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#2 of 3 hotels in Yosemite National Park
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The Ahwahnee shines as Yosemite National Park's distinctive upscale hotel. Known for its magnificent façade and architecture, The Ahwahnee was specially designed to highlight its natural surroundings, which include Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Glacier Point. The destination of queens and presidents alike, this distinctive Yosemite hotel offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality, and elegance.
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Valet parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Breakfast buffet
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
4.0 of 5 bubbles3,325 reviews
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The Ahwahnee Hotel's historic charm and scenic location are popular among visitors, despite complaints about its steep pricing and costly mandatory valet parking. Guests commend the cleanliness and the occasional festive decorations, yet opinions on service and amenities are mixed, with some highlighting staff friendliness and others noting inefficiency. The rooms' historical allure is noted, although the size and outdatedness have disappointed some travelers. Additionally, while the setting is praised for its convenience, ongoing construction has marred the experience for many.

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Lauren S wrote a review Jun 2023
Houston, Texas
Hotel's Favourite
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had an amazing stay here! Despite all of the construction- the staff were all so friendly that it made up for us now being able to use the traditional dining room. We were really bummed about that- but hope we can come back some day to experience it!
Our room view was great. I was worried after reading some of the reviews, but I think people need to remember this is an old hotel and old doesn’t equal dirty. Our room was very clean and again staff was awesome!
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Date of stay: June 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Mark L wrote a review Aug 2020
West Hollywood, California
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I view the Ahwahnee as a totally mismanaged but potentially superb property. This lodge is a national gem that seriously needs upgrading. The hotel is poorly maintained and is in serious need of refurbishment, redesign and improved hospitality management. Throughout the hotel there is paint chipping and wood that needs repainting and refinishing, old light fixtures, some of which didn't work - shameful for such a landmark! A musty smell pervades the hotel hallways and some rooms. The design of the rooms and facilities is what you'd expect from a 3 star motel, not an exceptional property demanding $600/night for a room. The hotel is a remarkable architectural landmark with great bones in an unparalleled location but it was so sad to see how much tender loving care it really needs.

We totally understand the challenges of running a hotel during COVID; however it is pitiful that outdoor dining was NOT offered at the Ahwahnee Dining Room as is being offered by top notch hotels and restaurants all across California. There are numerous gorgeous outdoor areas on the hotel grounds with existing seating (and new seating and lighting could easily have been added) that could beautifully accommodate outdoor dining with full service, yet management chose the easy route of only offering "to go" and take away dining services in a box. After months during which the dining room could have converted to full service outdoor dining, there is no excuse that the excellent food at the Ahwahnee dining room was not available as an outdoor dining experience.

I understand the challenges of providing internet service in a remote mountain setting; however the wi fi service was really poor and I could not conduct business online while at the property. Again, there is no excuse for this. There are many new internet platforms that would allow improved wi fi even in this remote valley location and management must invest in its wifi and services if it wants to satisfy the demands of today's travelers.

There is no reason why the Ahwahnee should not be a gem with design and service like you so often find in European mountain resorts or in top notch US venues. It's high time that management invest the money and attention that this superb landmark deserves
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Date of stay: August 2020
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: The cottages have a wonderful setting separate from the hotel in the woods but are also sorely in...
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bearwald wrote a review Jun 2021
pacific palisades, CA
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Ahwahnee is a historic hotel, in the middle of wilderness, providing great service in the middle of a pandemic. I've stayed here on and off for years and was ecstatic to get a reservation in April for a June stay. (thankyou Covid!). Normally, I'm booking a year out and staying in shoulder season. The Ahwahnee is off the beaten track and the crowds here are small compared to the more mainstream parts of the park like lower Yosemite falls and Happy Isles. I find it a little oasis of peace. As others have said, the cabins are the best value in the park. There is nothing like waking up to birds singing and the murmur of the river.

