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The Ahwahnee
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Excellent place to stay in the heart of the park.
User: Egnazia from: Brussels, Belgium
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Sep, 24, 2022
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2022
Rating: 4
Amazing to walk the hotel sorrounds the early morning (we saw bears) and at sunset to watch the half dome from the hotel meadow. The restaurant is great for dinner (but awful at breakfast). Prefer the bar instead. The concierge Michelle has plenty of good tips to give 🤗

A Dismal Experience
User: markmB4642CC from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Sep, 15, 2022
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2022
Rating: 1
A year in advance, we reserved two rooms with adjoining balconies. Upon arrival, we were told that our rooms had been assigned to others, and we were given rooms at the opposite ends of opposing hallways. When I complained about the room assignments, I was rudely treated by front desk employees, one aggressively so. Several hotel employees we dealt with over our three-day stay lacked competence, and clearly lacked proper training and supervision. The Ahwahnee website states that the hotel's rooms have been remodeled. This is a serious misrepresentation of the condition of the rooms we were assigned. Both rooms were "buggy," with several amenities not operable. The furniture and carpeting was dated and stained. My certified letter of complaint to the hotel's general manager after our visit went unanswered. We seriously doubt that this is the type of experience one should have at a national park. The park itself and parts of the lodge are beautiful. You don't have to stay there to see them. We recommend that you don't.
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Unique experience a
User: Heidi M from: Washington DC, District of Columbia
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Aug, 30, 2022
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2022
Rating: 4
Going in, I knew that a five star experience in a National park was likely impossible, and understood that part of the cost was the fact that we were staying in the best hotel in Yosemite Valley (not necessarily the best hotel ever). Traveling as a finally of four, we went all out and reserved the Library Suite. (In the end, two regular rooms would have been the same price.). It was furnished consistent with the period intended to be represented, and was roomy enough for us all. The views were nice, but not of any of the more “famous” vistas in the Valley (like Half Dome). Check in was seamless and timely. We were surprised to find a huge charcuterie plate and welcome letter when we arrived. The Dining Room (as advertised) was spectacular and, although the menu is somewhat limited, the food, service and environment (live piano player) were excellent. Taking a tour with a ranger gives you a better appreciation for the establishment, but there are a number of things that the hotel could do that would give customers a truer “five star” experience. The biggest thing is updating the bathrooms. These aren’t original 1927 bathrooms, but (from the color of the tile) something installed circa 1965, and they are (sorry) pretty gross. The floor tile is dirty and the wall tile is falling out. If this were about historical preservation, I’d understand, but this seems more about decades of neglect. Also, better towels (in the bathroom and at the pool) could be a relatively inexpensive but much needed and appreciated upgrade. Last, after five days, I was only able to get three constructive minutes of hot water in the shower. All in all, it’s really not worth the price and you can have almost as unique of an experience at the Yosemite Valley Lodge for a much lower price point. Instead, enjoy this hotel by booking a reservation for dinner or going on the ranger-led tour, grabbing a drink at the bar, and enjoying it in the expansive lobby (also with a live piano player in the afternoons). Although the place is remarkable and you wouldn’t want to miss it, there’s nothing so remarkable about the stay that justifies the cost.

First time at Yosemite
User: LindaMCincinnati from: Phoenix, Arizona
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Aug, 29, 2022
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2022
Rating: 4
We stayed in one of the cabins on the property of the Awani for our trip to Yosemite. It’s a little deceiving that you get a cabin, it’s actually a part of a cabin. Small but had everything you need, a bed, a couple hard chairs, and a bathroom. It’s in the center of everything you’re going to want to see at Yosemite. You can hop on the shuttle bus right at the property and get off and on as many times as you like to see all the sites. And it’s free. There’s not much in the way of restaurants nearby. If you choose to eat at the restaurant at The hotel, I will warn you that it’s pretty pricey, a limited menu, and the food was Soso. All in all, we had a great time. There’s just not a lot of options on places to stay that have this sort of location
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Lovely hotel, nice scenery
User: 964YvonneB from: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Aug, 28, 2022
Travel Date: Aug, 1, 2022
Rating: 5
We could get last minute rooms (the week before our stay). First we started with a twin room with the 4 of us (2 adults, 2 kids - 10 and 13). That did not really fit - the beds are only 120cm wide. Fortunately they had another room available, so we split and that worked out better. It is really great that you can start of with your hikes right from the hotel - no car needed! Breakfast is great and different every day (oatmeal, fresh fruit, eggs ...). We were a bit disappointed in terms of dinner - it was a buffet and we are not really buffet people. The food was not bed, but we would prefer a la carte. 1 day we had dinner at the Yosemite Valley Lodge (we had to drive there though) but the food there was much better.
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