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The Ahwahnee

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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
Meeting rooms
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Concierge
Convenience store
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
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Travel57745191681 wrote a review 25 Feb
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The Hotel's views are amazing. Reservations for the restaurant need to be done VERY early. I went Feb 21 to 24 and booked it last year Sep. I could only get one night's dinner (Feb 21) and had to go elsewhere for dinner for the other nights. Keep that in mind when booking. Breakfast reservations were even harder and I didn't get one for any mornings. The bar in the hotel is good for breakfast (doesn't need reservations/walk-in).
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lauren S wrote a review Jun 2023
Houston, Texas172 contributions81 helpful votes
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We had an amazing stay here! Despite all of the construction- the staff were all so friendly that it made up for us now being able to use the traditional dining room. We were really bummed about that- but hope we can come back some day to experience it! Our room view was great. I was worried after reading some of the reviews, but I think people need to remember this is an old hotel and old doesn’t equal dirty. Our room was very clean and again staff was awesome!
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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SoleilNeige wrote a review 6 Feb
San Francisco, California26 contributions10 helpful votes
The rooms are attractive from a historical perspective but not elegant for what you are paying. The suites which we saw but didn't stay in are quite nice. The renovations are much needed. The parking is a sad and disappointing thing that will deter people from coming or stopping in to buy a meal to shop. There is a lack of available parking, and having to pay for parking is ridiculous in a National Park. Yosemite Lodge, Wawona, and all other lodgings have complimentary parking, but The Ahwahnee charges a mandatory $30/day. This needs to end. Aramark needs to think why they are charging customers to park in a National Park. They may have some surprises when they bring back some of the events The Ahwahnee has hosted in the past when there is a lack of people interested in staying there again.
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Date of stay: March 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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BernietheK wrote a review Jan 2024
Albany, California4 contributions2 helpful votes
We have been going to the Ahwanee for over 30 years. When Sony had the concession it was a great hotel. Over the years it has declined. Our most recent visit was disappointing. The hotel is under construction (which we knew in advance) and there is only a temporary kitchen. There is no ala carte meal service or room service and the buffet and bar menus are mediocre at best and awful at worst. Perhaps for water conservation, the shower flow is barely enough to manage a shower and not enough to effectively rinse your hair. The hotel is understaffed and seemed mostly empty while we were there. One hopes that when the construction is finished and the kitchen reopens, the occupancy level will rise and Aramark will staff the hotel properly. We would not recommend a visit given the high cost and lack of services.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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DrJackPA wrote a review Jan 2024
PA58 contributions70 helpful votes
This poor old hotel is overpriced and dingy. The room is classic, but old. The shower is terrible. Too hot or too cold. Pressure is a joke. The buffet ranged from good to poor. Very industrial food. If you have any special dietary restrictions, they WILL NOT cater to you. The staff seemed overworked and not attentive enough. We never knew drinks were included until the last meal! The worse part?? There was a fire alarm. We left the building and found ourselves outside the dining hall….locked out. The staff was CLUELESS about helping. To say this was a sh-t show was an understatement. NO fire routes listed in the hallway. Never staying here again, for sure.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Tony S wrote a review Jan 2024
San Francisco538 contributions2 helpful votes
The hotel is under some sort of repair. The dining room is not open for regular dinner, only a buffet ($63/person) with carved beef and everything else is steam tray. The beef was ok, not fabulous by any means, and all the other choices were mediocre. We stayed in an outdoor cabin which was freezing cold, heated only by a baseboard electric heater and a tiny plug in loud blowing portable heater. The bedroom was quite cold and the bathroom and shower were very cold. There were mice scampering around our room. There is a $30/night mandatory valet parking fee. Room plus parking, taxes, and fees close to $700/night. Obviously a fabulous location, but way over priced for a cold room with mice.
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Date of stay: January 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Dianne B wrote a review Jan 2024
El Cerrito, California4 contributions1 helpful vote
To be generous, I'd say one doesn't go to Yosemite for the accommodations. You go for the outdoors. And maybe you don't expect luxury at a National Park property. But when that property charges over $600/night for a room at the Ahwahnee (including mandatory valet parking for $30 per night) you might well expect something nicer than what you get. I was very disappointed in the quality of the hotel room. The rooms need a refresh. Better quality bedding and maybe a comfy lounge chair in the room would go a long way to make it worth that price. On the up side, the bathrobes and the Dyson hairdryer were nice. And the staff was friendly and helpful. Housekeeping staff does an excellent job.
