Paradise Inn to Reopen after Two-Year RenovationParadise Inn to Reopen after Two-Year Renovation
The historic Paradise Inn in Mount Rainier National Park will reopen Friday, May 16 after a two-year, $22.5 million renovation. It will be wonderful to see this noble landmark hotel open again for park visitors, said Park Superintendent Dave Uberuaga. Park visitors are invited to a 3:00 p.m. ribbon cutting ceremony to be followed by coffee and cake in the hotel lobby. Congressman Dave Reichert, Congressman Norm Dicks and National Park Service Pacific West Regional Director Jon Jarvis will say a few words. There will be tours of the Inn at 1:00 and 4:00 for those interested in learning more about the work completed during the renovation.
Renovation of the Paradise Inn began in May 2006 to correct structural problems that could have been catastrophic in the event of an earthquake or fire. The buildings timber frame construction was deformed from years of heavy snow loads. The stone fireplaces and a stone wall were unstable. The stone rubble foundation did not provide adequate support for the building. These problems have all been corrected. In addition, the project replaced failing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection system components. And the building is also now accessible to those in wheelchairs. The project was completed on time and within budget.
The Paradise Inn was constructed in 1916 and is a National Historic Landmark. The building has a beautiful dining room and lobby, as well as 118 guest rooms, a gift shop and cafe. The Inn is operated by Guest Services, Incorporated and will be open to overnight guests from May 16 through early October. Further information is available at www.guestservices.com.