The Ahwahnee is well known for its beamed ceilings, massive stone hearths Native American artwork and primo rooms. It has 123 rooms: 99 hotel rooms and 24 cottages. Rates START at $490 for a standard room.
So what’s the big deal? Built in 1927, it is the best you’re going to find in the NPS. You must stay there once to appreciate it.
- The Great Lounge – A study in size and grace, the Great Lounge is 77 feet long and 51 feet wide with 24-foot-high ceilings. Ten massive windows and a stone fireplace.
- The Ahwahnee Dining Room – A 34-foot high ceiling with large sugar pine trestles and floor-to-ceiling windows framed with stained glass.
- The Solarium, Winter Club, and Mural Room – These rooms feature historic photographs, artwork, and windows with beautiful views.
- Native American Baskets – An exhibit of Native American hand woven baskets in The Ahwahnee’s Great Lounge demonstrates the artistry of California tribes such as Miwok, Pomo, Mono, Hupa and Yokuts, as well as that of Arizona’s Pima tribe.
- Historic Rugs – The hotel’s original decorators, Dr. Phyllis Ackerman and Dr. Arthur Upham Pope, were experts in Persian arts and selected a variety of Persian rugs for the hotel’s public spaces. Today, many of the original rugs are still displayed on the hotel walls.
- Floor Mosaics – Developed by Henry Temple Howard, the mosaic floor designs utilize a special process that combines linoleum, cork, clay, sawdust and linseed oil. Referred to as “rubber tile,” the mosaic designs were based on basket patterns from the Yurok, Hupa and Pomo tribes of California.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Welcome to the Hotel California. Such a lovely place. Such a lovely face. Plenty of room at the Hotel California. Any time of year, you can find it here.” – The Eagles … Hear it HERE.
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