by Joanna Nesbit
Located 5 miles from the Nisqually entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, the Nisqually Lodge makes a great basecamp for exploring Longmire and Paradise. The lodge offers spacious, newly remodeled rooms in a variety of configurations, including rooms with two queen beds, a king room, and a large Family/Junior suite with four queen beds, a fireplace, and tons of extra space for kids.
Lodge amenities include a complimentary hot breakfast with waffles, sausages, eggs, and cereal, free Wi-Fi, and microwaves and refrigerators in the rooms. In the Northwest-themed lobby with a cathedral ceiling and stone fireplace, find complimentary tea, coffee, cocoa, and wine from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for mom and dad. The staff is happy to make restaurant recommendations for dinner. This lodge is a good choice for budget-conscious families who want to avoid national park prices.
Our Editor Loves
- Northwest-themed lobby with fireplace
- Close to Mt. Rainier National Park
- Variety of room sizes
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
First of all, great warm welcome by Mike with wine when you check in!!! After anxious drive on State Rt. 7/706 due to road closure and detours, it was a relief to reach the Nisqually lodge and receive a very warm welcome!
Access to the lodge is well lighted with a good sign and ample parking. The rooms were large , spacious and clean. The showers and supplied toiletries were excellent. The beds and linen were also high quality and clean.
The best thing is, there is hot water for tea and cofee available 24 hours. But the best thing is hot breakfast with high quality tea and eggs, waffles, breads, yogurts, juices and more.
And finally the location is so close to the park entrance. We were able to reach the Paradise visitor center(Jackson visitor Center) one hour before they open to find parking and start hiking while it was cool weather!
Our stay at this characterful and comfortable lodge near the park entrance was marred by the indifferent breakfast experience, and especially by the non-recyclable plastic in which everything including the boiled eggs were wrapped. Serving the pristine National Park, where conservation is paramount, this seemed shockingly incongruous. When I asked about re-cycling, I was told, 'Our garbage collectors don't do that.' Yet inside the Park, there were signs saying 'all utensils compostable!' Washington is supposed to be the greenest state!