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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Curry Village Hotel Yosemite National Park
- Curry Village Yosemite