In July, 2103, my wife and I went to Paradise on Mt. Rainier. There are National Park lodges in Paradise and Longmire. Their locations and atmospheres are wonderful (especially the one in Paradise), and the restaurants are excellent. However, they are old, rustic, and lack in modern comfort. As an alternative, we stayed in this motel in Packwood, which is about 45 minutes of drive to Paradise and the drive is beautiful. The room is spacious and clean. It was about 100 dollars per night, a lot of savings compared to staying in these National Park lodges. The first day we left about 11:30 am and went to Paradise. We came back about 8:30 pm (we had dinner at the restaurant in Paradise Lodge,) we found that the room was not cleaned at all We reported this to the male manager at the front desk. He looked quite upset, but changed our towels and emptied the waste bucket. Next morning when we checked out, the woman manager who is in charge of the housekeeping did not say anything about our room not being cleaned the previous day. I felt she was not a nice person.
This area definitely needs more hotels and motels as an alternative to staying in the National Park Lodges. There are two more small motels in the town but no hotel chain like Best Western, Holiday Inn, Comfort/Quality Inn, etc. in any place within one hour of drive to Paradise. Paradise is absolutely wonderful. There are many walking trails along which you can enjoy spectacular views and many beautiful flowers. We would like to go back and wish there are more alternatives for staying.
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