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Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier
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.
SeniorTravelerTF from: Fort Atkinson
Published Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
A disappointing national park lodge
The setting, in the Paradise visitor area is wonderful. The lobby, traditional big wood beams and individual lamps, is expansive. But, after a renovation recently the rooms in the newer back section of the lodge are extremely cramped. Immediately you feel that you are a dollar sign and they just pack as many people in as possible. I had a bigger window in my dorm room so if the weather was cooperating and you could see the mountain you looked at the back of the first building or away from the mountain. Even with a small room there are no compensating graces - no phone, no wifi, no TV, (I know that is standard in a national park but these rooms cry out for something to take your mind off the matchbox setting) no easy chair, tiny closet or suitcase storage. This is definitely not the elegant, sophisticated lodging of our historic national parks. Restaurant is large, offers expensive entrees, but reasonable service. Visitor center and gift shop nearby.
- Value: 1
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 3
Lisa N from:
Published Date: Sep, 25, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Perfect way to enjoy Rainier at an excellent value.
I usually don't stay at National Park lodges due to price, but the rooms with a shared bathroom are so reasonably priced (especially in the shoulder season) that it was a great opportunity. The weather is always unpredictable on the mountain, so I was glad not to be camping in the cold rain. The trails leaving right from the lodge are some of the best in the park.
RajshreeKhanikar from: Navi Mumbai, India
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Sep, 24, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
The view and the trails
Its a beautiful place to view Mt. Rainier and crystal lake. Loved the drive to the spot, it's trails... i was here with family for a short time.. din't stay overnight... The weather was cloudy and windy...
LuvCbad from: Carlsbad, California
Published Date: Sep, 15, 2019 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
Good service but aged rooms
We had two rooms, one had two twins and one with a queen. Both rooms were cramped, with very little room to walk and put luggage. You can hear people walking past the rooms - earplugs would have helped. Very uneven ground about the place - not a good hotel for anyone unsteady on their feet. The breakfast is hearty - more European standard fare. We ordered crepes from the restaurant menu. Only order the sweet crepes if you like Nutella.
- Value: 3
- Cleanliness: 2
- Service: 4