A few tips for the complainers:
1) No hotel I've stayed in recently - from a hyatt in DC to a mom and pop in WA state is providing daily maid service, and the Ahwahnee is no exception. So get over it.
2) Since all employees need to stay in the park, Covid has cut staff housing in half. Yes, YSP doesn't have to pay the staff they don't have, but they still have to house them. So again, please stop complaining about the lack of waitstaff and the horrors of having to pre-order your dinner.
3) The prices aren't that bad. Try staying in any sought after location and you will pay similar prices (and probably get a smaller room).
4) My final advice for those of you giving one star - please go somewhere else. This is clearly not your scene.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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drashley wrote a review Mar 2020
los angeles, ca
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The Ahwahnee is the best lodging in Yosemite National Park. The grand room and the dining room are both stunning and wonderful places to spend time and eat. The cottages are large in size and had plenty of storage room. The hotel is old and so are the cottages and one must understand you are visiting a historic hotel, which means the rooms dated and tired. The decor is dull and kind of depressing. The heater in the cottage is barely adequate, but bolstered by space heaters they provide. The curtains are old and falling off the rods. The water in the shower is warm, never not enough. The electricity blew out three times during our three stays when we plugged in anything (heater, phone charger, coffee machine). Paying this much for a hotel anywhere else, with these problems, would have induced tremendous dissatisfaction and many complaints. But, it is Yosemite and it is a historic property, so you have to understand that and just roll with it. Still, we would stay here again because of the location and the grand room and dining room. It would be nice if the hotel could do a bit more upgrades, especially the electricity. It would be nice if they kept all the fireplaces going during the winter, instead of just one at a time. It would be nice if the grand room tea lasted more than one hour and if a guest could have more than one cookie.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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DaisyRoo wrote a review Jul 2020
Scottsdale, Arizona
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were amongst the very first guests to check in on June 13th, the day the Ahwahnee reopened. This is one of the most beautiful, historic, awe-inspiring place we've ever stayed, and we have stayed in many exceptional places over the years. To be greeted by the staff lining both sides of the outside entry way smiling, clapping, and saying "welcome back" and other kind words is something I will never forget. We were met with gracious hospitality the entirety of our stay from check in to check out. The Ahwahnee is a National Historic Landmark built in 1927 in arguably the finest location in the park. With the hotel's occupancy less than usual due to covid, we were able to walk through the common areas and see virtually no one. I took photos several different times and no one was in the pictures because the areas were empty. I loved wandering around and enjoying the collection of art in every form. The spectacular dining room has fewer tables and it was quiet and lovely -- we were able to be seated at the waterfall view tables including the one closest to the window, for all of our meals (not a special request, it just happened as a result of lack of crowds). We stayed in a classic room which was lovely in every way. I do not understand the negative reviews of the rooms. They were exceptionally comfortable and well appointed, with beautiful views (ours was towards Half Dome with some obstruction by the trees which was not a problem). The Yosemite we experienced this time was what I remembered from coming here as a child in the 1960s. A very, very special experience.
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We were very happy with our classic room, not necessary to splurge for a balcony room (ordinarily...
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Sandy G wrote a review Oct 2021
San Francisco, California
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The bathroom of The Library looks like a “honey do” project gone bad. Yes everything worked but for the price that is paid for The Library Suite, the park service/Aramark is ripping off their guests.
The falling apart mismatched shower tile and the plastic shower curtain was a let down for the price paid.
The rest of the suite was great, a historical room with a cozy fireplace and a beautiful view down the valley.
I know the hotel and rooms are historical and that is why you stay here but for the price that is charged (over $1300 nightly for The Library Suite) you would hope you have a bathroom that doesn’t look like a home repair job gone bad.
Everything else was nice about the stay. The staff were friendly and helpful.
Wifi is another issue. If you need to do work related things be aware the WiFi simply doesn’t work. You can’t load anything and don’t try any calls or video meetings, they either don’t connect or it drops.
It is a beautiful location, no denying that.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Vera G wrote a review Jan 2020
Menlo Park, California
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The Christmas decorations, atmosphere and entertainment were first rate. Cleanliness of the room did not merit the holiday price nor star rating. Cobwebs were interwoven all throughout the ceiling light fixture and in the corners of the walls. The comforter clearly hasn’t been washed in a while and the caulking between the bathroom tiles need a good soak/bleaching. We happened to run into the housekeeping supervisor in our corridor and pointed out to her the cobwebs. The cleaning person standing next to her said she’d do a thorough cleaning that day, which never happened. In fact the carpet hadn’t been vacuumed nor the Kleenex box refilled. When we had a drink in our friends room, their light fixtures were full of cobwebs.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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BellaFromLA wrote a review Aug 2020
Marina del Rey, California
3.0 of 5 bubbles
I came here in June about ten days after the re-opened the property. I heard this property was amazing before the new management group took it over, so I hope it will go back to what it once was. The only reason they can charge so much is because it's in the middle of the park . We stayed in a double room and it was honestly nothing special. They had been closed for months and you think they would have thoroughly cleaned the rooms, well they didn't! We went through that room with our Clorox wipes and the amount of dirt that was on them was shocking, we found cobwebs in the light fixtures and the bathtub was not scrubbed clean so we just wore flip flops while showering. The only changes the really made were removing bedding that couldn't be washed and not having housekeeping services while you are there. Our trash was overfilling so we left it in the hallway, as that was the only way to have it emptied.

