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#2 of 3 hotels in Yosemite National Park
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The Ahwahnee shines as Yosemite National Park's distinctive upscale hotel. Known for its magnificent façade and architecture, The Ahwahnee was specially designed to highlight its natural surroundings, which include Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Glacier Point. The destination of queens and presidents alike, this distinctive Yosemite hotel offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality, and elegance.
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Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Valet parking
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Restaurant
Breakfast buffet
Banquet room
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Convenience store
Gift shop
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Shops
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Egnazia wrote a review Sep 2022
Brussels, Belgium120 contributions79 helpful votes
Amazing to walk the hotel sorrounds the early morning (we saw bears) and at sunset to watch the half dome from the hotel meadow. The restaurant is great for dinner (but awful at breakfast). Prefer the bar instead. The concierge Michelle has plenty of good tips to give 🤗
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Date of stay: September 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reisende_Sun wrote a review Jul 2021
Las Vegas, Nevada59 contributions53 helpful votes
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Beautiful, historic, comfortable and very much worth the cost! We stayed here one night just to experience the hotel and were not disappointed at all. The dinner is amazing, the views spectacular, the room was bigger than expected and the beds were like sleeping on clouds. I would very highly recommend.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Mark M wrote a review Sep 2022
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A year in advance, we reserved two rooms with adjoining balconies. Upon arrival, we were told that our rooms had been assigned to others, and we were given rooms at the opposite ends of opposing hallways. When I complained about the room assignments, I was rudely treated by front desk employees, one aggressively so. Several hotel employees we dealt with over our three-day stay lacked competence, and clearly lacked proper training and supervision. The Ahwahnee website states that the hotel's rooms have been remodeled. This is a serious misrepresentation of the condition of the rooms we were assigned. Both rooms were "buggy," with several amenities not operable. The furniture and carpeting was dated and stained. My certified letter of complaint to the hotel's general manager after our visit went unanswered. We seriously doubt that this is the type of experience one should have at a national park. The park itself and parts of the lodge are beautiful. You don't have to stay there to see them. We recommend that you don't.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Heidi M wrote a review Aug 2022
Washington DC, District of Columbia38 contributions45 helpful votes
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Going in, I knew that a five star experience in a National park was likely impossible, and understood that part of the cost was the fact that we were staying in the best hotel in Yosemite Valley (not necessarily the best hotel ever). Traveling as a finally of four, we went all out and reserved the Library Suite. (In the end, two regular rooms would have been the same price.). It was furnished consistent with the period intended to be represented, and was roomy enough for us all. The views were nice, but not of any of the more “famous” vistas in the Valley (like Half Dome). Check in was seamless and timely. We were surprised to find a huge charcuterie plate and welcome letter when we arrived. The Dining Room (as advertised) was spectacular and, although the menu is somewhat limited, the food, service and environment (live piano player) were excellent. Taking a tour with a ranger gives you a better appreciation for the establishment, but there are a number of things that the hotel could do that would give customers a truer “five star” experience. The biggest thing is updating the bathrooms. These aren’t original 1927 bathrooms, but (from the color of the tile) something installed circa 1965, and they are (sorry) pretty gross. The floor tile is dirty and the wall tile is falling out. If this were about historical preservation, I’d understand, but this seems more about decades of neglect. Also, better towels (in the bathroom and at the pool) could be a relatively inexpensive but much needed and appreciated upgrade. Last, after five days, I was only able to get three constructive minutes of hot water in the shower. All in all, it’s really not worth the price and you can have almost as unique of an experience at the Yosemite Valley Lodge for a much lower price point. Instead, enjoy this hotel by booking a reservation for dinner or going on the ranger-led tour, grabbing a drink at the bar, and enjoying it in the expansive lobby (also with a live piano player in the afternoons). Although the place is remarkable and you wouldn’t want to miss it, there’s nothing so remarkable about the stay that justifies the cost.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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LindaM9Cincinnaoti wrote a review Aug 2022
Phoenix, Arizona64 contributions33 helpful votes
We stayed in one of the cabins on the property of the Awani for our trip to Yosemite. It’s a little deceiving that you get a cabin, it’s actually a part of a cabin. Small but had everything you need, a bed, a couple hard chairs, and a bathroom. It’s in the center of everything you’re going to want to see at Yosemite. You can hop on the shuttle bus right at the property and get off and on as many times as you like to see all the sites. And it’s free. There’s not much in the way of restaurants nearby. If you choose to eat at the restaurant at The hotel, I will warn you that it’s pretty pricey, a limited menu, and the food was Soso. All in all, we had a great time. There’s just not a lot of options on places to stay that have this sort of location
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Yvonne B wrote a review Aug 2022
Amsterdam, The Netherlands16 contributions4 helpful votes
We could get last minute rooms (the week before our stay). First we started with a twin room with the 4 of us (2 adults, 2 kids - 10 and 13). That did not really fit - the beds are only 120cm wide. Fortunately they had another room available, so we split and that worked out better. It is really great that you can start of with your hikes right from the hotel - no car needed! Breakfast is great and different every day (oatmeal, fresh fruit, eggs ...). We were a bit disappointed in terms of dinner - it was a buffet and we are not really buffet people. The food was not bed, but we would prefer a la carte. 1 day we had dinner at the Yosemite Valley Lodge (we had to drive there though) but the food there was much better.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Room Tip: Traveling with 4? Get 2 rooms, otherwise the beds may be too smaal (no Queen size beds).
