by Jeff Bogle
Located in Ashford, on National Park Highway at the foot of Mt. Rainer, near the park’s Nisqually entrance, the Mountain Meadows Inn is a woodsy retreat perfect for families looking to get away from it all in comfort and style. The Inn is split into two parts, including the Chalet, which has three suites, each with a kitchenette featuring a microwave, refrigerator, wide mouth toaster, coffee pot/coffee grinder with gourmet, organic whole-roasted beans/grinder, stash teas, and complimentary snacks. You and your kids will also enjoy DirectTV and free breakfast delivered on your arrival. The Historic Inn has an additional three suites; each enjoys a complimentary breakfast in the dining room. All suites have at least a pair of beds and their own bathrooms with a shower. This Inn, from 1910, has recently been upgraded to provide the modern day amenities and comforts families crave.
Our Editor Loves
- Free breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Woods, park-like location
- Horse Back Riding
- Water Sports
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
This was our first experience at an air bnb, and definitely set a high standard. From the cozy music waiting for us, to the grounds being available for a stroll and the nice little touches of snacks and coco in the fridge. If you are in the area this is the place to stay.
Pros: Location to Mt Rainier NP was great (~10 minute drive), actual room was one of the most spacious we stayed in during our trip, and it had lots of extra amenities. It was super convenient to have breakfast items re-stocked in the fridge every day (waffles, bagels, juices, yogurts, etc.). There was a TV playing DirecTV music when we checked in our room. The indoors S'mores kit was also fun to make as a dessert after dinner one night. :)
Cons: We were in the Cedar suite in the Chalet house, which has a queen and a full sized bed. The full sized bed was comfortable, but you felt like you were sinking into a hammock when laying on the queen... Clearly it's a very old and worn mattress that needs to be replaced. We were thankful there were two beds, as my husband and I "fought" over who would sleep in the "good" bed and who would sacrifice a good night's sleep on the "bad" mattress. So I hope this review leads to the Inn updating their mattress!
Also like other reviewers mentioned, it is so quiet that you do hear other guests pretty easily. We heard the guests below us for hours walking around, talking, etc. Once we turned the music from the TV back on, it blocked out their nosie. Unfortunately there are always guests who aren't aware of how much noise they make, so I know the Inn can't do much about that, other than ask guests to be courteous of others, which they already do.
The extra amenities are always a nice added bonus, but a decent bed should be top priority when at the end of a long hiking day, that's why we are staying there.