We enjoyed our first visit to the Mt. Rainier National Park area, and our stay at Alta Crystal Resort was pleasant. We chose Alta Vista Resort because, traveling as a family with choosy eaters, we wanted a kitchen. Plus perks like a heated pool and hot tub sounded great. We were there for 5 nights, and the small size of the rooms and the less than great mattress in the 'master' bedroom became progressively more noticeable. Thanks to Trip Advisor, we were prepared for the kitchen's limitations. We were glad we had shopped for groceries in Enumclaw on the way to the resort, because the nearest "general store," 15 minutes away, has little and is expensive. The resort itself sells food, and it's also expensive. We were disappointed with the hot tub, which wasn't hot and which wasn't clean the first day we were there. The pool also was cold and not clean the first day, but staff had both cleaned by the 2nd day and the pool was warmer, though the hot tub remained tepid, not hot. There were several BBQ dinners at the resort while we were there, and we enjoyed them greatly. There was a variety of tasty food, and host staff were genial. The big draw for the resort really is the surrounding open space and, of course, Mt. Rainier National Park. Mainly we hiked and enjoyed the scenery, which ranged from pleasant to stunning. If we were to return we'd probably visit Alta Crystal again, but for a shorter stay.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Alta Crystal Resort At Mount Rainier Hotel Mount Rainier National Park
- Alta Crystal Hotel