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“Home Away From Home” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Alta Crystal Resort at Mount Rainier

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Alta Crystal Resort at Mount Rainier
Certificate of Excellence
Sun City West, Arizona
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22 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Home Away From Home”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2009

We recently returned from our 2nd. trip to the Alta Crystal Resort and it will not be our last. We spent 6 days at the resort in July 2008 and 10 days this past July. From July 16th thru July 26th, we had the best vacation we have had in a long time. The owners of the resort, Vivianne and Steve are warm and wonderful. Lisa and April who run the office are equally as warm and friendly, along with the rest of the gang, make you feel right at home. The feeling is truly a "Home Away From Home".
We stayed in a Loft Chalet with a great view of the meadow and the towering trees. It was spacious, cleaned daily, cozy and comfortable and it included a small kitchen. Every evening there was something to do but the Sunday and Thursday barbques were special. Steve was in charge of the grill and did an awesome job of cooking the hamburgers, salmon burgers and hot dogs. Vivianne kept all the food coming, along with wine, soda and beer. What a spread that was prepared for the guests. You could not beat the atmosphere with the bonfire blazing into the night and the sight and smell of roasted marshmellows as smores were part of the evening event.
Whether relaxing around the pool or hiking the trails out of the resort, you could always find something to do. We enjoyed the hiking and exploring different trails. From Sunrise to Paradise we hiked everyday. Some of the trails that we did included Tipsoo Lake, Grove of the Patriarchs, Silver Falls at the Ohanapecoch Campground, the Owyhigh Lakes trail on the way to Sunrise, Sourdough Trail to Dege Peak and then on to Sunrise Point and back to Sunrise Visitor Center, Sourdough trail to Frozen Lake and the Second Borough. Snow Lake at Paradise visitor along with many other trails that led up from the visitior center. The vistas were breathtaking and the wildflowers were at peak. Perhaps one of our favorite trails can be found at the Chinook Pass Bridge up Highway 410. The Nachez Loop Trail offers some of the most spectacular views and the wildflowers put on a fantastic show.
After spending most of our days exploring, by mid afternoon we returned to our "Home Away From Home". The hot tub and pool were just the remedy for the joints.
Back in the summer heat of Arizona, we can only reflect on our other world and look forward to our visit here next summer.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Herndon, Virginia
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17 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2009

My wife and I traveled with my mother-in-law and really enjoyed our 2 days staying at the resort. Many of the B&Bs in the area required 3-5 days but the Alta was happy to accomodate us for just 2 days.

The rooms were comfortable but it was a bit warm the first say since there is no A/C (only needed 3-5 days out of the year) and they had all the lights turned on for us when we got there. It would have been nicer to have had some of the lights on but the others off and cut down on the heat and electric usage. We killed the lights when we left to the mountain in the morning and we left the sliding door open during the day and it was much cooler.

It was a bit pricey for the stay but was only about 15% more for this room in comparison to what we spent at a comparable Residence Inn in Bellvue. It was also a bit larger and right up on "The Mountain" which is technically also "The Volcano". This was in a great location. ...and the BBQ saved us a bunch of money.

A few days before we arrived we recieved an e-mail regarding a barbequeue that night. When we arrived everyone was eating and there was a HUGE spread that the owners put out for all of the guests. The salmon was delicious and the burgers were good. The salad was great but the Mac and Cheese really took the prize. YUM! The owners also had smores for the kids, both young and old. It was a really awesome experience.

My wife and I are planning on staying with them next year and look forward to our visit. They have a really beautiful place! My only regret was that I didn't hop in the pool or hot tub, which was nice and comfy according to some of the other guests.

Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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Seattle
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2009

The resort was literally a home away from home. The people who run it made it so cozy we didn't want to leave. We had the one bedroom chalet suite which came with a full kitchen. The kids slept on the pull out in the living room. Not only were the suite's nice, the atmosphere too! For the three nights we spent there, there was always a family activity at night. Friday night was the movie Enchanted, Saturday was a bonfire and Sunday was a barbeque. All was provided for - food, drinks...the works! We have never enjoyed a short vacation like this before. Keep up the good work Alta Crystal Resort!! Totally recommended for families with kids. The pools great too with very warm waters!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank issqmum
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Dallas, Texas
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77 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2009

We had some friends with children over from the UK and wanted some-where family friendly to stay. We certainly found that here. Whilst the place may not be cheap, the quality is good and the hospitality brilliant. The pool was lovely and there was good advice on where to walk for children of all ages and groups of adults. Plus the evening activities are casual, affordable and a great way to meet other guests. All in all a great place to stay and me and my husband are likely to return either on our own or with other guests.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Highbank-Condo
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Cheshire UK
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158 reviews
72 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 17, 2009

Stayed here on our last night before travelling onto Seattle and home. The Resort is just outside the Mount Rainier NP. Very comfortable room, nice to have separate lounge - small double room, but overall, very good quality. We were meeting up with some friends, so decided to try the Alpine Inn for dinner - another resort, about 15 mins drive away. Would NOT recommend this - we were the only people eating there, until another couple came in - the waitress was new and very 'syrupy' - far too much over the top for us. They had run out of potatoes (!), so no baked potatoes or fries. 2 of us had fish and it was way overcooked. The other 2 meals were all right though. Wine was expensive.

It was a shame, as the Alta Crystal Resort was really good.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank jeanjeannie
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Seattle
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2009

We just got back home from a fabulous night at Alta Crystal. The folks who take care of the place are so friendly and helpful, and the resort itself is a little like going to grandma's to spend the night (in a really good way!) Cozy, warm, and so charming.

We arrived a few hours early and were lucky enough to be shown right to our room since it was ready early. Our kids made a beeline for the pool, of course. That was a kick! Nice and warm, big and crystal clean. There were even toys and doodads to play with. After splashing around, we retired to the hot tub. Nestled under some towering trees, there just could not have been a more relaxing spot!

Back to the tiny one-room cabin for a quick change. The room was darling, with a wood fireplace and an efficiency kitchen. I did not find the decor to be dated at all. I thought it was lovely! Dark blues, browns, and cabin-y reds. It was comfortable and sweet. Perfect for a room in the woods.

The staff hosted a Fabulous BBQ dinner and Bonfire. We met all the other guests and visited around the campfire late into the night. The kids played badminton and roasted marshmallows. It was a friendly change from your typical vacation where you hardly talk to anyone at all! And really- it was just like a family bbq. It made the resort stand out as something special.

The entrance to the hotel is easy to find. Comes up fast on the left on 410 from Enumclaw. Drive on a little more to find Crystal. 20 minutes past that is Steven's Canyon and Grove of the Patriarchs. Just a bit further to Ohanapecosh and Silver Falls. Just ask for some great hiking spots. These folks know them all!

Thanks for a great vacation. We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank baker_mSeattle
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Seattle
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2009

I spent memorial weekend in Alta Crystal. It was great. You can make great hikes from there, and they provided great recommendations. I enjoyed the cabin, the pool and specially the great conversations I have with the personnel and specially the owners over the bom fire that they prepare everynight. It is a an amazing balance of independence and community. I will love to come back.

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Helpful?
Thank ElenaSeattle
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Property: Alta Crystal Resort at Mount Rainier
Address: 68317 Wash. 410 E, Crystal Mountain, Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98022
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Location: United States > Washington > Mount Rainier National Park > Crystal Mountain
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Crystal Mountain
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The perfect getaway for Mt. Rainier National Park and Crystal Mountain. Charming chalet suites & a romantic honeymoon log cabin are tucked in the national forest, just 1 mile outside the northeast entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park & 7 miles from Crystal Mountain and its new Mt. Rainier Gondola. Soak in our hot tub and swim in our year-round heated pool (heated to 90° in the winter) -- we're Crystal and Mt. Rainier's only accommodations with both. Fireplaces, small fully equipped kitchens and renovated mountain lodge style accommodations are perfect for couples and families. Guests love our evening activities (weekends, holidays and summers) such as bonfires, movie nights, karaoke, crafts parties, and summer barbecues. Hike, sightsee, bike, ride horses, play disc golf in the summer. Ski, snowshoe and play in the snow in the winter. Open year-round. ... more   less 
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