We stayed at Housekeeping Camp at the end of August. It was not too busy or crowded, in fact I was able to make the reservation about a week in advance. I read tons of reviews about Housekeeping Camp and thought I knew what to expect. The most negative reviews were that it was rustic and smokey from all of the campfires. I knew that the smoke would bother us, so we took a fan to circulate the air in the shack and try to keep most of the smoke out. Our first night there we arrived in the early evening, hungry, tired from the 7 hour drive, and I had a migraine coming on. We tried to cook some burgers and we had some bees try to chase us around as we tried to cook and eat. Because we arrived very hungry, we didn't spend much time checking out the interior of the shack...big mistake! The three cement block walls were okay, but all of the canvas interior (ceiling and door) was covered in mold. By that time of night the campground appeared to be full. So we used the mini mattress pads that were on the bunk bed and a tarp we brought from home to act as a "barrier" to the mold. The location of our shack put us right smack in the center of Housekeeping camp...a very smokey spot. The neighbors in the attached shack behind us, left their campfire on all night unattended, even after they went to sleep! Their younger sons enjoyed cussing up a storm whenever their parents were away. The neighbors across from us enjoyed playing Spanish banda and dance music very loudly late into the night. The smoke was unbearable not only because every campsite has a campfire pit, but there was a lighting strike fire in the area that they were letting burn. The campground sits in the valley and the air doesn't move, trapping the smoke by the trees and granite cliffs. I feel bad for the wildlife. We made it to the next morning. It is beautiful, beyond what words can describe, it is Yosemite. We asked for another shack. The guest services were nice enough and they told us to come back after check out time and they would give us another location. We went back and they told us the number, we went to check it out and that one was worse than the first. The third one available was also moldy. We ended up asking to see a list of a few choices that we could look at and she just asked us to not bother any of the tenants. We looked around and found a clean one by the street. BEST LOCATION! Neighbors only on one side and behind us, it was more secluded and there was never a lot of traffic. Less smoke, but still a lot of smoke. The smoke only got worse when an RV caught fire nearby and started another wildfire. The bathrooms were always very clean for being public restrooms. The shower house was dirty and very moldy, but there was never a shortage of hot water. On our third night there was a power outage throughout the valley, so have a backup plan for electric cooking/lighting. Don't know if we should give Housekeeping Camp another try this year. Thinking we should just go camping in our own nice, clean tent and give up the convenience of electricity for the next time. Housekeeping Camp has a beautiful location right along the banks of the Merced River. Changes I would make to Housekeeping camp, they should allow you to pitch your own tent on each site, get rid of many of the fire pits, maybe make a few larger shared pits, limit use of campfires when there are wildfires burning in the area, clean the mold out of the shower houses, and impose loud noise/music rules. Absolutely loved the location, the proximity to showers, towels, bathrooms, little general store, ice, love the convenience of having electricity while camping, the sites are nicely set up with the picnic table in the private patio areas, love that you can cook onsite, love that it is in Yosemite valley on the Merced River.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tuesday August 27, 2013 - With the exception of White Wolf Lodge, all lodging and services are available in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Valley and Wawona are largely unaffected by the Rim Fire and air quality is good. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Housekeeping Camp Hotel Yosemite National Park