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“Mediocre, but acceptable given the lack of alternatives”
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Nisqually Lodge
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Ashford
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Vienna, Austria
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126 reviews
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“Mediocre, but acceptable given the lack of alternatives”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

Certainly on the low-end of the scale, but probably one of the better options in the Ashford area, given the relative scarcity of hotels. On the plus side, the service was nice enough, the room was a decent size, and the location was good, between "downtown" Ashford and the park entrance. Cleanliness was less than stellar, however, and the whole place felt run-down. Our room was on the first floor near the common area, so it was easy to hear loud children running around after "quiet hours" (while the staff sat nearby saying nothing).

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oak Harbor, Washington
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

We were extremely pleased with our one night stay here, after a room at another nearby lodging did not work out (too small).

The staff was very friendly and welcoming, the appearance of the lodge outside and in very comfortable and appropriate for the area, the location excellent, and the large room overlooking the forest very quiet. The amenities were satisfactory, and even included a flashlight, presumably in case of power outages.

The breakfast was very good and filling. This is a good thing, because we hiked up the mountain, and had a very late lunch after coming back down.

We do recommend this lodging.

Room Tip: Our room in the back overlooking the forest was very pleasant and quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Seattle
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Reviewed 5 September 2013 via mobile

Nisqually lodge was a quiet, restful stop for the 4 of us visiting Mt Rainier National Park over Labor Day weekend. The couple managing the lodge are brand new (as of mid August) and greeted everyone with a big smile. Problems referred to in previous posts appear to be fixed. The room rate includes a continental breakfast (with waffle irons!) .

The decor is not extravagant but you should find the lodge organized, neat, clean and quiet. There are several restaurants or bars in the area where lunch or dinner can be found. Nisqually Lodge is a short drive from the Ashford entrance to the park and the last chance for groceries and gasoline for some little ways. The cell service is spotty at best but the lodge does have free password protected wi-fi.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Rochester
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

We just had a 2 night stay at Nisqually Lodge. Check in was fast and cordial. Room was clean, sparsely furnished, new frig and microwave, bathroom was dated but clean, no mold! We had 2nd floor room which looked out into woods. Located within a short driving distance to Mt. Rainier park entrance.

Unfortunately, breakfast left a bit to be desired. First morning there was no milk and napkin supply was depleted. When the front desk staff was repeatedly asked for milk by many guests, response was, "milk is in owner's apt and they are sleeping (this was as late as 9am!). Some guests had small children, which made breakfast difficult for them. We can only believe this staff person had been reprimanded for waking the owners previously, hence their refusal to get milk from owner apt. Be aware, their were 3 people at the front desk, and a general store was less than 1 mi down the road (we noted later in the day). No thinking "outside the box" to solve this issue. There was also no cream for the coffee, only powdered substitute.

Considering local options, this was good quality for the price. We were not in need of any assistance with directions, however we noted when other guests asked for directions, the front desk person was not helpful, and apparently unwilling to look info up on the computer for these guests. There were no maps available or even simple directions to local places.

We dined at the Paradise Lodge the first night, after a short hike. Food okay, $$ for quality. Second night front desk recommended "Wildberry's" restaurant on Rt 706, Himalayan food, very good and plentiful, very good service.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Montgomery, Alabama
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

The husband and wife team managing the lodge added a personal homey feel to our stay. Located just five miles from Mt. Rainier made the location perfect. Restaurants in Ashford were a bit pricey. The Lodge breakfast was average but the eating area was inviting.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2013

This lodge is only 5 miles from the entrance to Mt. Ranier. The rooms were quite large and very clean. The beds were comfortable and laundry facilities were available for guests. They advertised that WIFI was available but we were never able to get on. Other guests told us similar stories.

Room Tip: Our room was at end of hall on the first floor. It was quiet and little overhead noise.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wenatchee, Washington
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125 reviews
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

We checked in here and discovered this is probably the best place to stay in Ashford. The place was clean and work is being done to update it--new paint, new appointments are coming. The folks welcomed us warmly. The rooms are large--we stayed on the back side of the building with calming views of the woods and so private. It was a short drive to restaurants, a small store, a service station and a nice spot just outside of the Mt. Rainier National Park which we visited each day of our stay. We'd definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Nisqually Lodge
Address: 31609 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA 98304-9001
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Region: United States > Washington > Ashford
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 6 Hotels in Ashford
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Nisqually Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
24 Unit cozy hotel located minutes Mount Rainier National Park. We offer free Wi-Fi, flat screen tvs, microwaves and refrigerators in every room and much more! King suites and conference room available. Small pets welcome. ... more   less 
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