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Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier
Patty N from: University Place, Washington
Published Date: Aug, 21, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Beautiful and Peaceful!
We spent two nights at Paradise Inn and ate all meals in the dining room. My husband requires a handicapped room and we were very pleased with the bathroom in our room.There is no internet, no TV and no comfortable chairs in the room. We were OK with the first two, but would have enjoyed a comfortable chair. The room was small, but certainly adequate. Because we were close to the main desk people passing by the room could be fairly loud. Quiet hours were honored...we just go to be early and had to own that it was our problem, not theirs. The staff at the front desk were all wonderful from checking us in to offering guidance on hikes for those of us hiking. The restaurant was fine, not outstanding, but fine. The first two days we were there the mountain was completely fogged in. My brother and I were able to hike from the parking lot because the path and immediate surroundings were visible. We especially enjoyed seeing the grouse and hoary marmots even though the views were non-existent. The morning we were leaving the sun came out in full force...spectacular views from the room and, of course, from the parking lot! We will certainly return!
- Value: 4
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
Criftee from: Portland, Oregon
Published Date: Aug, 20, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Very happy with my birthday meal here!
This review concerns only the restaurant.
My husband chose this location. We had to line up to get in, which was amusing. The interior of the lodge itself is quite nice to look at, and there was a good piano player playing live music.
We were seated quickly, but had to wait a while until someone came around to take our order. We were hungry and tired, so it was a bit difficult to longingly watch all the food go past our table while still perusing the menu.
I ended up ordering smoked salmon chowder: delicious, and braised beef ribs with mashed potatoes: very good, but would’ve appreciated a larger portion.
Husband enjoyed the same chowder and another salmon appetizer on crostini, along with a pasta dish with bison meat and tomato sauce.
I declined a dessert, but my husband enjoyed a fruit crumble with ice cream.
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and the location made the occasion quite memorable.
EssexRon from: London, United Kingdom
Published Date: Aug, 20, 2019 Travel Date: Jul, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Great place to relax after a walk
We didnt stay at the hotel but it was our go-to spot for coffee after a day in the park (or on one occasion even before starting a hike while we waited for the weather to improve). The coffee shop is small with limited seating but the hotel is completely unstuffy about coffee shop customers using the extensive main lounge with its very comfy chairs to relax in. And you can wander the public areas and learn a little about the hotel's history. And, of course, being America the refills are free so the coffee may seem a little on the expensive side at first but it gets cheaper!
Emma W from:
Published Date: Aug, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
All about location
The room we stayed in was small for all of us, and the bathroom sparing, but passable for a short trip. We were in the newly refurbished annexe, with great views from the window, and it was comfortable. The mezzanine and main hall was very inviting and comfortable, with plenty of spots to curl up with a good book. These were also available to borrow from shelves upstairs.
Food was somewhat limited in options, and quite pricy for what it was- breakfast was rather sparing, and the dinner menu could have been improved. The Cafe, however, served good sandwiches and great hot drinks.
Access was tricky for higher or lower floors- stairs only, to my knowledge- and there was no connectivity to the internet or phone networks. WiFi was accessible from the Visitor Centre, however, which gave access to the many trails near the summit.
Those trails are the reason for visiting, and they do not disappoint. We suffered an invasion of clouds on the first and second days we were on the mountain, sticking only to short walks through beautiful wildflower meadows and to stunning waterfalls, but on our last morning the sun came through and the view was breathtaking. The mountain is accessible- the trails are paved widely at the bottom, and always excellently marked, and you could walk straight from the Inn to hikes leading up to the viewpoints. Panorma Point and the Glacier Vista were stunning- the Skyline trail in its entirety showcases some of the best the mountain can offer, from striking glacial views to bare volcanic rocks to softly green meadows interlaced by streams. It truly is a place of spectacular beauty.
If that is your reason to visit, the Paradise Inn provides unparalleled access to this incredible park. And for all its possible flaws, the most important thing to note is that the staff were absolutely fantastic. Always cheerful, always friendly, always on hand with solutions to any problems. They are commendable. For a short break to explore the mountain, then, Paradise Inn is a safe bet.
(A note of caution to hikers- avoid the ground squirrels at all costs; they beg for food, especially at Panorama Point, and that is a surefire way to lose valuable snacks.)
- Rooms: 3
- Cleanliness: 4
- Service: 5
MWPerry from: Santa Rosa, California
Published Date: Aug, 16, 2019 Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Old fashioned comfort, worst food imaginable
The setting was of course unbelievably spectacular. Mt. Rainier has to be one of the most beautiful spots on earth. We didn't expect luxurious accommodations... We had a nice room with a good view and spartan but adequate sleep arrangements. The food in the dining room, however, was bad to pathetic. We had 2 dinners and one breakfast. All were expensive and below Denny's in quality. Whoever was cooking had no knowledge, no pride... Probably both.
- Rooms: 2
- Location: 5
- Service: 3