The Ahwahnee, a palace in the park, is the finest example of National Park architecture in Yosemite. Architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood was hired on to build a luxury hotel in the 1920’s to accommodate the more affluent and discerning traveler. Since its 1927opening, the Ahwahnee has done just that, playing host to queens of screen and England, past presidents, and the business elite.
The location of the AAA Four Diamond Ahwahnee Hotel was carefully chosen due to its exposure to Yosemite’s most famous residents: Glacier Point, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome. Take the Yosemite Photo Tour >
The design of the Ahwahnee is a mix of Native American, Middle Eastern, Art Deco, and the Arts and Crafts movement. The hotel's woodlike façade is actually made of concrete to protect the historic building from fires, which have felled previous park hotels.
As the winter season can be as busy as summer for guests and events, the Ahwahnee's earthtone colors, deep rich reds, large stone fireplaces, tapestries, and stained glass windows play well in any season. The grand communal rooms, particularly the Solarium and Great Lounge, feature floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views.