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“Spectacular snow in June!”

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Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier
santa rosa, CA
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4 reviews
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“Spectacular snow in June!”
Reviewed 27 June 2011

We went to Mt. Rainier in mid-June, and there was still 12 feet of snow pack up at Paradise Lodge. The road up to the lodge and the parking lot were completely cleared, and the weather was excellent, although one cannot count on this! We were coming from far and ended up driving up to the lodge in the dark, which is NOT a good idea: it's a very curvy road, and we were nearly stopped by fog.

The Paradise Inn is one of those wonderful classic old-style national parks lodges. The lobby is just splendid. A lovely balcony full of nifty tables and desks overhangs the lobby, great for a bit of cozy solitude. There are huge hand-painted barrel-shaped lampshades hanging over the lobby, a really unique touch. The lodge serves free tea and dainty little cakes each afternoon. The gift shop is great. The restaurant is very good and not over-priced. We especially enjoyed the breakfast buffet!

Not sure if they offer it every year, but we got a "spring special" rate of 2 nights for the price of one, so you might want to look out for this: it really made our stay affordable. Our unit consisted of a bathroom and 2 bedrooms: One with a double bed, and one with 2 twin beds, perfect for our family of 4. The room seemed a little old, with some peeling paint in the bathroom, but who cares!! This is about charm and LOCATION! The beds were very comfy with down pillows and comforters.

Please note that we did not receive accurate information about hiking in the Paradise area until we visited the national park visitor center up at Paradise. (The staff at Paradise Inn were not well-informed about hiking conditions) All hiking trails were snowed in at this altitude, but it turned out that we were able to hike just fine on top of the compacted 12 feet of snow pack with just hiking boots: Snow shoes were not necessary (but our boots did get wet). We will remember the hike to Panorama Point for the rest of our lives! The steep 1400 foot slippery climb was a fun challenge for us and for our kids, ages 9 and 13. Even if it's warm out, bring ski gloves so your hands don't freeze from falling down a lot! Really take seriously the advice to wear sunscreen: we got pretty bad burns on the few spots we missed, don't forget ears and even nostrils (the snow reflects the sun so you receive burning rays from both the sky and the ground). Hats with brims all around and sunglasses are a good idea. The snow is blindingly bright up there. This place was the highpoint of our trip! Enjoy!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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43 reviews
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Reviewed 25 June 2011

Stunning location, right at the top of the mountain. Beautiful Lodge. Food average, and service in the restaurant appalling. But still enjoyed it inspite of that.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Austin, TX
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

Ok, the price is a little steep for what you get. But what an awesome view! The location can't be beat. We saw a fox scavenging right out of our window! Overall, the room size is kind of small, but it is certainly worth the splurge.
Oh BTW, the restaurant is overly expensive for dinner. So plan ahead unless you are OK with shelling out exhorbitant amounts of dough.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Derry, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 16 June 2011

We have stayed in many national park inns and lodges, and based my evaluation on those properties, not "traditional hotels".
Like most national park inns, I stay at them for the location, and this was no different. The rooms were below average from what I have seen in other national park lodges - very small, a bit beaten down and in need of a paint job. The bathroom was old, and the sinks were the old fashion type where there were two spouts, one for cold and one for hot, so the only way to wash your hands is to wash with cold water or fill up the sink.
The lodge itself was very nice, with a great common area, where we spent our evenings. I found the service to be very good as well, especially in the dining area.
Overall, the rooms are very expensive, and the rooms were a bit of a let down. Great location, but if I were to do it again I would have probably stayed one night, not two.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Pflugerville, TX
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Reviewed 8 June 2011

My wife and I stayed at Paradise Inn Memorial Day weekend 2011. We loved the location and the room. The room was ~$180 a night which makes it the most expensive room that I've stayed in within a National Park.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wilsonville, Oregon
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

Stayed at the Paradise Inn last August. The room was on the bottom floor. It was tiny, damp, depressing, and very expensive. I have stayed in National Parks before and the Paradise Inn was the worst I've been to. Also, the front desk staff were rude to my children when they asked for information about the shuttle. I would never stay here again. I've stayed at Crater Lake Lodge and was very happy with the lodging there.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 7 February 2011

My wife and I stayed 4 nights.
The room was small and also the bed was not comfortable.
However, it was the really great place to enjoy beautiful scenery and trekking.
If you need something else, a wide room, a big bed, better restaurants, I do not recommend this inn, you may find better one at Ashford.
But if you want to enjoy Mt. Rainier, this and National Park Inn are only inns in the park. and I think you can get satisfaction in proportion to the money you pay.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier
Address: 52807 Paradise Road E., Mt Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, WA 98368
Region: United States > Washington > Mount Rainier National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Mount Rainier National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 121
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built in 1916 and designated as one of the "Great Lodges of the West" this historic guest lodge sits in the shadow of Mount Rainier surrounded by mountain meadows lush with wildflowers. Miles of hiking trails just outside the front door lead to adventures in all directions and offer panoramic views of glaciers and waterfalls. ... more   less 
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