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The Ahwahnee
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Historic Hotel in a Pandemic
User: H6452WNmichaelh from: San Francisco, California
Published Date: Jul, 1, 2020
Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020
Rating: 4
We checked in on the first full day it reopened. The historic building is still wonderful and the accommodation to the pandemic was appropriate. Hand sanitizers and plexiglass were in abundance and no housekeeping was available. The giant dining room was open only to hotel guests (mostly, but not completely). Many tables were taken out so there was substantial distance between tables. The only food option was a buffet, served across a plexiglass shield by masked waiters. The food was ok, under the circumstances, but lacked pizzazz. The prime rib was certainly commendable and on our last night, there was even huckleberry pie. The buffet breakfast was abysmal however. Nothing cooked to order and the waffles and pancakes were stone cold. We had better luck with the grab and go cold breakfast. Masks were generally worn, but not required.
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Very Special
User: R658FRemmaw from: Melbourne, Australia
Trip Type: Friends getaway
Published Date: Jun, 1, 2020
Travel Date: Jan, 1, 2020
Rating: 5
Its a very unique hotel. I adored it, but if you need modern luxury its the wrong place for you. What it does have is a uniquely preserved moment in time and possibly the slowest elevator remaining on earth 😄 It is definitely worth staying for the lovely staff and the grand historical building. Its location is unbeatable.

Anniversary
User: FarAway465836 from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: May, 6, 2020
Travel Date: Dec, 1, 2019
Rating: 2
Only bad review is at turn down my diamond necklace That I had on the nightstand was gone when I returned from a night cap at the bar. We called the front desk and Nirguna came of it. Done do housekeeping!!!!!!! Or turndown option.

This place is magical
User: amyleeh123 from:
Trip Type: Family
Published Date: Apr, 11, 2020
Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019
Rating: 5
My husband and I took a 2 week road trip with Yosemite being the ultimate destination. This place is incredible. It takes into the past while offering modern amenities. It’s right in the heart of the valley. There are so many wonder hikes right off the back lawn.

Best hotel for a winter conference
User: wanderlustdvm from: San Diego, California
Trip Type: Business
Published Date: Mar, 17, 2020
Travel Date: Mar, 1, 2020
Rating: 4
Just returned from a conference in Yosemite. The conference was at the Yosemite lodge but all the rooms were booked and I’m so glad! We ended up at the Ahwahnee. We paid a lot more and had to drive each day to lectures but it was worth it. In winter, lots of stuff is closed and when we were there they were remodeling a lot of restaurants in Yosemite. Food was extremely limited. All four we found outside of the Ahwanee was disgusting. The Ahwanee has a beautiful dining room but reservations were required so we usually ate in the bar. The food was good, decently priced, and the service was wonderful. They have lots of beer, wine, and cocktails. Also so thankful for that bar as there was nothing else to do at night! The hotel has free parking and a little shop with toiletries, snacks, bottles of wine, etc. There is also a gift shop. Close by hiking yo some beautiful sights. We stayed in a cottage. If located anywhere else no one would stay as the rooms are outdated and drab to keep with the style of the era the hotel was built. The hotel is a historic landmark so they maintain as much tradition as possible. The toilet was super loud, needs to be replaced unless the person you are staying with sleeps through anything. My big complaint was having zero control over the temperature in our room as the AC and heat were controlled seasonally by the hotel. So everyday we would come in to a hot, stuffy room then freezing later in the night. The bed and pillows were also really uncomfortable and I ended up with neck, hip, and shoulder pain from it. Small fridge but no minibar. The room does have some modern things like a nice tv and USB outlets on the night stands. All in all I would choose this hotel again for sure! Thanks for a good stay during my first trip to Yosemite!

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