We only go to yosemite in the winter due to the crowds in summer. We can afford Stoneman House and it is basic, but comfortable for us. It is spartan as rooms go, but the whole point of Yosemite really is not to stay in your room, but to get out there!
The reason we recommend Stoneman in winter is because:
1) it is the closest accomodation to the skating rink
2) badger pass bus pulls up literally right in front of your room, no lugging your gear all the way down the stairs to the reception area and you are the first ones to get on in the morning
3) since it is at "the end of the road" in winter with the exception of some RV camping, it is the quietest with the least traffic. Remember that "quiet" and "Traffic" are always relative terms when talking about the valley floor.
4) it is the closest to the happy isle trailheads
5) the food is the cheapest and fully acceptable as far as basic concessions go. The cafeteria style is no better at the lodge
6) it is a single story structure, so tromping from guests upstairs
7) rooms were pretty soundproof, or maybe we have just had very quiet neighbors the many years we have gone there
8) the rates are slightly lower than the two other hotel/motel style lodgings on the valley floor.
9) meadow trail is a very short walk when compared to the yosemite lodge access
10) homey common room. You do half to walk outside from your room to get to it, but it is very well used--plenty of opportunity to meet families, or sit in your own corner and read without being bothered.
One drawback--if you really like your room to open up to a protected hallway, you won't like Stoneman. All the rooms open out to the porch. The porch is well covered, but it is just a warning that once you open the door, you will feel the cold and chill.
Of course, if you want nice, you have to pay for nice. The Awahnee is what we are shooting for when we win the lottery. until then, we will book stoneman house (and you do have to request as it is embedded under the "Curry Village" description) when we go to Yosemite.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Curry Village Hotel Yosemite National Park
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