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“Excellent location, needs a good clean!”
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Housekeeping Camp
Reviewed March 24, 2014

We stayed here during a weekend trip to Yosemite. The location couldn't be faulted, it was absolutely phenomenal! The camp is located in the centre of the park and many of the walks can be reached on foot.
The camp is incredibly basic. There were just two beds, a light and a mirror in our tent which were all in need of a very good clean. There are several toilet blocks which are easy to locate and a shower block near the entrance. There are also lockers for food items as there are plenty of wildlife that frequent the camp such as raccoons and squirrels. I'd recommend keeping any valuables locked in the car as the tents aren't secure at all, the door is just a plastic sheet with no lock. At night it can be quite noisy and smoky from barbecues but this is typical of any camp site.
If you're comfortable being outdoors and aren't afraid of bugs, dirt or wildlife than this is perfect for visiting Yosemite. It's affordable and in keeping with the nature of the park.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

We stayed there for 2 nights. A typical Amercan camping place. Nice athmosphere. Good price.
Positive points: nice location, cheap, good organised, ultimate camping experience
Negative points: very cold (even in May), the blankets are not enough (you have to have a sleeping bag which we didn't have :-)), a lot of noise, our tent didn't close properly, not a lot of eating possibilities in the neighbourhood.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank yora87
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

The housekeeping camp is really a funny place. may be not cheap, but one of the cheapest within the national park. best is to bring your own food but keep in mind the bears and those guys will smell your food and maybe visit you, your tent or your car. so be carefull and prepared and use the bearbox in front of your "tent" for all the stuff that has a good smell (even creams and frangrances).
maybe "tent" is not the corret word, you have 3 walls of concrete but the roof and entrance are canvas..... no heater so be prepared to have a really "cool" night, surrounded by the voice of the nature on noisy, plastic covered matrasses.
But we really enjoyed our stay, it was something special even the nights were cold and the way up to the halfdome was breathtaking, but we would do it every time again this way. It was really a kind of romantic and also my wife really loved it!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

What can I say about housekeeping camp to prepare you,
it’s in a beautiful location, staff are helpful all camping amenities are available. I have camped many times and I am not the world best outdoor camper, I hate creepy crawlies and the thought of bears coming to eat me at night, is not my idea of fun. But being a mother of 3 boys I really did not have much choice and I felt to have the true experience of Yosemite I would go with it. At seeing our accommodation for the first time I was truly taken aback at how basic it really was. I did not have high expectations but to best describe it, it was like a coal bunker with a small piece of material covering some of the front. Once it goes dark it’s really dark and if I’m honest I was scared, to make it worse we had a very noisy crying baby in the bunker next door which did not help, my boys were convinced that the bears would here the noise and come looking for its meal the baby next door ! Its probably the worse night’s sleep I've ever had I don’t think I slept a wink, total contrast were my boys who loved every second of it and can’t wait to return. The showers are a must in Curry Camp basic but well looked after, also to escape the heat the pool in Curry Camp was refreshing. Glacier point starry night tour was lovely, and to see the sun setting in such a beautiful location is unforgettable. Lots of information on arrival of what not to do read it and abide by it, we are visitors in this beautiful location it should be respected.
Our family on a two week road trip (2 adults & 3 children) travelled from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon to Lake Havasu, Los Angeles, Yosemite, Santa Cruse then San Francisco if you need advice planning a similar trip feel free to ask questions.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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9  Thank tam6572
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

You get a 'cabin' with concrete walls and floor, and canvas roof and front flap, with basic beds, mattresses and bear-proof lockers. The cabins are set in blocks, so you are on top of your neighbours a bit. There's a fire-pit too, which was fun. It's cold when the sun goes down (which in the valley is quite early). You can hire bedding rolls, and there's perfectly adequate shower/loo blocks nearby, as well as a grocery store - and cafes at Camp Curry - walking distance further along the valley.
Probably the best way to use this is to turn up with all your camping kit, provisions, wood and charcoal etc so that you can be self-contained. We enjoyed it!

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

Fun way to explore yosemite. Its super close to gocery store, its in the yosemity valley. Me and my fds went there, we hike in the morning and had campfire at night. Bring some bear, food to BBQ, super awesome!

Room Tip: The 10 dollars extra is worth the money!
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Waking up to the birds singing and the beautiful views of half dome, feeling part of nature because you are right in the middle of it! H.C. was the best way if experiencing Yosemite
Tents very spacious with nice outside area and table. One of the best things was to be able to have a fire at night, one of the FEW places in Yosemite that allows that. Great experience in a beautiful place.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
1  Thank Arianna R
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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 23 Specialty Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Price Range: $55 - $65 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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