The Ahwahnee Hotel Yosemite is one of the best hotels in California. It is also one of the most historic. This destination hotel in Yosemite National Park opened way back in 1927 and was added to the list of National Historic Landmarks in 1987. Among other things, it is known for its rustic architecture, which is something that characterizes several of the best national park hotels. The Ahwahnee Hotel designer, architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood, actually designed such other renowned national park hotels as the Grand Canyon North Rim Lodge, the Zion Lodge, and the Bryce Canyon Lodge.
The Ahwahnee Hotel Yosemite carries a AAA Four-Diamond rating, which essentially means that it provides plenty in the way of comfort and style. Rich fabrics add to the high levels of comfort in the 123 well-appointed guest units, and the hotel’s magnificent granite and wood exterior is among the style highlights. This is a hotel that fits in very well with its natural surroundings, and there is arguably no better travel base in the Yosemite Valley. Many famous people have come to this conclusion. Examples of famous past guests include Queen Elizabeth II, Charlie Chaplin, Ansel Adams, Lucille Ball, and John F. Kennedy. This is one of the places to relax after a day of hiking in the valley.
When booking a stay at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel Yosemite, guests can choose from a variety of accommodations. Rooms, suites, and the extra exclusive parlor units are housed in the main lodge building. Complementing these are the more private Ahwahnee Cottages, which are spread about the hotel grounds. Aside from the various guest units, the Ahwahnee Hotel features include an outdoor heated pool that is open year round, a gift shop, a shop that sells tempting sweets, a bar, and a business center. There is also a renowned restaurant that guests can take advantage of. The Ahwahnee Hotel restaurant, or the Ahwahnee Dining Room, as it is known, serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner on a daily basis and is known for its overall quality. Many guests and non-guests alike make it a point to eat at least once at the Ahwahnee dining room during their Yosemite visits, with the Sunday brunches being especially popular. Reservations are recommended for meals in this exclusive dining room - whether you are a hotel guest or not.