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 were in the older section because of the remodel, but it was very nice and comfortable. The views were well worth the side trip. The great room is warm and friendly with a man playing the piano. The gift shop was well stocked for late in the season with a nice variety of items.
by linda r
My husband and I loved Paradise inn. It was like we stepped back in time. No tv, limited cell service, limited wifi, pay phones on the wall. You step out of the lodge and you are at the foot of Mt Rainier. So many beautiful hiking trails right at the front door. We enjoyed the restaurant there also. Our room did not have a bathroom only a sink. They gave you robes and slippers so when you went down the hall to shower you wore your robe back to your room. Felt like we were in college again. We did not mind at all, we just embraced the history of the hotel. I hear they are renovating some rooms to add more modern facilities. We are on a quest to visit all the national parks and have seen most - Mt Rainier is one of the favorite and Paradise Inn with all its quaintness and ruggedness is one of my favorite.