Steve Jobs, Queen Elizabeth II, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and the Shah of Iran all stayed at the Ahwahnee over the years, and we’re guessing they felt it was one of the most magnificent places they’d ever bunked. A masterpiece of “parkitechture,” opened in 1927, the Ahwahnee melds Native American, Arts and Crafts, and Art Deco influences into a majestic design, which features hand-stenciled beams, fabulous murals, and in the dining room, 34-foor high windows framed by stained glass. (Not all is as handmade as it seems, though: the exterior only looks wooden—it’s actually concrete poured into molds to resemble redwood timbers.) Rooms have a Native American motif with fine wood furnishings, and spectacular views (99 are in the lodge and another 24 are in surrounding cottages). The Ahwahnee plays host to a full calendar of special events, including the Renaissance-inspired Bracebridge Dinner in December and vintner's and chef's holidays throughout the year.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park› Hotel
Our Rating Phone 801/559-4884 Prices $497–$599 double; $616–$1,226 suite Amenities Restaurant; bar; outdoor pool; free Wi-Fi Units 123 units Web site The Ahwahnee
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