The Ahwahnee

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, California, 95389, United States

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The Ahwahnee
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 40% more than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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  • Couples75
  • Solo64
  • Business71
  • yosemiteed's Profile Photo

    Mid-Day fine dining without the cost of Dinner!


    I have often visited the Awahnee Hotel Dining room.
    The food is always excellent and is on par in price and quality with any better quality meal,
    the difference, you get a taste of staying at the Awahnee, and a really wonderful meal and world class scenery, for 20 dollars per person. So if you are camping, or staying at a different hotel, you can still visit the Awahnee for lunch and have a great time there.

    Unique Quality: Spectacular views, classic hotel, best fireplaces i can think of.

    Directions: Northeast of the Market.

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo

    well, you don't HAVE to camp


    Yosemite has many non-camping accommodation options that vary in price and amenities. The park features not one but two rustic old inns steeped in history but the premier one is certainly The Ahwahnee Hotel Built in 1927 with lots of stone and wood, it was declared a National Historical Landmark in 1987. It incorporates some Native American aspects and the overall feel of the place is charmingly rustic but decidedly upscale. This is a more grand place than those you will find in Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon but like its cousins, it being part of the National Park system, even those not staying in the hotel are welcomed to use its common areas. Big fire places make this a homey place to sit around and write post cards.

    If interested in staying, you will pay dearly with lowered tiered rooms going for over $400 per night. Even at those prices, you will have to reserve in advance.

  • sennaya's Profile Photo

    Awahnee inYosemite


    Unique Quality: Large logs and open design with many southwestern themes, beautirful architecture built inteh 1930s.

  • zejdl's Profile Photo

    Yosemite's Best Hotel


    Staying at the Ahwahnee during the Winter was on my "life goals" list and we did it. The view of the mountains and waterfalls from the huge lodge windows with a blazing fireplace is phenomenal. The hotel is aging and the bathroom tiles show it. The hotel room decor is rustic and sparse but the public areas and outdoors make up for it.

    Unique Quality: Unsurpassed views. Risk: They have bears that will tear your car apart if you leave food inside.

  • jadedmuse's Profile Photo

    My Dream Hotel


    Yes, there are hotels and then there is The Ahwahnee. It is the hotel you WISH you could afford to stay at, but since you can't, you're glad you at least had the chance to see it.

    I fell in love with was everything I love in a hotel and then some. And it was where I wanted to be staying in the WORST WAY....I vowed to stay here on a return visit one day.

    As described in the website, The Ahwahnee was completed in 1927 and features a unique blend of design influences including Art Deco, Native American, Middle Eastern and Arts & Crafts Movement. It is a member of the National Historic Hotels of America, and rightly so.

    Unique Quality: In a word: breathtaking.

    Both inside and outside. Actually when you come upon it as we did during a bike hike, you're awed at the stunning architecture and natural backdrop.

    Unfortunately, rates are out of this world, starting in the $400 a night. That puts a big boo-hoo on the future plans, but maybe I'll hit the lottery and splurge one day....

    The Ahwahnee will be worth it.

    Directions: Yosemite National Park

  • mikelisaanna's Profile Photo

    A Grand Old Lodge in a Beautiful Setting


    We enjoyed the Ahwahnee. If you expect perfection (like a Ritz-Carlton or a Four Seasons), then you may find things about this hotel that annoy you, because it is not perfect. But that is part of its charm. It is unique - a grand old lodge in one of the most beautiful valleys on Earth. It is like stepping back into the past - men wear jackets to dinner and they have afternoon tea. We loved taking a dip in the pool after each day's sightseeing, then getting dressed up to go to a great dinner. Our daughter, who was 3 at the time, had fun as well, as there was plenty of space to run around in outside the hotel.

    Unique Quality: The Ahwahnee is a grand old lodge that was built during the 1920's in an effort to lure wealthier travelers to Yosemite. While maybe not quite up to Ritz-Carlton standards, it is far and away the nicest place to stay in Yosemite National Park. It is very expensive (rooms are around $300 per night, and the restaurant is around $100 per person for dinner), but we loved it. The hotel has large lodge-style public areas with 25-foot ceilings and fireplaces. The surrounding views are magnificent, because the hotel sits in the valley right below the cliffs. The grounds were pleasant and there is a small swimming pool, which our daughter liked. The restaurant served excellent food and its staff was friendly. The only thing that was a little lacking was the bar, which was so-so, but most people don't come to Yosemite for drinks.

    Directions: In Yosemite Valley

  • jessicadf's Profile Photo

    A place of history and grandeur


    The Ahwahnee is a national historic landmark, and one beautiful building. Built to attract the wealthy to Yosemite National Park, in the hopes of getting them to support the fledgeling National Park System, this hotel still exudes elegence and rustic beauty.

