The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, formerly known as The Ahwahnee shines as Yosemite National Park’s distinctive AAA® Four-Diamond hotel.  Known for its magnificent façade and architecture, The Majestic Yosemite Hotel was specifically designed to highlight its natural surroundings. In the early 1920s, Stephen Mather, the National Park Service Director, realized that the Park needed accommodations to suit the affluent and influential traveler. The concept of a hotel such as The Majestic Yosemite Hotel became the impetus to draw such a visitor. The site for The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, once a village of the native Miwoks, was chosen because of its exposure to the sun and stunning views of Yosemite's icons – Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point.

In July 1925, Gilbert Stanley Underwood was selected as the architect for Yosemite's new luxury hotel. Due to its remote location, the construction of The Majestic Yosemite Hotel was the most complex trucking endeavor of its day. Over 5,000 tons of stone, 1,000 tons of steel, and 30,000 feet of timber were hauled over the challenging mountain roads. To protect The Majestic Yosemite Hotel from fire, a fate of many of the Park's earlier hotels, its wood-like facade is actually concrete, poured into rough-hewn wooden forms and stained to look like redwood.

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel’s grand opening was finally set for July 16, 1927.  Since then, The Majestic Yosemite Hotel has served as a major attraction to visitors to Yosemite and has welcomed celebrities, political figures, artists and royalty from around the world to explore this unique relationship of architecture and nature.  During World War II, the Navy operated The Majestic Yosemite Hotel as a rest and relaxation hospital for naval personnel.  From 1943 to 1946, 90,000 service men and women relaxed in Yosemite National Park, while 6,752 patients were treated at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel. 

Today, the original big oak tables, secretaries, and wrought iron chandeliers are still found in the Great Lounge.  The original rugs hang on the hotel’s walls.  Unique and individual Native American designs are still found above each guest room door.  Rubber mosaic tiles in the entrance lobby continue to greet each visitor. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality and elegance.

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Latitude: 37.746886 Longitude: -119.574051 Elevation: 3996 ft

Lodging Style and Amenities

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel accommodations include 123 handsomely appointed guest rooms, including 99 hotel rooms, parlors and suites and 24 cottage rooms. Bedding configurations include one king bed or two double beds. Appointed in warm fabrics, rich woods, and inspired by the period of historical significance, our rooms offer comfort and historic elegance. 

Located among the dogwoods and pines, our cottage rooms have the comfort of a mountain lodge with Native American accents and natural wood furnishings. Each room has a recently renovated private bath, television, telephone, small refrigerator and small stone patio.  The cottages offer air conditioning and ceiling fans - and they are also surrounded by shade trees that also help to moderate day-time summer temperatures.

Season Open

Year round.

Additional Services and Amentities Available

Bell service, a full-time concierge, business center, daily maid service, room service, afternoon tea service and informative interpretive events are all part of The Majestic Yosemite Hotel experience. Evening turndowns are provided upon request. Other guest services include a unique gift shop, Sweet Shop, and a year-round outdoor heated swimming pool (for use by guests of The Majestic Yosemite Hotel only).  Wireless internet is available in all of the rooms at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel.

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as a fantastic Sunday Brunch. Proper attire is kindly requested for dinner.  The Majestic Yosemite Hotel Bar offers a light menu daily with a coffee bar in the morning. Dining room reservations are strongly recommended for timely seating at dinner, but are encouraged for all meal periods, however it is not necessary to make reservations at the Bar. To make your Yosemite restaurant reservations, please call the Dining Room at (209) 372-1489 

Driving Directions

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel is just under a mile east of Yosemite Village, near the Royal Arches and the Merced River.  The east end of Yosemite Valley is accessible by Highways 140 from Mariposa, 120 from Groveland, 41 from Fresno and 120 East (or the Tioga Road) from Lee Vining. All public roadways into the Park are well maintained and open year-round, with the exception of Tioga Road which is closed in winter. From within the park, The Majestic Yosemite Hotel is accessible via the free Valley Shuttle (stop #3).

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