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Over Majestic Yosemite Hotel
De granieten façade, de hoge houten plafonds, de enorme stenen haarden en de inheemse kunstvoorwerpen bepalen de sfeer waarin ook Oosterse invloeden en Art Deco verwerkt zijn. De sfeervolle kamers zijn niet overdreven luxe, maar wel netjes ingericht in een 'Native American Style'. Vergeet u niet om een tafel te reserveren in het hotelrestaurant, de Ahwahnee Dining Room. Vanuit dit restaurant heeft u door de metershoge ramen een fantastisch uitzicht.
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Het hotel is gelegen in het hart van de Yosemite-vallei.
- Buitenzwembad (seizoensgebonden)
- WiFi (gratis)
- Parkeergelegenheid (gratis)
Het indrukwekkende Yosemite National Park, zo'n 250 kilometer ten oosten van San Francisco in het midden van de Sierra Nevada, is ongetwijfeld een van de absolute toppers tijdens uw rondreis West-Amerika.
"Expensive and worth it"
Magnificent hotel built in 1927 at a cost of $1.5M ($21M today). They don't make em like this anymore. More importantly, the staff is what you would expect from a world class five star hotel. I thought they would be typical NPS employees or wall rats (they are all wall rats, climbers working a minimum wage job to support their climbing habit) but they were absolutely 5 star professionals, courteous and competent. Even more importantly, you are located right in the most scenic part of Yosemite valley - sunset on Half Dome is seen only by those who stay in the park. It is one of my life's most precious moments, up there with my wedding and child's birth. Seriously, this is life changing.
"Just stay here already....."
Yes, it's expensive.... Yes, it's tough to get reservations..... Yes, it can be crowded with day visitors..... And yes, we noted some guests with unreasonable expectations.... But, after a 3-day stay there in late April, I would urge you to just do it and go. The history, ambiance and graciousness were worth it. From the huge, comfortable lobby to the views from the hotel, from the preserved historic details throughout the hotel, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay - and wished we could have stayed a bit longer. The sense of preservation of the past and the attempts to keep up with the demands of today's travelers were evident and appreciated. For example, the original windows, furnishings, murals and paintings are preserved where possible - and sections of floor coverings are preserved as wall hangings. The grounds and views are well-maintained, but bow to current auto and shuttle needs. Just go soak in the history and imagine what it was like there nearly 100 years ago. Sit in the lobby near the huge fireplace, work on the crossword puzzle, listen to the live music, stroll the grounds... Be in awe of the NPS's attempt to preserve this beautiful place - Just go....
"They cater to your every need"
From the moment we checked in, we were pampered and well taken care of. The staff and the service are impeccable, which makes the price seem ok. I loved the history of the building, the charm of the room, and all of the little extras that you get as a guest. You have to expect an older, historic hotel to enjoy this gem to the fullest - don't come here expecting a brand new modern accommodation unless you want to be disappointed. We loved the afternoon tea and cookies service by the large fireplaces listening to the piano player - so civilized! The piano player is excellent and very friendly. He also played at dinner time in the dining room, which is a fantastic experience not to be missed! The grandeur of the dinning room is wonderful. We had a beautiful room with a view of the Yosemite falls and an adjoining parlor - I believe it is called the parlor suite. It is fantastic with 180 degree views of the mountains around the hotel and a roaring fireplace. We took advantage of this wonderful space by ordering a lot of room service for our own private dining with spectacular views. The room service staff is excellent and the prices are very reasonable. If you can afford it, it is a truly unique experience staying at Yosemite's poshest hotel.
"Beyond my Wildest Expectations!"
On our three day visit to Yosemite State Park, we ask about having the Saturday buffet breakfast and was told " we could come and maybe worked in since we did not have reservations." So, we headed that way Saturday morning and was seated immediately!!! What a beautiful place. Formally known as The Ahwahnee, the name has been changed. Google why. Ahwahnee was so suitable for this place. The buffet was not as elaborate as say Lake Louise's Fairmount but the ambience makes up. The views from any seat is worth it. Just an extraordinary experience!!! Look close in my photo and you can see The Majestic sitting in full view. This was taken from Glacier Point, only way to get the full view of the hotel.
"Stunning Historic Hotel in Yosemite"
The hotel is now called the Majestic Hotel, because the previous concession operator of the Ahwahnee Hotel trademarked the name and wants millions of dollars from the new concessionaire for the name, a situation that locals dislike immensely. It is still a beautiful building that opened in 1927. It is high end, but in a busy crowded park affords visitors a quiet place to stay, with stunning views of the mountains and falls which were plentiful during our April, 2017 stay. You can take easy hikes from the hotel. One I would recommend is up to Mirror Lake. We ate in the hotel's dining room for 2 dinners during our 4 night stay, and had good breakfasts there. You should have reservations for both if you are staying there and want the convenience. You can also eat lighter fare in the hotel bar, and it was easy to get in and have a meal, no reservation. Tea is provided to guests every afternoon in the hotel. The rooms ere quite comfortable. WIFI was available but sometimes spotty. But you are in Yosemite...Go outside and walk around and take in the magnificent views in every direction. We did book a "Starry Night " event, where we took a shuttle to a field, laid on a tarp and looked at the Milky Way while a girl told us stories of the constellations and mythology. Despite the frigid temps, It was wonderful, only we were almost stranded out there in the dark, since buses stop running at 10PM. I called the Majestic and the girl at the desk told us to walk down the road someplace to get help. Considering there were about 30-40 of us from various locations and it was pitch dark, that wasn't happening. I was ready to call 911 when, luckily, a disgruntled bus driver, who was supposed to be off duty, stopped just after 10PM and took the Majestic people to our hotel after dropping off the other hapless people someplace where they had to figure out how to get there they were going..Felt the Majestic people dropped the ball on that one. It was handled poorly. OH...that was also the night, when after getting to my room and taking a hot shower to get warm, the fire alarm went off and we were told to evacuate the building, this after 11 when I was stark naked and wet. By the time I had some clothes on, they were sending people back to their rooms, so I never did evacuate. Apparently there was an issue in the kitchen. But all in all, If you want luxury in Yosemite, this is the place.
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Entrada 211 (Gratis parkeren!)
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht
Tel. 020 - 398 93 98
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