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.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- National Park Hotel Longmire
- National Park Inn At Mount Rainier Longmire, WA