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Housekeeping Camp
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Auburn,CA
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146 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“If only all camping was this convenient!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2013

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.

Room Tip: 257 good for us. We drove to the check in parking area to catch the bus across the street at stop#12...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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London England
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568 reviews
102 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We stayed here for 3 nights and found it to be fantastic.

We are avid campers and this was just perfect, our own little tent/hut hybrid set right in the heart of the forest a stones throw from the river and complete clear views of the night sky.

It's only a short walk to Curry Village and Half Dome Meadow which has some spectacular views.

If your looking for luxury this is not the place for you but if your looking to be at one with nature in one of the most amazing places in the world then this is for you.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Tent/cabin was good but located right next to the supermarket and the refrigeration unit was humming all night. Nothing a good set of ear plugs couldn't fix tho

For novices like us towels are included in the price which is great but didn't read this any where so if your not planning on swimming don't bother bringing towels. Soap in showers is also provided but very watery, was Easier to use my own.

Rangers etc where very helpful and they kept us informed in regards to the fires via email. Which was great

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay here. It has everything you need and nothing you don't. The beds are comfy and the tent is an adequate size. We were 4 lads in a group but the tent had 2 bunks and one double. It wasn't ideal so they provided a folding bed - this made things cramped but it did the job.
The seating / living area is great. A good size and has the all important fire pit. We had a great time.
The toilets and showers are a bit grubby, a bit tired but functional. Some party members moaned but it didn't bother me.
It was a bit chilly at night so take an extra layer or two - the blankets they provided were not that thick.
Nearby is curry village and this has everything. It has a cafe, a pub, a pizza place, ample parking and you can pick up the very efficient shuttle bus.
I'd highly recommend housekeeping camp. Have a taste of the out doors!

Room Tip: Get one by the river and BOOK EARLY
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Australia
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37 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

Bed – 4/5. Big and comfortable and enough pillows, a bigger blanket could help
Room amenities – 2/5. you dont really get anything... but thats what you expect
Internet – 0/5 no internet
Towels etc – 1/5 old, thin, small, need improvement
Room size – 4/5 large enough,

It is basic at best but you are staying in the heart of the beautiful valley, watch out for squirrels stealing from your bags :) the staff happily placed us near to the showers/toilets on request.

Room Tip: Cleanliness was marked as poor as you are staying in a tent effectively the concrete floor is just t...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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278 reviews
89 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

We had low expectations having read all the Tripadvisor reviews so were pleasantly surprised by our unit. We asked at the desk for the best available unit and thanks to Drew's hard work we got something very nice very close to the river. We had no problems with ants, squirrels, bears or any other wildlife but if we had had, we would have accepted this, as we are in the countryside. We thought the early morning view of the river we enjoyed was fabulous and worth every penny of the fee. We were lucky to have polite and friendly - but not noisy - neighbours. We did not try the showers so cannot comment on that. We could park our car very close to the unit and found that made the stay all the more comfortable. We ate at Curry Village for our evening meal. There is a track once you are over the bridge that will take you to Yosemite Village and shop on foot in about 10 to 12 minutes. Taking the car would be much more of a hassle.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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291 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2013

Had a tent spot right on the river. Deer sat around for hours then bedded down in the tall grasses between our tent and river. After a full day of hiking it was so beneficial to go for a swim and soak my aching bones in the cold water. Nice fire pit. picnic table included but we also rented 2 plastic chairs for a dollar and went at nightfall down by the river and had a cigar and a few beers and gazed at the stars. Tents had 2 cots-1 was a bunk bed-and we rented bed linens and pillows. Bit pricey for 100 bucks, but it was great just chilling in Yosemite. We are going to do it again. FYI-each area has 2 tents back-to-back, so there isnt much privacy at night. So relaxing, especially if you like camping.

Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Housekeeping Camp
Address: 9005 Southside Dr., Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
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Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 24 Specialty Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Housekeeping Camp 1.5*
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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Housekeeping Camp Hotel Yosemite National Park

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