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“perfect get away for old friends” 5 of 5 stars
Review of National Park Inn at Mount Rainier

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Hwy 706, 6 mi E of Nisqually Entrance, Longmire, Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98397   |  
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Ranked #1 of 1 Longmire B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Bellevue WA
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9 hotel reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“perfect get away for old friends”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We were a group of six seniors taking advantage of the Stay and Play package. From the moment we walked up to the desk to check in, Rene and the rest of the staff went way beyond the call of duty to help us. They supplied weather reports and snowshoeing advice as well as ice and glasses for our groups before dinner cocktails. The lodge was spotlessly clean. The rooms were cozy... small, but nothing was lacking! We spent most of our time in the lodge with our friends in the common areas. The inviting fireplace room always had friends visiting, individuals reading, families playing games and even complimentary tea and scones every day. Our group took our after dinner games to the dining room to leave preserve the tranquility of the fireside room. We enjoyed the convenience of the restaurant and can not say enough about the service we received. The wait staff adjusted menu items to suit our needs, offering alternative suggestions when we needed them. The snowshoeing was amazing. We had the most perfect day on the mountain...... a foot of fresh powder snow, sunny sky and no wind. It was a winter wonderland. I read the "terrible" reviews before we went... It seemed to us that all of the issues mentioned have been resolved. We found the stay flawless! Thank you to the staff at Longmire!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pam N, Guest Relations Manager at National Park Inn at Mount Rainier, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Thank you so much for your thorough review and kind words about our team. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you have the opportunity to return soon.

All the Best!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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102 reviews 102 reviews
77 hotel reviews
Reviews in 67 cities Reviews in 67 cities
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

I really with the USA would take a clue from Canada where in their national parks they allow 4 and 5 star resorts to be built. Jasper, Banff, and Lake Louise are prime examples of this. In America, we build as cheaply as possible and fail to maintain it just in hopes of earning a buck. Sad.

The National Park Inn at Longmire fits this description. The rooms are minimalistic as it gets. The beds are OK, but you'll be looking forward to your bed at home after a couple of days. The linens are terrible; in fact, I have used sandpaper that was softer than their towels. All bathroom fixtures were either leaking or spurting and the shower was anything but. The carpets are dirty but that should be expected in a mountain lodge in winter.

Now let's cover the positives. The staff are just lovely people and you are situated in one of the most spectacular settings on this planet. You should be out of your room early and back late.

Do I like staying at Longmire? No. Will I be back many times in the future? Yes. I will remind myself that no matter how "rustic" the inn is, it is better than waking up in an ice cold tent with no water, no shower, no coffee. For these reasons, the National Park Inn at Longmire is a gem in the rough.

Room Tip: The shared bathrooms in the hallway are better than the private bathrooms in your room.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pam N, Guest Relations Manager at National Park Inn at Mount Rainier, responded to this review, March 21, 2013
Thank you so much for taking some time to offer your thoughts on your recent visit to the National Park Inn. We take all feedback very seriously and welcome the opportunity for growth. This is certainly not indicative of the services and standards to which we hold our team members accountable. Please accept our sincere apologies that we did not meet with your expectations and know that your review will be shared with our team, as we continually challenge ourselves to improve.

Thank you for your willingness to return and we look forward to welcoming you back.

All the Best!
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85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We were there to enjoy the snow and go snowshoeing, and to enjoy the quietness of the inn and the park. The two-for-one offer is a very good deal, and we go there at least twice a year. We enjoyed the view from our room - it couldn't be any better, even with the snow that's piled up. The staff was very accommodating and helpful. We enjoyed fabulous dinners and breakfast in the restaurant, no problem splitting a meal. Excellent and attentive service - thank you! This visit was very special as we celebrated three birthdays with our friends. We spent many happy hours in the lounge - having tea there is such a treat by the roaring fire -the scones were smaller than we remembered, and were served cold. The fireside chat with the ranger was a special treat. He talked about the upcoming 100 year anniversary of the Park, and how things have changed, and how they prepare for the future. There are also daily ranger talks in the administration building.

Before we booked, we were informed about the closure of the road to Paradise on Tuesdays and Wednesdays; however, on Thursday they did not open the road because of avalanche danger - oh well, we'll just have to come back soon. We had two good days of snowshoeing: the Trail of the Shadows, and crossing the impressive Nisqually Suspension Bridge with full view of Mt. Rainier, to the Community Building, the campground area and along the Nisqually River...
Make sure and go for a walk around the Inn when it is dark - everything is so quiet.

Room Tip: Rooms 10, 12 and 14 have the best view! Bathrooms and showers are just across the hallway.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pam N, Guest Relations Manager at National Park Inn at Mount Rainier, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Thank you very much for your kind words and thorough review! We are so pleased that you enjoy your stay and look forward to your next visit.

