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9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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#2 of 3 hotels in Yosemite National Park
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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Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Shuttle bus service
Business Centre with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Valet parking
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Breakfast buffet
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Baggage storage
Convenience store
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
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Air conditioning
Private balcony
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Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
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lucyandethel wrote a review Nov 2021
San Francisco, California268 contributions168 helpful votes
I read pages and pages of reviews here on Tripadvisor and was prepared for the worst based on what I read. For the most part - the summary is - better than expected service, uneven dining room, and facilities in need of more maintenance. The service: The service was excellent. Comparable to a Marriott and at times even a Four Seasons. Sandy in the dining room was wonderful and welcoming, as was Tyler. Bellhops were fast and efficient, and check-in was also great - friendly and only a short wait at peak time. Check out was also fast, as was departure with luggage pickup again at a peak time. The 5 pm check in and 10 am check out are laughably miserly and should be addressed. The dining room: We took all our meals in the dining room for three days and it ranged from horrible on Tuesday night to very good to excellent on Thursday night. Even though the tips are collected as you walk in the door (when you pay for the buffet and $25 corkage if you brought a bottle, and I would suggest you do), the servers are attentive and friendly and very professional. At breakfast our last day it was a little awkward as it was clear that our server was angling for her own tip, but we had tipped 20% as we walked in and did not feel that was warranted. The Tuesday night food was just horrible except for the Prime Rib which was good all three nights. The mahi mahi smelled like fish bait and was inedible (same with the Sole on Wednesday night which you could smell out in the lobby). The chicken tenders, risotto and many of the other dishes were excellent by Thursday. We wondered if there was a "stand in" chef on Tuesday. The piano player went the other way - the weeknight piano player was amazing, played great songs and engaged with the crowd. The Thursday night piano player took many long breaks and spent a lot of time talking to people. I think he played 5 songs the 2 hours we were there. Breakfast was always good with crispy (all you can eat) bacon and wonderful biscuits and gravy one morning. They change the menu each day while there are some constants (scrambled eggs always at breakfast, prime rib always at dinner). The rooms / cabins: Our group rented three cabins. Two were very nice and refurbished. The third was old with a terrible mattress. All three were clean but not spotless, with some mildew staining and dust if you looked closely. But clearly an effort is being made here since prior reviews were very critical of the cleaning. Towels and bedding were clean but just above hospital grade. No mattress topper in our room and the towels were not those of a luxury hotel. The toiletries were of decent quality. One of our group moved to an ADA room on the 4th floor the final night and it smelled like diapers. Great view though. But they had to sleep with the windows open. Other guests in the main building we spoke with complained that the rooms were over-heated (as was the lobby) and no way to adjust besides opening windows. Overall, it's a friendly resort and whoever is handling staffing is doing a great job with training and retention. The service was excellent. The uneven dinner cuisine and piano player need some attention, as do the decaying facilities (broken elevator, peeling paint, ceiling of main lounge in disrepair). Aramark is known for squeezing blood from an onion and they need to invest in this property. I plan a longer letter to the park service regarding this. This hotel should be better maintained. Did we have a great time? YES! Did we have great service? YES! Did we have great dinners? TWO OUT OF THREE Did we have great rooms? TWO OUT OF THREE were good, not great. Yes we will return. The smiles and the service made all the difference....and the ability to hike the valley floor just out our door as well as enjoy stunning views was great.
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Date of stay: November 2021
Room Tip: Inspect the room before you bring luggage in and report problems immediately
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Reisende_Sun wrote a review Jul 2021
Las Vegas, Nevada26 contributions27 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
Beautiful, historic, comfortable and very much worth the cost! We stayed here one night just to experience the hotel and were not disappointed at all. The dinner is amazing, the views spectacular, the room was bigger than expected and the beds were like sleeping on clouds. I would very highly recommend.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Patrick M wrote a review Nov 2021
Orcutt, California62 contributions19 helpful votes
Grand style and old world charm through out the property. Location can not be beat. This is the tip top of the "camping at the Ritz" lifestyle. That said, the flaws are there. Understaffed and you had to wait in line for everything from an overpriced drink at the bar to an underwhelming expensive buffet dinner in the majestic dining room. Hotel room small but in excellent shape. Property lovingly cared for. Most employees actually glad you are there and want to help you have a memorable stay. Did I say the location was superior? Cant be beat. This is the main reason to spoil yourself with a $700/night room that is not 400 sq ft. Location is the best.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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BoomerTravel wrote a review Nov 2021
Sarasota68 contributions70 helpful votes
Other than saying you stayed there, it is not worth it. It's an historic hotel and it feels it. Rooms are small and the bathroom is even smaller. I think the closet was bigger. The shower was very good though. Old furniture and soft bed. The bar was not really open. You stood in a single file line and walk up to the bartenders, they were great, and order your drink and them go on your way. Finding somwhere to sit was a challenge. Not what I expected for such an amazing location. Breakfast in the large dinning room was a buffet which was just OK. Nothing special. Don't see it. Stay at the Tenaya Lodge instead. It was awesome.
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Date of stay: October 2021
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Bea C wrote a review Oct 2021
New York City, New York4 contributions9 helpful votes
I understand that the entire hospitality world is reeling from staffing shortages. But for close to $700 a night, it really felt like there were tons of missed opportunities at the Awahnee to make this feel like a a magical hospitality experience. Gorgeous outdoor spaces with not nearly enough seating for people to enjoy. And really no ability to use the space after dark. No fire pits or anything. I could have seen fire pits, with blankets and s’mores being a HUGE hit here. Furthermore, most of the people who are coming to Yosemite and spending the day doing some gnarly hikes or climbs. While there is an outdoor heated pool (quite small and pretty out of date), a hot tub would have hit the spot for aching muscles. While the Awahnee dining hall room is nothing short of majestic, the food and the service is anything but. I had both the dinner and breakfast service at the Awahnee dining hall ($65 and $35 respectively). I had instant flashbacks to my college food halls, replete with powdered egg mush trying to pass as scrambled eggs. It was entirely uninspired. The hot chocolate, though, was incredible. It’s not to be missed. Look, the real benefit of the Awahnee is the location within the park and the ability to have a nice cozy bed after a day of grueling hikes. But that’s really all this hotel is. Despite having absolutely beautiful and historic spaces within the walls of the hotel, the hospitality experience is all but nothing. There are no service touches to make this place feel magical. What you get, as a result, are large beautiful spaces, with guests having no idea how to use them. The grand room with huge fireplaces could have been a wonderful space with board games and cocktails and live music, but instead it was a bunch of people wanting to experience the grandeur of the room, but seemingly having to excuse to do so. Disappointing experience overall, especially for the cost.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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US$491 - US$1,331 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Ahwahnee
Which popular attractions are close to The Ahwahnee?
Nearby attractions include Yosemite Valley (1.2 km), Ahwahnee Historic Building (0.00 km), and Yosemite Village (0.7 km).
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, free parking and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Ahwahnee?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Ahwahnee Dining Room, Curry Village Dining Pizza Deck, and Degnan's Kitchen.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Ahwahnee?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does The Ahwahnee have an airport shuttle?
Yes, The Ahwahnee offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
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 (1.3 km).