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“A historic place in an incredible location” 3 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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Toronto, Canada
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“A historic place in an incredible location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2010

The Paradise Inn is located on Mt. Rainier in the National Park and offers a truly outstanding location for vacationers to begin their days hiking or driving to other parts of the park. The hotel is quite aged and it does show, but this is also the appeal in other regards. The rooms are rather small. We had a room with two beds and there seems to be such little maneuverability in the room. And the bed was not exactly the most comfortable sleep I have had. Service is fine at the front desk, but not quite up to standards of other National Park hotels. It is pricey, but the park is massive and it is nice to stay and just park the car while doing hikes. The location is the best thing about this hotel, but certainly a close second is the great common area. The common area has two woodburning fireplaces roaring, a coffee shop, gift shop, many seats and there was a pianist while we were there on an old piano. Also, many ranger led activities take place in the common area. So, it is not a very cushy stay, but it is definitely worthwhile to be in such a great location.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2010

Rooms were nothing special (very "rustic"), but I did greatly enjoy the communal atmosphere of the main living room / entry area. And for me to say this is something because I can be very antisocial at times!

Anyway, there was a fantastic piano player who made the ambiance so relaxing, and I loved how there was cocktail service to enjoy at the end of the day, too. Great local micro-brews! We sat and sipped for a good hour before dinner and didn't want to leave.

When it was raining the next morning, we spent a few hours reading and drinking coffee - so very enjoyable. There was a big fireplace area, too.

Lots of people and families were relaxing in the space as well; it was just such an idyllic, down-home experience. Highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bloomington, IL
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2010

We had a very bad experience at the Paradise Inn. I realize it is a beautiful scenic location and we had adjusted our expectations for the small rooms with smaller bathrooms. But I was not prepared for the awful service we received - especially in the dining room.

Eating dinner at the Paradise Inn ended up being one of our worst dining experiences ever. They only had 3 items on the menu – chicken, salmon, or meatloaf all going for $19.95. We could not get anyone to wait on us! I even went to the hostess TWICE to complain. Finally got a waiter from another section to come over and we order meatloaf and salmon. He brings us water and tea and the cups were dirty. But of course, we can’t FIND him again to get clean cups. We finally snags a bus boy who brings us clean cups. The restaurant is about half full and we can’t figure out what the problem is and there are only three items on the menu! The hostess comes out with our meals – meatloaf and chicken. We complain that wasn’t what we ordered and she takes it back to the kitchen. Our waiter comes back with meatloaf and salmon and tells my husband to try the salmon because someone just sent it back to the kitchen. My husband says it is pretty dry and would rather have the chicken after all. We finally get our meals and for $19.95 we get about 3 oz of meat, 1 scoop of mashed potatoes and 5 slices of zucchini. Not the ultimate dining experience. I ask the hostess if there is a manager on duty and she says “yes” and WALKS AWAY FROM ME. I never see her or a manager again.

We just finish our meals and the power goes out ALL OVER THE INN. We try to get our bill for dinner, but of course we can’t SEE any waiters – they all have little flashlights, but trying to pick out an incompetent waiter from a slew of incompetent waiters by flashlight is almost impossible. We finally tell them to charge it to our room and leave.

Now we go to our tiny room – and the power is still out. We have no lights, no hot water, and most important NO HEAT! It is 47 degrees outside. I would have expected the hotel staff to offer us extra blankets or flashlights, but nothing. The power remained off all night and when we checkout the next morning and ask if they will give us some kind of discount for our experience and the manager pretty much tells us a power outage is like an act of God – no compensation will be offered. Very very disappointing.

Next time we'll drive out of the park for better accommodations and service.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2010

Stayed just one night because of weather. However, room was the smallest we have ever stayed in. Double bed against the wall. One of us had to climb over the other to get in or out of bed. Bathroom was so small only one person in the room at a time. Room was probably 12 x 10. We were on top floor, so it was hot and stuffy. Place only open in summer, and it shows. Lobby is over crowded with not enough seating. Loud and noisy. Bad parking! Didn't like!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Tacoma, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2010

We stayed at Paradise Inn for two nights in mid-September. The first night, we drove up late at night and only saw the road in front of us. However, upon arrival, we received a warm welcome at the front desk and checked in to one of the rooms in the original Inn. These are very small by modern standards and only have a small sink in the room. There is a separate men's and women's toilet area and four individual showers shared by all the rooms on the floor. I had expected that this arrangement would not be very satisfactory but discovered that it actually contributed to the experience. One just needs to remember that this Inn was built in 1906 and that's how things were back then. A couple of times during our stay, I imagined that we could have been camping and having a bed (albeit a double) with clean sheets, running water, and a light to read by was far better. My advice as far as accommodations: adjust your expectations downward and you will not be disappointed.

