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wanderlustdvm from: San Diego, California
Trip Type: Business
Published Date: Mar, 17, 2020 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Best hotel for a winter conference
Just returned from a conference in Yosemite. The conference was at the Yosemite lodge but all the rooms were booked and I’m so glad! We ended up at the Ahwahnee. We paid a lot more and had to drive each day to lectures but it was worth it. In winter, lots of stuff is closed and when we were there they were remodeling a lot of restaurants in Yosemite. Food was extremely limited. All four we found outside of the Ahwanee was disgusting. The Ahwanee has a beautiful dining room but reservations were required so we usually ate in the bar. The food was good, decently priced, and the service was wonderful. They have lots of beer, wine, and cocktails. Also so thankful for that bar as there was nothing else to do at night! The hotel has free parking and a little shop with toiletries, snacks, bottles of wine, etc. There is also a gift shop. Close by hiking yo some beautiful sights.
We stayed in a cottage. If located anywhere else no one would stay as the rooms are outdated and drab to keep with the style of the era the hotel was built. The hotel is a historic landmark so they maintain as much tradition as possible. The toilet was super loud, needs to be replaced unless the person you are staying with sleeps through anything. My big complaint was having zero control over the temperature in our room as the AC and heat were controlled seasonally by the hotel. So everyday we would come in to a hot, stuffy room then freezing later in the night. The bed and pillows were also really uncomfortable and I ended up with neck, hip, and shoulder pain from it. Small fridge but no minibar. The room does have some modern things like a nice tv and USB outlets on the night stands.
All in all I would choose this hotel again for sure! Thanks for a good stay during my first trip to Yosemite!
Hartsaround from: Springfield, Illinois
Published Date: Mar, 12, 2020 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2020 Rating: 5
Mom's 93rd Birthday
Wonderful time, they may her feel like Royalty. I had let them know we were coming the week before (was very surprise to even get a room here) They treated her very special, from the chocolate strawberries on arrival to singing Happy Birthday at dinner. The Lodge & Mom were the same age! Both came to life 1927
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
Elephanteric from: Fort Myers, Florida
Published Date: Mar, 11, 2020 Travel Date: Apr, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
A Pleasant Surprise
We came to Yosemite last spring and we booked a night at Half Dome Village in a tent. I was concerned with pitching a tent in freezing temperatures, but I didn't actually have to. Our reservation was unexpectedly cancelled. My dad, who covered the reservation, claimed to not have an email that the reservation was cancelled. I never looked for myself, but that doesn't matter. We drove to the Awhanee (Now Majestic Yosemite) and they told us that our reservation had been moved there for no extra charge. This meant we were staying in a really nice hotel for a third of the price. The room was nice and spacious, but we could see the Yosemite Falls from our room window, which was awesome. There is also a restaurant in the lobby with very good food. Overall, I really enjoyed this national park hotel. This hotel, with the potential exception of the Fairmont Jasper in Canada, is my favorite hotel in a national park.
- Location: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 5
drashley from: los angeles, ca
Published Date: Mar, 10, 2020 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
It's all about Location, not about a stunning room.
The Ahwahnee is the best lodging in Yosemite National Park. The grand room and the dining room are both stunning and wonderful places to spend time and eat. The cottages are large in size and had plenty of storage room. The hotel is old and so are the cottages and one must understand you are visiting a historic hotel, which means the rooms dated and tired. The decor is dull and kind of depressing. The heater in the cottage is barely adequate, but bolstered by space heaters they provide. The curtains are old and falling off the rods. The water in the shower is warm, never not enough. The electricity blew out three times during our three stays when we plugged in anything (heater, phone charger, coffee machine). Paying this much for a hotel anywhere else, with these problems, would have induced tremendous dissatisfaction and many complaints. But, it is Yosemite and it is a historic property, so you have to understand that and just roll with it. Still, we would stay here again because of the location and the grand room and dining room. It would be nice if the hotel could do a bit more upgrades, especially the electricity. It would be nice if they kept all the fireplaces going during the winter, instead of just one at a time. It would be nice if the grand room tea lasted more than one hour and if a guest could have more than one cookie.
Tom R from: Nipomo, California
Published Date: Mar, 3, 2020 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
Beautiful public spaces, ordinary guest rooms
I can't say too much about the public spaces in this hotel. They are large and beautiful. However, our room was quite ordinary. We had booked a "Classic" room, which is the middle level of room. It was completely adequate, but nothing special. One quirk worthy of mention is that the toilet, while nice looking (for a toilet), was not comfortable for the male anatomy while seated.
- Value: 2
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Service: 4