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The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
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Majestic views and location, overpriced
User: DirkW107 from: Mermaid Beach, Australia
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jan, 13, 2019
Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2018
Rating: 2
There are two arguments to try and justify the nightly charge of $ 600 per room : spectacular location in the middle of Yosemite National Park and time of the year (Christmas 2018). The Majestic/Ahwahnee adds to this monopoly "historically listed", "National Historic Landmark" and "destination of queens and presidents" . . . but that reputation is in urgent need of upgrading and renovation. When you arrive, the stunning facade against the spectacular backdrop of the dramatic escarpments is promising that you've made the right decision and it will be "money well spent". But that impression quickly evaporates once you get a better look inside, where maintenance is lacking. Obviously, these grand rooms once were glorious, but now they appear faded. There are plenty of staff, but most of them seem to be casually employed (because of the busy season ?) and could use some training to bring their service up to the 5-star price. Nobody is trying hard, everything seems to go slow and without passion (run by government agency ?). Our family booked 2 cottages, which suited us perfectly ; they were adjoining, with interconnecting door, so the grandchildren could run through. The cottages are spacious and comfortable, but I would not describe them as luxurious. There is a small heating unit against the wall in the bedroom, but that is not enough to keep the cottage warm in December, so they also provide a small, noisy space heater to blow hot air where needed. There is no heating in the bathroom !! We were there for 5 nights and I timed the "servicing" of our room to under 7 minutes each day ; hardly time to vacuum, make the bed, change towels, clean bathroom, . . . our glasses did not get washed (there is no doormat and you walk in from a dirt path with heavy snow-boots straight onto the bedroom carpet). Worst of all, we ran out of hot water every day ; first person has a hot shower, the second runs out halfway. The Majestic is the only hotel that I have ever stayed in where you have to book a time for your breakfast. Better not be late ! There is a wonderful pool, lovely hot and steaming, even in freezing December. Looking up to the sheer cliffs, it is the best spot anywhere in the Valley. The grandchildren had an absolute ball in it. Overall we had a great time in Yosemite ; it is a magic place, where we had relaxing walks through the giant, ancient sequoia trees and enjoyed quality time with our beloved family. Would we stay the Majestic again ? Unfortunately, we probably would, because they hold a monopoly position and they make full (a)buse of it. If there was an alternative, the Majestic would not long stay in business.
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Wonderful Stay
User: RobertN673 from: Laval, Canada
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Jan, 6, 2019
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2018
Rating: 5
My family and I visited the Majestic in Sept right after the fires were out. There was some lingering smoke but was not an issue. The hotel common area was absolutely stunning and the grounds were impeccable. The rooms are simple and small but not an issue. We stayed for only 2 nights but was the highlight of our trip. There are several areas where you can sit and soak in the history of this place. I know the prices are at the very high end but it needs to be experienced. One thing I do recommend is the brunch. Again, crazy price but what an experience. Food and service was fantastic. Pace yourself and eat small portions so that you can try a bit of everything.
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Stunning hotel and location
User: Kathy L from: Richmond, California
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jan, 6, 2019
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2018
Rating: 5
Our room was beautiful. The hotel is stunning and has a luxurious feel. I still call it the Ahwanee, even though the name was changed. The restaurant is great, and there are other okay restaurants nearby that you can walk or shuttle to that are not as expensive. There is a lot of wonderful hikes and things to do/see. The shuttle system is great and helpful to get around the valley.
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Beautiful location
User: Michelle H from: Davis, California
Published Date: Jan, 3, 2019
Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2018
Rating: 4
We came for a family gathering for my parent's 50th anniversary and the location was beautiful. The staff was all very friendly and very welcoming. Was really impressed with the helpfulness of the staff. Was a bit disappointed when I found mildew in the shower head in our room. Also a bit disappointed at breakfast when it was just coffee and some make your own tea. Not even a morning juice? The location will keep people coming, but I just expected a bit better for this price.

One of a kind
User: Ned D from: San Francisco, California
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Dec, 30, 2018
Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2018
Rating: 4
This grand old hotel is a remarkable historic building set amid the incredible, natural grandeur of Yosemite National Park. One upon a time this was a destination for the wealthy, and now it’s still quite pricey, but don’t expect the Four Seasons crowd or atmosphere. It’s a very wide open mix of people that give the hotel a busy vibe and the hotel provides service level that’s friendly and efficient and focused on the basics, like solid guidance on how to enjoy the valley, which hikes to take and all that. And given that the building is a national jewel sitting in the heart of Yosemite I am glad that the hotel has an open, welcome to all sensibility. That’s as it should be. No one should miss an opportunity to stay here if they can swing it or at least stroll through its amazing great hall and dinning Room.
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