The front desk staff was nice and knowledgeable. Covid and social distancing measures were taken. Most of the guests were wearing masks and all of the staff wore masks. nThe bar and pool were open with social distancing measures in place. The restaurant was turned into a buffet, where you point to the food you want behind a barrier, and the food was decent considering what they had to do.
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Date of stay: June 2020
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
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thomasj89 wrote a review Jan 2020
Pleasanton, California
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been staying at the Awahnee Lodge in Yosemite for many years. We are avid hikers and love the valley, but only splurge on the Ahwahnee once a year. What a disappointment this year. From the scratchy "Holiday Inn Express" towels, to the lack of hot water, to the space heaters in the room (main heat not working) Aramark just seems to have no clue as to how to run a 5 star iconic hotel (former, recently downgraded...surprise!) property. The clients who shell out $400-$600 night for a hotel room have high expectations. Yesterday, despite the beautiful setting and legendary hotel history.... the management has penny pinched this gem of a property and destroyed the reputation by delivering bad food, demotivated staff, and sub-standard services. I could list ten things from lousy WiFi to bathroom scales that don't work and on and on. Probably blame the Feds and Park Service for taking low bid and not holding Aramark accountable for doing a poor job. Find an operator who can provide the type of food, service and hospitality the beautiful Ahwahnee deserves!! Sorry, but will backpack and sleep in my tent in the future and skip the Ahwahnee....Shame
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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John N wrote a review Jan 2020
1.0 of 5 bubbles
I didn't booked in advance because i like to get to the place, observe the initial customer service and view and what's around to sure i will like it.
I went to the front ask and ask what they available i wanted 2 queens because it was me my fiance and 2 kids.
And wow i got 2 full size beds. I didn't pay to much attention because we were out most of time. When night came and i tried to sleep it was the most uncomfortable bed ever, I've never paid $500 for an unforfertable bed, that's how much the room cost which i get it had awesome views landmark around the hotel but i don't think is worth the stay. I woke up with a bad back pain and i wasn't able to sleep. I was not offer a king size bed i was told it was not worth it. Maybe the price? I don't know. I wasn't even given the chance and i guess I didn't decide to ask my self.

I decided to go and see the front desk about it and I spoke to a gentlemen name Juan and i told him my concern. I was told they would be queen or at least in my head i remember being told queen because that's what i asked for but a misunderstand which i can understand but Juan all he did was tell me that they do not offer queen only twins and kings. Not once did i receive an apology and that maybe it was a most understanding or maybe let me call out the manager that are trained to deal with the matters to that is very unprofessional coming from one of the most expensive hotels in Yosemite. I would don't mind paying whatever it is just give me good service and treat me well, i didn't just book a $100 hotel.

Now i will be moving to another hotel the experience here was not the best.
You may see a lot of other reviews which are great but if you care about comfort this is the wrong place. Look into RBNB or Expedia for better deals than this place. Don't waste your time and just i am one in a 100 that's unhappy, nope is not about that. Also at night time when you are trying to sleep you hear the other rooms conversations specialty if you are trying to sleep you won't be happy with that.

Wifi feedback- Terrible which is understandable because of the elevation so don't expect good wifi. Also Phones don't work well out here.

I will add photos later.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Sightsee254510 asked a question Feb 2024
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are walk ins taken at the ahwahnee restaurant?
Answer from drmader
Orinda, California2,918 contributions536 helpful votes
Yes if they have room.. and bar is first come first serve but open table has the dining room so make a few to be safe esp at hi season . Check If their remodel is done. U came also bring a Punic or snacks into the lobby by the fireplaces w excellent views and fine w your family or read
Travel57745191681 asked a question Feb 2024
1 contribution
Do rooms have towels?
Answer from drmader
Orinda, California2,918 contributions536 helpful votes
Yes of course
tlashton asked a question Nov 2023
Highlands Ranch, Colorado2 contributions
Pet friendly?
Answer from SkierOne
Evergreen, Colorado55 contributions10 helpful votes
From what I understand pets are NOT allowed in hotels/lodges, wilderness, beaches, meadows, shuttle buses, or in public buildings with the exception of serivce animals. I would call the hotel directly to confirm.
Answer from Ccari01
New Jersey2,247 contributions175 helpful votes
I called the Ahwahnee directly,not the National Parks Reservation service.My 2 nights were combined into a single reservation. The cancellation policy is as late as 7 days prior so you may have a better chance of getting the same room type closer to your planned trip.Good luck.
Meghan V asked a question Jun 2022
Garland, Texas
Do the rooms have blow dryers?
Answer from 990MatthieuL
Paris, France668 contributions151 helpful votes
Yes !
spinedok wrote a tip 16 Jul
Corning, California25 contributions42 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring a fat wallet. Food and drinks are expensive, as are the rooms."
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6467 wrote a tip 14 Jul
Lake Tahoe (California), California36 contributions7 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid cabins 710 thru 714 and probably the others"
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kscsc wrote a tip 11 Jul
State College, PA97 contributions50 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Wait until the renovation is completed if you can."
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Kscopeval wrote a tip 2 Jul
Mendham, New Jersey12 contributions3 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don't go!"
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cpehl wrote a tip Jun 2024
Corona, California28 contributions8 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Set your expectations based on location, not amenities. "
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Ahwahnee
Which popular attractions are close to The Ahwahnee?
Nearby attractions include Glacier Point (1.2 miles), Nevada Falls Loop (2.7 miles), and Taft Point (2.8 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at The Ahwahnee?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at The Ahwahnee?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at The Ahwahnee?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at The Ahwahnee?
Yes, valet parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Ahwahnee?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mountain Room Restaurant, The Ahwahnee Dining Room, and Degnan's Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Ahwahnee?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Ahwahnee?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does The Ahwahnee offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business centre, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to The Ahwahnee?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Indian Village of the Ahwahnee (0.8 miles).
Does The Ahwahnee have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
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