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The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
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Reviewed 1 June 2012

Just returned from our third stay at this beautiful, perfectly sited hotel. In a lifetime of travel, I've never encountered grander, more-appealing public spaces in a hotel--the grand hall, the nook-and-cranny public rooms and, not least, the massive dining hall were brilliant at their 1927 opening and they've only improved with age--compared to the corporate styles or Trump-dump glitz that followed over the decades. Designed in a Western-lodge style with late Craftsman-era influences, the Ahwanee has been wonderfully preserved and restored. And you walk outside and you're in a quiet world at the end of Yosemite valley, insulated from the general bustle. Just behind the parking lot, the trails begin for an after-breakfast stroll, for example (prior to a good day of hiking). Of course, a hotel is about more than architecture, design and location, location, location, but, for my wife and I, the Ahwanee measures up on all the practical counts, as well. Since it's an older hotel, built before we super-sized ourselves, the rooms aren't as spacious (or "inferior decorator" bland) as the better recent constructions, but there's plenty of space and the bathrooms, if on the small side, are charming in their period feel (fully modernized plumbing, of course). You won't find Four Seasons-level luxury here--this is a National Park, not a getaway spa--but the staff has always been warm and helpful, and the real surprise, dating from our first visit almost a decade ago, is the surprisingly high quality of the food in the dining room (and a compact, but well-chosen and fairly priced wine list). The recent addition of a morning coffee bar in the traditional bar space has been a big plus, too--although it needs to open at six, not seven, for those of us who want to get on the high trails early. (In general, my only complaint about the Ahwahnee is the same as my complaint about nearly every hotel we ever stay at--wimpy dishwater coffee...to get a decent cup, you have to stop by the coffee bar and take a serious coffee with you in to breakfast...where you will, on the plus side, encounter the best breakfast buffet this side of the Rome Baglioni.) In summary, the Ahwanee is a lovely landmark hotel, a classic in a spectacular location, well-managed and well-staffed (some of the waiters have been there thirty years--trust their recommendations), and with a magic feel that goes beyond the sum of its very impressive parts. Well worth the price. Your stay will be unforgettable.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on a higher floor--you're more apt to get a fine view.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

Twenty years ago I might have preferred to camp here in this little piece of Paradise but now that I am spoilt and older, comfort comes before adventure. The Ahwanee Hotel is little changed since the Forties but it gives a sense of solidity when one feels so insignificant amongst the vast granite rocks of the Park. I like the idea that it feels well with itself in this time warp and is rather like an old grandmother doing her thing and not being troubled by the jostling of the mass of tourist guests either moving in or out or just gawping as day trippers.

Going to bed with the moonlight shining on the granite rock walls backing the hotel and waking early in the morning to the sounds of all the forest birds makes one feel as poetic as John Muir.
The views over the dog wood trees in the Spring and the fast rushing Merced river are all part of a memorable experience in the Yosemite.

The rooms are not large and still have the original furniture from perhaps 50 plus years ago and are decorated with an attractive Indian pattern around the top edge of the ceiling. The beds were very comfortable and for once good pillows were provided. The sheets are good quality and the room was kept very clean and quickly made up in the morning. The bathroom though small had everything one needed, including a weight scale that did not lie or flatter. There was also an excellent reassuring night light in the bathroom as the nights in Yosemite are so very, very dark.
Surprisingly there is only one lift so at busy times this can lead to a long, long wait.

In the Lobby there is a Sweet Shop which sells, books, postcards, stamps etc. as well as a very good Gift shop which has a wide variety of items on sale from Indian blankets, handicrafts to books, photos and T-shirts. No bargains here but good items though I do wish they had stocked Sugar Pine cones.

The restaurant however was one level above grim. The views to the outside are spectacular (if they would cut down four offending seedlings which block out the views of the wonderful waterfall)
and the vast Dining Room is ideal for large banquets, but proves unfriendly and noisy for smaller individual groups. The decoration in the Dining Room is quite acceptable with very high ceilings on huge blocks of timber, which makes one wonder at the mechanics of the build, especially in their time and the difficulty of getting equipment to the site.

But over time something has been lost, it is now like a great canteen, the quality of the food served is as I had been warned "dire". There is as much imagination in the menu as in the design of a brown paper bag. The food is (eventually) rushed in and plunked down, half warm and slightly embarrassed to be there, knowing full well that it is not up to standard and extortionately priced. A very boring Arugula Salad was just short of $20.00, and I mean only Arugula and a bowl of Pasta Rigatoni almost $40.00. Now there is no pasta sauce in the world that can justify that price and any nitwit knows the cost of a packet of Pasta. I chose instead to have two starters, the second starter was so small it could have fitted in a Mocha cup.

