The last time I used a Housekeeping unit was over 50 years ago. I get e-mails from Yosemite and sometimes they offer discounts on various Yosemite Valley hotel rooms and various camping spots. I reserved 3 nights of Housekeeping, which required 1 nights price for the deposit and you have around a week prior to the checkin date to cancel with a refund and the remaining is charged upon check-in. I spoke to 2 different employees to determine if I could park my rv van next to the site, but the only info I got was that there is parking on the premises. Turned out there are places to park in various areas off of the road that meanders around the Housekeeping units. We ended up getting a unit with places to park infront of our unit. The rules however said no rv's were to be used in the Housekeeping area. Well, we needed the sleeping beds in our van to sleep each night, and we did. The unit had a fire ring away from the sleeping and small patio areas. We brought our own chairs. The outside area has big rocks to help define each units' territory, but still had a few people come through or unit @ 257's domain to get to the bathrooms close by. The patio has a power outlet and a switch control for a patio light. There is a cooking counter under the power plug noted. There is a round table with seats for about 6 people attached. It appeared that the table/seats could be possibly moved within the patio area. The patio area has a fence to shield each unit with 2 different openings to enter/exit through. Again people would walk past the 2nd opening to get to the restrooms and we ended up putting up a blue tarp to offer a little more privacy and security. The patio and tent portion are both concreted floors. Each house keeping pod with concrete walls in a "H" shape create 2 housekeeping units with canvas top and canvas doors and panels on the patio side. Inside there was a full-size mattressed bed on the left and twin-size mattressed bunkbeds on the right. There is an outlet and switched light on the wall between the full and bunkbeds. My daughter, husband and grandson slept inside of the unit each night and found the beds comfortable to sleep on. The trash dumpster was next to our unit and surprisingly not noisy. The restrooms were also nearby so the 6 year old grandson could go by himself. The restrooms had hot water at the sinks, but no hot water at the convenient outdoor sink for washing dishes. Nothing to dry hands with in the restrooms. The showers were a bit of a walk to get to, but they were included in the housekeeping nightly fee. Each unit has 2 metal food and valuables storage boxes and both can be padlocked that store a lot of ice chests, food, etc. I think our unit with an off season discount was about $80/night or normally $95. I think they may charge more if there are a lot of people. We got a free parking permit for daughter's vehicle. While not crowded, Sept 15-18 was great for us to avoid huge summer crowds. Firewood was $9/box, which was good for 1-2 nights. Housekeeping has it's own store for groceries and supplies. The bus stops at #12 right across the street from the Housekeeping check in desk and store. Son-in-law had his first visit to Yosemite on this trip and loved it as well as the Housekeeping units.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Housekeeping Camp Hotel Yosemite National Park