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“Beautiful, Cozy Lodge”

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Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier
Indiana
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134 reviews
63 hotel reviews
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“Beautiful, Cozy Lodge”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

I stayed here for one night on my way through the park. Unfortunately, it was rainy and foggy, and you could not see Mt Rainier. Although that was a bummer, the lodge was so great that it saved my trip from being a complete waste. I loved the lobby; it has big cozy chairs where people can relax and read, and waiters will come around and you can order drinks. In the evening they also have a piano player. There's also a nice gift shop, a restaurant, and a cafe. The staff was very friendly. The rooms are basic, but that's to be expected in the wilderness. They are still nice and in fact the bed was one of the most comfortable beds I've slept in! The Paradise Visitor Center is just a short walk across the parking lot and it has a cafe and a nice little exhibit area where you can learn all about the mountain. This was handy on a day when you couldn't do much else due to weather. I would love to return someday when it's sunny because I hear the inn has beautiful views too!

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
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Pam N, Guest Relations Manager at Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and certainly hope we have the opportunity to welcome you back on a warm sunny day just like today!

All the Best!
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

We came here for my birthday vacation get-a-away and it was the perfect destination. Postcard views from every angle. Wonderful weather and super attentive staff. We relaxed by the fires and made new friends every evening.

Room Tip: This is an old National Parks location. Because of the location there is no room with a poor view...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

After two nights plus meals at this lodge, I am embarrased Paradise is a historic National Park lodge. I overlooked the need for repairs to a lodge that was built in 1916. But I couldn't ignore the food--something that other park lodges have managed better. The $22 "Bourbon Meatloaf"--a ball of mystery meat wrapped in bacon--must have gone through an emulsifier--no meat discernable. The sauce could be off-the-shelf BBQ stuff. At least the spinach salad was generous and fresh; it could have used fewer sugary nuts and a more creamy dressing. The morning's $15.75 breakfast buffet featured pastries that looked bad and tasted worse--leaden dough with sugar icing.
That night after great hiking, we thought the vegetarian mushroom strudel might be the way to go. Wrong. The flattened strudel dough was raw on the bottom, the cook/chef had managed to make honest mushrooms tasteless. They should take a look at the good ole Moosewood Cookbook for a better recipe. Breakfast was again atrocious--eggs hard, sausages both burnt and undercooked--and, they trotted out the uneatened tough pastries from the previous day!. Best thing was the biscuits that probably were right off the Sysco truck. They should have ordered more off that truck.
Fortunately, the young serving staff was cheerful and accommodating. I felt sorry that they were forced to bring the stuff to our table. Clearly, no one was supervising the kitchen.
The National Park Service should take a hard look the next time they evaluate the Guest Services concessionaire. The dining room was filled with foreigners who must have wondered why Americans eat large platefuls of such awful fare.

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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled with friends
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Pam N, Guest Relations Manager at Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier, responded to this review, July 10, 2014
Thank you so much for your candid review. We appreciate all feedback and I have taken the liberty of forwarding your comments to our entire management team. Please accept our most sincere apologies for your unsatisfactory experience. We strive to offer consistently quality food and our team did not meet these standards.

Thank you again for your thoughts and comments.

All the Best!
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

This turned out to be one of my wife's favorite places to stay. We had a small room with two single beds. Shared bathrooms were just fine; very clean and nice. The lobby and great room were amazing. Piano player and a fire made it warm and enticing. We will definitely return. We did stay in the renovated part of the lodge.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
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GLEN BURNIE
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

We stayed at this hotel in June 2014. The hotel was nice, but not worth the price which was in excess of $220 per night. The room was very clean, so kudos for that, and the staff very friendly and helpful. Why only three stars then? The window would not close properly (sash windows in a historic property) and rattled quite a bit. We had to stuff towels against it to both stop the rattling and prevent the cold air from entering. In addition, there was a light colored pleated shade to cover the window which did not work properly (broken string) and even when we could get it down, did not keep out the light. In addition, there was no comfortable place to sit, just a desk chair and a wooden "lounge" chair, so you couldn't even read comfortably in the room in the evening if you wanted. (There is no TV, radio, etc., which is fine by me, I wanted to get away from everything. But I would have been nice to have a comfortable place to read.) Also - and this is just a personal pet peeve of mine - cheap disposable plastic glasses to drink out of, which is both environmentally unfriendly as well a inappropriate for the prices (you expect some nice things at that price, right?) In addition, both the hotel restaurant and "cafe" are expensive and the quality is not particularly good. We tried the breakfast buffet one day (the only choice you have for breakfast) and even though the room was only about 20 percent full they would run out of things, and again none of it was particularly good at $16 per person (and some of it, such as a sort of combination cheese/hash brown/something else dish was inedible). We tried the "cafe" another day, and it is really more of a coffee bar with some cold sandwiches available, again not very good and very expensive. (For example, an 8 ounce milk was $2, which works out to $32 per gallon.) We actually resorted to going to some of the other places in the park for meals, or pulling together cold meals out of our ice chest (no microwaves of course). Ultimately, the location is of course very nice, but you may want to consider other places around the park if you are looking for more comfort and amenities.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Pam N, Guest Relations Manager at Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Thank you for taking a moment to share your thoughts and comments. Please accept our sincere apologies as we did not meet with your expectations. We take all feedback very seriously and will certainly share your comments with our entire team as we strive to improve all aspects of our operation.

Thank you again for your comments.

All the Best!
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

7 feet of snow on the ground and more falling in June, but the Inn was open and easily accessible. Some of the trails were blocked off, but we knew that going in. We only got to see Rainier once due to fog, but that did not diminish the experience. We had a two bedroom unit and it was big enough for a family of four. It is old, has no wifi, no tv, no cell service, the floors are uneven in places...all of this should equal a bad review, but here, it just adds to the experience. The staff is friendly, the food is great, the rooms are warm, the beds are comfortable. We will be going back again. There are probably more modern facilities in the area, but this is the place you want to stay. Perfect, unplugged weekend.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Lafayette, Colorado
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42 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a fantastic place to pamper yourself after the fun and excitement of climbing Mt. Rainier. The rooms may not be fancy but compared to sleeping on a glacier at 12000 feet they are fabulous. The restaurant is wonderful as well.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier
Address: Mt Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98368
Location: United States > Washington > Mount Rainier National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Mount Rainier National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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