We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“You pay for the view and location”

We can't find prices for this accommodation
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this accommodation, but we can search other options in Mount Rainier National Park
Check In dd/mm/yyyy Check Out dd/mm/yyyy
Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier
Richmond, Va
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“You pay for the view and location”
Reviewed 10 August 2010

This is a great place to stay - but don't expect anything grand. The rooms are small. There is no A/C which doesn't seem like a big deal that high up. But once you close your door at night, there is no way to get a cross breeze. The meals are great but pricey. Many families brought their own food with them. The hikes are great. Do all of them! At the end of July, there was still snow on the mountain - meanwhile it was over 100 degrees on the East Coast. The view is great, too. Parking is really tight.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank coc3boys
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

843 reviews from our community

Traveller rating
    216
    344
    167
    84
    32
See reviews for
249
417
40
1
Rating summary
  • Location
  • Sleep Quality
  • Rooms
  • Service
  • Value
  • Cleanliness
Traveller tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (246)
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Buffalo NY
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
44 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2010

Able to spend 1 night @ Paradise Inn at the last minute. Attempted to make reservations previously without success but Inn was full so we must have benefitted from a cancellation. We stopped in Ashford, small town just outside Mt. Rainier @ the visitor's center to inquire about accomodation availability. Lady in visitor's center very helpful. She called Paradise Inn & they happened to have a room available. We took it. Room was with its own bathroom-not all rooms have private baths. Our room was on the ground level with a view of the the building's lower level with no TV, coffee maker- we didn't care. We think we were very lucky. Queen bed very comfy, room small but perfect for us. Just be prepared to haul your luggage up & down stairs-no elevators in this vintage 1920s facility. The massive lounge area on the main level is beautiful-many large sofas, chairs, tables, fireplaces, light fixtures conducive to just reading, relaxing, people watching. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner in the dining room-great service, great food and a good breakfast buffet with the best Eggs Benedict I've ever had. It was great fun and education to talk with the servers at the meals we enjoyed at the Paradise Inn. Do it if you have the opportunity like we did.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
1 Thank vineyardchick
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2010

I stayed here 2 nights and it was well worth it for the views and trail access! The Inn has great views of Mt. Rainier just outside it doors, overlooks the Tatoosh Mountains to the south, is a short walk to the Visitor Center, and provides access to many trails. Our room in the main lodge had a window facing the Tatoosh Mtn range which was a pretty view in the morning. We took sunrise and sunset hikes to see the mountains in different lighting conditions which wouldn't have happened if staying outside of the Park or even at the National Park Inn which was a fair drive down the road.

My friend and I brought in some food for breakfast and lunch which worked wonderfully because everything in the cafe was overpriced (coffee for $2.50 and sandwiches for $7+). The restaurant was overpriced as well and service was slow, but worth the experience one time. As others have mentioned, the rooms are very small, there is no A/C in the rooms and there is no elevator. The room was hot upon arrival and opening the window only helped a bit leaving us warm the first night. The next morning, I noticed there were several fans (that said Paradise property) next to the cleaning cart so I asked the front desk if there were fans available for the rooms. She told me "no, sorry" even after I mentioned seeing fans upstairs in the hallway. I promptly went back upstairs and borrowed a fan for that day and night and it made a great improvement in the room temperature. The hall bath and showers were kept very clean and were not crowded.

If you're looking for a unique experience with a great location in the park and not a luxury hotel, you will enjoy your stay at Paradise Inn!

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled with friends
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Carla H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Binghamton, NY
Level 6 Contributor
166 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2010

When staying at the Paradise Inn, you have to weigh the convenience of staying within the park against accomodations from another era. The Inn is a grand place for sure, but the rooms, dating from 1917 and 1920, have not changed much. Earlier generations slept in tents at the park, so the move up to real rooms with indoor plumbing was certainly an improvement for them. We had a suite, with a bedroom, sitting room, and bathroom. One word can sum up the experience -- tiny! Frankly, I was shocked. Upon entering the bathroom, it was difficult to move to a spot where you could swing the door closed. In the bedroom, the bed was against the wall on one side with about a foot and a half of space on the other side. You basically got into bed from the foot side. The sink was in the bedroom, as the bathroom was too small to contain it. All of the walls were covered with faux wood paneling (masonite?) with wiring for the electrical fixtures running externally over the paneling. And the water pressure in the shower was such that only a trickle resulted. I longed for my real shower back home! Also, no modern conveniences -- no radio/CD player, television, telephones, hair dryer, or air conditioning. And, no elevators on the premises (the Inn has four floors in some areas).

But, the rest of the lodge is wonderful. The great room with its original rustic furniture and fireplaces, the dining room, the gift shop, and the snack bar. Other original buildings are nearby -- the guide house and the ranger station. And a magnificent (new) visitor center.

