We really wanted to stay at the Ahwahnee, but they didn't have room for us. We ended up at the Tenaya lodge instead, and in the end we're so happy we did! The hotel is 5 minutes from the Yosemite park entrance, and after visiting the Ahwahnee and other places in the valley, we discovered we were much more comfortable staying outside the park than in the touristy valley. Our room was huge, and very clean. We loved the style of the lodge interior. The lobby was spectacular and welcoming. Service was quick, helpful and friendly. The Concierge was a BIG help, telling us to do the drive to Bodie ghost town through Tioga Pass right away because she thought Tioga might close the day after - which it did! But thanks to her, we made it to Bodie which was incredible! The Concierge also helped us plan our route to Death Valley. The gift shop and the cafe were perfect. The food in the restaurants was somewhat average, but service and atmosphere was wonderful. Only one complaint: We hated the view from our room. The view was basically concrete, some sort of noisy air condition thing and a parking lot. But then again, we could've just complained about it while we were there and they would've probably helped us out. But shy Scandinavians don't want to make a fuss! All in all a great stay at a very authentic and warm lodge. We would definitely come back for Yosemite and the Tenaya Lodge.