by Joanna Nesbit
Paradise Inn offers families an up-close experience of Mt. Rainier. Located next door to the Jackson Visitor Center, the 100-year-old inn features 121 rooms, an elegant dining room, and a beautiful lobby with large sofas, fireplaces, and a piano. The important thing to keep in mind if staying here is many rooms are small, with either a private bath or shared bath facilities down the hall. Families will want to book rooms in the “Annex,” where two-room configurations with an adjoining bathroom offer more space. Cribs are available. No available television or Wi-Fi, but you’re here for the yesteryear ambiance, anyway.
The lodge’s dining room serves a daily breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner and includes a kids’ menu for 10 and under. The Tatoosh CafÃ© also serves up take-out sandwiches and salads. Guests mingle in the spacious historic lobby, which provides live piano performances and an afternoon tea service. Probably the biggest perk, besides the historic ambiance here, is the evening and morning access to the trails right outside the door before the day’s visitors arrive. But budget-conscious families may find the limited dining options a challenge.
Open from mid-May to early October only.
Our Editor Loves
- Historic inn
- Views of Mt. Rainier
- Next door to Jackson Visitor Center
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
We had two rooms, one had two twins and one with a queen. Both rooms were cramped, with very little room to walk and put luggage. You can hear people walking past the rooms - earplugs would have helped. Very uneven ground about the place - not a good hotel for anyone unsteady on their feet. The breakfast is hearty - more European standard fare. We ordered crepes from the restaurant menu. Only order the sweet crepes if you like Nutella.
Very glad we stayed here. The ability to get up at 6am, sit on the porch and watch the sun come up on the mountain is worth the price of admission alone. Yeah, sure, room is super tiny. So what. There is a huge great room to sit in, along with a nice balcony sitting area to enjoy. It encourages you to go find things to do outside the hotel or room. Room had a sink in it and we shared a bathroom/shower. Walls are a little thin, but it seemed as those around us understood that and watched their volume.