But what to do ? the guests are captive in the hotel at night unless one cares to go out cruising for black bears and so the Delaware Company has a stranglehold on the restaurant and its pricing. A great pity as this aspect of the stay rather overshadows the wonders of Yosemite.

The breakfast which was included in our rate was good and plentiful though I was particularly annoyed to find that one had to "book" for breakfast, despite our arriving before 8.00am hoping to have an early start for our long drive home.

Room Tip: Try to get a room overlooking the front gardens or the waterfall.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 May 2012

We stayed in one of the smaller rooms for 2 nights and the size of the room was fine. However, the paint was peeling on the ceiling and the woodwork in the room, like the frame of the closet, was filthy. But, the real reason to stay at the hotel is the location. It is exactly where you want to stay if you intend to explore the Yosemite Valley. It enhances the experience of visiting Yosemite.

And, even if one does not stay at the hotel, it is an absolute must see. The public rooms and the grounds are beautiful. Indeed, the dining room may be the most impressive dining room that I have ever seen. It is really exceptional. The public areas transport you to a period when life was more leisurely and elegant.

And, except for the condition of our room, this hotel is very well run. Certainly, much better run than the hotels at other national parks. It is NOT run by Xanterra and it shows. Dining room reservations are honored on time. The valet parking is efficient. The people at the front desk are helpful, as is the conceirge. If you are going to Yosemite and can afford it, stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

We had a view of Yosemite Falls from our room. From the back patio of the hotel you can see beautiful cliffs and smaller waterfalls. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful, old redwoods. The parking is limited but you can use valet parking if you don't mind tipping. Leave your car and use the frequent shuttle to get to the most breathtaking spots and trails. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were very good and the service was excellent.
The rooms are small because the hotel dates from the 20's. But the location, architecture, history and ambience make for a pleasant stay. We were not able to check in until after 4:00 pm. Checkout time is 12 noon. We arrived at noon and had lunch in the bar and explored the gorgeous public rooms. We enjoyed the easy, pleasant trail through the redwoods behind the hotel.

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view of the spectacular falls.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 28 May 2012

We loved the Ahwahnee. The property has a rustic beauty that integrates perfectly into the magnificent natural setting. Postcard views of Half Dome framed by the Merced River, the Royal Arches, a lovely onsite waterfall, and Yosemite Falls were all within a very short stroll of our cottage room. We really enjoyed the peaceful breakfast in the main Dining Room, and the Grand Hall was a wonderful place to linger over morning coffee and to relax before dinner. Its huge "walk-in" fireplace turned out to be a major attraction when it turned cold on our last day. Although we were there on a busy Memorial Day weekend, it never seemed crowded anywhere on the property.

The staff throughout took great care of us, accommodating many special requests. Reservations that seem impossible online are made possible when you ask. They genuinely strived to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. The food was very good, both in the Dining Room and in the Bar.

There are some who dispute the 5 star rating of this hotel. If you view the property strictly in isolation, they may have a point. However, when you consider its location right at the very heart of one of the most beautiful places on earth, their arguments pale. You shouldn't visit Yosemite just to sit in a hotel room, in fact we never even turned the TV on. The Ahwahnee was an extremely comfortable and convenient hub for our daily adventures, providing much more luxury that one would expect in such a pristine place.

Our only complaints were with the spotty cell phone service and slow internet, but then again, maybe it is better that way.

Room Tip: We enjoyed our classic cottage room because of the privacy and the setting. Although not 5 star in t...
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

We only had drinks on the porch overlooking the rock formations in Yosemite but the environment was worth the price. Stellar's jays flew about and chipmunks scurried around our feet! Everyone in the shops was helpful but the real treat is to see this amazing building. The attention to detail is exquisite. May is the perfect time to be in the park and enjoy the natural beauty as well.

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Reviewed 12 May 2012

Best accommodations with jaw-dropping vista of half-dome at Yosemite despite small rooms. Overpriced for the amenities provided, but location location location !!

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Additional Information about The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Address: 9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 (Formerly The Ahwahnee)
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Region: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Yosemite National Park
Price Range: £592 - £732 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Majestic Yosemite Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 123
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel shines as Yosemite National Park's distinctive AAA(R) Four-Diamond hotel. Known for its magnificent façade and architecture, The Majestic Yosemite Hotel 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. ... more   less 
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