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“A gem in the mountains with a charming hostess”

Darrington Motor Inn
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Darrington Motor Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Darrington
Pittsburgh, PA
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
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“A gem in the mountains with a charming hostess”
Reviewed 24 September 2012

This is the only motel probably within a 50 mile radius and is conveniently halfway into a short loop through the central Cascades. So it would probably get business even if it was less than nice. But the Darrington Inn is lovely and a wonderful experience, for an incredibly reasonable price. Our room was huge, with a comfortable queen bed with nice bedding, even a handmade quilt, a table with two chairs, a desk, two upholstered chairs, a minifridge, coffeemaker and microwave. I liked that the sink vanity was outside the bath so two people could use the facilities more easily. The room had sliding glass doors leading out to a patio and yard with picnic tables and a view from the bed of a snow capped peak framed against the blue sky. The owner/hostess of the Inn is a very talented painter and the room was decorated with charming designs -- the headboard was a panoramic landscape of people hiking and biking in a mountain meadow and there were floral and hummingbird designs handpainted on the walls.

Shortly after we awoke in the morning, the hostess called our room to invite us to breakfast in the lobby. She served us fresh waffles with homemade rhubarb-strawberry sauce, turkey bacon, toast and juice -- a nice surprise we did not expect. I imagine she can only do this when there are few people staying (I think there were only 3 parties there that night). The little bistro tables in the lobby are also decorated with her wonderful illustrations of the region and numerous framed paintings cover the walls as well. She also has a pair of "life"sized Sasquatch creatures (male and female) painted on the side of the motel that you can take a photo of to "prove" you've spotted the elusive legend.

We stayed as a couple but this would be an excellent option for a family with kids, having such a spacious room and the nice outdoor space for them to blow off steam.

You can walk a few steps to the local grocery store, which was handy to get some snacks for packing hiking lunches. We even made dinner in our room with the microwave, since we checked in too late to find a restaurant open.

It was a great overnight stay -- we would have loved to linger but had to get back to Seattle for our flight home and couldn't stay longer. But we plan to go back to the area next year to explore some more and this would be my first choice for an extended "base camp".

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 7 September 2012

This is exactly the kind of place I like -- clean, honest, and friendly. It's not fancy, but well-kept and well-loved. The owners even made us breakfast! If you're looking for a spa and gourmet dining, you're not going to Darrington anyway. I very much look forward to coming here without my terrorist toddler to get some true peace and quiet.

Upon checking in, the owner asked me if we would be staying in the room for a while or if we'd be going out immediately because she still needed to switch the summer comforters to fall comforters. I told her we'd be going out. She responded with, "Oh, good. I'm almost done sewing them!"

Room Tip: We stayed in the ground floor rooms and really liked them.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with family
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Concrete, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
74 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2012

It is sorta goofy rating a motel when it is the only place to stay within 30 miles. You either stay here, the rustic Forest Service cabin up the mountain, or in a tent at a campground. But taking that into account I was pleasantly surprised. This property is nicely maintained, clean, and priced right.

PS: No Stagecoach here ... it is now known as the Darrington Motor Inn. (that really needs to be changed)

SERVICE:
There really isn't any per se. You check in ... you check out. So it's just normal for a motel. *** 3 stars

VALUE:
A nice stay for $62 for 2 beds/2 persons/night. The price was right. **** 4 stars

SLEEP QUALITY:
The beds were fairly nice. There was a quantity of outside noise due to being on the main road and guests (loggers) leaving early in the morning. *** 3 stars

CLEANLINESS:
Here I was really surprised. The place is spotless inside which is noteworthy since the guests are mainly out of town contract loggers ... who generally aren't known as being tidy sorts. ***** 5 stars

LOCATION:
Nothing to crow about. But it is located near to everything .... *** 3 stars

ROOMS:
Nicely done and in surprisingly good repair. Reasonable size. Very small TVs and typical small 4-cup coffee maker. The 2nd floor rooms all have nice little shared covered decks on which you can enjoy the evening. **** 4 stars

GROUNDS:
There is a small lawn area with BBQ equipment. *** 3 stars

The nice, clean rooms and good price/value moves this property up from the normal ho-hum 3 star joint to a respectable 4 stars. So stay here when you are in Darrington (like you have any choice) and enjoy the scenery.

I also recommend booking well in advance if you can since the logging crews get priority and you never know when they will be in town taking up all the rooms.

Just a note on dining in Darrington: there isn't any ... period! ... except the Burger Barn (and it wasn't recommended by anybody I talked to) so forget it and pack your food in or live off the deli food from the IGA accross the parking lot.

Room Tip: go for 2nd floor rooms
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

Was hiking in the boulder river wilderness and climbing a few peaks in the vicinity. This inn was recommended and I am now returning the favor. The rooms are clean and have all the basic amenities. There is an IGA grocery store next door and access to the place is easy. I would definitely stay here again

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Portland
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 22 May 2012

Very clean, quiet and nicely decorated rooms, plus comfortable beds. Especially liked the small patio off our room and view of Whitehorse Mtn. Would stay here again if we were in the area!!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Asheville, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2010

Now called the Darrington Motor Inn. The room is well decorated, clean, safety rails inside the shower-tub, beside the comode, small kitchenette, friendly owners and newly built for the mountain area. We encourage travelers to stay here. The diner was close by with good vittles, reasonable prices, the roads in were well marked. We slept very well on comfortable mattresses. Great water pressure.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Portland
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
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Reviewed 21 July 2007

This is a very nice place to stay. The lady (one of the owners I think)who checked us in was very friendly. The rooms were very clean and the bed was comfortable. The owner allowed us to park our motorcycles under the overhang just outside our doors. This was nice since it was raining. For $70/night this is a great place to stay. There is a grocery store right next to the motel which is very convenient. Darrington is a cute little town. People at the grocery store, Skidders restaurant, and the coffee shack were all very nice. A great stop before heading over the Cascades!

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  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with friends
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Property: Darrington Motor Inn
Address: 1100 Seeman St, Darrington, WA 98241-9100
Region: United States > Washington > Darrington
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Darrington
Number of rooms: 21

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