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“Nightly visit from racoon !” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Housekeeping Camp
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Almere, The Netherlands
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32 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nightly visit from racoon !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in September and we loved it. The tents are 3 concrete walls and a piece of canvas to close your cabin. There are many showers and washing machines. You can barbecue or have a campfire. There are many squirrels and we got company of a Racoon while we were sleeping !
Yosemite NP is one of the most beautiful places ever been. The nature is wonderfull and the campsite doesn't affect this at all. There is only one disadvantage: the price.

Because there are so little places to sleep INSIDE Yosemite valley, and so MANY visitors, they charge exceptional rates for the tents.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Glen Burnie, Maryland
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12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Request a room on the riverfront for a GREAT view.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2012

We stayed at housekeeping Camp for 3 nights in late September 2012.
Check-in was friendly & efficient but it was all down hill from there.

Our stay coincided with the Hantavirus problems & we had been assured that extra cleaning had been done to minimise the risk of Deer Mouse faeces & urine being present. It was apparent that the only work done to reduce the risk of Hantavirus was to put up warning signs.

Our "tent" was disgusting. There was a thick layer of dirt & grit on the floor & when i dropped a torch under the bed I discovered a detritus of old tissues, napkins & opened condom packets. The wooden shelves in the tent were broken because somebody had used them as a step to get into the top bunk (no ladder supplied) & had the sharp points of fasteners exposed. The walls were dirty & the canvas was dusty & mouldy.
The "tent" flaps were secured by two ties & did not secure the door properly. There was no way this "tent" was secure from Deer Mice, in fact, during the night my daughter had to shoo a racoon out of the room that was trying to get into her bed.
The picnic tables outside were dirty as well, not just dusty but in-ground dirt & it's obvious they hadn't been wiped over for a long time.
The toilet block was in poor condition & was superficially clean but needed a deep clean & renovation.
The shower block was dirty. My daughter claimed that her feet came out of the shower cubicle dirtier than when she went in. Also, the drainage was poor so you were standing in several inches of water while showering.
During our stay at Housekeeping Camp we did not see a single maintenance or cleaning person. The only signs of employment were the college kids that studiously sat behind the counters of the shower block & the equipment rental block doing as little as possible.

Housekeeping Camp has one thing going for it, the location in the Yosemite Valley. Apart from that I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

Room Tip: Go somewhere else.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Bradley G
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Santa Clarita, California
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24 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012 via mobile

If you tent camp then this is for you. The space is more private. Some sites real close to the merced river. Any needed ammenties are within walking distance. Showers very clean, restrooms above average clean. Free shuttle around valley. All that and your in yosemite. Rent bikes, kayaks. Bone up a little as some of the hikes are strenuous. Bring good binoculars to watch the mountaineering folks climb el capitain. Going again in late Spring as there will more water in the falls. Side note...... very few bugs.

  • Stayed September 2012
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The Beautiful Island of Jersey
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25 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Only having spent one night here and it being my first experience of 'camping' in North America, I can only compare to the many European campsites I have stayed at.
Firstly, Yosemite is an absolutely stunning place and I cannot think of anywhere better to be under canvas.
Staff at check-in were curteous and thorough.
We easily found our 'tent'; which is actually concrete walls on three sides and a canvas front, with a walled in seating area and a fire-pit.
The tents have a double bed and bunk beds with a metal shelving unit and a pole for hanging clothes from; as well as a fixed electric light inside and out, and socket for charging etc.
Also there is a picnic bench and bear-proof food locker (which MUST be used to store all items of food, drink and toiletries to prevent nosey bears from entering your tent area or car! We also placed everything into airtight Ziploc bags)
Toilet blocks were clean and close by, however the single shower block did get busy very early on.
In comparison to European sites costing a similar amount for fixed camping, this is very far behind on the standard of equipment and services provided; which are basic.
You do get the feeling that because they have the monopoly on this area it is very much take it or leave it. I am aware that being a national park they wish to keep it as untouched as possible, but it is expensive for what's provided.
That said, the setting is fabulous; tranquil and beautiful. Also met several interesting people on our short stay as we star gazed on the bridge. Fortunately, no bears.

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One thing which was surprising was that with all the ongoing concern about the Hansa virus outbreak including being handed out information leaflets on arrival, the tents themselves were not clean at all. All surfaces were covered in dirt and dust an appeared not to have been wiped down for some time.

Room Tip: Get one next to the river.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Loughborough, United Kingdom
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286 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

This "camp" site has a great location just outside of Curry Village in Yosemite National Park. The "tents" have three concrete sides and a canvas side which slides open.

Remember that it is camping, so mice, ringtails and other creatures can easily get into your tent in the night, knock your bags over and wake you up. Individual bear lockers (not mice proof - take hard plastic containers to keep food in - mice can eat through plastic bags and cardboard) are very close which makes preparing food convenient. The wood fire pit with grill makes for a great evening.

Each tent by the river is positioned carefully so when you're sat in your own deck area the view is of trees and river only. By necessity, the ones within the main camp ground cannot offer this luxury so you would feel more like you are camping with lots of people.

This is a dry area and the dust gets everywhere, every day. I recommend bringing an old cloth to wide down the chairs and tables each day. Unless of course you enjoy grit in your food.

There is one shower block, centrally located so it's quite a walk, if you're north American you might drive. The showers have unlimited hot water and clean, fresh, slightly threadbare towels whenever you want. Your shower pass also gets you entry to a pool in Curry Village.

The laundry facility is great. $1.25 to wash with plenty of washers and driers. The store is OK for snacks but not for buying food for dinner. The free local shuttle takes you in to Curry Village to the main store which is well stocked with proper food (meat, salad, fruit, vegetables, dairy) as well as all the usual junk.

There is a small beach alongside the river and plenty of wildlife if you are quiet for long enough. We saw squirrels, mice, ring tails, mule deer and a coyote.

Tents are not sound proof so if you happen to be with a few hundred metres of a small child you will be away whenever they are. In our experience, they don't stay long. Camping is quite hard work for parents with young children.

Toilets and wash basins are located repeatedly throughout the site so you're never far away if you need to go in the night. The tents have electricity supplied so you can charge your electrical devices. There are lights too. Bring a torch (flashlight) for night time expeditions and identifying critters.

Yes it's expensive for camping. Just remember you are in Yosemite National Park and enjoy every moment.

Room Tip: I recommend paying extra for the tents by the river.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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30 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

We typically trailer camp but we decided to spend the night on the valley floor.

Housekeeping camp is barebones accommodations and not peaceful at all... The proximity of others is downright cramped. The facilities are more than basic. And the parking is limited.

Tip, bring bikes. Leave you car at camp and see the whole valley by bike.
Tip, bring inner tubes or rafts for the river.

I prefer the campgrounds off the valley floor and a trailer or tent. It's more peaceful and nature filled.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Housekeeping Camp
Address: 9005 Southside Dr., Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 25 Specialty Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 266
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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