After reading a bunch of other reviews, I heard it best: don't go to the Ahwanee expecting the ritz. After all, Its a national park hotel-- even though it maybe the crown jewel of them all, You're paying for location, location, and location-- nestled into the yosemite valley floor, under the arches, with views of half dome-- its beautiful.
I loved the old granite and timber construction, and the place blends in un-obtrusively with the natural setting. Keep in mind it was built in the late 1920's to lure the wealthy in their new passenger cars to the national park, and in turn have them support and believe in the park system. Thankfully this strategy paid off, and now we can enjoy the park; wether for the day, a stay in one of the few hotels, or a night of camping.
I recommend the cabin, and at least one meal in the dining room-- the food is excellent and the ambiance even better. We happened to sit at the same table the Queen did back in her visit in the 80's.