    While looking like it's built of rock and wood, it is actually made of steel and cement, with plenty of rock on top. The exterior structure that looks like wood is actually cement that's been poured in to wooden frames and then stained to have a redwood color. The idea behind this being that the structure of the building is fireproof. So far, so good... much history has taken place here, and it's worth the expensive price for a night here.

    We got a standard room with a semi-obstructed view of Glacier Point. It was a pretty normal room, with nothing really special except for a neat view. It was definitely comfortable, and the bathroom was tiled nicely and had great light. The toiletries provided were top notch, too.

    When you're here, make sure to enjoy complementary afternoon tea and cookies in the Great Lounge, and grab your coffee in the first floor elevator lobby in the mornings.

    Directions: The far end of Yosemite Valley

  • Robachu1's Profile Photo

    Yosemite's Best but still overpriced


    We only stayed for two short days but are glad we had the experience. That isn't to say that the experience was perfect or even what I was anticipating. Unfortunately the hotel chose to remodel during the time of our visit. They were kind enough to send me an email notifying me of the fact about two weeks prior however. When we arrived much of the hotel was surrounded by scaffolding (it really distracted from the beauty of the hotel).
    It also seemed as though the front desk staff had never heard of early check-in. One might think that a place which charged almost $400/night might allow their guests to enter their room a bit early.......
    Our room however was quite nice. The only thing available when I booked on the internet was a cottage room. It was large and surrounded by shade trees and quite comfortable. There was no air conditioner but even though we were there in the middle of summer (temp. 90 to 95), the ceiling fan was more than enough to keep us cool.

    Unique Quality: The Ahwahnee is a beautiful hotel both inside and out. It is wonderful to just relax in the common areas surrounded by wood and stone and step back into a quieter more elegant time.

    Directions: Yosemite Valley

  • acemj's Profile Photo

    For the big spenders


    Got $350 to $400 per night to spend? If not, skip this tip and move on! If so, read on my rich friend (and email me about a great investment opportunity . . . the Acemj Dream Trip fund).

    This place is a true luxury hotel with concierge service to take care of all your needs, a five star restaurant and rooms with spectacular views. The setting in the Valley is convenient and breathtaking.

  • Andraf's Profile Photo

    Ahwahnee Hotel


    If you're visiting Yosemite National Park and you want luxury lodging, then the Ahwahnee Hotel is the place for you. It is a grand hotel placed in a beautiful location. Even if you don't get a room here, it's worth the effort to come and have a look (and eat an icecream or drink a coffe on the outside patio). The Ahwahnee is designated as National Historic Landmark. It was completed and open to the public in 1927 and since then a lot of famous people have stayed here. The hotel has a total of 123 units but they are highly sought after so if you plan on staying here reserve well in advance. It's truly a distinctive hotel; the lounges at the ground floor are beautiful, many of them full of richly colored Native American artwork or being decorated with Native American patterns.

    The Ahwahnee offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality and elegance. You'll find here all the amenities that you can find in an upscale luxury hotel.

  • mht_in_la's Profile Photo

    To be treated like a king


    I never stayed here, so I can't comment on the price and satisfaction. I visited the Ahwahnee as a tourist attraction. Then I realized as long as I walk around like I live here I get to feel like a king too -- everybody greeted me, and the doorman held the door for me with a smile. I even did some high-society chit-chat with other guests.

    The photo was taken in the main lobby, which is not always open due to the frequent evening events. Its high ceiling, fireplace, and the chandeliers reminded me of Hurst Castle and Death Valley's Scottys Castle. These old-fashioned California mansions seem to have the similar taste. Since I just finished a hike in the snow, I stayed by the fireplace until my socks were all dried.

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    Experience a Classic National Park Lodge


    I love the Ahwahnee, with its old charm, huge rooms and fireplaces, high timbered ceilings, southwestern decor and beautiful surroundings.

    Now, having said that, I noticed a few more quirks this year with the hotel service (not to be confused with the restaurant service, which was impeccable, as always). However, if you remind yourself that this hotel is owned by the U.S. government, not a 5 star chain, and focus on the beauty of the hotel itself and its environs, you can completely overlook any the flaws.

    The hotel does believe in full disclosure! In the Guest Services book in the room, they tell you that the hotel has mice, but it is impossible to completely get rid of every single mouse - after all this is in the mountains. (We didn't see any mice in any part of the hotel, including our room.)

    Unique Quality: The rooms are comfortable, nicely decorated, and had plenty of room for our rollaway bed. This hotel is one of the finest examples of the National Park lodges. Even if you are not staying here, you must drop by for a drink in the bar.

  • ChuckG's Profile Photo

    Superb hotel !


