Over all experience was satisfactory, of the plan in bag pack and spend 3-4 days , you would want to stay back at curry village, especially the tents as then are inexpensive and gives a thrilling campaigning experience.
- Free Parking
I was happy to get 3 hard sided cabins for a family trip to Yosemite over the holidays. The cabins are VERY BASIC....constructed in the 1930's they have had very little updating. They were clean - but the fixtures were old, the towels small and thin and the carpet suspect. There is ZERO insulation and you can see through cracks in the walls to the outside. There was snow and the ground and the heater worked very well - also the in cabin bathroom had lots of hot water.
This is not upscale by any measure.....however, if you want to stay in the park and a tent in December does not interest you, then go for Curry Village.
I stayed in an unheated tent-cabin during December 2013. The temperature was 27 degrees F at night but with about 7 or so blankets on top of me I slept well. This accommodation is not for anyone coming to Camp Curry to spent time in their room; its for people who are at Yosemite to hike and just visit their room for sleep.
I recommend an unheated tent-cabin, during winter, only for serious hikers who aren't quite ready for primitive camping.
I paid $39/ night, although I think $25/night would have been more reasonable--but the price was probably more about the location (on the floor of Yosemite Valley) than the digs.
We stayed in one of the wood cabins with a bathroom. Traveling in November, it was VERY quiet and I can only imagine how CRAZY it would be in the summer.
Not sure I would stay in one again. The two full mattresses were awful (saggy/soft). The mold/mildew in the shower was enough to almost make me wear shoes. : - (
The cabins are convenient, but, other than that, the lack of sleep and the shower pretty much put me off...
We stayed at the Curry Village in Dec, booked a wood cabin - including bathroom and heater.
It was a cozy room with a double bed and one single bed. They provided a roll-away since we were 4 people. The bathroom was decent with enough hot water...it was pretty cold outside...
The heater kept the cabin warm and toasty. It was a short walk to the lounge and pizza restaurant. We took some board games and spent a nice evening in the lounge. During the day, we hiked the Mirror Lake trail , total 2 miles. The trail was shaded with trees and pretty chilly. It would be good to bundle up little kids in layers...We drove around the park to take in the sights..
There wasnt enough snow to do skiing lessons at badger Pass...
Rented a 2 person tent for 2 nights, May 2013. Enjoyed the fun of camping with half the work. We brought feather beds and our own pillows along with sleeping bags and we were super comfy in the beds. Never got cold, even when it rained a little. Great proximity for day hikes and the bus. Normally we like to build a fire and cook while camping, but you can't here. Knowing that upfront made it easy - we just ate pizza two nights in a row and it was good and affordable. There are lockers for food items. Showers were pretty good and line was short. Convenient bathrooms. Our tent area was quiet but you do hear everything around you. But the best part of being here is when you look up and see the views all around you. Beautiful and exhilarating! In spite of all the warnings, never saw a bear.