by Joanna Nesbit
For families who want to stay in the park, Longmire’s National Park Inn is open year-round, available for visitors to take advantage of the beautiful fall colors or come during winter for cross-country skiing and snow play. The National Park Inn offers 25 rooms with queen, double, or twin beds, hand sink, and private bath or shared bath facilities down the hall. Families will want to book a two-room configuration, which shares a private bathroom, but even the two-room option can only accommodate up to four people (if your family is larger, head to Paradise Inn). Cribs are available for babies. Keep in mind, rooms are small and somewhat rustic because it’s a historic inn and doesn’t offer typical modern hotel amenities. That also means no television or Wi-Fi as you’re off the grid here.
The lodge’s casual dining room serves a daily breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner and includes a kids’ menu for 10 and under. Hang out in the spacious historic lobby with a large stone fireplace and afternoon tea service or mingle on the large front porch with rocking chairs, roam the historic buildings around you, and walk the nearby easy hiking trails.
Our Editor Loves
- Historic inn (off the grid)
- Location inside national park
- Cross country and snow-shoe rentals
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
Pros: (1) extremely helpful and friendly staff (especially Stephanie at the restaurant!); (2) cozy room, comfortable bed, and clean bathroom; and (3) conveniently located next to trailheads.
Cons: (1) a bit pricey; (2) no WiFi or cellphone reception (which, depending on your outlook, may be a good thing); (3) the food at the restaurant was just so-so (but the service was superb).
Clean, quiet standard national park rooms (no TV, wifi or phone, which is fine). Good location on the south road in the park, on the way to Paradise or Ohanapecosh. Ranger station next door which is helpful and it has a very small exhibit area. Front desk staff was lacking however, not familiar with computer system, tasked with more than one job (in what appeared to be a management economy move), not really conversant with the environment (national park) they were working in. On site restaurant is good in terms of variety, service and price. Extensive gift shop next door.