    Very luxury, brings you back how the park felt like 50 years ago. Location is great close to all the hiking path and landparks. The place is not quiet though...lots of tourists.

    Unique Quality: Great garden at the back with a little pool.

  • sunnywong's Profile Photo

    Ahwahnee Hotel


    National Historical Landmark and one of the most distinctive resort hotels in North America. It's well known for its great granite fa├žade, striking beamed ceilings, massive stone hearths, richly colored Native American appointments, and finely appointed rooms.

    Directions: Located inside Yosemite Valley

  • Ischyros's Profile Photo

    Ahwahnee Hotel


    One of the most lavish and luxurious hotels in any national park, the Ahwahnee is hard to beat! The first floor includes the Great Lounge, several walk-in fireplaces, and many other smaller lounges to explore! The hotel has 100 rooms inside the hotel building itself and 22 cottage rooms. Cottage rooms tend to have a homely feel to them but can be a pain when winter snows cover the paths. Rooms are spacious but expensive. The Ahwahnee retains its floor numbering system that was used when it was opened in 1927. The ground floor is not the first floor. The First floor is actually the second story. The second floor is the third story, and so on. The 6th floor is designated penthouse including 4 rooms, a library, and a sunroom. A key to one of these rooms is required to gain access to this floor by both elevator and stairwell. The penthouse suites have housed celebrities like Queen Elizabeth and Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston.

    Unique Quality: Coffee and hot chocolate are available every morning to guests on the mezzanine level. Afternoon tea is served every day on the mezzanine level along with milk and cookies. Valet service is provided free of charges however a tip is obviously expected. For the best view of Half Dome, try to reserve rooms 323 or 423. Other rooms have an obstructed view of it. Beware of rooms with a Royal Arches view. These rooms look out on the back loading dock and can be noisy when trucks come in in the morning and throughout the day. NOTE: The hotel used to have tennis courts. They were destroyed in the great flood of 97-98 along with several valley campgrounds and much of the Yosemite Lodge. Although the tennis courts are no longer there, most guidebooks still mention them.

    Directions: Follow the signs to Yosemite Village in Yosemite Valley and then follow the signs to the Ahwahnee Hotel.

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Forum Posts

Ahwahnee Reservations

by natpktrav

I understand that you can make reservations for the Ahwahnee 1 year and 1 day before you intend to stay at the Ahwahnee. I also hear that is can be tough getting a room there in the summer. If your plan is to visit there in the summer, are there any suggestions for improving your chances for getting a reservation for your desired dates ? For example, is it better to make your reservations by phone, or is making a reservation online better ? Is it better to call first part of the week or latter part of the week. Just curious. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you.

Re: Ahwahnee Reservations

by goodfish

Having booked at national parks before, I don't think it matters how you do it - just do it as soon as you are allowed to (like 1 year and 1 day in advance). If you are trying for THIS summer, just call them now - it doesn't matter what day of the week. You might be out of luck but you never know...

Does their website allow you to try and book online - with results that show you if they're already booked?

Re: Ahwahnee Reservations

by goodfish

Yes, I just checked their website and it does allow you to place your requested dates and then shows you if those dates are open and what's available. Try that first - you'll at least see right away if you need to pursue different options.

Re: Ahwahnee Reservations

by Odinnthor

....and do be agressive and get a room there, - it is a one of a kind hotel. I stayed there every two weeks for a whole summer season with my tours, and I loved it every time. The dining room is an amazing place to enjoy a leisurely dinner.

When you get there, - just for fun - asks them about the batcave. They will likely fall over as no one is supposed to know about that room. The tour managers often volunteered to stay in the bat cave as we know it is perfectly harmless. It is a room with the ceiling about three stories up and the ceiling is full of bats, but they never came down from there. ( It is possible that they eliminated this "problem" after they renovated the hotel, but it was fun back then....)

Re: Ahwahnee Reservations

by goodfish

LOL!!! Only you would know about a thing like that, Erik!

Re: Ahwahnee Reservations

by Odinnthor

....there is more to this kid than meets the VT eye........d:o)

Re: Ahwahnee Reservations

by goodfish

You're killin' me here....
And back to the subject at hand:
Yes, do be aggressive, and check back - reservations DO cancel. Just don't hold out hope until the last minute as then closest surrounding accommodations are also likely to be full. You do need a bed somewhere and you'd prefer it to be decent rather than the only option left.

Re: Ahwahnee Reservations

by Odinnthor

.....and if all else fails, - tell'em you'll take the bat cave.....d:o/

Re: Ahwahnee Reservations

by jimdmcd

Both the online booking engine and the telephone agents work off of the same inventory.
The benefit to using the online service is no waiting in queue for the next telephone agent.


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Address: 9005 Ahwahnee Drive, Yosemite National Park, California, 95389, United States