We arrived at Housekeeping Camp late on an October weekend. Check-in was at the campgrounds, and was quick and easy. Since we flew in from the East Coast, we spent the extra money to rent bedding rather than carry it on the airplane. It was $2.50 a night for a double bed pack (fitted and flat sheet for a double bed, 2 pillowcases, and 2 blankets) - well worth it in my opinion. We walked across the parking lot to pick up the bedding and went to our 'tent.' It is actually a concrete floor with 3 concrete walls and the front and roof are canvas. I found the canvas to have an odd smell the first night, but didn't notice it the second night.
The view was incredible. Our tent was right on the riverfront and the trees and granite cliffs in the background - I don't have the words for how beautiful it was.
There is a metal box at the camp to put foods and toiletries into to keep them away from any bears in the area. There is also a small picnic table and a fire pit. There are 2 electrical outlets - one inside the tent; one in the covered patio outside.
Bathrooms with flush toilets and sinks were a short walk away; the showers were in a different building a little further away - we didn't use them, so I can't review them.
We would absolutely stay here again. The price was a little on the high side (I think we paid $80 a night) but the convenience (shuttle stops right across the road) and the beauty was worth it to us.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perfect for those who love camping outdoors but don't want the hassle of setting up a tent, Housekeeping Camp is a Yosemite favorite. Perched alongside the Merced River in the middle of the Valley, the camp features three-sided concrete structures with a canvas roofs and privacy curtains. Nearby sandy beaches are perfect for relaxing in the sun by the river. From the Housekeeping Camp, you'll have unmatched views of Yosemite Falls and Half Dome as you prepare your dinner on your campfire ring's grill. Enjoy your meal on your covered patio as you take in the sights and sounds of Yosemite.. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Housekeeping Camp Hotel Yosemite National Park