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“Nice Location, but hotel to expensive and not well cleaned.” 2 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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Yosemite National Park
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4 hotel reviews
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“Nice Location, but hotel to expensive and not well cleaned.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We had a heated tent at curry village. The tent was not well cleaned. Some spiders were also guest in our tent. Furthermore you can not talk without being heared by your neighbours. The heater in our tent was a joke. By turning it on a loud fan was heared. It was so loud that it was nearly impossible to sleep with having the heater turned on. Unfortunally the heater was needed for the night due to the temperature. All in all it was a bad night. But the view waking up in the morning and the location are abosolutly fantastic!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service

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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

We, my husband and I, stayed at curry village in a heated tent. We reached Yosemite at around 8pm on a Friday night. Front desk person was very polite and gave all the necessary information. We then had to find our way to our tent in the dark. With all our bags it was a tough one! Common bathroom was pretty decent with two each for men and women. Each bathroom has 2 toilets and 4 showers, with shampoo and soap. Our heated tent was pretty comfortable in the night. But your night's sleep depends on your neighbor as well, as these are just tents they are not sound proof as such. Heated tent has two power outlets too. We'd taken bed and breakfast option. Breakfast had quite a few options and food was also good. It's a pretty good place to stay, close to few hikes, 3 shuttle stops near by. Pizza patio is open till 10 in the night (when every other place in the valley closes early) is a big plus. Try to arrive and check in when there is daylight else it might be difficult to find your tent in the dark.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sunnyvale, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Really hard to decide between three and four stars, but ill give them the benefit of the doubt:

No frills here. It's a tent- cabin in the middle of Yosemite. They're pretty tight together, 100's of them, but that didn't matter much.
If you're out for a few days camping/ hiking, just want a decent place to rest your head at night, this can definitely work."
Three beds in the tent, towels, heater (extra 40$ a night and well worth it). A little safe (though ours was locked shut and we didnt bother taking care of that). Plus a bear safe just outside the tent.
The Bathrooms/ showers are not too far, more than one option to choose from, and it MATTERS:
one of the shower buildings was nicer, cleaner, had decent shower heads, and soap + shampoo (handy when you forgot your own...). the other i went to didn't have these "amenities".
The good one was just behind tent #275.

Bottom line: this is a good and cheap place to stay in - hey, youre smack in the center of Yosemite Village, with very easy access to the different hikes/ the Yosemite shuttle. Just dont expect anything fancy.

Pros:
- location location location
- price - very cheap (40$ for a regular tent, 80$ for a heated one)

Cons:
- when we got to our first tent, after a long day of hiking, it wasnt made up... the second one we were pointed out had the power fuse down - took a while to figure that one out. And the safe was shut lock. This is the main reason for taking off points. (BTW - after we insisted we were compensated with free breakfast)
- limited "decent" food options within a walking radius. If you want a decent, non-soggy dinner, you either have pizza or to drive out.

Room Tip: The good showers are behind tent #275.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Yosemite is not cheap as you are a captive audience.
We booked in advance for one night but ended up booking in for the night before as well when we made it all the way from death valley in less time than planned. Its pricey to book direct or to turn up on the day what it is but pre book via hotels.com and its the cheapest way to sleep in a real bed in yosemite unless you have an RV. Booking in slow but the girl was nice but new to the job so fair enough.
Yes the room/tent is basic but book a heated one for any season except summer and you will get a bed and warm room. The bar closes by 9-10pm. (Weekend for the latter) and the lounge is cosy but also closes early about 9pm in april. Plenty of showers in the block behind the pizzeria and lots of hot water. Toilet block was well heated and plenty of toilets. Take your own towels as those provided are small. Big metal bear proof locker provided outside the tents for food/drink/toiletries and you have to remove all food/drink/ice chests from cars but never heard or saw any bears. Its strictly enforced though. Take a torch for nighttime toilet visits. Its worth bringing a dvd player or laptop if you aren't too worn out from walking to do something after the bar closes. Breakfast was ok but described as a school canteen by boyfriend. Lots of choice but average really. Pizza was nice but long que.didnt use the shop.

in short expect basic and if you enjoy camping and roughing it a bit then this place is great and the views in the morning are worth it. If you insist on en suites room service and tvs book into the more expensive accommodation (£80-100+ per night)in yosemite but this is a great budget place. (....and having eaten at the yosemite lodge the food tasted quite disappointing for the price and presentation.)
Quick note that the hanter virus has been identified in yosemite but lots of advice around and leaflet at front desk but hand hygiene is obviously one big factor.

Tip- Last gas stop after oakhurst is wanowara (sp) area. We nearly got caught out and would have run out before getting out of the park had we not fuelled up there.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

I arrived in Yosemite without reservation, the lodge was full so my only option was a 15 mile drive back out of the park, or a night in a tent at Curry village. I picked camping!

