The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park
This historic and imposing grande dame of Yosemite, The Ahwahnee (briefly known as The Majestic Yosemite Hotel) sits in the heart of Yosemite Valley, surrounded by sheer walls of granite, tall black oaks and fragrant pines. Built in the 1920s to attract visitors to this now world famous National Park, the hotel occupies one of most impressive footprints in California with incredible views of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Housed within the impressive stone exterior, the grand red carpet entrance, cathedral-like beamed ceilings, vast stone fireplaces and vibrant Native American art set the scene for a fascinating step back in time.
In keeping with the grandeur of the hotel’s vast, high-ceilinged lobby, the guest rooms remain in their original style with the addition of modern amenities. Classic Rooms are comfortable and spacious but the highlight has to be the exceptional views of Yosemite Valley. ‘Featured’ rooms offer a shared balcony in the main building – a great place for a sundowner - but for more privacy and romance, opt for one of the Cottages dotted in the attractive grounds.
Whether you’re a guest at The Ahwahnee or just spending the day in Yosemite Valley, lunch or dinner in the grand dining room is a must! The 34-foot high ceiling with its vast beams and chandeliers reflect the grandeur of years gone by, whilst the floor to ceiling windows remind you that you are in one of California’s most spectacular settings. Be sure to pre-book as this dining experience is highly sought-after! For delicious snacks and sharing plates, head across the hotel’s mighty lobby to the Majestic Bar and enjoy an El Capitini cocktail or a glass of Californian wine whilst gazing at the magnetic mountain views. The Great Lounge, with its stained glass windows, huge fireplace and comfortable couches is a great place for Afternoon Tea.
Wake up to the awe-inspiring scenery and be the first to venture out each morning before the Yosemite crowds arrive. Join an informative valley floor tour, walk with a ranger into the foothills, self-drive up to Glacier Point for breathtaking panoramic views or discover a network of walking trails on your doorstep to suit all abilities. If all that sounds too strenuous, have a dip in the pool and gaze at the view. As the day-trippers head out of the park, soak up the magic of the iconic natural formations as the evening light bathes the surrounding granite cliffs in pink and golden hues and the sounds of the valley fill the air.
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