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The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
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Malvern, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
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“Snowfall”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

Our intention was to stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel for two days. Our friends had booked a corner guest suite. Two bedrooms were joined to a corner lounge. Checking in was confusing and it took a while for the check in person to understand our reservation. After a good ten minutes everything was sorted. As we were five people, the idea was for the single person to utilise the fold down bed in the lounge. This proved not to be a good idea as the mattress was so flimsy. A call to reception soon sorted the problem out with a mobile single bed put in place.

This hotel caters for everyone who enjoys the outside life, hikers, climbers, campers etc. the ground floor area is massive. As is the restaurant. This is like a ski lodge with very high ceilings and tremendous large windows showing of the scenic views from everyside.

The food in the restaurant was average but it was catering for huge numbers, the service was very efficient but because of the size of the room, the restaurant lacked atmosphere.

We arrived in temperatures of 75F however, the temperature dropped over night to 37F and it brought with it a load of snow in the morning. Many people were concerned that they would get stuck in the park and a lot of people were checking out which was a bit manic. Because we were on a touring trip with other places booked up, we decided that we too must get out of the park. The snow was coming down very heavily. What I did like with the Ahwahnee is that they did not charge us for that extra night. The two rooms and the lounge was $1000 per night, they probably had the right to charge us but they did not under the circumstance. My only complaint was that breakfast was an extra charge at $25 each which I thought was a bit high. We would go there again
Graham S
Malvern UK

Room Tip: If you are in a group, go for the corner suite on the sixth floor. Rooms 607 and 610
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Oxford, Mississippi
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Reviewed 20 November 2013 via mobile

We enjoyed several days at the Ahwahnee in mid-August 2013 and found the cabin accommodations, the grand old restaurant in the main building and the beautiful natural surroundings combined to make our first stay here an outstanding one. With the hotel as our base, we enjoyed leisurely bicycle trips through some of the most scenic areas we have ever experienced in the crown jewel of our National Park system. A jaunt to Glacier Point was also a highlight of one of our days there. Staff was available to guide us on the many activities that the park offers, and we found the overall atmosphere most conducive to relaxation, a nice touch for a coupe who has just reached 60. A ten on a scale of one to ten, and we will return.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

The Ahwahnee Hotel is a beautiful building conceived to blend in with the grand setting of Yosemite. We visited for a few hours to walk around and view the general areas. Conceived to help create a favorable view to save Yosemite from the lumber companies by bringing in tourists to see the wonders of Yosemite in a personal way. Today the 5 star hotel is a rough cross between well heeled guests and the traveling tourist. Considering the lobby looked in need of a good cleaning I'm not sure I'd want to pay the $500 per night for a room. The location is prime and it has hosted many famous people so maybe that is what you are paying for. An interesting side note, the exterior lumber and stone is actually concrete to look like stone! All in all well worth the time to come, look and have a drink in the bar area.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

What an amazing find by chance. We had planned to go to Yosemite but with the fires and government closures we extended stays at San Francisco and Las Vegas, with the reality of probably bypassing this wonderful National park. Thank goodness we soldiered on. We had the most breathtaking views driving into the park on Hwy 120. We hadn't booked anywhere to stay and we came across the Ahwahnee mid afternoon and chanced a room. We were pleasantly surprised the room was greatly discounted probably due to the many cancellations they had, due to the aforementioned problems. We explored the hotel for the remainder of the afternoon, the grandeur of this hotel was something to be seen. We did have to wait to be seated in the Grand dining room, but we took advantage of the log fires in the sitting rooms, and our meal was worth the wait. We were advised there was a storm coming in and there could possibly be snow in the morning. We had a small balcony off our room and we were up early to check for snow. No snow! Off we went for breakfast and it was drizzling with rain, but of course the hotel was nice and cozy. Straight after breakfast we went to find out from the concierge what would be the best things to do for our 4 hour stay. Just about to leave and down came the snow thick and fast, the concierge found us and advised that we should leave the park straight away as our rental had not come equipped the chains. The road we came in on was already shut and our exit road was being closed as we packing. So we took the All Year Road 41 out. My partner and my grand-daughter had never seen snow, so it was very exciting for them both to see the first snow of the season. All I know if we are ever back in this part of the United States we will be visiting Yosemite and The Ahwahnee again.

Room Tip: Not sure how many rooms have balconies, but ours was huge.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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San Francisco
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Reviewed 20 November 2013

First of all there is the setting...the Yosemite Valley may be one of the most spectacular places on earth. Then there is the majestic building itself with soaring ceilings, historic touches and breathtaking views. Finally there is the well trained, friendly staff always available to answer a question. It is always booked and is clearly a gem....but like all fine old things it needs regular polishing.
What a shame to have sheets with holes and tubs with grime. At $480 per night one would demand better any where else.
Yes, the Ahwahnee is still wonderful. However, housekeeping should take more pride in this national treasure.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Carmel, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2013

Grand old hotel full of charm and majestic spaces. Huge fireplace in the Great Lounge is a wonderful spot to relax with a book or a coffee or tea. And the solarium is a magical space to view the breathtaking nature of Yosemite. The gift shop has interesting hand made items ideal for gifts. And the dining room may be the crowing glory of the hotel. If you can snag the Queen's Table you are in for a treat and the best view in the room.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Burradoo, Australia
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

Well, all round this was good fun. The hotel is just as it is described - a bit of a blast from the past. The public rooms are as I hoped they would be - visionary for the time they were constructed and probably the last word in luxury for the day - and still beautiful. They are really quite splendid and I enjoyed experiencing the lovely decorative touches of fine rugs on the floor and Kilim upholstery for old chairs and sofas. Altogether a very good start for our stay.

The problem is, we've all moved on a bit as far as personal spaces are concerned. We stayed in a "Classic" room, with breakfast, for about $500 a night. Not cheap, so our expectations were high. There is still the same old world feel but it doesn't work well when you can hear everything going on in adjacent rooms and the shower is inside the bath with a shower screen of cloth and plastic. All bathroom services are audible from the floor above and the rooms alongside.

I imagine it is difficult to meet contemporary big-city standards when everything has to be shipped-in from afar and the hotel, built in 1927, is in the the most pristine and beautiful "wilderness" in the US. However, the rooms (and the insulation) could do with an upgrade.

We had a bed and breakfast package, which I would recommend, but the hotel's management of "what is included, and what is out" is inconsistent across the staff from day to day. Our example is that expresso coffee is included with some wait staff (one cup per person) but the next day, expresso is an extra, until our protests had the Manager wipe the additional charges. Otherwise breakfast is excellent. Dinner is also, although the meal sizes are mostly too big.

The hotel reception staff were always fully occupied when we wanted to ask them questions or clarify an issue. Especially for dinner reservations. The same person takes all phone enquiries and also does personal requests from guests. She was unavailable when we walked up to her position with a request. Once we waited 10 minutes whist she dealt with the details of an telephone inquiry. Not her fault - it's a hotel function not being managed effectively.

Dinner gets booked out quickly, so make dinner reservations for the time you want - for every night you stay and then if you change your mind on the day, just cancel. It's too hard any other way, especially as they were packed each night (in November!).

We loved the Park, enjoyed the hotel, mostly, but felt that some services were being provided by amateurs when the rest of the world has become professional.

Perhaps this is the charm of the place, but I didn't really enjoy my neighbour's conversation all evening.

Room Tip: Dinner gets booked out quickly, so make dinner reservations for the time you want - for every night...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: 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 (Based on Average Rates): ££££
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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