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“Fine place to stay when visiting Yosemite NP” 3 of 5 stars
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Curry Village
1.0 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   9010 Curry Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389   |  
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Den Bosch
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“Fine place to stay when visiting Yosemite NP”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for one night last summer, before the Hanta virus news broke and around the timeframe in which it was in effect. Thankfully, we evaded it, possibly due to staying in a Cabin (i.e. *not* the Tent Cabin).

The cabin was fine, with two beds, two bedside tables, a dresser and a chair. Nothing too fancy or spacious, but you're only really in your cabin in the evening before going to sleep. Our cabin was nextdoor to the showers and toilets which came in handy when taking a nighttime visit to the toilet - less danger of running into a bear! They do however have enforced security in the form of having to enter a four-digit code to gain access, This is good, although remembering the code in the middle of the night requires you to wake up a bit more before entering.

The parking lot was also nearby our cabin and subsequently, so was the Curry Village centre. This was also fine, with some venues to eat at, a small supermarket to pick up some supplies and a type of "rec room" area where you can sit and eat a snack, relax on the couches, play some board games and - not unimportant - use the free WiFi ;-) Checking in and checking out went smoothly at the front desk which is also located in this centre.

Driving or hiking to several of the sights nearby in Yosemite Valley is easy from Curry Village as nothing is really that far away. The biggest complaint I have would be the traffic if you choose do get from point A to B in the car... it's more like a big city than being in the middle of the wilderness as you can rarely go faster than a snail's pace and are always looking at another car's rear while doing so. This also makes parking along the hiking trails very time-consuming as a free spot is rare.

From Curry Village you also have nice views of the Half Dome and Sentinel Dome, which are especially spectacular during sunset!

All in all, this is a great place to stay if you want to be "in the thick of it", but mind you, you'll be *far* from the only one doing so.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
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  • Cleanliness
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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Very unique experience to stay in Heated Cabin.
It may be too expensive for us, especially we only have 2 persons.
The bed is Too SOFT without strong supporting to us.
The location is very nice to stay in Yosemite.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We spent one night in a signature tent cabin last summer. We stayed right before the breaking news of the Hanta virus. We spent our second night at the Yosemite Lodge. The only reason we were in Curry Village was because I could not get two nights at the lodge.
There were pros and cons to our stay.
Pros-staying in the valley was a amazing!!! Our cabin was spotless. The beds were comfortable. Towels and bedding were provided. There was a safe in the cabin. We slept well and even though we were right across from the bathrooms, we didnt find it to be noisy We loved the campfire program at night. We had pizza for lunch and it was both good and reasonably priced. the camp store was well stocked and we purchased a few snacks and souviners. All of the workers were very nice, helpful and welcoming. We rented bikes in Curry village for the entire day and really had a blast using them. The pool was not open, but we were given passes to use the pool at the Lodge, which we did.
Cons-parking was a HUGE issue. This was made worse by the fact we happened to be there on the one day of the year when part of the parking lot is closed for apple picking!! We parked in the bike rental lot and let me tell you that was a longgggg haul with our stuff. We knew that we couldnt check in until 5:00, but it was still a pain. By havng it so late, everyone arrives at the same time and there was a long line. The tent cabins are simply too close together. The bathrooms were always super busy. They needed more, but we managed. I think we paid close to 150.00 for our night......that was way overpriced. Now here is my biggest con and it still makes me angry. Now we checked into the cabin, before the news broke about the first Hanta virus death. However, i have since learned that over the years a few people have died of Hanta virus in the park. I think at check in, it would be prudent for staff to warn guests about precations to take if you see mouse dropping in your cabin. (we never saw any, but that is besides the point) The knowledge is there, but if it is not shared it is useless. We live in the east coast and had never heard of Hanta virus. I have seen plenty of mouse droppings over the years and when I did I never saw them as dangerous. We were warned over and over and over again about the bears, but nothing about the possibility of deadly mouse droppings. I feel that is a HUGE fail on Yosemites part.
We had an AWESOME time in Yosemite and I can't wait to return. However, I will avoid staying overnight in Curry Village.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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San Bruno, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We stayed this weekend in a heated tent cabin. They are made of canvas and the low outside was 24 degrees. The tent heater kept the interior about 50, which was fine for my husband and I, but the tent next door had a child in diapers. She was cold and crying much of the night. The tents are only 3 feet apart, and several campers lost sleep because of her crying.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

We stayed at Camp Curry a couple of days after the Hantavirus outbreak hit the news in 2012. Thankfully the staff took it in their stride and moved us from one of the effected tents to a different area of the camp without any fuss or drama.

The tent we stayed in was adequately equipped and comfortable, although a little pricey compared to the cost of staying in an average hotel elsewhere in California. We opted to have breakfast included, and the spread and choice was great. As stated in the camp rules, most people quieten down at around 10pm and if you need to be social, the lounge area is a great facility (although the WiFi a little congested and slow).

If there are any downsides it would be the constant hassle of having to use a bear box (but live with it - better than bears on camp!) and the toilet/shower blocks are a little basic and rough.

In all Curry Village is a great experience and one that we would recommend without hesitation, even if "camping" isn't really your thing (this isn't really "camping"). Hopefully we'll get the opportunity to return one day.

Yosemite itself is stunning; but that is a whole subject in itself.

Room Tip: No real need to pay for one of the more deluxe tents. Just enjoy the experience!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Our stay at Curry Village was as expected -- a canvas tent with three cots. We stayed there for a couple of nights during our ascend to Half-Dome. The trail was only a few feet from our tent. The bathrooms for the most part were constantly cleaned and there was food, shop, internet access at the main gate which is about a 5 minute walk from pour tent.

This place is bare minimum with some electricity mainly for lighting. Apart from AT&T, there is no cell-phone coverage, but you can tap in the wi-fi at the main gate area.

It's a perfect location if you're there to enjoy to beauty of Yosemite and plan to climb/hike. If you're just coming to enjoy the scenery and not expecting to rough it out a little bit, then I would recommend staying at a lodge or hotel nearby.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

My wife and I went there to spend three nights in May. When the accommodation offered no more and no less than what we were expecting, the noise levels created by young pupils slightly impacted our enjoyment of the place. This said, if we had been going with our family, this would be our place of choice!

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Also Known As:
Curry Village Hotel
Curry Village Hotel Yosemite National Park
Curry Village Yosemite
Address: 9010 Curry Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 24 Specialty lodging in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Curry Village 1*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
+Wednesday August 28, 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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