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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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Southern CA
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“OK but need some helps”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We stay here for 3 nights. OK place to stay. next time will try somewhere else.

No cooking allowed, no fire allowed. Shower and restroom below average. noise at night. only good thing is location, location. They need to put some tap water in the camp. Not cheap: we paid $125 per night for long weekend.

Location is great. but will try housekeeping camp next year.

Food is ok here, not too expensive.

Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

You are paying for the magnificent location. That must be 99% of the room per night price because otherwise it is a rip off.

Make no mistake: this place is a shabbily maintained school camp living off past glory and its location.

- The heaters are rubbish. After complaining to reception that the heater in our heated tent cut out through the night leaving us to wake up to a bone chattering 6c, the response was : oh yeah, the heaters are old and do that sometimes. The tents are very very very simple so do not expect much.

- The Internet wifi didn't work at the Internet area (I suspect too many people trying to use a cheap connection) and people had to hunt down the few power points that worked to charge phones etc.

- Padlocks extra: I would have thought that padlocks would be provided for the bear proof locker in the $130+ tariff, but no we had to buy a padlock extra. Tip: they are half the price at the Yosemite super market compared to the Curry Village general store.

- There were a lot of school groups around to for some noise, the shower water in the morning was lukewarm and the whole 'camp community' spirit gets a bit lost with 500+ other people around.

In the end, Yosemite is so spectacular and in demand you will probably pay the inflated prices and put up with it just to be there in the park but avoid if at all possible.



If you can afford it, stay elsewhere.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We stayed in May and did ask whether it was worth upgrading to a heated tent - the booking office said no, and there are 2 blankets and a sheet (plus they'd provide more if needed)

My wife and I shared a small-ish double bed and did get really cold during the night - so would recommending upgrading if you do feel the cold

Quiet time after 10pm which was well adhered to. Lots of nature noise (as you'd expect) and you'll keep convincing yourself it's not a bear!

One word of advice, travel light if possible - you can't leave any food, liquid (inc. water) or anything perfumed in your car overnight - it has to go into the 'bear box' next to your tent. They also spray all of the cars in the car park with a yellow-ish mist overnight I'm assuming to deter bears from breaking into cars. They're very strict so make sure you pack everything smelly in the same bag the night before travelling. Bear boxes pretty big, but probably not suitcase sized

Bar and cafes are good, although not cheap. We shared a large pizza which you pay for by the topping so came to around $30

I was apprehensive about staying in the tent and can't say I had the best night's sleep - but feels right to go to Yosemite and do it this way!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Springwood, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

The only 'down' point on this huge tent city was finding the booking office. We must have spent 30 minutes looking for it, no signage and with roads/ carparks all over the place, would be nightmare in the dark. Once found, very helpful staff and had choice where we would want to be located - near the car or near the toilet ammenities. Halfway. Big food hall (if you call it that) with coffee/ice cream shop, breakfast /dinnner hall, Pizza/ Salad outside deck, Gift/food shop, Mountain gear/clothing shop. Has nice building for relaxing on rocking chairs/lounges etc for internet /social purpose, but wireless speed comes to halt with too many users. Place was constantly being maintained/cleaned, so nice environment with forest and mountains towering above you. Of course you hear all your neigbours snoring and French young couple having a real domestic.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Townsville, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013 via mobile

We had several issues during our two night stay at camp Curry. Firstly the check in process - check in is supposed to be at 5pm (very late in my opinion) but you can register earlier and return after 5 to collect your cabin/tent keys. The line up for registration is very long despite Four staff working to get through the guests. After 3 long line ups, we finally got our key after 6 PM. We weren't the only ones waiting either. When we finally made the long long walk (after searching for a carpark) with all our belongings (you can't leave ANYTHING in your car due to bears) we found Pur tent surrounded by 14 tents full of school children. The teenagers were just doing what kids do, but there is no privacy or sound proofing afforded by the thin canvas tent walls and these kids were excited and LOUD!! we made the decision to change rooms, walked all the way back to the front desk (approx 1/2 mile walk each way) and asked if this was possible. We could only get an unheated tent, but felt we had no choice if we wanted any sleep at all. (We could still hear the kids even after moving to the opposite side of the camp so glad we did). This meant a huge $6 refund on our room rate :( As we had a lot of luggage (we were half way through a month tour of USA)we said yes to the offer of having our luggage moved to the new tent, and were sent back to our original tent to wait for assistance. After an hour no one came so we moved ourselves, and walked back to reception again to get the new tent keys. The staff member said they would speak to whomever was supposed to help us move. So after 3 hours we were finally able to put our bags in the tent and bear cage. There is no lock supplied for the bear cage but we were told 'no one messes with those' when we asked about it. We were cold wet and hungry so went to the pizza deck and had dinner, pizza special was nice as was the wine and beer but a little expensive. After dinner we tried to find the free wifi, the only location we could intermittently connect was in the common room, this also had the only power outlets and was jam packed full of other guests and visitors doing the same thing. So we retired for the evening, headed to the showers/toilets but these were overflowing!! Excrement on the floor, toilet paper everywhere. Disgusting. I reported this to a staff member who immediately began cleaning, and looked for another shower. :( After a cold and miserable night in our unheated tent we woke early to catch the free bus to The lodge to take our pew booked 9am Valley floor tour, only to be advised that there IS NO 9am tour and we should have been given this info AND our tickets back at Curry Village when we checked in!!! :( the staff at the lodge sorted this out thankfully and we got on the 10am tour, but were very frustrated by this stage. The tour was great and I highly recommend taking it. $25 each well spent.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cape Town
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

We upgraded to a heated tent when we checked in, although I made the booking 3 months previously there were none available. Fortunately there were some free when we got there. We were visiting in May and it got cold at night, the heater was fantastic and I wouldn't want to have been in an unheated tent. We stayed in tent 432 which was close to everything, the shower block, the restaurant and the wifi common room known as 'The Library' as it's so quiet.

Free wifi in the library and a great fire when cold outside although it gets locked at 10am every night and opened again at 7 am ish.

Food is fairly inexpensive in the restaurant about $10 for a main and 2 sides but you can take your own food you just can't eat it in the restaurant you can eat it at the 'library'.

A beer cost $8!! So take your own.

Don't forget a lock for the bear proof locker outside the tent and a head torch, there is no lighting around the tents.

The tent had a double and 2 single beds in it so lots of space for your things if there are only 2 of you.

Clean, nice linen, small towels.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Cebu City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

Curry Village is probably has the least expensive accommodations in Yosemite - unless you bring an RV or actually camp. There are cottages (that are chosen really quickly) and there are heated or unheated tents on platforms nestled under trees, that sleep 4 to 5 people comfortably (but with not much space for backpacks, etc.). These tents are lined up side by side like a kind of city townhouse complex. Privacy? Watch the noise ;-) There are warm blankets, one light and just about everything you need and definitely much easier than a simple, tight, tent. The toilet and bath facilities are shared exclusively for people staying in similar accommodations and they were generally clean. Food and drinks are served and there even is a small grocery. It is pretty much self-contained and pleasant. I would stay here again! Unheated tents? Hmmm. It was 11 degrees Celsius one morning and I really felt it!! Anything colder and it would have been tough...

  • Stayed May 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Curry Village

Address: 9010 Curry Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 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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