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Jim H from: Cambria, California
Published Date: Nov, 14, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 1
You don’t get much for this very expensive lodge
One cannot get a room until 4 pm. When we first arrived, the room telephone was inoperative. I walked back to the desk and she said someone will be right up. After one hour, I did the same. Finally, some came up about 20 minutes later - looked at the wiring - and said he would return in 10 minutes. He never did. We wanted to drive around since we had just got the room. Instead, we wasted 2 hours waiting and waiting.
That evening, I was trying to charge ny cell phone. The electrical “box” between the two beds didn’t work.
We paid over $500 for the first day - and had nothing but headaches.
This is TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE for a highly rated Lodge.
BEWARE if you want to stay there.
- Rooms: 3
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Service: 1
Published Date: Nov, 12, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
We attended the first session of the Vintners Holidays!
Stayed in the Cottages which was wonderful- almost like having a cabin in the woods! The room had ample space and well appointed! It's in the beautiful Yosemite Valley and a once in a lifetime experience. The wine sessions were great as was the wine.
744sallyr from: Indianapolis, Indiana
Trip Type: Couples
Published Date: Nov, 11, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Dream come true!
We loved our stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel! It really was a dream come true. So much majestic splendor and we were staying right in the middle of it all. The room wasn’t cheap, but we decided to splurge for a room with a balcony. As some of our friends told us, Yosemite does not disappoint, and neither did the Ahwahnee. Our room was spacious and nicely furnished and the bed was very comfy. But the magic is in the history and the surroundings and the VIEW! This was our first trip to Yosemite, and the beauty was almost overwhelming! We had read reviews about the hotel being run down, but I couldn’t disagree more. It certainly has a few wrinkles that show its age, but that is what makes it more interesting than a brand new hotel. We loved walking around and just imagining all the royalty, presidents, and the rest that also walked there over the decades. No key cards here... real keys! We ate one night in the bar and one night we got pizza over in Curry Village. We ate breakfast in the Dining Room because we had not made dinner reservations in advance, which is a must, even if you are hotel guests. We did a little hiking near the property and rented bikes from the concierge to tour the valley. I will always treasure our visit to the Ahwahnee!
LORI_5240 from: Valencia, California, United States
Published Date: Nov, 7, 2019 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 5
Such a magical place!
One of the most magical places on the planet is the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite. We always stay in the cottages, which are on the back portion of the hotel. It provides a real woodsy experience. The grounds are beautiful, the dining room spectacular and the service amazing. We always feel rejuvenated after we stay at this gorgeous facility.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Location: 5
- Service: 5
John M from: Bainbridge Island, WA
Published Date: Nov, 6, 2019 Travel Date: Oct, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Spectacular Hotel With Spectacular Price
The Ahwahnee is a grand and historic hotel that must be seen to be believed. It is spectacular inside and out, with a soaring silhouette backed up to Yosemite's massive granite walls and with massive public rooms featuring huge glass windows and gorgeous rugs and other art in its curated decor. But is it worth paying the stratospheric price of staying here rather than just wandering through its public spaces without being a guest? That is a very tough call, as our one-night stay suggests. Repeated reassuring pronouncements about the "almost" availability of our room by the front desk staff started our stay with a frustrating 45-minute wait -- being more forthright about its availability might have helped. Our first room on the second floor was spacious and nicely decorated in a timeless way but the expected view from its windows was obscured by a couple feet of frosted glass so guests seemingly avoid viewing the top of the car port structure at the front entrance. We requested a change of room at the front desk, difficult since the hotel is almost always sold out, but we were accomodated with the choice of moving into a smaller handicap room two floors higher after being advised that the handicap room has minimal alterations, mainly a bathroom without shower barriers. The switch was indeed worth it, since it delivered a stunning view of majestic Half Dome and the handicap accomodations in the bathroom proved no big deal for us. The shift, though, was not without some drawbacks, especially the fact that the room was significantly smaller (Should the room have cost less then? No such thing was mentioned by the front desk.). We did like being able to walk to dinner in the magnificant dining room (although poor service marred that experience) and we also liked being right in the middle of the park for our morning walk that included the wondrous Ansel Adams Gallery as well as a pathway back to the hotel that wended its way through massive boulders. For these pleasures, we were charged $666.48 for 20 hours of lodging, which was probably the most we'd ever paid for such a short stay. We ended up with some special memories here -- one of the true highlights of a 2,700-mile road trip from Seattle -- but also with nagging thoughts that we were charged at least $200 more than such lodging should have cost. The fact of the matter remains that to not have experienced the Ahwahnee Hotel during a long trip to Yosemite would have made this a less memorable trip. The moral of this hotel story seems to be: If you can afford it, by all means stay here. If not, take time to wander this historic hotel, maybe eat at meal in the dining room or sip a drink on the bar patio, but don't lose any sleep about not actually staying here.
- Sleep Quality: 5
- Cleanliness: 5
- Service: 3