very poor, you need to stop your car and unload at the entrance, then move the car wherever you can find a space, for us we had to go to the upper parking area which was downhill from Paradise Inn. The restaurant was convenient, but very expensive and food not that good. The morning we left it was still cloudy and fog, but we drove 3 miles to Reflection Lakes and suddenly you could see Mount Rainier all the way to the top, it got even better as we continued around to the Sunrise side. If you want a great location, Paradise is the best, you are paying for the location, just don't expect much from the room and it will be fine, after all, it is a National Park.