The great room at Paradise is the real attraction. Even with a recent renovation to bring the building up to current codes, the ambiance is that of many National Park Lodges from early in the last century. With stone fireplaces at either end and lots of comfortable seating, this area tends to be a gathering place for people to rehash the day's adventures, read, play board games, or enjoy a glass of wine before dinner. While we were there, a pianist with an amazing repertoire played for several hours in the evening.

The dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food doesn't push the gourmet envelope, but the menu had enough choices to satisfy most appetites and everything was nicely prepared. All of the servers we had during our four meals in the dining room were very friendly and made every effort to please.

But the real reason for staying at the Paradise Inn is the location. Even if you don't plan on doing the technical climb to the 14,410 foot top of Mt Rainier, there are plenty of trails right around the Inn to keep you busy for several days. By already being there first thing in the morning, you get a jump on the people that have to drive up from down below. If the weather is decent, I would recommend the Skyline Trail which is a 5.5 mile loop with a 1,700 foot elevation gain. We didn't quite get that far this time but did make it to Glacier Vista which has some spectacular views of the mountain and the Nisqually Glacier. Also, on a clear day, you can see Mount St Helens, Mt Hood and Mt Adams, three of the other volcanic mountains like Rainier.

Our last morning, we woke up to rain and very limited visibility. We were sure glad that we got our hike in the previous day under mostly clear skies but even rainy days can be special here. Another reason to sit by that fire in the lobby with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

We visited this hotel on Labor Day weekend. No it's not the best hotel you'll ever stay at, but it is in one of the best locations you will ever stay at, for sure. Paradise Inn is located right at the trailhead of some of the most spectacular hikes in the country. The paradise portion of Mount Rainier National Park is one of the most beautiful settings anywhere.
Our room in the annex, 307 was one of the better rooms, I would say. It is on the same floor as the lobby and actually has 2 windows in it, which gives you a good cross breeze at night. The view was very nice as well. It was a small room, but not tiny. We had one double bed, but it was very comfortable and we rested well during our stay. It was clean. There was quite a bit of noise from outside the room when people were showering and moving around, but no one was particularly noisy late at night. Parking is VERY limited.
There is not much of a selection for dining. The main dining room is a little pricey for what you get, and the food is mediocre. My wife's trout was not very hot & we had to send back to reheat. There is a little coffee/sandwich shop where you can get a pre-made sandwich and the like (my club sandwich was bad, but my wife's chili was very good) The nearest place to the hotel we dined at was Copper Creek Inn about 30 minutes away and it was very good, about the same price as the hotel dining room. Bring your own food if possible, but mostly keep it in the car and not lying around open in your room.
One of the best things about the hotel is the main lobby, where you can hang around in front of the fire and listen to the excellent piano player who plays every night until 8 pm. We met some nice folks there. The last night we were there, another guest started playing the piano After 8 until late in the evening. He was fantastic as well. I can recommend this hotel, but it is not a good idea to have very high expectations for a hotel in a remote setting like this. Please keep that in mind.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Denver, Colorado
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143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2010

The Paradise Inn is in a beautiful setting and is a great base for exploring Mount Rainier. It is expensive for what it offers...but I guess that can be expected given the fact that it is where it is. I stayed in a twin room with a bath for $154 per night. Attached are pictures.

The main area of the lodge is very attractive with two wood burning fireplaces at each end, an upper floor where you can go to read, play cards, or have drinks with friends, a gift shop, and a wonderful patio facing the mountains.

The rooms are fairly spartan, but this was all I needed for a couple of days hiking. The rooms were very clean. There is no TV, radio, or other electronic distractions which is very fitting for the setting. My only complaint, and the one for which I give a modest rating, is due to people shutting their doors at all hours of the day and night that kept me awake. It was repetitive, loud, and quite annoying. Many rooms do not have a private bathroom, so I assume people were using the shower and bathroom facilities. But even if everyone on the floor opened and closed their door several times a night it would not account for the continual loud banging.

If you are a heavy sleeper and want a great base for exploring Mount Rainier, this is a great lodge. However, be aware of the constant noise in the hall. It will start at 6:30 am or 7:00 am and will help you get out of bed to start your climb.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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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 
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Paradise Hotel Mount Rainier National Park
Paradise Inn Washington

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