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Published Date: Jun, 2, 2023 Travel Date: May, 1, 2023 Rating: 5
Beautiful historical Hotel in the heart of Yosemite park
Beautiful historic hotel in the heart of Yosemite Valley. Such an elegant, old world touch having a concert pianist in the lobby every evening. The hotel is so centrally located to so many of the popular hikes and easy access to bike rentals and trails. We had such a wonderful visit to Yosemite park and all the beautiful waterfalls that abound.
- Value: 3
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
Doug K from: San Francisco, California, United States
Published Date: May, 30, 2023 Travel Date: May, 1, 2023 Rating: 5
Incomparable Setting - Well Worth it
Even during a period of significant construction the Ahwahnee remains a remarkable experience. Its setting is truly incomparable - breathtaking views abound. The featured cottage is relatively spacious with a very comfortable bed and a lovely sitting area and generally the cottage area is quiet with beautiful walking areas along the river away from the crowds. The hotel is grand - and I particularly like the entrance. Yes, it is old but that's part of the point - it is historic and they just don't build like this anymore. We were very pleased with the service, and Cole one of the managers was particularly helpful. Two criticisms. They really ought to be able to figure out the wifi situation. Simply don't count on it. Secondly, the dinner buffet (substitute while the dining room is undergoing retrofitting) is definitely not worth it. Much better is the A la carte menu in the bar. The Sweet Shop is terrific too. All in all, still giving it 5 stars because there's no more perfect setting and the "grand" feeling of this historic hotel is still there.
Published Date: May, 28, 2023 Travel Date: May, 1, 2023 Rating: 3
Location is the Only Thing Going for this Hotel.
The location of the Ahwahnee in Yosemite National Park is exceptional, can't be beat. Everywhere you look is a beautiful view of something different. However, if you are going in 2023, beware of the construction going on in the main dining room. Since this is the most featured room in the hotel, the closing of the dining room is a major deal.
The rest of the hotel is just ok. Internet reception and Wi-fi is almost non existent. The price you pay for the hotel room is very high for the quality of the room you get. You also have to pay for valet parking, bellboys, and tip, tip tip. Since you have to eat at the hotel, nothing nearby, you have to eat in the makeshift dining room. Food was very expensive and very disappointing. What I expected to be a major highlight of my trip, left me a little cold.
- Value: 1
- Location: 5
- Service: 3
Warren M from: Williamsburg, Virginia
Published Date: May, 27, 2023 Travel Date: May, 1, 2023 Rating: 1
DO NOT STAY HERE IN 2023!
This is one of my favorite hotels and destinations having visited multiple times over the past 4 decades. Management has changed along with the commitment to excellence.
Do not stay here during the current renovations as the amenities beside the wonderful location are lacking. This hotel should have closed for this season and are running down the reputation.
The F&B service is unacceptable with the Dining room offering a buffet that they are unable to even keep properly stocked with food and dessert choices of pound cake and lemon bars like what is offered at a low end buffet .
The hotel has many long term employees who are embarrassed by what they see but are not empowered .
Steve B from: san diego, ca
Published Date: May, 25, 2023 Travel Date: May, 1, 2023 Rating: 5
Please read if you are appreciative positive person
I am truly puzzled by reviews focusing on the paint job inside the closet of a hotel room in the presence of something truly magnificent.
1. This is arguably the most majestically beautiful location for a hotel in the world. From its grounds, in a forest clearing of monumental trees and blooming dogwoods you can see the tallest waterfall in the continental US, a front and center view of half dome, and the thundering Royal Arch Cascades, so close to the hotel they seem part of it.
2. Staying at the Ahwahnee is an opportunity to experience an important and elegant part of American history. This 1927 landmark has been updated in precisely the right way: the integrity and style of the building are intact, but the bathroom fixtures, air conditioning, and heating are modern.
3. The food, particularly the breakfast buffet, is superb. It is a wonderful way to start your day in this beautiful environment.
4. The staff are consistently helpful, happy and willing to engage. The are diverse and interesting people. We had several authentic conversations with staff members who were in awe of the place they work.
5. I will add that there is something special about returning hot and sweaty from a day of hiking or bicycling, and hearing a classical pianist playing Beethoven in the Great Lounge
I called a year in advance to reserve "Featured Room" 430. It has a shared balcony (there is a screen) It has a direct view of half dome, and because it is on the end of the hall, there is also a window on the south side with a view of Staircase Falls the other rooms do not have.
Get up in the morning, get some free delicious coffee, and stroll the lawn and grounds outside, before the day visitors arrive. I guarantee any concerns you may have about the towels (which are fine) or the size of the elevator with fade in the presence of genuine majesty.
- Value: 4
- Location: 5
- Service: 5