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“My favorite place to camp” 5 of 5 stars
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Housekeeping Camp
9005 Southside Dr., Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389   |  
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Pismo Beach, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“My favorite place to camp”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

I have stayed here over 10 times in my life, and I have to say I love it more and more each time I go. It's more than a tent, but less than a cabin, making it the perfect outdoor experience. It is right on the river, with great views of Half Dome and Yoesmite Falls. No matter where your camp is, there is a restroom nearby with multiple stalls, and showers are close too. There is electricity in the units as well. The bus comes every 15 minutes or so, and stops at many locations around the valley for free. There are food bins that give more than enough room for a week's worth of food. Be sure to lock up your food bins though because animals WILL get to it. There is also a table and benches to eat at every cabin. There is a cute beach there with plenty of space to relax, swim, or play games. Housekeeping camp is also within walking distance to the main visitor's store and a small restaurant that sells burgers and things. There is also a mini mart in the housekeeping camp that sells plenty of snacks, drinks and basic necessities. There is also ice there. Each cabin has a spot for a fire right outside, which you are allowed to use at night, but not in the mornings anymore (to help preserve the environment). Overall it is a wonderful place and I highly recommend it to everyone who loves the outdoors!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

My partner and I stayed here for 3 nights in September 2012 and LOVED it. Was a highlight of our month trip to the US. The cabins are concrete floored and canvas walled and not the cleanest but it was a great way to have a camping experience without having to buy tents etc. We bought a polystyrene chilli bin and some disposable plates / cooking trays etc from Wallmart on the way in and cooked on the open fire each night. As well as many friendly squirrels that i adored (coming from NZ where there aren't any..) we saw bats, a raccoon, heaps of dear and other cool wildlife. The Yosemite town area itself was a bit average.. overpriced food and not much going on but if you just want to get away and spend time with the people you're there with, do some hiking and see some amazing scenery this is the way to do it. We were lucky to get a cabin right on the river.. we arrived at night not knowing what there was to see and woke up to breathtaking surroundings. The idea of a possible beer or mountain lion sighting (we didn't see any despite trying our hardest to..) was pretty cool too.. next time we'll go back when they're more likely to be around.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Almere, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars 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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Glen Burnie, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Santa Clarita, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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3 of 5 stars 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
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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 26 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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