January 6, 2014

Yosemite: The Ahwahnee; hotel review + restaurant review

High Sierra

The Ahwahnee/Majestic Yosemite Hotel  (559) 253-5636 123 rooms; $$$+.  Some fireplaces.  Heated pool; 2 tennis courts.  Afternoon tea; restaurant; room service.  Free valet parking. 

Built in 1927 of granite blocks and concrete beams, this sedate luxury hotel is a National Historic Landmark.  Its decor includes priceless Native American baskets and oriental rugs, and interesting historic photos and artwork hang on the walls.  The grand Great Lounge, with a walk-in fireplace at either end, is a delightful to relax inunder a soaring ceiling.  Some cottages are available.

The Ahwahnee Dining Room  (209) 372-1489.  B-L M-Sat, D daily, SunBr; $-$$$.  Reservations essential for D. 

The best time to dine in the rustic splendor of this magnificent trestle-beamed-ceiling dining room is during daylight hours, when the spectacular views of the valley afforded by the 34-foot-tall leaded-glass windows can be fully enjoyed.  Sunday brunch, when the buffet tables groan with their bountiful offerings, is prime.  Dinner is expensive, and men are requested to wear a collared shirt and slacks, and women to dress accordingly.  Guests of the hotel get first choice at reservations, so non-guests often must settle for either an early or late seating.  Children fit in best at breakfast, brunch, or lunch.

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images ©2014 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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