Renovated Cottages at The Ahwahnee in Yosemite

Delaware North at Yosemite recently completed a $650,000 refurbishment to 24 cottage rooms at The Ahwahnee hotel in Yosemite Valley. Funded and managed by Delaware North in collaboration with the National Park Service, the renovation enhanced guest room functionality while at the same time, restored historic integrity.

Richard Kollath and Edward McCann of Kollath-McCann Creative Services, designers for The Ahwahnee since 1998, referenced archival images and other historic documents to guide their selection of textiles, colors and accessory items to update the historic cottages. The cottages were built in 1928, one year after the hotel’s grand opening. The furnishings and materials selected reflect those used in the hotel between 1925 and 1942, which was established by National Park Service historians as the hotel’s “period of historic significance.” The designers’ research steered them toward simple wooden furniture and hand-crafted textiles that echo a western Arts & Crafts style. Highlights of the cottage guest rooms include custom-made Mission Style credenzas and night stands with integrated power outlets and USB ports. The bold, cheerful pattern of the drapery fabric reflects a 1930s design aesthetic, and the texture of the striped broadloom carpet evokes the original hooked rugs that once covered the floors. Linoleum prints of pine cones from local artist Kim Young Min feature exquisite details of indigenous flora found in Yosemite while watercolors of early artist-in-residence Gunnar Widforss capture the incredible grandeur and majesty of Yosemite waterfalls.

“We are proud to unveil the refurbished cottages to our guests,” said General Manager Brett Archer. “The essence of these cottages has been restored and the modern upgrades enhances the guest experience while allowing visitors to appreciate the landscape of Yosemite.


8 comments on “Renovated Cottages at The Ahwahnee in Yosemite

    • Hi Mary,

      The cottages are located on the grounds of The Ahwahnee in Yosemite Valley. If you wander across the lawn from the main hotel, you’ll soon find yourself among them, and there are a range of configurations. Standard Cottage Rooms have a king bed. Classic rooms are a bit bigger and have a king or two double beds. Plus, there are two Feature Cottage Rooms with a sitting area and fireplace. Typically the rooms accommodate a maximum of 3-5 people depending on room type. Rates vary throughout the year with the best deals usually running mid-week during the winter. You can see availability and specific pricing on our website.


  1. The bedside lights look practical as well as attractive. They will really shine on a book, unlike some lamps that don’t reach over the bed.

    Attractive warm color scheme.


  2. Stayed in the cottages for the first time, beautiful, comfortable. So enjoyed it. I stayed in Cottage #712. I loved the pinecone prints on the walls. I want to know if there is a way to purchase them. Thank you


    • Hello Gale,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the cottages at The Ahwahnee! I will look into seeing whether those pinecone prints are available or not, and have someone contact you at the email that you have associated with your comment. Please let me know if there is another email that you would prefer. You can also email us directly at


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