The negatives first.... It was cold (I visited in April), it was expensive, you will need a torch, toilets and showers are in a communal building, you might have a longish walk from the car, you hear everything in the surrounding tents and, they make a big fuss about the bears (the staff, not the people in the next tent).

All of the above concerns just disappeared when I stepped out of the tent on the first morning, I had arrived in total darkness and was up early to watch the sunrise, I opened my door (yes the tents have doors, floors, beds and heaters!) and was immediately lost in the majesty of the surroundings. I guess I was not prepared for the scale and beauty of Yosemite. Stunning! And if you stay in Curry Village your bed will be in the very heart of the valley.

Don't expect any of the usual comforts in the tent, there is no tea or coffee, no breakfast included, no TV, no AC, no desk, no pillow selection, it's just a place to fall into bed exhausted. You do have a towel in your tent, extra bedding and a big metal box outside for storing food (and anything else a bear may like the smell of). There is free Wi-Fi in the centre of the village, a couple of average cafes and restaurants, and a shop selling provisions.

I suspect that when the camp is full in the summer it will be a different experience, so visit out of season!

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Phoenix, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

We stayed for 2 nights in one of their cabins with no bathroom/shower. I guess I was disappointed mainly about 2 things: first, the cabin isn't an upscale kind of cabin it's just your basic rustic, small cabin with 2 small beds (I'm about 6'3" and my feet hung off the end of the bed) and no bath, no refrigerator, no TV, no amenities of any kind, unless you consider the old pool towels an amenity. I knew going in that there was no bathroom or shower, but was told that they were conveniently located nearby. This was true on Sunday night and Monday morning (after the weekend crowd had left) but on Saturday night the ONE shower/bathroom building which had only 3 units for the men and 3 units for the women were so crowded it was nearly impossible to get into one! There was a bathroom located next to our cabin, but was "closed for the season." Consider the number of people staying in the cabins and especially nearby tents, which had to be in the hundreds, this few bathrooms and showers available is unacceptable!

Not to mention that it took about 30 minutes to find the cabin after check-in. The clerk who checked me in was most likely a volunteer and quite clearly didn't know what he was doing, nor was able to tell me where the cabin was located. After wandering around the maze of tents and cabins which are horribly horribly poorly marked, I asked what I guess was another teenage volunteer and got some slightly coherent directions which along with a lot of luck and deductive reasoning on my part led me to our cabin.

So while it is bad enough that the cabin is a ridiculous $150 a night for a roof over your head, a small bed, and a heater, the unorganization of the lodging and the ineptness of the staff is just unacceptable. In short, I'd never stay here again. There are other lodging options within the park or I'd consider getting a proper hotel in nearby Oakhurst and driving into the park for my day hikes.

Food selection around Curry Village is limited as well. There is an overpriced buffet-style restaurant, and a pizza shop and that's about it. After 8pm basically everything closes except for the pizza shop and bar which makes for an unwelcoming experience on the weekend if you are tying to enjoy the Yosemite experience with your partner and not some drunk hippies and/or rednecks. There is a nice souvenir shop where you can also buy snacks and drinks that's open during the day - this was about the lone bright spot in Curry Village.

If you are a first-time visitor to the park, there are many things to be disappointed about with the lodging and Curry Village in general. We visited Grand Canyon last fall and found the lodging and shops there to be much better organized, and you can get an actual room with a bathroom for less than $150 a night, go figure! On the plus side, the location is beautiful. You walk out of your cabin or tent and you are right there smack dab in the middle of Yosemite Valley with great views, nearby hiking trails, deer, etc.

Don't get me wrong, the park is beautiful and worth a visit of course, I don't think anyone would debate that. But you can definitely enhance your experience by choosing another locale for your accommodations besides Curry Village. I think part of the problem is that Curry Village is mostly comprised of low-priced tent camping, so the staff there are used to not accommodating people and the village is set up in disarray. The more higher-end cabins in the village get overlooked amongst all the other budget travelers. Not recommended.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

I stayed at Curry for five nights and the beds were comfy but, there were four hornets found in our cabin, snot in my sheets that was not mine, the heater was to heavy for the walls and there were a bench on the deck that isn't drilled in and I almost fell if the deck.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9010 Curry Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Curry Village 1*
Number of rooms: 503
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Curry Village is made up of a combination of rooms types. We have Hotel Rooms, Cabins with Private Bathroom, Cabins without Private Bathroom, Heated Tents and Unheated Tents. Our operations are seasonal and include 5 Food and Beverage Outlets in the Peak Season. We are located in the Southeast portion of the Valley. ... more   less 
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