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“One of those things you must do” 4 of 5 stars
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Half Dome Village
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San Diego, California, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“One of those things you must do”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

Let me say that I've been going to Yosemite since I was a baby (yes, an infant) and I love it. However, I am not a huge fan of the valley - it's FAR too crowded and expensive. I prefer to be in Tuolumne Meadows or, even better, backpacking/hiking in the high country where you often go for hours without seeing anyone. All of that being said, sometimes you need a "home base" if you plan do day hikes out of the valley. It's near impossible to get a campground reservation so Curry is a must do sometimes. While we've stayed in the cabins, the Signature tent cabins and the unheated tent cabins, this review is for the heated tent cabin. We were in the park during the height of the Hantivirus outbreak so our Signature cabin was closed. We were given a heated tent cabin instead. I didn't want the heat, I wanted the electrical outlet. The outlet worked fine. We were well informed about the health hazards and we felt safe being there. The cabin was clean enough and the bedding was comfortable. The new shower houses were very nice and the bathrooms were generally clean. Like I said before, I find the valley too crowded but, for the sheer number of people using the facilities at Camp Curry, I think they do a good job.

Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

We booked a heated tent. It was a good experience and value for money. Arrival was a bit rough as we checked in early but thought of going to room after dark which took us over an hour to find in dark as numbering is not in proper series, in terms of rows of tents.
Washrooms are accessible by code only, cleanliness was average.
Location is amazing. We were told it's fully booked but it did not seem to be fully booked.
Pizza place had long queues but it was well worth the wait.
Parking was a bit difficult to find
Overall not bad option for budget travel.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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El Dorado Hills, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Just got back from 3 nights in Yosemite. Stayed at the Stoneman House in Curry Village. Let me first say the park and the sights are second to none (Yosemite = 5 Stars). Absolutely amazing. I visited Yosemite about 30 years ago and had no appreciation at the time for the truly stunning landscape. Here are some of the good/great things about Yosemite:
1. Views - Arguably some of the best views/ scenery perhaps in the world.
2. Ice Skating - This was a blast and located right next to our room in Stoneman House @ Curry Village.
3. Gift Store @ Curry Village - 75% OFF everything (due to renovation they are clearing out). We got some amazing gifts & souvenirs at blow out deals.
4. Shuttle Bus (to Badger Pass) - This was free (included with park admission of $20). Very nice bus, ran on-time and provided opportunity to enjoy the scenery.
5. Yosemite Village - Very neat area with museum and outdoor interpretive walk. The Yosemite Valley is pretty flat so it is really easy to explore the area.
6. Docent/ Ranger Walks - We did a (free) 90 minute walk with a park ranger/ naturalist. This was informative and offered a good mile or so loop.

NOT SO GOOD:
1. Rates - We paid almost $200/ night for Stoneman House. This facility is worth about $19/ night anywhere else in the United States. I understand Yosemite is not in close proximity to freeways. But this rate is totally without justification. I can only assume DNC is making obscene amounts of money or the National Park/ Dept of Interior is making obscene amounts of money. Somebody is ripping off the end user/ consumer.
2. Heat in Stoneman House - There are 2 options for heat, Sauna or meat locker. This made sleeping really uncomfortable as I was either getting up or down to turn the heater on or off. A thermostat is a novel idea that would also SAVE lots of money (and perhaps provide for lower rates).
Food - Prices, like the room, are way too high. Again, I understand location requires somewhat of a premium BUT 2, 3 or 4x grocery store prices does not make sense. DNC should contract with FedEx if they are unable to offer more reasonable pricing.
Badger Pass - Ran out of rental equipment for most common sizes so I was unable to ski. Signed up kids (8, 7) for a beginner lesson. Too many other kids in the lesson so virtually zero attention per child (except for the 1 kid that could not stand up on skis got 75% of the attention). The beginner/ rope tow hill is way to short and almost flat so it makes it really hard to learn when you are spending more time in line than skiing.
Tubing - I took 1 look at their excuse for a tubing hill and laughed. I thought I was missing something. The run was about 50 yards long. 1 tube at a time. Very gradual, almost flat. This tubing hill is for 2 year old at best.

I hope to get back to Yosemite ASAP. Next time will be spring or summer and will not stay in Stoneman House or any other facility. Camping will hopefully be a more economic option.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars
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Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Been here many times with school field trips or family camping trips. Decent food but nothing to write home about. Fairly priced. Not much of interest in a bland menu but it gets the job done as they say.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Halifax, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

My first thought was "what have I done?!". The stay was as promised - rustic. I think it is overpriced at $140 per night. My nephew and I stayed in tent #707. It is located along a fire road. We were able to park in front of the tent on our second night allowing us to easily pack the car in the morning. The beds were reasonably comfortable for a tent setting. The Village was crowded but the noise at night did not keep us from sleep. The bathroom and shower facility was right across the road from our tent. The bathroom and showers were clean. There is a metal storage container outside each tent for food and items that might be attractive to bears. The check-in and check-out process was easy. Would I stay here again? Only if the Park's hotels were booked. Do not stay here if you expect a typical "camping" experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Room : 1/5 – The tent was very basic. Surprisingly, it actually had a safe there. The heater worked very well and even though I didn’t leave the heater running when I was out, I always came back to a warm tent. The tent seemed to trap the heat very well. However, I think that the tent needed a proper hose down because the walls, roof and floor were all dusty. I have to admit I don’t know how feasible that would be since it was just a tent.
Location : 4/5 – It was not smack in the village but it was about a 30 minute scenic walk there. On top of that, the place had 4 shuttle bus stops, 2 each going in the same direction. The place was convenient.
Facilities : 3/5 – It had a lounge where guests could charge their electronic gadgets and use the wifi access there. I was just glad the place wasn’t busy or else it would be impossible to do either. Because it was the off peak season, there was only 1 option for dinner which was the pizza place and it was below average. They also had a store/gift shop where you could get snacks, etc.
Value : 2/5 – The place was cheaper than the others but I guess I got what I paid for. I’m not sure if I’d come back here to stay.

Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
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Haarlem, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

We had a horrible stay at Camp Curry in August 2012. First of all, I couldn't figure out what all the nostalgia was about. It was an overcrowded camp with ugly old canvas cabins all cramped together. I love camping outdoors but camp curry had the charm of a refugee camp. It was filthy and our second and third night, mice were all over the tent and eating their way through the canvas walls and isolation, so we didn't manage to sleep much because of the noise and fear they would eat through our luggage. Later we found out they were carrying the deadly disease Hantavirus which apparently the staff knew all about and didn't care to warn us about when providing us with mousetraps. Compared to all the supercritical reviews about all our other accomodations during our stay in California I still can't figure out why this level of total lack of comfort, privacy, hygiene and charm is accepted by so many tourists. There are other places to go so why pay so much money for this place ?????? It is more affordable compared to some other hotels but that is the only positive thing about camp curry. It literally has nothing to do with an outdoors experience. There was hardly space to sit in front of your cabin, and the view.....cabins cabins cabins cabins. Anyplace will be better than this. Only positive thing: breakfast. Nice restaurant, food was fine.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Property: Half Dome Village
Address: 9010 Curry Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 (Formerly Curry Village)
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Ski-In / Ski-Out Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1 star — Half Dome Village 1*
Number of rooms: 503
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Half Dome Village is made up of a combination of rooms types. We have Hotel Rooms, Cabins with Private Bathroom, Cabins without Private Bathroom, Heated Tents and Unheated Tents. Our operations are seasonal and include 5 Food and Beverage Outlets in the Peak Season. We are located in the Southeast portion of the Valley. ... more   less 
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