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“This was a great place to stay while visiting the Mt Ranier area!”

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Whittaker's Motel and Historic Bunkhouse
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Ashford
Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

The room was clean, not fancy but spacious. The upstairs room gave us a beautiful view. Loved the friendly staff and the food in the historic lodge was tasty and priced right. The Mt Ranier Express train is right down the road, along with EZ times horse rentals! I would recommend this lodge.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

We emailed Whittaker's enroute from Whistler for a Friday night stay that their website said was available. We got a confirmation very quickly- less than 2 hours, that we had a room for the night. This was very much appreciated as we wanted to be able to hike on Rainier on Saturday- the weather was promising to be wonderful. We left the hike to the end of our vacation as the weather was very overcast for most of it. We are a family of 4 seasoned hikers and were looking forward to this opportunity. Whittaker's caters to a lot of the more serious mountaineering and hiking folk and it was great to hear them talk about their experiences at breakfast at the bunkhouse. Perfectly adequate accommodations, clean and straight forward. Nicer than some of the same types of places experienced prior to hikes in the boundary waters of Minnesota. The staff were friendly and very helpful and thoughtful of your needs and time.

It's about 35 minutes through the Nisqually entrance to Paradise from the bunkhouse- perfect option if you can't stay in the park at Longmire which we couldn't.

Room Tip: Nice to have the option of two rooms with a bath in between and twin beds for our two tall sons.
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

My spouse and I stayed July 2013 at this moderately priced (for the area) motel located a few miles outside of the southeast entrance to Mt. Rainier NP for our visit there. We found the staff friendly, and the motel a pleasant and convenient place to stay, we would use it again if we were in the area.

Motel location is on main road (Rt. 706), so can hear some vehicle noise in room at times .Pleasant grounds around motel. Office also served as combination coffee/drinks/ice cream/snacks shop. No breakfast provided by the motel. Conveniently, there's also a unisex public restroom located in among the rooms in the same building as the office, we used it before we left the area, along with some others off a small tour bus that stopped for ice cream.

A outdoor camping/climbing/hiking center is located next door, along with a pizza place, but not much services nearby, need to go a few miles west on Rt 706 back to Elbe for more (like for restaurant dinners). There is a combination gas station (not sure if they had gas)/large convenience store that we found useful a short distance west on the main road that has a large variety of stuff, including sandwiches, beer, wine, some groceries, etc. .

The small, simple room had double bed, desk, 2 chairs, and a separate sink/counter areas outside of a small bathroom (an advantage for 2 people). Room was clean, nicely done with some pine paneling, lighting was adequate, no noticeable odors. Walls are thin so can hear people talking outside at times, and also running water noise from other rooms. Free WiFi available, but coverage not reliable, intermittent and slow. Found no coverage for my AT&T cellphone in the area.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 4, 2013

Didn't know what to expect having not stayed in bunkhouse accommodation before!!
Room was clean and cheap for the family room.
No tv, unless you wanted to watch videos.
The staff in the cafe/ reception were great. Really helpful, and pleasant.
Coffee was great.
The tourist office was staffed with a very helpful young lady who told us where to go and what to do to get the best out of our two in the park.
Great scenery and location for the park and children enjoyed the climbing wall.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

We staying at the Bunkhouse for our visit to Mount Rainier. The staff at the Bunkhouse is great and very helpful. The facility is rustic but clean. Our family of 5 stayed comfortably in room #23. The weather was a tad warm and there is no AC in the bunkhouse so it can be a little stuffy. For the convenience to Mount Rainier though....it is worth it.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

My husband & I wanted to take his mother to Mt. Rainier during her visit to WA & we booked Whittaker's Cottage, which is located about 1.5 miles towards the park from the historic bunkhouse. I was a little nervous because I could only find one photo of the inside & multiple people warned against the lumpy beds. I was pleasantly surprised! The cabin is clean, bright, cheerful, and well equipped. Although the gas fireplace was on the fritz during our visit. There is a stereo, no TV or wifi, but lots of board games. The beds weren't THAT bad - the queen could really benefit from a mattress topper, but we slept fine. The two single beds actually seemed like they did have a topper of some sort added. I'll try to post a bunch of photos, so you can make an informed choice, but I do recommend the Cottage.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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3  Thank darcyloo
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

So, this was my 10th time or so staying here. Always before and after a climbe of Rainier. It is a very convenient staging area and a great luxury after being on the mountain a few days. The beds are comfortable, always clean, nice coffee shop out front and a great all around historical feel. This is not the Ritz but if you are a climber, like to hang out with us or looking for a nice basic place to stay in Ashford, Longmire, etc. this is it. True, the places in the park are a bit nicer but much pricier! After a climb this is sanctuary!

Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: 30204 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA 98304
Location: United States > Washington > Ashford
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 6 Hotels in Ashford
Price Range: $70 - $98 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Whittaker's Motel and Historic Bunkhouse 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Providing lodging for all climbers, hikers, skiers or anyone visiting the Mount Rainier area. Whether you are climbing with a Guide Service or Independently, hiking in the Alpine Meadows, or just want a place to relax, Whittaker's Motel & Historic Bunkhouse has been the spot since 1990! The Bunkhouse was built in 1912 to house loggers and mill workers in the Ashford Valley. Renovated in 1990 by Lou and Ingrid Whittaker, Whittaker's Motel & Historic Bunkhouse offers lodging in 18 cozy rooms with private baths, or for those seeking a more Hostel-like environment, the Bunk Room sleeps up to 6 people with shared bathroom and shower. Whittaker's Motel & Historic Bunkhouse is located in "downtown" Ashford, a tiny community in the Nisqually Valley. Enjoy the rustic charm of a former logging town with a panoramic view of the foothills of the majestic Mount Rainier, all within walking distance of shops, restaurants, post office and a local Pub. Rainier Mountaineering Inc. Is also based next door at the Whittaker Mounaineering. ... more   less 
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