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  1. Yosemite National Park does it have luxury options and what does one do in case it does not. Not very fit so I was wondering if a caravan would be a good option.
     
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  3. thank you its fine but not really luxury is there another option like is how far is chateau du sureau
     
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    50 miles. Outside Yosemite. The Ahwahnee is right smack in the Yosemite Valley.

    For most people the attraction of Yosemite is the scenery. The one time I stayed in the park (instead of visiting for a day) we stayed in Curry Village. Now that's most definitely not luxury, but it is part of the experience. Staying outside the park and commuting in is an entirely different thing and you are going to spend a lot of time in traffic during many times of the year.

    You also mentioned that you are not very fit. That is not a big problem; there are many walks and short hikes that are worthwhile. The magical times of the day are early morning and late in the day when the day trippers have started disappearing.
     
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahwahnee_Hotel#Notable_guests

    "The hotel and dining room have hosted many notable figures including artists, royalty, heads of state, film and television stars, writers, business executives, and other celebrities. Examples of notable guests include heads of state Queen Elizabeth II, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and the Shah of Iran; business moguls Walt Disney and Steve Jobs; entertainers Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland, Leonard Nimoy, Will Rogers and William Shatner; and writer Gertrude Stein."
     
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    Let us know what you end up doing and how you liked the park, please.
     
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    You suck it up and cope for a few days. Or you bring your own duvet and pillows to augment the Ahwahnee's bedding. Other than using cheap bedding and having an inflated sticker price, there's nothing wrong with the Ahwahnee. The service aims to be the match of any 4-star city hotel (concierge, doorman, valet parking, room service 6am-11pm), and while that may not be your usual standard, staying in the park is so superior to trying to commute that I strongly suggest trying it.

    The dining room at the Ahwahnee is absolutely delightful, though I also very much enjoy dinner at the Lodge at the Falls. Reservations are recommended at both.

    What season are you thinking of going? If you're going in the summer, make a point of going into the high country - the only lodging options are far from luxury, but you can day-trip from the valley, and you get a tenth of the crowds.
     
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    To clarify: by "caravan" do you mean "hire your own RV and stay in a park campground" or "go on an organized group bus tour"? In either case, I suspect you'll be happier at the Ahwahnee.

    One set of thoughts to keep in mind: the fact that there is a 4-star hotel where you can get an excellent dinner and a decent glass of wine and sleep with modern HVAC in such a remote location is, in and of itself, pretty luxurious. It's not the finest hotel in the world, but accomplishing what they do when the nearest grocery store is so far away is pretty impressive. The hotel is not the experience here. The nature is the experience, and the hotel helps makes it more comfortable.

    And re: fitness: so long as you're willing to step out of your car, there is amazing stuff to be seen from just off the road: the Olmstead Point overlook on of Tioga Rd, the Tunnel View overlook on the south edge of the valley, and Tenaya Lake are all gorgeous. Glacier Point will only require a few steps and is spectacular. The Mariposa Grove of great Sequoias near Wawona has parking pretty much right next to the trees. The base of Bridalveil Falls is a very short (and flat) walk from the road. Or you can park along the valley loop, lean on your car, and try to count the climbers on El Capitan.
     
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    Everyone's obviously a different definition of "fit" but I think many people -- if they take the time -- can also experience this hike without problems:

    http://www.yosemitehikes.com/yosemite-valley/mist-trail/mist-trail.htm

    Maybe not all the way to Nevada Falls, but you will have awesome views even if you don't go all the way. In general, though, like all of Yosemite to be avoided during the summer holiday season (and especially then weekends).
     
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