Speaking of dining, we did make use of the Inn's facilities for breakfast and dinner. We enjoyed both the food and service, although I am sure that some would find the limited menu selections a disappointment. The trout was excellent, and I found the Inn's signature bison meatloaf outstanding. For breakfast, the omelet selections were very good and I especially enjoyed the made from scratch prime rib hash with eggs.

If you choose to stay here, remember that spending time on the great mountain is your primary reason for coming. You are far from any other sleeping or dining facilities, so the Inn, primitive though it is, becomes all the more welcoming. It is far from a luxury resort. Look at it as a place to sleep for the night and grab a meal while you enjoy hiking and sightseeing on Mount Rainier.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
2 Thank TomKNY
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Maryland
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2010

Most of what I might write has been written before. I'd just like to note that if your plans are to be at the national park for a short period of time (1-3 days), there is absolutely no better place to stay. It is about the only accomodation right on the mountain. What can be better than waking up and staring at the peak and glaciers each morningy? You can access the park rangers for info, and hike the many trails which begin here. We spent a day driving in on the south road, stopping and taking pictures and short hikes. Then spent a day hiking on trails around Paradise Inn. On our last day we drove out the west side, again stopping along the many hiking trails, and finally leaving the area via the Chinook Pass. It was a great 3 day itinerary where we did not have to backpedal even once. The inn is a lovely, rustic, accomodation which has graced Mt. Rainier for a hundred years. Similar in ambience to other national parks inns like those at Yellowstone. Just don't expect it to be a Hilton and you will be fine!

Stayed July 2010, travelled with family
Helpful?
1 Thank daytonskimom
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Austin, Tx.
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2010

We stayed here in late June when the snow was still deep. I wasn't expecting much due to it's age. Most hotels from this era have small rooms and detached bathrooms. This was the case with Paradise Inn. They do have rooms with attached baths for a higher price but it wasn't a hassle at all.

There are sinks located in each room. The bathrooms were never crowded and I didn't have to wait for a shower any of the 3 mornings I was there. The hotel supplies shower slippers, towels, and bathing supplies.

Yes, the room is small but if you're in this beautiful lodge you shouldn't be spending too much time in there anyway. The large lounge area is beautiful and the hotel offers board games and puzzles. A waiter also roams this area so drink up.

The bed was small but comfortable enough for two. We did not hear our neighbors at all.

The Paradise Area is a hub for trails and you don't even need to hop in your car to begin a hike. A ranger station is nearby and they are quite helpful with trail conditions and suggestions.

I've stayed at many National Park lodges and this is in the top 3.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
Thank Brigitt H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2010

For two nights while exploring Mt. Rainier National Park, we stayed in a double-bed lodge room on the mezzanine level of the Paradise Inn. (No elevator, but only one flight of stairs!) Although I was a little bit nervous about the shared bathroom setup, it really was no big deal. There was a sink in our room for brushing teeth and getting a drink of water. The bathroom was clean and never busy, and we didn’t even have to wait for the showers after hiking all day. The one-person shower stalls have their own closets off of the main hall.

The bedroom itself is small, kind of worrisome at first, but we were able to store all of our luggage in the nooks and crannies of the room, so that the size of the room was never really a problem.

The parking lot dedicated to inn guests was full for our whole stay, but we were given a parking pass to leave in the window to park at the nearby Visitor’s Center lot.

We ate dinner in the Dining Room the first night, where the selection is small and a bit pricey, but fully satisfying. There is also a cafe and a gift shop in the lobby of the inn, and there are nightly lecture programs staged in the lobby to entertain guests of the inn and others.

Each night as we planned the next day’s itinerary, we were extremely grateful for the advice and assistance of the front desk staff, especially Tyler, who gave us maps and directed us to the best hikes for our interests.

While certainly not the most exquisite accommodations of our Washington trip, staying right in the park, on the mountain, just yards from the trailheads was priceless.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled as a couple
    • Value
    • Location
    • Sleep Quality
    • Rooms
    • Cleanliness
    • Service
Helpful?
3 Thank JayJayBee
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hotels you might also like...
Also consider these accommodations in or near Mount Rainier National Park
9.9 mi away
Alexander's Lodge
Alexander's Lodge
#3 of 6 in Ashford
316 reviews
11.1 mi away
Packwood Lodge
Packwood Lodge
#2 of 5 in Packwood
169 reviews
12.2 mi away
Mountain View Lodge
Mountain View Lodge
#1 of 5 in Packwood
207 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices
12.5 mi away
Cowlitz River Lodge
Cowlitz River Lodge
#4 of 5 in Packwood
97 reviews
16.1 mi away
Crystal Mountain Hotels
Crystal Mountain Hotels
#2 of 3 in Crystal Mountain
9 reviews
10.9 mi away
Copper Creek Inn
Copper Creek Inn
#2 of 3 in Ashford
140 reviews
Show Prices
Show Prices
Show Prices

Been to Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Paradise Inn at Mount Rainier

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 
Also Known As:
Paradise Hotel Mount Rainier National Park
Paradise Inn Washington

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing