National Park Inn

Ashford, Washington State

The hotel

The National Park Inn offer a chance to revive and recuperate but you'll also find a wealth of outdoor activities all close by, including the renowned Wonderland Trail. No sooner than you've stepped outside of your comfortable and cosy lodgings you'll be treated to a blanket of seasonal flowers festooned as far as the eye can see. This area of North America just yells 'explore and appreciate' which is why it's become so highly regarded by nature and adventure lovers for over a century. There's no better place to simply sit and stare and once you've found your favourite spot, perhaps in front of the fire or on the outdoor viewing porch, you'll soon experience what mountain life in Washington is all about.

Amenities

  • Near National Park
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Located 6 miles inside the Nisqually entrance to Mount Rainier National Park within the Longmire historic district.

Hotel information

25 guest rooms. All with coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, plush bathrobes and slippers. Inn Guest Rooms with bath have 1 queen-size and 1 double bed or 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Two Room Unit with shared bathroom and 1 double bedroom and 1 bedroom with 2 twin beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

National Park Inn Dining Room (breakfast, lunch and dinner). General store. Guest Library. Outdoor activity programmes* include: mountain climbing, hiking and nature walks, fishing, camping and educational tours of Mt Rainier NP.

*Denotes local charge.

One person must be aged 21 years and over in each room at check-in.

Rating summary

  • Location Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Sleep Quality Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Rooms Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Service Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Value Image of the Tripadvisor rating
  • Cleanliness Image of the Tripadvisor rating

Traveller rating

  • Excellent (115)
  • Very good (144)
  • Average (64)
  • Poor (24)
  • Terrible (8)
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Don’t stay on a Monday.

Sep 1, 2021 owings Washington DC, District of Columbia

I had a one night stay on a Monday. Pre check in I received an email saying that the dining room was open for to go breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At check in, the inn had a sign on the door saying they decided to close the restaurant on Mondays. The nearest dining is 25 minutes away down a twisty mountain road. If I wanted to drive out of the park… Read more
I had a one night stay on a Monday. Pre check in I received an email saying that the dining room was open for to go breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At check in, the inn had a sign on the door saying they decided to close the restaurant on Mondays. The nearest dining is 25 minutes away down a twisty mountain road. If I wanted to drive out of the park to dine, I would have stayed outside the park. The inn should be ashamed to charge $338 per night while not having the amenities promised at booking. For me, the top reason for booking the inn was for the convenience of staying in the park and not having to leave for dining. Monday night guests should be receiving a reduced rate. Also be aware there is no elevator and rooms are on the second floor. Some guests were having difficulty with the steps. I was disappointed with the last minute surprise after paying top dollar for a room. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Pleasant Stay, Minimal Amenities

Aug 15, 2021 CailTravels California

We stayed two non-consecutive nights. Great to be staying in the park so you can hit the trails early in the morning. Staff was all friendly and helpful. The first night of our stay was a Sunday and we had a few hours delay for check in as they had to turn over a lot of rooms. The room was basic and clean. We were on the side with views to Mt… Read more
We stayed two non-consecutive nights. Great to be staying in the park so you can hit the trails early in the morning. Staff was all friendly and helpful. The first night of our stay was a Sunday and we had a few hours delay for check in as they had to turn over a lot of rooms. The room was basic and clean. We were on the side with views to Mt Rainier, which was great. Due to COVID, the dining room was not open and it was take out meals for lunch/dinner and they had some pre-packed stuff you could buy for breakfast. There was free coffee at the front desk in the AM if you asked. Masks required in public/common areas and they had a one-way flow going to keep things safer. The porch is the highlight with lovely views of the mountain and just watching the comings and going of people. No wifi. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent Location for Starting Early Morning Hikes at Mount Rainier

Aug 4, 2021 Kerry N Portland, Oregon

We found one night open at the peak of wild flower season so decided to visit Mount Rainier NP for the first time. I was expecting very rustic accommodations but found the Inn room was in immaculate condition. The walls all seemed freshly painted, appliances, tub, etc seem brand new. The room was small but that was fine as the point of the trip… Read more
We found one night open at the peak of wild flower season so decided to visit Mount Rainier NP for the first time. I was expecting very rustic accommodations but found the Inn room was in immaculate condition. The walls all seemed freshly painted, appliances, tub, etc seem brand new. The room was small but that was fine as the point of the trip was to spend as much time outside as possible. Had dinner on the lovely veranda and then left very early for hiking the next morning. The staff was super friendly and helpful in all ways. Would definitely stay here again. It was so convenient to be able to start the day in the park vs. lodging on the outskirts. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Rustic with excellent view

Jul 28, 2021 merthtrvlr Houston, Texas

We stayed here one night on our way to Seattle and it was the perfect place to unplug and reconnect with nature before a day of hiking. There was zero wifi and no TV, which adds to the rustic feel of staying on the mountain. That being said, there's also no GPS service so it's a good idea to print out directions to the inn and wherever you're… Read more
We stayed here one night on our way to Seattle and it was the perfect place to unplug and reconnect with nature before a day of hiking. There was zero wifi and no TV, which adds to the rustic feel of staying on the mountain. That being said, there's also no GPS service so it's a good idea to print out directions to the inn and wherever you're going after. You also have to enter the park and check-in with a park ranger to show your permit or buy one. Once you pass through the ranger station, it's a few more miles before you actually get to the lodge. They only had 2 people working when we arrived and they did EVERYTHING - check-in/out, cooked & served the meals, cleaned, etc. They offered a menu of surprisingly good food (salmon, bison burgers, caprese skewers), but you should order early because the wait gets long very quickly with only one person cooking the meals for everyone. Plus, they start running out of menu items so the selection dwindles. The room and bathroom were quite small and warm. There was a fan, but we had to open a window to make it cooler and that still wasn't enough. I noted on the reservation that this was for a birthday and anniversary trip so I was a bit disappointed that they didn't leave anything special in the room like most hotels do. They have a gift shop that sells local jams, honey and other foods in addition to the normal tourist stuff. The best part of the stay was sitting outside on the porch and soaking in the view and fresh, mountain air - absolutely beautiful. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fun experience

Jul 16, 2021 Archer11 Denver, Colorado

We really enjoyed our time at the National Park Inn. We loved having wine on the porch each evening with that wonderful view. There is no WiFi or TV, but we came prepared with movies loaded on an iPad and books. (Paradise has excellent cell service if you ever wanted to run up there to check something.) The food was ok - expensive but very… Read more
We really enjoyed our time at the National Park Inn. We loved having wine on the porch each evening with that wonderful view. There is no WiFi or TV, but we came prepared with movies loaded on an iPad and books. (Paradise has excellent cell service if you ever wanted to run up there to check something.) The food was ok - expensive but very convenient. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Read less