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The Ahwahnee
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Fabulous location but tired service and overpriced
User: andyww18 from: Savelletri, Italy
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 14, 2019
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019
Rating: 3
The iconic building and stunning valley seems to allow the ownership to trade on reputation rather than invest in quality and service . You pay a lot for heritage and 90 year old antiques . Rooms look dated and dark although are comfortable . Food in the atmospheric dining room is expensive with a very limited menu . For dinner the Mountain Room at Yosemite Valley Lodge is a better alternative , much less informal than The Ahwahnee’s misplaced formality ... and easy to book . The bar at the Ahwahnee had very patchy service , good at table but amateurish at the bar itself where a single server struggled with a growing queue whilst another just took the check . Bar food is decent and good for a quick breakfast - the restaurant is again pricey - $29 is hard to justify for a buffet unless you just want to gorge on food . Big open lounge spaces have atmosphere but no staff who could be taking drinks orders . Training and energy is needed to justify the prices and do service to what could be a stunning experience . Yosemite valley lodge seems to offers a better value option with more facilities .. and similar stunning location

Andrew
User: Sara1809 from: Reading
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Sep, 12, 2019
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019
Rating: 1
Was really looking forward to staying here but bitterly disappointed. Dirty rooms that were not serviced, sullen staff, apart from reception, and food mediocre. Have stayed all over the world and rarely write on Trip Advisor, but felt I had to in this case. I was shocked. Don’t waste your money!!

Must stay here!!!
User: bailli2019 from: Boston, Massachusetts
Published Date: Sep, 8, 2019
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019
Rating: 5
The grand dame of lodge experience this historic property is THE place to stay in Yosemite. Grandeur of a different era that keeps up with modern standards. Spectacular views from every corner. Comfortable rooms but the star of the show is outside!
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Iconic location and historic hotel
User: 367markc from: Valldemossa, Spain
Published Date: Sep, 6, 2019
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019
Rating: 4
Yes this is not 2019 decor or standards... it can’t be. But it’s in an amazing location and worth it ( almost to stay) What I can’t forgive is a soft mattress that meant I slept badly and overstuffed pillows! Food and service was on par with tourist destinations that charge high. Standards were good but not haute cuisine. Friendly and courteous at all times. Wonderful views from our room on 4th floor. Yes it’s expensive but... you are worth it!!

Great Stay in Yosemite
User: 478alyc from:
Published Date: Sep, 4, 2019
Rating: 5
I was slightly worried when booking the Ahwahnee, concerned it might be uncomfortable and dingy considering it’s a historic hotel built in the 1920s. I was completely mistaken. We booked a classic king room and it was perfect for my husband and I. The bed was extremely comfortable, shower had fantastic water pressure, and we never heard noise from other rooms or the hallways. We do wish we would have gotten some more information on the amenities offered for guest. We had no idea the hotel had its own bike rental stand until later in our stay, and we would have definitely checked the historical hotel tour given daily at 2pm, but we were unaware of this until the last day. Overall, incredible stay, and it will definitely be our go to the next time we are in the valley.

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