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“If not for Yosemite, I'd be very upset”
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Half Dome Village
Reviewed July 31, 2013

We stayed here 2 nights July 2013 in a tent cabin. Unfortunately, when we think of our stay here, we are reminded of disappointment.

For the price of the tent cabin, about $130 a night, we payed more than we spent the next day - a Saturday - on a hotel room in Las Vegas. We stayed at accommodating hotels in big European cities for less money than this. We are pretty no-frills and even wanted to camp at a tent site in the Valley, but there were none available for our dates of stay. My point is, with that price, a guest has certain expectations.

One would expect that the public bathrooms would be clean - rather they were filthy. There was garbage and toilet paper all over the floor, dirt, toothpaste, and hair all over the sinks, mold and hair in the shower drains. In my shower, I was standing in dirty water up to my ankles because of a clogged drain. Additionally, we were not provided with clean towels in the room, although it is communicated that staff does in fact change towels daily. As far as the room goes, the latch on the door in our room was loose and continued to fall out and not work - we had to call maintenance (who thankfully did come within the hour). Staying in the tent cabin appeared that it would be like staying in a resort compared to our cozy 2-person tent we normally travel with. That being said, hundreds of tent cabins are smooshed together in a maze, and it was easy to know exactly what was going on in our neighbor's lodging. The floor of the tent cabin was sandy, and the "window" pulls were stuck, not allowing for fresh air to blow through until we propped them open with a stick.

Also when we first came in to the village, there were 3 members of the staff at the counter - one who had just finished working with another customer, and two who looked at each other like "are you going to take them" when we walked in and waited for about a minute...until the one finally asked how she could help us.

We understand the regulations about no food at the tent cabins. Nonetheless, if the staff is so worried about eating in and near the tent cabins, they should check up on the visitors - we may have been the ONLY people not to be eating at our cabin site - there were people sitting outside eating pizza, drinking beer, snacking on ice cream all at their cabins. And, if there is no eating allowed, there should be a picnic area on the grounds that does NOT require purchase of Curry Village's food ($$).

Most of what I mentioned above I also wrote in a review to the Delaware North Company (owners of Curry Village and other Yosemite lodgings) and did receive an immediate response from the owner about my concerns. I hope that Mr. Cornforth does in fact follow up on these concerns.

The redeemer of Curry Village - it is located in the awe-inspiring Yosemite Valley. Without the beauty of the valley I would be completely disillusioned in my experience here.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

If this platform tent were anywhere else but in the Yosemite Valley I would not be giving it 5 stars. I did not expect a "hotel like" experience here and those who do will be disappointed. This is a tent cabin experience and it will help if you come prepared to have the national park tent cabin experience. If you sleep light you should bring ear plugs. The tents are fairly close to each other and you can hear everything around you. We did have a power outlet and a light in our tent as most all of them do. They furnished bedding and towels as well but no daily service. The bathrooms are shared and stay busy all the time. The showers were always busy and on our third and final day there was no hot water. The staff was amazing! They did everything they could to make our stay fun. The tents are a very short walk from the Curry village where food and services are abundant. You can also walk about a mile to the Happy Isle trail head if you're leaving early and the shuttle hasn't started yet (they start at 7AM). I lost my key to the cabin during a hike and instead of being charged some astronomical fee they simply gave me a new key, no charge. All in all if you want to stay in the valley and you didn't make reservations WAY in advance this will be your only option. At 130 per night it's a little spendy for a tent but hey, you're on vacation, it's the most beautiful place in the world, don't be so frugal all the time!

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Koobeeny
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Sleeping in a tent in Curry Village really gives extra value to your stay in Yosemite NP. In advance, I was a little afraid that it would be too touristic and crowded, but it wasn't that bad. Yes, it is busy at dinnertime and at the showers, but just be early or relax and wait for a while. I liked the atmosphere between people. The tent's are okay, but a few more blankets would have been welcome. It's cold at night, even in July. For food, you are designated to the pizza or buffet restaurant at Curry Village. Of course it's a little expensive, but breakfast is fine and the pizza's were really good. You can get around Yosemite NP by shuttle bus. If you want to swim in the river or relax at a small 'beach', you could take the shuttle to Housekeeping camp, there is a beautiful place for that.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Marina B
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

Camp curry has the perfect location in the yosemite valley providing breath taking views. All the hiking routes are close by. Pizza served at the restaurant was really good. Only problem is that the tents are located too close to each other. Overall a decent stay esp for its location.

  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank NehaGadgil
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

After a week traveling around in hotels, we couldn't expect all that luxury, but the only thing that we get was a bed and a tent with mold in the roof. No electricity and the tent where really close to each other.

The water in the shower was lukewarm and toilets where a little bit dirty. I have seen how they cleaned it and that wasn't cleaning it.

The food in the park is very expensive but the pizza was really good!

Next time rather paying a little bit more or take a place a little bit further out the park.

By the way, the location and surrounding was perfect.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Olaf H
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

You get what you pay for. The location however, is perfect. Bike rentals and free shuttle buses right outside the door. Nice pool and a supermarket and a few 'restaurants' kept us going for 3 nights. Tent beds are basic but comfortable. A safe in the tent for your valuables and a bear proof safe outside for all your goodies. There are electricity in the tents. Free parking.
Wi-fi in the guest lodge was very poor and over-loaded. Don't expect anything there.
Too few showers and always a line for the toilets. Some toilets clogged up but was fixed next morning.
For 3 nights this place can be recommended.
Service form the front desk was good. They brought us extra blankets in the middle of the night!

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1  Thank MadsDK
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Not sure how I felt staying in a tent, in a somewhat "prisoner of war camp like setting" while having to pay $150 a night for the privilege, but considering all the alternatives were booked, we decided to give it a go.
The tent itself was clean, functional and certainly sufficient, the setting of the tent, among hundreds of others was not so stellar, but then you look around you, past the rows of tents, see the massive cliffs, and you realize you are in a special place indeed.
Check-in was chaotic, a girl named "Feather", threw a campground map at us and grunted in a language that might have been English, but might have been Swahili as well, directions how to get to our tent, where the showers were, all the while drawing large red circles with a marker on our map to the point where my campground map resembled a Jackson Pollock painting.
The rough start not withstanding we found our way to our tent, got settled and went to the dining area for some food.
Pizza was all that was available, we arrived late that evening, having come from San Francisco, and other dining options, if they were available had been closed, so pizza it was, as for the quality of the pizza, don't expect New York pizza here, but it was certainly acceptable, especially if your starving!.
Also had a few beers, and then is was time to hit the sack, or bunk.
Value of food was spotty, a glass of beer was 10 bucks, a hot dog in the park is about 5 bucks, so if you come there with kids, bring sandwiches...
In the end though this place is all about location, so no matter how bad the staff is, no matter how many tents they cramp in there and no matter how much you have to pay for a mediocre hot dog, you are right there, in the heart of Yosemite, and that's what counts.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank tcdehaas
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Address: 9010 Curry Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9907 (Formerly Curry Village)
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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 #2 of 23 Specialty Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Price Range: $62 - $292 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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