Mountain View Lodge (Washington, USA)

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Mountain View Lodge (Washington, USA)

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Mountain view lodge is located just off HWY 12, a few minutes from the town of Backwood. Mt. Rainer national park is about a 18 mile drive away. From Seattle airport by car takes just under 3 hours drive and about 100 miles away. Portland is just over 2 hours away.
The lodge is an area of stunning nature & about 3 min walk is a flowing river, great for photos. Packwood is small mountain type town with a small logging locals type vibe. It’s very chilled & picturesque with Mt Rainer view seen from it. An old scene like going back in time and does offer a handful of restaurants, small food stores, liquor and tobacco store, a salon bar and a few shops and gas station. If you like Burgers then try Cliff dropper – delicious hand made burgers.


The upstairs standard room was simple but cosy, it’s located on inner side of the motel so my windows views was of the garden but directly outside windows are hotel corridors. However the curtains are thick.
The room has nice old style wooden wall decor of bright colours. A heater unit and AC unit is offered, the heater worked well. There is a nice antique desk and drawers, all wooden style.
The double bed was comfortable and one side has a wooden bed side table with a nice lamp. Plug sockets on wall nearby.
Facing the bed on top of the wooden drawers is a smallish TV that offered plenty of local cable channels at least 40, it worked well and was sufficient.
There is a fridge in the room and a old wooden desk with large mirror in front plus telephone. The wardrobe is an open closet with luggage rack and coat hangers.
Bathroom offers a shower cubicle with plenty of towels plus body lotion and shower gel mini bottle amenities.
Overall the room is cosy and appropriate value for money for this idyllic hiking country area. However don’t expect a safe or hot drink making facilities.


My room had free wifi with a password and worked fine. Note the area has no phone reception, so having wifi is helpful in planning your day.
The lobby though does offer some leaflets and was told they offer breakfast there at 730 in the morning, however had to leave earlier than that so didn’t experience it. There is a vending machine for drinks though outside.
The grounds of the hotel offer a nice garden with small lodge rooms surrounding it & I believe a communal outdoor fire place. There is a pool that likely opens in the summer and a children’s play area. The hotel offers free parking & the highway is right outside but it’s very quiet at night.


Reception lady was really nice, she offered me a room upgrade on ground floor if I paid hotel directly and cancel my Hotel com reservation. However since I collect nights I declined. She did offer a helpful map of the area for forest hikes & where to eat.

Overall it’s a old lodge but cheapest in area and it was good, very cosy, very clean, quiet and comfortable at end of October which is not high season as the sky passes were closed. The proximity is great being close to drive to popular hikes and skiing area. Wildlife is also in this area & you may see a elks on the property.
I would definitely stay here again if I came back to mount Rainer.

13163 US Highway 12, Packwood, WA 98361-9786

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A quick night in a charming cosy lodge in a quaint small town, near the Mount Rainer national park area.

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