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The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
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9 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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“Historic Property Needs Air Conditioning”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Hotel has great history but in 2014 there is no reason to not have air conditioning in the rooms. We couldn't get the room cooled with the "McQuay Season Maker". Rooms small as expected but no reason they couldn't get Air Conditioning up to the expectations of travelers paying $500 plus per night.
We won't be back to lodge. I heard the cabins are a better choice.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 16 August 2014 via mobile

This is a fabulous hotel in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable. The building has historical significance itself, with concrete and brick disguised to look like timber to reduce fire vulnerability. There are mountains surrounding the hotel in the valley, and your neck will hurt with all the looking up at sheer rock walls around you.
The hotel is very pricey, but the very best available. The rooms are adequate size and well enough appointed. Wi-Fi is slow. The main Dining Room is beautiful and the food is first class. So to are the prices. There is also an in house cafe with heavy prices.
In all regards you are paying a premium for everything because demand exceeds availability. Bookings run a year ahead.
BUT...the place and the location is spectacular! If you can plan far enough ahead to get in, this is one of those places that is worth the
extra bucks because of its' uniqueness.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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97 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Stayed for three nights in July 2014. A fantastic location which can't be faulted. Free parking on site.

The hotel is extremely expensive and I'm not sure I'd recommend it purely because of that. Or two nights might be better (we came from San Francisco, about 5 hrs drive and then went on to Vegas, but stopped overnight in Bishop, about 6 hours drive with a stop at Mono Lake).

The hotel restaurant was first rate but breakfast was (a lot) extra.

A few observations:
- rooms are quite dated
- some room linen was dirty; not filthy just dated and worn
- bathroom had obvious damp
- some staff uniforms in restaurant were filthy

We also had quite a lot of trouble with getting the hotel to speak to Lastminute.com to sort out a booking amendment.

Overall it's a decent hotel in a superlative location.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

We loved our stay at the Ahwahnee. It is truly one of the greatest locations in the world for a hotel. The history of this place is fascinating and makes it a very special place. The staff are attentive, kind and helpful. However, the hotel needs some work in some important areas. The rooms are small but adequate and comfortable. A bit expensive for what you get, but certainly you are largely paying for the location and the service and you really don't spend much time in your room anyway. Air conditioning barely cools the room no matter how much you turn it up and should be updated. It is an antiquated system. Water pressure in the shower is sub par. The food in the historic main dining room is quite poor considering the extremely high prices they charge for it. However the service in the dining room is excellent. The grounds are beautiful and having bears and deer stroll right up to you outside the hotel is amazing. Parking is free and easy. Overall I would recommend the Ahwahnee, especially if you want to stay on the Valley floor. Not the best bang for your buck but who cares when you are staying at the foot of Yosemite Falls in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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New Jersey
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

I know it is expensive, but stay 1 or 2 nights here if you can while you are in Yosemite. It is a spectacular old lodge with amazing views, service, and amenities. You can spend a day just admiring the architecture, art work, and unique furnishings throughout the place. I know that you come to Yosemite to enjoy the outdoors, but believe me you will enjoy having stayed here. And the dining room will remind the kids of Hogwarts with all the candles - quite expensive but a great experience.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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Northern California
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

The Ahwahnee is a must-see if you're in the Yosemite Valley. Great architecture from the days of the grand old hotels. While it is pricey, you can still wander around the downstairs, visit the gift shop, and eat in the dining room if you are not staying there. Sunday brunch is great (reservation needed), and the views can't be beat.

The rooms are nice, though not luxurious. The decor is rustic-chic. All of the usual amenities. The cottages out back are nice if you like to have an outdoor area that is semi-private. They include a small table and chairs and are close to the river. Deer wander around outside the window.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bath, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Never-to-be-forgotten! We'd never stayed before, but we were given an excellent welcome when we checked in, and were shown to our large, beautifully-furnished and very comfortable room with fabulous views out into the canyon. Afternoon tea in the amazing lounge with a pianist playing was another delight. The dining room is stunning, and the service and food good enough to match it. If I have to be picky, I'd say that the A/C can be a bit insensitive, but that it didn't spoil our enjoyment. The whole hotel is highly historic and has a large number of public rooms. Although it was full, there was always plenty of space and we never felt rushed or crowded.
They've pulled of a great trick here in providing top-class service and food standards without it ever feeling stuffy or intimidating. Our view was that we wanted somewhere special and we found it. Excellence never comes cheap, but it's a real pleasure when it's promised and delivered, as it was here.

  • Stayed June 2014, 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
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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Ahwahnee Yosemite National Park
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