As part of an ongoing series, we’ll feature the favorite places of Yosemite community members and park visitors. The Mural Room at The Ahwahnee in Yosemite Valley is a favorite spot of Lisa Cesaro, who lives and works in Yosemite Valley. “The Mural Room is indeed one of my favorite spots in Yosemite National Park. The rustic hammered copper fireplace, dark wood paneling and stunning mural depicting the park’s native flora and wildlife make this room a great retreat after a long hike to enjoy a glass of wine or read a book. I really appreciate the attention to detail in the design of The Ahwahnee to complement the surroundings of Yosemite, which is one of the reasons I consider this hotel the crown jewel of the national park lodges.”
The Mural Room, also known as the Writing Room, is located on the ground floor of The Ahwahnee, just off the Great Lounge before the Solarium. The mural is a toile pente (painted linen) created by Robert Boardman Howard for the hotel’s opening in 1927. The fifteenth century style of the mural features the native flora and fauna of Yosemite National Park in a pattern of flowering plants with animals large and small, serving not only as historic decor, but also as a nature guide to Yosemite. The Mural Room also features a unique corner fireplace with a hammered-copper hood and the only oak floor in the hotel’s public spaces. Refurbished in 2011, the Mural Room’s historic furniture was designed to connect hotel guests to the grand scale of the architecture of The Ahwahnee in an intimate setting.