The Awahnee Hotel in Yosemite: Where Nature and Luxury Collide
The LA Times has a write-up of the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite Park, which was built in 1927 and features an interesting design combo of Art Deco, Native American, Middle Eastern and something called the Arts & Crafts Movement.
Whatever the combo, it works. The hotel has 99 rooms and a 95% year-round occupancy rate. But we are pretty sure that has something to do with the drop-dead gorgeous views it offers in the comfort of five-star luxury (think fluffy white robes, rose petals on the bed and champagne in your room).
An interesting fact about the hotel's history?:
The day after the hotel's opening night -- a private, complimentary celebration for an elite few on July 14, 1927-- hotel staff reported that the guests had stolen a remarkable number of pewter ink stands, valuable Indian baskets, rugs and even bedspreads. Much of the original décor remains, however -- items too large to steal, including linoleum walkways cut into Indian motif inlaid circles, wrought-iron chandeliers and furniture, and stained-glass windows in the Great Lounge.