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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