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Published Date: Feb, 25, 2024 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2024 Rating: 4
The Hotel's views are amazing. Reservations for the restaurant need to be done VERY early. I went Feb 21 to 24 and booked it last year Sep. I could only get one night's dinner (Feb 21) and had to go elsewhere for dinner for the other nights. Keep that in mind when booking. Breakfast reservations were even harder and I didn't get one for any mornings. The bar in the hotel is good for breakfast (doesn't need reservations/walk-in).
Grace N from: San Francisco, California
Published Date: Feb, 6, 2024 Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2023 Rating: 3
Why are we paying to park at the Ahwahnee
The rooms are attractive from a historical perspective but not elegant for what you are paying. The suites which we saw but didn't stay in are quite nice. The renovations are much needed. The parking is a sad and disappointing thing that will deter people from coming or stopping in to buy a meal to shop. There is a lack of available parking, and having to pay for parking is ridiculous in a National Park. Yosemite Lodge, Wawona, and all other lodgings have complimentary parking, but The Ahwahnee charges a mandatory $30/day. This needs to end. Aramark needs to think why they are charging customers to park in a National Park. They may have some surprises when they bring back some of the events The Ahwahnee has hosted in the past when there is a lack of people interested in staying there again.
BernietheK from: Albany, California
Published Date: Jan, 14, 2024 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2024 Rating: 2
Under Construction, Understaffed, Overpriced
We have been going to the Ahwanee for over 30 years. When Sony had the concession it was a great hotel. Over the years it has declined. Our most recent visit was disappointing. The hotel is under construction (which we knew in advance) and there is only a temporary kitchen. There is no ala carte meal service or room service and the buffet and bar menus are mediocre at best and awful at worst. Perhaps for water conservation, the shower flow is barely enough to manage a shower and not enough to effectively rinse your hair. The hotel is understaffed and seemed mostly empty while we were there. One hopes that when the construction is finished and the kitchen reopens, the occupancy level will rise and Aramark will staff the hotel properly. We would not recommend a visit given the high cost and lack of services.
DrJackPA from: PA
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Jan, 14, 2024 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2024 Rating: 3
This poor old hotel is overpriced and dingy. The room is classic, but old. The shower is terrible. Too hot or too cold. Pressure is a joke. The buffet ranged from good to poor. Very industrial food. If you have any special dietary restrictions, they WILL NOT cater to you. The staff seemed overworked and not attentive enough. We never knew drinks were included until the last meal!
The worse part?? There was a fire alarm. We left the building and found ourselves outside the dining hall….locked out. The staff was CLUELESS about helping. To say this was a sh-t show was an understatement. NO fire routes listed in the hallway.
Never staying here again, for sure.
Tony S from: San Francisco
Published Date: Jan, 13, 2024 Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2024 Rating: 1
A cold overpriced room with mice
The hotel is under some sort of repair. The dining room is not open for regular dinner, only a buffet ($63/person) with carved beef and everything else is steam tray. The beef was ok, not fabulous by any means, and all the other choices were mediocre. We stayed in an outdoor cabin which was freezing cold, heated only by a baseboard electric heater and a tiny plug in loud blowing portable heater. The bedroom was quite cold and the bathroom and shower were very cold. There were mice scampering around our room. There is a $30/night mandatory valet parking fee. Room plus parking, taxes, and fees close to $700/night. Obviously a fabulous location, but way over priced for a cold room with mice.