You can't beat the beautiful location, especially if you are there to ski. We went in Sept. so didn't fully benefit from the added ski resort-accessibility perk. Mt. Rainier Nat'l Park entrance is right there as well, which is very nice. The gondola ride was fantastic.
The hotel itself was not impressive. It is in need of some major updates. The rooms were small and they looked like they had not been updated since the early '80s. The carpet was so worn there were holes in it. The bathroom was also very small. We were a bit disappointed with the balcony from the room as that was one of the "big sells" when we were talking with the reservation desk when we booked the hotel. The view was of the parking lot. All of the room balconies are side-by-side and there is no privacy between them. Unfortunately, our neighbors used their balcony to smoke, so we were forced inside and had to shut our windows and doors (despite being hot and stuffy in the room). The beds and the pillows though were very comfortable! We slept well (although that could have been from all the hiking too!). We were told there was free wireless, but we were unable to access it the whole time we were there.
The Apline Inn restaurant was a huge disappointment. Way overpriced and the portions were very small and flavorless. We got our toddler a $6 mac & cheese from the kids menu and immediately you could tell came straight from the box. By the taste of it, you could tell it wasn't even an 'higher quality Kraft' box with extra cheese, we're talking your generic $0.35/box mac & cheese. We decided to go out for dinner the next night and found a deli in Greenwater that makes delicious, afforadable wraps and sandwiches. Well worth the drive!
All in all, our opinion was that it's not what you expect from the prices that you pay (both hotel and restaurant). We would not likely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Footsteps from the Mt. Rainier Gondola at Crystal Mountain, the Village Inn is bright, cozy and comfortable. Enjoy your coffee and take in the mountain views from your outdoor balcony. Each guest room has the conveniences of a refrigerator, a coffee maker, Free Wifi and a TV/ DVD. Pet Friendly Rooms available. ... more less