Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Top choice historic hotel in Yosemite National Park

The crème de la crème of Yosemite’s lodging, this sumptuous historic property (formerly called the Ahwahnee) dazzles with soaring ceilings and atmospheric lounges with mammoth stone fireplaces. Classic rooms have inspiring views of Glacier Point and partial vistas of Half Dome. Cottages are scattered on the immaculately trimmed lawn next to the hotel. For high season and holidays, book a year in advance.

Ask for one of the over 90 rooms renovated in 2017-2018 with new carpets, curtains and bathroom fixtures; keep in mind some rooms have more natural light than others. Suite 332 has a fireplace, a chandelier and incredible panoramic views.

The Majestic is the gold standard for upscale lodges, but even if you’re not staying here, you can still soak up the ambiance during afternoon tea, a drink in the bar or a gourmet meal.

Worth noting is the fact that the hotel is a dead zone as far as cell phone reception goes.