The Awahnee is Majestic!

Posted: April 8, 2017 in Travel
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Our lodging in Yosemite was rather pricey, but it looked like a bargain compared to the price of the majestic Awahneee.  To be completely correct, the majestic Majestic. The magnificent hotel, constructed from steel, stone, concrete, wood and glass, opened in 1927 as the Awahnee.  According to Wikipedia:

The Ahwahnee was renamed the Majestic Yosemite Hotel on March 1, 2016, due to a legal dispute between the US Government, which owns the property, and the outgoing concessionaire, Delaware North, which claims rights to the trademarked name.

No matter the name you like, in the downpour, we weren’t able to get any outside shots, but to see the beauty of not only the hotel, but its surroundings, click here for images taken in better weather.  It’s well worth a minute or two and a click on the highlighted “Awahnee” above will let you read the fascinating history of the hotel.

For us, it was a shelter during the deluge that followed our morning of hiking and trip to the Ansel Adams gallery.  We walked through the hotel’s first, public floor, then went into the bar for a drink and some munchies, a lovely way to spend a rainy afternoon.

© janet m. webb 2017

© janet m. webb 2017

© janet m. webb 2017

© janet m. webb 2017

Our view that day…

© janet m. webb 2017


  1. viveka says:

    Beautiful place to spend a rainy afternoon at .. !!! Loads of tradition and history – if walls could talk.

  2. happyface313 says:

    🙂 Dear Janet,
    what an interesting story behind this spectacular building!
    Too bad the weather didn’t play along.
    However, sometimes lousy weather isn’t bad – this way you were able to relax and catch up on personal time with your travel companions.
    Have a beautiful Saturday 🙂

  3. Janet, I ate lunch on the patio, and it was memorable.I also enjoyed the beauty of the architecture inside and out.

  4. msgt3227 says:

    What a wonderful place! The Mrs keeps telling me she wants to go to Yosemite, and based on these photos, maybe it is time for me to start researching a trip….

    • It’s a place that shouldn’t be missed, but it does require some planning. Both it and Yellowstone are unique, albeit in different ways, but both are must-sees. I’d love to back.


  5. Tina Schell says:

    Making lemonade out of lemons Janet!! We saw it during our trip to the national parks a few years back. Thanks for the fond memory!

    • My pleasure, Tina. No lemonade, but I did have a wonderful, non-alcoholic fruit drink. 🙂 I’m getting a lot of good posts out of the Yosemite trip in addition to the great time we had.

  6. So glad you got to Yosemite.

  7. Sue says:

    Sounds like you had a great trip, Janet!

  8. Lovely photos of this majestic hotel. You were fortunate to find this perfectly coazy place for cocktails and snacks. Glad you had a good time, Janet.
    Have a wonderful weekend …
    Issy 😎

  9. I love those big fireplaces. Especially when there’s a big fire in them and I’m cold.

    I still can’t believe they lost the naming rights to not just the Awahnee but several other names changed too. I wonder how long it’s going to take me to get used to the new names?

    • I imagine quite a few people still call it the Awahnee. I’m not sure the big fireplaces are at all efficient, but they’re great for mental warming. 🙂


      • They are great for warming up when you snag a seat right in front of them. The one over in Curry Village is really nice for thawing out! Cept it’s not called Curry Village anymore and I don’t know the new name!!! 😦

  10. Su Leslie says:

    Magnificent place to shelter from the rain 🙂

  11. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Beautiful memories, Janet.

  12. julieallyn says:

    What a fantastic place – even with the rain!!

    • It was. The entire park was fabulous, even through the rain. Although when the deluge came, it was better viewed from the shuttle on the way to and from the Awahnee or from our room over wine and cheese.


  13. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a beautiful place. I love the lodges and old hotels at the national parks.

  14. joey says:

    Oh yes, that looks so cozy and warm 🙂 I dig the patio, rain and all. Mmhm.

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