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“Unique historical setting” 3 of 5 stars
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The Ahwahnee
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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170 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Unique historical setting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to coming here. The Hotel is set in the most amazing grounds, and we were put into a suite on the 6th floor- apparently because we were three people. So we were in a bedroom with an adjoining library ( yes, library) with photos of the original owner and his wife. It was a bit like staying in a museum for the night! So my daughter needed a bed organising in the library, the reception said someone would come up and arrange this, I asked could they come when we were at dinner. Unfortunately they did not come, and we ended up with a grumpy guy stomping around making up the bed at around 11 pm. As to dinner, I had been planning my outfit for months! They make a big fuss about clothing, ladies must wear skirts, dresses or long pants, no jeans or shorts. So, I pressed my daughter into also wearing smart clothes, and she looked so lovely! When we got to that historic and beautiful dining room, my daughter was horrified to discover there were people wearing fleeces, and looking very casual! She shot dagger looks at me all evening. But there were people there dressed up. The food, unfortunately, was not up to our efforts.....
It was very average food, roast beef with absolutely no jus, gravy, call it what you want. Vegetables were shameful. It really was a big disappointment. Breakfast, however, was good, with eggs benedict at the buffet, and a good choice of other breakfast goodies. We were served by Dave, who was obviously a national monument.
The location was amazing, and we spent the morning just wandering around the spectacular grounds. The elevator is really, really spooky.
Dear Ahwahnee, you have an amazing and wonderful hotel. Please try and improve the dining facilities.

Room Tip: Well, you could stay on the 6th Floor in a suite - Queen Elizabeth slept there!!!
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Had a great stay there, the room was lovely, the view of half dome was amazing. The pool wasn't known when book, so it was a great surprise when we got it. Great customer service and the location including the free bus shuttle outside made thus hotel an memorable one. Highly recommended!

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

The hotel common areas are simply beautiful. The dining room is gorgeous, with incredibly high ceilings with amazing wooden beams, and gorgeous windows overlooking majestic redwood trees. The food is fabulous. The salads and the burgers were great at lunch. The filet was delicious for dinner. The service was friendly and attentive. There is a wonderful, huge, beautiful room where they serve hotel guests complimentary tea and cookies. So nice! The only negative was the room itself. Although it was large, it was also dated, drab, dark and tired. At a minimum, they could improve the feel of the room by changing the dirty, stained, dated, dreary lamp shades, if not by adding a fresh coat of paint in a brighter color. Notwithstanding the room decor, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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North Carolina
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48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Not only is the Lodge incredibly beautiful, the dining is superb! The huge high ceiling room is so well appointed and the views are stunning. The food is superior. The service delightful. Even if you can't stay at the Lodge (which we didn't) it is worth a visit for a glass of wine or a cocktail and a stroll about the place.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

A beautiful old world charm hotel in the most lovely of National Parks. If you can't stay there, at least stop by and have a bite to eat or drink. Very helpful staff in all areas of the hotel and restaurants and shops. Can't wait to go again next August.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We spend two nights in a cabin at the Ahwahnee and WOW. Yosemite NP would have to be one of the most beautiful places we have ever visited, and the Ahwahnee is a magnificent part of that. The main hotel, its staff, and its grounds are almost faultless.

Our cabin itself was very nice, it had a fire place and sitting area in a large living space, bathroom was well done for an old cabin. It appeared to either have been recently renovated or very well kept.

This National Park and Hotel is somewhere we will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Wayland, Massachusetts
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22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Why can't ALL hotels be like this one....from the moment you arrive, unpretentious, informed, lovely people greet you. Bags are whisked away..and you arrive at reception...painless check in and arrive in your room..simple but everything you need. The hotel itself is just beautiful. The inn smells like the mountains, fresh and clean.....the views...Half Dome etc...RIGHT THERE! Service throughout our stay was perfection. The pool is great after a long day....nice bar service there...so much to do...take advantage of it all...best discovery..the Merced River RIGHT behind the inn..a deep refreshing watering hole. Take the Walk down from Glacier Point...a full day but OMG..so worth it....use Panoramic trail via Mist....enjoy enjoy,

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Ski-In / Ski-Out Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Ahwahnee 4*
Number of rooms: 123
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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