All the Best!
Pam
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Munich
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19 hotel reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

We enjoyed our stay at the National Park Inn. They have a cozy tea / game room with a fireplace and lovely homemade scones every afternoon. You can sit on the terrace and look out at Mt Rainer. Very nice indeed. Staff a desk were pleasant but when we tried to check out, there were delays - could not find our paperwork, had to hand write a receipt for me, etc. There are no TVs in the room, which normally would not be a big deal, especially in such a beautiful place, but when you are battling jet lag and the dining room is not open and it's too dark to hike, well .... They should really extend the hours of their dining room.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pam N, Guest Relations Manager at National Park Inn at Mount Rainier, responded to this review, March 1, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and thoughts. Please accept our sincere apology for the delay at check out and we will certainly share your suggestion for extending the dining room hours with our team members. We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope you have the opportunity to visit Mount Rainier and the National Park Inn again.

All the best!
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Olympia, Washington
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

I share the reviews of others who stayed here recently. The two-for-one special makes this a pretty sweet deal. It's a cozy lodge with small but comfortable rooms, a very friendly staff. The 4 or 5 other guests were friendly and we shared experiences in the evening in the lounge, which has games and puzzles, and a roaring fire. The inn doesn't note that the road to Paradise is now closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so if you are coming up for the 2 for 1, make sure it's a Sunday night. The restaurant food is poor and expensive and is the only game in town other than bringing your own sandwiches & snacks (husband kept choking on the stew, the meat was so stringy). The second night we wised up a bit and ordered the mac & cheese which was plenty of food and hard to mess up. Slept like a lamb (but if the inn were more crowded we'd hear lots of noises)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pam N, Guest Relations Manager at National Park Inn at Mount Rainier, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Dear Guest:
Thank you for taking a moment to share your feedback and thoughts. Your experience in our dining room was certainly not in keeping with our goal to serve consistently quality food and we sincerely apologize. We will be certain to review your comments with our entire team. Unfortunately, the road between Longmire and Paradise is closed every Tuesday and Wednesday this winter and we will post the information on our website and add to our guest confirmation. Thank you again for your comments and we hope you have the opportunity to visit again.

All the Best!
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Portland, Oregon
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

We wanted to snowshoe this winter at the Mt. Rainier National Park. The National Park Inn is the only accommodation within the park boundaries at this time of year. The reviews of the inn found on tripadvisor made me hesitate to make reservations for the inn, in particular the 2009 mention of bedbugs and the terrible meals at the inn's restaurant. But the more recent reviews were positive, and the alternatives in nearby Ashford were not particularly appealing. So we decided to stay at the inn, making two two-day reservations (for a total of four nights), with the second night free on both reservations. A lot of snow had fallen before our arrival and during the first night of our stay, which resulted in the road to the inn closing down. Given how slippery the road to the inn is, we would not have wanted to drive back and forth from accommodations in Ashford, and the road closure would have made this impossible anyway. So deciding to stay at the inn definitely made sense.

I am happy to report that we were pleased with our stay. Since there were three people in our group, we had reserved a room with one queen and two single beds and a private bathroom. The room was large enough for us to be comfortable in it. The room was also very clean. The only problem with it was a low-level but audible hum all night long. We don't know the cause of this noise, but we learned that the backup electricity generator had been in use, and suspect that this was the cause of the noise. (The snowfall resulted in downed trees, and on our way to the inn we saw a tree toppled over into the power lines alongside the road.)

The food at the restaurant was better than our expectations. It is not gourmet food, but was well prepared and thoroughly palatable. Eating three meals a day at the restaurant would be fairly expensive (a dinner meal for 3 without alcohol or dessert cost $90 with tip), but the food is filling and balanced. The staff was also very pleasant and informative. Due to rain falling, we ended up cancelling our second reservation on a very short notice, but we were not charged for the cancellation. All in all we were happy with our stay at the inn and can recommend it to travelers.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pam N, Guest Relations Manager at National Park Inn at Mount Rainier, responded to this review, February 6, 2013
Dear Guest:
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Trip Advisor. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your patience with the road and power issues we encountered during our recent snow storm. We hope you have the opportunity to visit again in the near future.

All the Best!
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Seattle
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

The staff was very warm and friendly. The food and service in the restaurant was excellent with a breakfast included in the price of our room. The rooms are simple but cozy. The Inn is truly in the Mt. Rainier winter wonderland. We had a fabulous time there adventuring out in the snow and sitting by the large fireplace reading. Thank you Julie (front desk) and Merry Christmas everyone and Happy New Years! The Webers

Room Tip: We really appreciated having a private bath.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pam N, Guest Relations Manager at National Park Inn at Mount Rainier, responded to this review, December 27, 2012
Dear Guest: Thank you for taking a moment to write into Trip Advisor and share your experience. Winter is truly a magical time in the park and we are glad you enjoyed your visit.

All the Best!
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Address: Hwy 706, 6 mi E of Nisqually Entrance, Longmire, Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98397
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Location: United States > Washington > Mount Rainier National Park > Longmire
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Longmire
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This historic inn nestled in the forest of Longmire provides a relaxing retreat in Mount Rainier National Park with spectacular views of Mount Rainier from comfortable chairs on the front porch. Open year round, hiking trails are just steps from the front door and winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. ... more   less 
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