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Kelley M wrote a review Aug 2022
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Our family stayed in one of the cabins on the Awahnee grounds. Air conditioning was not working even after someone in maintenance looked at it and declared it fine-usually wouldn’t be an issue but it was in the 90’s. The ac was a cheap portable unit. The room had mold growing on the walls as well as bug nests. The electrical also was less than desirable-half the lamps and plugs didn’t work. The Awahnee needs to address issues of aging that have been deferred. The Concierge went to lunch and there was NO ONE to help me. When I finally asked a front desk employee (who obviously saw me standing there as there were NO other guests and I was 2 feet from her) she begrudgingly helped me. At almost $600 a night you expect more. VERY disappointed in the lodging and I’m the staff but not the scenery. The EL Tovar (a similar type of lodging) at the Grand Canyon FAR eclipsed the Awahnee is personnel attitude, food and lodging. The Awahnee could be a STAR-but instead it’s a disappointment!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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bostowyo wrote a review Aug 2022
Lebanon, New Hampshire378 contributions162 helpful votes
We stayed at the Ahwahnee for three nights in July. The location, of course, is amazing. We had a view of Half Dome from our room and the hotel is removed from the hustle and bustle of Yosemite Village which is still just a short walk away. The hotel has so much historic, rustic charm. And if you've seen The Shining you will definitely see how the interiors were the inspiration for many of the sets in the movie. It's got an understated, old-school kind of elegance. We stayed in a Classic King Room which was very spacious and nicely decorated with great storage space, comfortable seating, huge windows, high quality soft goods, etc.. The bathroom was on the smaller side which is typical of hotels of this age. However, there was lots of shelf space which is appreciated. I'd love to see them upgrade the tub/showers at some point. The service throughout the hotel was very friendly and efficient. No issues at all. We enjoyed meals in the bar and the dining room and all the food was great. We enjoyed the pool on several afternoons after morning hikes. It was very refreshing. There isn't a ton of seating for some reason - perhaps it was reduced for COVID and has not been added back yet? There also isn't any bar service to the pool area, which would be nice (maybe a staffing issue?). We brought our own drinks so not a huge deal. Towels and ice water are available. This was a bucket list stay for me and overall it was wonderful. My only real issue was the air conditioning. It just wasn't enough and made sleeping a little difficult. It's an old hotel with an old system that just really needs replacement to keep up with the heat. At these prices, you really want to have a good night's sleep.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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D P wrote a review Aug 2022
midwest26 contributions23 helpful votes
It’s a National Treasure people! Former Presidents have stayed here. The Queen of England has stayed here. Capt. James P. Kirk has stayed here. So… when your room has oddly mismatched replacement tiles in the shower, or if your bath towels have moth holes, or if the bedspread has mystery speckles… get over it. The views are unmatched anywhere else on Earth. The sunrise reflected on each granite rock face will wake the birds at morning, and they will prettily lull you to consciousness with happiness in you heart. Everything in this park must literally be TRUCKED-In, over hairpin-turn mountain roads. You are LUCKY to be here. That said, the room rates are $$$$$$. (Forewarned is forearmed.) The dollars you spend here keep this historic landmark alive. Kindly please notate any concerns to the VERY generous staff. (We all should take responsibility for keeping this American gem polished.) the staff will take care of you, and do everything they CAN to make you feel treasured and welcome. After that, the building will sooth your soul and pay you back with historic architectural majesty… all dang day. Word is that property improvements are on the schedule for this coming January and February.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Peter K wrote a review Aug 2022
Hurricane, Utah717 contributions456 helpful votes
We stayed here on 8/20-8/22/22 in room 221. We arrived early and found our room wasn't ready (4 pm is pretty firm here) but that gave us time to explore the hotel and a bit of the grounds (it was in the upper 90's low 100's while we were there). The hotel is pretty amazing and the public areas generally well restored. The ceiling in the great room could use some TLC but overall it's an impressive hotel. We enjoyed the restaurant (Sunday brunch and dinner), the Sat. tea which is tea and a cookie in one of the rooms off the great room and the views from outside the hotel. Our room was great, it had an awesome view of half dome, A/C which with the provided fan (in the closet) kept the room cool, a nice seating area and a comfortable bed. The room had a fridge, coffee maker, and a TV (a big surprise). It was good sized, clean and quiet. In addition to the half dome view you looked out on the back lawn area. The bathroom was good sized (with a tub and shower combo) had some counter space. The water pressure was only OK but there was plenty of hot water. The one issue is that the toilet is very close to the wall We found the internet weak and since we kept getting "network security" issues about it from our devices we never hooked up to it. For us that was not an issue. There is a business center which has better internet. The staff was generally pleasant and helpful. Housekeeping especially so. Parking can be a challenge but we were always able to find a spot. Pull up to the main entrance when loading or unloading your car. Overall, this was the best hotel we have stayed at in a NP (not a high bar but it's notably better than most others) and worth splurging for.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Ahwahnee
Which popular attractions are close to The Ahwahnee?
Nearby attractions include Yosemite Valley (1.2 km), Ahwahnee Historic Building (0.00 km), and Yosemite Village (0.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Ahwahnee?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Ahwahnee?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Ahwahnee?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Ahwahnee?
Yes, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Ahwahnee?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Ahwahnee Dining Room, Curry Village Dining Pizza Deck, and Degnan's Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Ahwahnee?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Ahwahnee have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Ahwahnee offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Ahwahnee?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Ahwahnee offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to The Ahwahnee?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Indian Village of the Ahwahnee (1.3 km).