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“Watch out for the Ahwahnee cabins” 2 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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Rochester, MN
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
“Watch out for the Ahwahnee cabins”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2007

I experienced the same as other recent posters - this review refers to the cabins, not the rooms. The bad: at check-in, bathroom floor dirty, coffee pot not cleaned, tile grout very dirty, tile loose. Bathroom door would not close easily and walls were dirty. Spiders and other insect critters present. Newspaper didn't show up at room until almost 9 AM. The good - main facility is beautiful, nice valley location. I also stayed at the Yosemite Lodge for 1 night and Tenaya Lodge for 1 night. Yosemite Lodge best value given it's location and price. Tenaya by far the nicest facility - great restaurant, pool, facility looks newly renovated - but I prefer the convenience of the valley - and the "lodge" was adequate with food and the falls close by.

Stayed May 2007
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Philo CA
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2007

We spent two nights in a cottage at the Ahwahnee. We enjoyed the public rooms and the restaurant was terrific. But we were very disappointed in the cottage. The room was a bit shabby--for example, the door to the bathroom was falling off its hinges, one of the chest of drawers had rings on the top. Further, the service was less than stellar. Our bathroom was partially cleaned after the first day. Dirty towels were left on the floor and in the bathtub, the coffee maker was not cleaned. And after the front desk was notified, the problems were not adequately rectified. The dirty towels were still on the floor when we returned from dinner two hours later and the box of tissues had not been replenished as we had requested. All of this for over $400 a night.

  • Liked — The restaurant/dining room
  • Disliked — Physical condition of the room /maid service
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Seattler
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2007

We went to this historical hotel on 5/1 and stayed for two nights. I was there in '97 and somehow this time the hotel seems rundown and not that clean. The room doors are sticky and the carpet is not clean. The window screen in our room has a little hole so moths flied in....Anyway I would suggest anyone who wants to stay in Yosemite to have more observation than we did because The Yosemite Lodge where we boarded our Yosemite Tour coach looked not too bad and the price is 1/3 of the Ahwahnee.

  • Liked — the view
  • Disliked — too old
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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California
1 review
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2007

Alright, seriously I was extremely worried about our reservations having read the reviews on this site. However, I was very pleasantly surprised and learned not to believe everything I read on the internet. ;)

The hotel lobby, great room, and bar are all amazing. Truly. The hotel has that old, charming feel (reminded me a lot of the Hotel Del Coronado).

We made our reservations 8 months in advance for our weekend. We checked in early, but were told our room was not quite ready. However, we were told our room number so we decided to see where we'd be. We found the room was right by the elevators. Concerned this would be noisy, we returned to the front desk and politely explained. The girl behind the counter was very polite and found another room that was available. This one was much quieter and had a better view.

Our room was gorgeous and very clean. The bathroom, which I had been concerned about after reading here, was spotless and was stocked with everything you might need or have forgotten. The king sized bed was super comfortable.

The walls are paper thin though. Fortunately we had quiet neighbors.

Thinking back on it now, each interaction with a staff member was truly a positive experience. Kudos for their customer service!

In fact, my only complaint with the whole experience is with the other patrons and day-visitors of the hotel letting their rude children run around like it was Disneyland. Seriously, folks, this hotel is not cheap, and it can quickly ruin a vacation for others when your child is out of control.

  • Liked — Beautiful location
  • Disliked — Noisy children
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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california
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2007

nice hotel, loved the food at the rest, wonderful view ,would love to stay here again

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — cleanliness
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Birmingham, AL
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2007

Just returned from a 3-night stay at the Ahwahnee. What a magnifent hotel. No glitz, no flat panel TV, not a Ritz Carlton or Disney World resort - rather the Ahwahnee is a splendid reminder of a long-ago era of grace and gentility that added tremendously to the grandeur that is Yosemite. My room was confortable and surprisingly spacious. The hotel staff was helpful, polite and efficient. And I got a real key rather than a hard plastic card. My stay was a true delight.

  • Liked — Its historical beauty.
  • Disliked — Food was average but expensive.
  • Stayed March 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Newport Beach
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2007

My husband and I just got back from a three-night stay at the Ahwahnee (Jan 25-28). After reading some of the recent reviews, I was a little concerned, but happily, we were quite pleased with our stay.

Everyone from the bellmen, to the desk clerks, to the waiters went out of their way to be friendly. Fifteen minutes after we were shown to our cottage, we received a call from the desk asking if everything was to our satisfaction, and did we need or want anything additional.

We stayed in a cottage (because we wanted to be away from large crowds, noisy children, etc.), which was located maybe 100 yards from the hotel. Our cottage had a main room, maybe 15 or 16' by 15' or 16' square, which contained a king size bed, an armoire with drawers, a TV and a mini-fridge, an upholstered armchair and ottoman, and a round table and two chairs. Behind the main room was a combination dressing area/desk and closet, with ironing board, safe and coffee pot in a space about 4-5' by maybe 8'. Next to that was a "hall" area with a full length mirror, about 3' by 6'. This area would open to the room on the other half of our cabin if we were a large family that required additional room and bath. On the other side of this hall was the bathroom (toilet and bath/shower) separated by a door from the sink/vanity. So basically, you have a front room, and 3 smaller 'room/areas' behind it. Assuming the adjoining cabin had the same set-up (we didn't see it), the bathrooms/dressing areas provided a great buffer, and we didn't hear the people in the other half of the cabin.

Our cabin was clean, the bed was comfortable with down comforter and feather pillows, the carpet appeared either new or fairly new. The tile in the bathroom was clean, not cracked or broken (as some of the other reviews stated). Hot water was almost immediate in the shower.

The only "faults" with the cabin would be that the heat is controlled by a wall heater in the main room (and an additional moveable heater that looks like an electric radiator). There isn't a thermostat, so we found ourselves waking up during the night to turn off the heater. Along the same lines, the tile floors in the bathroom/sink area are VERY cold at night/morning. Wear slippers or put down your towels! Also, the supplemental exhaust fan in our bathroom was quite loud. But these are minor things as far as I'm concerned, and this is winter.

We were out hiking most of the time, and only ate one meal at the Ahwahnee. We had dinner on Saturday night. The dress code did not seem to be as strict as advertised, but people did dress nicely (no jeans). Food was pricey, but no more so than at a nice restaurant in the city. And the food we had was very good, with generous portions. We were not rushed and we enjoyed our meal. We did find that drinks in the lounge/bar were high -- about $8.50-$9.50 for a cocktail.

As for computers, the only area with wi-fi coverage is in the great room, and it is free.

We enjoyed our stay -- it was not inexpensive -- but the trade-off is that we were handy to everything in the Valley, either by walking, driving or taking the free Valley Shuttle, and we didn't spend any money on anything else besides some quick meals and snack food during our stay.

Would we stay at the Ahwahnee again? Absolutely.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — No thermostat
  • Stayed January 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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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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