Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Renovated Paradise Inn is back in business

May 15, 2008, 10:20 am

The rustic Paradise Inn in Mount Rainier National Park, a national historic landmark built in 1916, will reopen Friday after a two-year, $22.5 million spruce-up.

The inn was closed in 2006 so it could be renovated to correct structural problems that would have been catastrophic in an earthquake or fire. Years of heavy snow loads had deformed the inn's timber frame construction, and its stone fireplaces and a stone wall were unstable. The building's stone rubble foundation was inadequate, and the upgrade included replacing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems.

The 118-room hotel is operated as a park concession by Guest Services Inc., and includes a beautiful dining room, lobby, gift shop and cafe. It is perched on the edge of the wildflower meadows of the Paradise area on the mountain's south side, at an elevation of about 5,420 feet.