We just got back from a weekend at the Alta Crystal resort and had a great time. I chose the Alta Crystal because of the kid friendly amenities. We have an 18 month old and I knew he would not enjoy spending the entire day hiking and sight-seeing. The Alta Crystal has a great pool that is heated to a comfortable temperature so you can play for a long time. I also liked the kitchens and BBQ facilities - makes traveling with young kids much easier when you can arrange your own meals. The units were very clean and had all the kitchen items you would need. They obviously take great pride in the resort - even the outdoor BBQs were cleaned each day. They also have groceries for sale (and at reasonable prices) - very convenient for things you forgot or extra food. Sunrise in Mount Rainier is about a 30 minute drive but I believe the Alta Crystal is the closest hotel (there is camping closer) so it is easy to beat the crowds. Note that you are in the forest so you cannot actually see Mount Rainier from the hotel. I would highly recommend this resort to families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect getaway for Mt. Rainier National Park and Crystal Mountain. Charming chalet suites & a romantic honeymoon log cabin are tucked in the national forest, just 1 mile outside the northeast entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park & 7 miles from Crystal Mountain and its new Mt. Rainier Gondola. Soak in our hot tub and swim in our year-round heated pool (heated to 90° in the winter) -- we're Crystal and Mt. Rainier's only accommodations with both. Fireplaces, small fully equipped kitchens and renovated mountain lodge style accommodations are perfect for couples and families. Guests love our evening activities (weekends, holidays and summers) such as bonfires, movie nights, karaoke, crafts parties, and summer barbecues. Hike, sightsee, bike, ride horses, play disc golf in the summer. Ski, snowshoe and play in the snow in the winter. Open year-round. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Alta Crystal Resort At Mount Rainier Hotel Mount Rainier National Park
- Alta Crystal Hotel