It was called

This website serves as a reminder that the "Majestic Yosemite Hotel," from its construction until the year 2016, was known as "The Ahwahnee." That name is a part of cherished family memories for millions of people, across generations, from around the world.

For more information about the name dispute and the history of the Ahwahnee, and the native peoples of Yosemite Valley from whom the original name was derived, please visit the following resources:

"An Ahwahnee By Any Other Name" - SierraClub.org

"Ahwahnee Hotel" - Wikipedia.org

"Ahwahnechee" (Yosemite's native peoples) - Wikipedia.org

California Historical Society - "Naming Yosemite"