The Ahwahnee

Immerse yourself completely in the Yosemite experience in this historic landmark lodge located in the very epicentre of the park.

The original Yosemite National Park lodging, complete with impressive granite façade, was built in 1927 to take in the dramatic scenery of Glacier Point and the Falls – and a stay here is an experience in itself. Its’ fabulous location allows guests early morning access to hiking trails before the crowds arrive and its stunning dining room complete with floor to ceiling stained glass windows is not-to-be-missed. With fantastic service to boot it’s little surprise that this unique, luxurious and characterful establishment has been the destination of Queens and Presidents for many decades.

Facilities & Activities

Widely considered to be the most luxurious of the lodges within Yosemite National Park the hotel has some excellent facilities; there is a lovely outdoor pool, heated year-round for the exclusive use of its guests, plus comfortable lounge areas overlooked by vast fireplaces and floor to ceiling windows. There is also a gift shop, sweet shop and delightful gardens. For those who need to keep in touch with work, the Business Centre allows guests access to computer, printer, fax and copier facilities.

With its stunning location in the centre of this world famous park and its 1000 square miles of scenic wilderness and epic valleys and peaks, you couldn’t be better placed to explore all Yosemite has to offer. Hiking straight from the lodge is really popular as guests here can make an early start and beat the crowds. Other unforgettable experiences include picnicking in Alpine meadows, discovering breath-taking lakes and waterfalls, horse riding, rafting, cycling and climbing. If you prefer to see the park in a more leisurely fashion take a guided trip on the ranger truck which offers an excellent 2-hour Valley Floor Tour.

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The award–winning Dining Room is not to be missed. Featuring floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows, magnificent beamed ceiling and granite pillars this is a wonderful traditional dining experience. Guests can take breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner here – or a wonderful brunch on Sundays. In the evenings guests must wear semi formal attire.

For a more casual dining experience try the Ahwahnee Bar which offers a delightful terrace area overlooking the gardens and features live music from Wednesday to Sunday.


The hotel offers 123 handsomely appointed guest rooms, including 99 hotel rooms, parlors and suites and 24 cottages. These all come with daily maid service and turn down on request.

The Standard Rooms are finished with warm fabrics and rich woods and typically face the rear of the hotel or offer a limited view.  Classic Rooms are well appointed and offer views of Yosemite’s spectacular scenery.

A limited number of Featured Hotel Rooms offer breath-taking views from a balcony or large deck – these balconies are often shared with the adjoining room. All 3 of these room types can be made up with one king size bed or 2 double beds.

The rustic Cottage rooms are located among the dogwood and pine trees of the hotel’s grounds and are decorated with native American accents and natural wood furnishings.  Each room has a private bath, TV, small fridge and small stone patio.  The cottages offer air conditioning and ceiling fans and also benefit from the shade of the surrounding trees in high summer.  The Cottage Rooms fall into 3 categories:

Standard Cottage Rooms offer a cosy, but comfortable retreat with a king size bed, Classic Cottage rooms offer a little more space and have either one king size or 2 double beds. Feature Cottage Rooms also have a sitting area with fireplace.

The 4 Parlors are luxuriously furnished to provide unparalleled views of the valley.  The Parlors can combine with hotel rooms to create suites.

The hotel also offers 2 Junior Suites. The El Dorado Diggins Suite sleeps 2 in a king size bed and features a sunken living room and large picture window.  The Mary Curry Tresidder Suite features a four poster bed and is furnished in rich colours.  It has a large bathroom and Queen Elizabeth II stayed here, so it is now known as The Queen’s Room!

The lodge also offers ADA rooms and suites that are more accessible, these have widened doors, raised toilets seats and grab bars in bathrooms.


Vast open spaces both in and outdoors makes this a popular option for families. A children’s menu is available in the restaurant, although youngsters over 4 years must be smartly dressed to dine in the Ahwahnee Dining Room in the evenings. Babysitters can be booked for a fee with advance notice.

Accommodation-wise there are no interconnecting rooms because of the age of the hotel. The best option for families are Lodge Rooms with 2 queen size beds.


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Despite its peaceful sense of remoteness, Yosemite is relatively easy to get to. Even this hotel, located in the very centre of the park, has deceptively quick transfer times from connecting airports.

The Ahwahnee is closest to Fresno/Yosemite International Airport, which is 2 hours away. San Francisco International Airport is 3.5 hours away.

Complimentary valet parking is provided on the premises.

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