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“Amazing spot!” 4 of 5 stars
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1.5 of 5 Inn   |   Mt Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98398   |  
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Apex, North Carolina
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14 hotel reviews
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“Amazing spot!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Lovely old lodge. Nothing fancy but clean and unique. Amazing view out our window! This is a must stay at the park. It has so much history. Have a drink in the lodge by the fire after an amazing day of hiking.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We were a little startled at first because we're from the south and there were no fans in the rooms, even in mid-July when it was 80 degrees outside! But we quickly realized that fans would probably not be practical for use only one month of the year and the nights were cool so we got over it. They walls are very thin, but we had pretty good neighbors when we were there so it wasn't really an issue. We had a room with a private bath and I think it was well worth the extra cost. The cafe was lovely and had a pretty great variety, with much better hours and prices than the dining room. We ended up not eating in the dining room at all and opting for pizza/pasta in the Visitor's Center! You really can't beat the view, the beds were comfy, and the weather was perfect for hiking. I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

We visited for only two days, but found this place extraordinary. The Paradise Inn is near the Visitors Center and various trails on Mt. Ranier. The wild flowers are extraordinary. The hotel (and restaurant) are efficiently run by GSI. The rooms are not extravagant but quiet, well furnished, and well-organized, plenty of outlets and mirrors. The hotel lobby is very large, with massive but ornate furniture made from Alaskan cedar by a German carpenter about 100 years ago. A Park Ranger is on duty in the lobby every day except Tuesday to give advice, and Park Rangers give very interesting lectures in the evening and, during the day, lead several very informative walks through the trails. Between 5 and 8 pm, a very talented pianist, Bill, plays pieces ranging from Debussy, to Gershwin, to Bernstein, with many other popular pieces. There is an avid amateur astronomer who from Monday to Thursday shows groups the spectacular views of stars after 10 pm, with several very high powered telescopes. The dining room, seats 200 and is open specific hours for each meal (no reservations). The foot is varied and excellent and is priced accordingly (no reservations). Good food is also available at a lower price at a small café (open 6am to 10pm), and you can also eat in the cafeteria at the Visitors Center, open 10am to 6pm. The only major downside is that there is no Internet access anywhere, which is even more of a problem because there is virtually no cell phone access.in the area. There are four payphones near the lobby. The Inn definitely should provide wifi access to the Internet, at least in the lobby. However, all in all, a wonderful place to enjoy Mt. Ranier.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The location of the Inn was spectacular with amazing views of Rainier. The Inn was an historic inn. The small room and no internet, cell service or TV was to be expected. Yet what we did not expect was the poor quality of food at a very expensive price. We were very disappointed with each dinner we were served. One evening we made the hour trip down the mountain to Cedar Creek to have a great dinner.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Pam N, Guest Relations Manager at Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent visit. We are so pleased you enjoyed the inn but would like to apologize for the disappointing meals in our dining room. We strive to offer consistently quality food to all of our guests and we will share your comments with our team as we work diligently to perform to a higher standard.

Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for a return visit.

All the Best!
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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The location of the Inn could not be better. We stayed in a small room with a queen bed. The room was clean and the view was amazing. The bathroom was cramped and outdated but also very clean. There were a few hangers to hang things up but there was really no place to put our bags. While the Inn was quiet at night in the few minutes we spent there in the afternoon I could hear everything going on in the hall and in the room above us. In the morning it sounded like people were moving furniture in the room above us for the entire morning. We went to the restaurant at the lodge for dinner. We sat for probably 10 minutes before our server acknowledged our existence though we did get menus and water from other staff. The meal was average, not great but not awful. The service never got any better throughout the meal and we ended up spending probably 2 hours in the restaurant. For breakfast we went to the cafe and the self-serve coffee and creamer ran out when I was in line waiting for it. The person taking orders at the cash register had to stop what she was doing to refill both while the people were stacking up in line to order. They were completely unorganized and understaffed. I was glad we only stayed one night but to be fair, we weren't there for the accommodations or the meals. The best thing about the Inn is the location. Walk out the door and you are on Rainier. There were quite a few tourists there but a short hike up the mountain and you escape the biggest part of the crowds.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Pam N, Guest Relations Manager at Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier, responded to this review, July 19, 2014
Thank you for taking a moment to share your thoughts and comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the location of the inn and proximity to the trails. Please accept our sincere apologies for your experience in our dining room and Tatoosh Café. This is certainly not indicative of our goal to provide exceptional service to all of our guests and we will share your comments with our team as we strive to improve all aspects of our operation.

Thank you again for your comments and we hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back for a return visit.

All the Best!
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West Chester, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This hotel is a historic experience in an awesome nature setting. The hotel is old. There is no air conditioning nor Wifi nor tv nor cellular coverage. It's a true an opportunity to truly get away from it all and enjoy nature. The rooms are comparable to other National Parks rooms in terms of cleanliness and maintenance of furniture and fixtures. The staff was friendly and helpful. The gift shop selection was better than offerings at Longmire. There was a cafe and restaurant within the Inn which provided great food and service. There is also a cafeteria at the Visitors Center across the parking lot. Our only disappointment was there was still too much snow in early July for the wildflowers.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Maumee, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

What a nice place to stay! Very nice large and pretty lobby area with all the painted light shades. A little pricey but worth the stay. The restaurant was a little pricey too but the food was good. Very nice gift shop with some unique items and also t-shirts and Mt. Rainer related. Small guestrooms but you aren't there to be in your room but to sleep. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Make sure you bring cool weather clothes even in July since there was still snow on the ground. The trails were still snow covered but the rest was clear and dry. My family really enjoyed our 1 night stay with no TV, internet or cell phone. Read and played card games while having a drink that a waiter brought. Also listened to a gentleman play a variety of tunes on the piano. Take in the evening ranger talks. Very informative! Mt. Rainier is simply awesome!

Room Tip: Book early if you would like your own bathroom. Ask for a shower. We only had a bathtub.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier

Address: Mt Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98398
Location: United States > Washington > Mount Rainier National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Mount Rainier National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier 1.5*
Number of rooms: 121
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1916 and designated as one of the "Great Lodges of the West" this historic guest lodge sits in the shadow of Mount Rainier surrounded by mountain meadows lush with wildflowers. Miles of hiking trails just outside the front door lead to adventures in all directions and offer panoramic views of glaciers and waterfalls. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Paradise Hotel Mount Rainier National Park
Paradise Inn Washington

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