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“Once in a lifetime splurge.” 4 of 5 stars
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The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 (Formerly The Ahwahnee)   |  
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San Francisco, California
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“Once in a lifetime splurge.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012 via mobile

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.

  • Stayed October 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

My trip to Yosemite was last minute, so imagine my surprise when I was able to book a standard room at a discounted rate!
The hotel is beautiful- and with El Capitan looming in the background-well that's a pretty good feat.
The room (106) was basic. No kitchenette but clean bathtub and decent soundproofing. But the selling point for me was the Mezzanine. Do yourself a favor and browse pictures of this historic hotel.

http://www.google.com/search?q=ahwahnee+hotel&hl=en&client=ms-android-verizon&tbo=d&site=webhp&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=H3GsUOKcEcG0igKW94C4CA&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=360&bih=559&sei=XHGsULCDNsvVigLg0YCYBw

If you have the $$$ it is worth a visit.

  • Stayed November 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

Impressive building inside & out, in magnificent setting.
Staff great, but dining room needs some work. Exorbitant mark-ups on the wine list too, so best to take your own!
Breakfast a shambles with long queues & long delays to get seated which can be frustrating if you are hanging out for that coffee.
Angus roast was poor, quite soft & tasteless, the brisket was OK though.

Room Tip: all seem quiet as you would expect, a view over the park is agreeable
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We stayed in the cottages, adjacent to the hotel....was rustic, but the view is what you are there to see. The hotel is majestic, the staff is friendly if you engage them. The main dining room, has amazing views, the staff are retiree"s how work for the company who mange the property.

if you want 5 star service, stay in the city limits. If you want to stay in the valley floor of an amazing national treasure, this is the place. Although a bit on t,he expensive side, just think about your contribution to sustaining the National Park system for generations to enjoy.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

I'm with most other reviewers on this. The Ahwahnee is/was magical. They will charge a top price and stay booked, supply and demand; but what a shame the folks running the thing don't feel a sense of duty to the history of the place to get in character, but then this is CA - the land of envy and forced egalitarianism. One thing to watch out for. We booked through the main www site, and got signed up for some high dollar nature hike each day w/o authorization. Turns out we were not alone in this. The check in gal got it reversed, but keep an eye out. In any case stay here is you can swing it, but think of it as a museum tour rather then an real time experience.

Room Tip: Face south (half dome)
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

Four of us (two couples) stayed here 3 nights. Rooms are small and a bit run down, but the location makes up for it. What we found very poor is the main dining area. The service is slow, the servers inattentive, food expensive and not good value and we felt that we were doing them a favour by eating there! We had a dinner & breakfast there & our friends two dinners & two breakfasts - and the service was consistently poor. I did provide feedback to the Dining manager at the time - but would be surprised if that made any difference!
Apart from the Dining room, found the front desk, housekeeping, in room dining, concierge, bar staff all very pleasant and helpful.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

Wife, daughter and I stayed three nights in The Ahwahnee in the course of an October Yosemite visit. The public areas are beautiful, the rooms are small and worn. The restaurant is fine for one dinner but the menu is not extensive and nothing changes from night to night. The breakfast buffet is very good and it is impressive how they succeed in mass producing high quality Eggs Benedict. The hotel staff is typical Yosemite -- good people who know their stuff. The dining room staff is a bit of an anomaly as I am seldom served anymore by folks who are older than I am ... but no contest here! Maybe my expectations were too high but I just was not impressed by The Ahwahnee. Yosemite Lodge is a better choice for in-park accommodations. As an aside, the park was lovely in October, the weather was great and some of the falls were still running.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Property: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Address: 9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 (Formerly The Ahwahnee)
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Majestic Yosemite Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel shines as Yosemite National Park's distinctive AAA(R) Four-Diamond hotel. Known for its magnificent façade and architecture, The Majestic Yosemite Hotel was specially designed to highlight its natural surroundings, which include Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Glacier Point. The destination of queens and presidents alike, this distinctive Yosemite hotel offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality, and elegance. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Ahwahnee Hotel Yosemite National Park
Ahwahnee Yosemite National Park
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