NileGuide Expert Says:
A true classic national park lodging experience, the Ahwahnee is the top lodging option in Yosemite and one of the best in the West.
Ahwahnee, CA, USA
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NileGuide Expert tip:
Even if you're not staying here, consider coming for breakfast or the sumptuous Sunday brunch.
The Ahwahnee is one of the classic grand lodges of the Mountain West. Opened in 1927, the Ahwahnee is situated off by itself in the east end of Yosemite Valley at the base of Royal Arch Cascades. Impressive in scale both inside and out, the lobby leads to the Great Lounge and the Dining Room. Both have towering ceilings and tall windows that show off Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Huge fireplaces in the lounge generate warmth to counteract the Sierra winter outdoors.
The Dining Room has a top-notch menu and wine list, and many selections that attend to sustainability concerns. Sunday brunch is a royal feast every week.
The hotel tapers up to 6 stories, and includes suites occupied by JFK, Queen Elizabeth and many other dignitaries. Adjacent Cottages add more space. The Ahwahnee is full all year so plan ahead to get a room here for a special occasion.