The Ahwahnee is a destination unlike any other. Few places could match the grandeur of Yosemite, and here you are in one of the most beautiful places in the park. The prices are not for the faint of wallet, and you need to lower your expectations. The rooms are small, as are the bathrooms. We reserved a balcony room, and the fine print said shared. What we had was a very small balcony, with a view to die for, separated by our neighbor with a wooden screen. Unfortunately, our first night, the neighbors were a group of young men (lots of loud conversation, raucous laughter, dude this and dude that, you get the picture). Lucky for us, they were gone the next day, and the quiet couple who checked in- we never heard them. The public areas are beautiful. Except for the pool. i guess they needed to do it, but its a big round blemish,that takes away space from a beautiful peice of property, and attracts mostly kids. I've read complaints here about the staff, but we found just the opposite. Many have been there decades, love the place, and it shows. Cliff (from Muleshoe, TX, as it says on his badge) is a charming gent, probably near 70, who serves tea in the afternoon and seats folks in the dining room. Louie is one of the maintenance people who we struck up a conversation with while enjoying a pre dinner cocktail outside. We told him we were there for a special anniversary. A few minutes later he appears with a boxed bon-bon from the Sweet Shop. What a special surprise! We are well traveled and although this was a small gesture, it was so well meaning and so unexpected, it brought us to tears. The Dining Room- a beautiful place, with very good servers and a variable staff of assistants. A few were frankly bizarre. One night the soup was seafood chowder. i asked if it was cream based or red? Our waiters assistant was totally non-plussed. We never did find out. The food was good, not great. Pretty much standard hotel fare, although the prime rib was outstanding. The prices are high for what you get. The wine list is short, and expensive. The corkage- hold on to your hat- $30. The staff makes sure you know that before they pop your bottle as the mention of it is in fine print on the menu. They seem a bit embarrassed by it, and should not be. But management sure should. This is California after all, one of the great places in the world for wine, where many collect and save special bottles for occasions like visiting the Ahwahnee. There is simply no excuse for this excessive charge. Breakfast buffet is $25. Save your money and order a-la-carte. You'll spend half of that and have plenty to eat. We will return as we love Yosemite and the charm of the Ahwahnee, and if you can afford it, you should stay at least once. But it's not perfect, so come expecting that, enjoy the architecture, the people, the quirks, the beauty and spirit that is Yosemite.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tuesday August 27, 2013 - With the exception of White Wolf Lodge, all lodging and services are available in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Valley and Wawona are largely unaffected by the Rim Fire and air quality is good. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ahwahnee Hotel Yosemite National Park
- Ahwahnee Yosemite National Park
- Ahwahnee Hotel Yosemite National Park