Perhaps due to the proximity of Seattle, the Mt Rainier south-west gateway town of Ashford did not seem to sport a wide offering of hotels. The name brand chains were noticeably absent. Those lodging properties that chose to market over the internet had minimalist websites. So we made our choice based on curb appeal and selected the Nisqually Lodge. It looked nice on the outside and turned out to be the same on the inside. The smallish lobby area was even enhanced by the ambiance of a gas fireplace.
Our room was very clean, sufficiently spacious, and functional. The bathroom was clean albeit with what appeared to be a low-end linoleum floor. And we could hear shower noise from adjacent room[s]. Good thing our neighbors were otherwise quiet. Decorations were tasteful and adequate albeit inexpensive. The lodge had wireless internet which worked very well. There was a nice breakfast with excellent fruit and brand name cans of juice as well as the usual coffee, bagels, etc.
The biggest plus of the Nisqually Lodge was its location – just 10 minutes from the Rainier National Park entrance. The biggest minus of the Nisqually Lodge was that it sits in an area without cell phone coverage. We needed to make a few phone calls and thankfully the wireless internet setup handled a voip connection.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 24 Unit cozy hotel located minutes Mount Rainier National Park. We offer free Wi-Fi, flat screen tvs, microwaves and refrigerators in every room and much more! King suites and conference room available. Small pets welcome. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nisqually Hotel Ashford
- Nisqually Motel Ashford