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Jason G wrote a review Jan 2024
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We go to the Ahwahnee every Christmas or New Year's and this year we stayed 2 evenings in a Classic Cottage (12/30, 12/31). Yes, the Ahwahnee is the nicest lodging by far in the park, but they are extremely overpriced for the accomodations ($672 per night). At best, this is a 4 star hotel. Despite the hotel rationalizing the basically non-existent internet as a digital detox, at check-in the greeters indicate the connection is 'spotty'. Unless you hang out in the lobby, it is almost impossible to get any signal in a cottage, or any of the rooms in the main hotel I've stayed at in years past. Even the lobby is a roll of the internet dice. The hotel should be much more forthright at check-in and on the website that the expectation is that it is not available in rooms and it 'may' be available in the lobby. This is 2024 and they need to figure this out, despite Half-Dome overshadowing the hotel. I could do Zoom video chats from the Parking lot at Valley View! Never possible at the Ahwahnee. People who pay the price for the Ahwahnee are expecting the ability to connect with friends, family and business colleagues in addition to enjoying nature. They should be left with the decision to detox digitally. In addition, phone service was also non-existent from our room and basically the whole lobby, and I had to find a patch of wooded trail outside the hotel where I can phone my parents and sister to wish them a Happy New Year's. It's completely ridiculous. Lastly, the Ahwahnee dining room served a very good buffet meal (and service is generally excellent) for New Year's, but the desert offering was embarrassing (cream puffs pasted on a small tin foil tree with another tray of bland hand-held miniature deserts. Really? Get the price down to match the value delivered. I would hope that the management sees the long-term potential benefit of not aggravating customers and making them feel financially gouged and regretful for picking the Ahwahnee.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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drmader wrote a review Dec 2023
Orinda, California2178 contributions531 helpful votes
We had a lovely stay here hiking and enjoying the views, grand expanse of the valley floor, the grand dining room. Valet was fast and responsive as were bellman and check in. The lobby is wonderful To read a book , bring your snack or sandwich after a long hike and sit and relax, decorated nicely for the holiday .great location to go from each morning, didn’t feel overly crowded . A few recos would be .. next cottage overhaul add tubs, great for a long soak after many hours on trails, make bikes available to rent, hvac was a bit of a challenge in cottage, around baseboards and under tables hadn’t been cleaned in years… when plugging something in …it was shocking the dirt .. like to see hot tub , outdoor fire pits w smores available and even fireplaces in cottages /room . We have been coming here for many years and it’s always grand , steeped in history and tradition all against the majestic background of the park .thank you we so enjoyed
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Jenny wrote a review Dec 2023
Los Angeles, California68 contributions22 helpful votes
5 stars for service, location and historic vibe. The Ahwahnee cabins have been a bucket list of mine for a while. The hotel is old, and as such is not going to be your Four Seasons updated marble bath etc. but what you get in exchange is comfort, service, proximity to the Valley, and time travel to the world of John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt. Staying at Christmas, the hotel was decked out in tasteful, nature-inspired decorations, with cozy fireplaces glowing. Definitely make a reservation for dinner. Currently, it is a buffet, and I'm looking forward to a return to ala carte, but the dining room at the Ahwahnee is spectacular with high ceilings, glowing candles everywhere, and a sparkling Christmas tree. The cabins were large, with a big comfy bed, a walk-in closet/vanity area which I really liked because we didn't have to look at luggage clutter. They're a short walk to the hotel to grab a complimentary morning coffee and enjoy the sunrise. There is a refrigerator, and we requested a microwave. The tiled bath was chilly on arrival, but they provided a space heater which warmed it up quickly. The cabin rooms are duplexes, so we heard our neighbors a few times, but the closets and baths were the adjoining parts, with a door to close off to the sleeping part of the cabin, so not an issue. As for the price, it is worth it to be in the Valley. Many visitors to Yosemite Valley try to save money by staying outside the valley, but you're cutting into your time in this spectacular place by driving in and out to cheaper hotels (takes at least an hour or more, each way). If you stay outside the valley you will not have the ability to do the big hikes, like Upper Yosemite Falls, the Four Mile Trail, etc. Day trippers also miss the quiet times in the park early morning, the starry nights, and the wildlife that comes out after dark. Overall: 3 cabin nights, one fancy dinner, one pub dinner, and one breakfast + valet = $2300. I feel it was a good value for the comfort and service we had after full days out hiking. If I did it again I'd bring bikes as they don't rent them in the winter and it seemed the easiest way to get around the valley.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Ahwahnee
Which popular attractions are close to The Ahwahnee?
Nearby attractions include Glacier Point (1.9 km), Nevada Falls Loop (4.3 km), and Taft Point (4.5 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 Mountain Room Restaurant, The Ahwahnee Dining Room, and Degnan's Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Ahwahnee?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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).
Does The Ahwahnee have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.