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Half Dome Village
Reviewed March 3, 2014

If you are like me and want to go camping but are not crazy about sleeping on the ground in a shaky tent with hungry bears walking around, Curry Village is your place. Their tents are built from a wooden structure and provide beds and another amenities inside. You can even lock your valuables in the safe and lock the door with a padlock. If you are going before June, spend a little bit of extra money and get a tent with an indoor heater. It gets really cold at night. The location is amazing! You wake up right in the middle of the valley next to a 4,000-foot glacial cliff. We loved it.

Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

This review is for the Stoneman House in Curry Village. We stayed in one of the loft rooms with a full sized bed on the second floor and two full beds on the ground floor. The room was very nice and we will definitely stay here again. Beds were comfortable and the room was clean. There were more than enough towels, plenty of blankets, ice available and a grocery store nearby. In winter, food options are limited, so bring food for the room if you have picky eaters in your family. We will definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: If you have a choice, pick a room on the sides or back, away from the bus stop.
  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled with family
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8  Thank Photorod
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We stayed in a cabin with bath with one double bed, which was one of their remodeled units. The room was a little small, but the rear alcove area outside the bathroom provided enough storage space. There was only one chair in the room so we requested a second chair, which was delivered within minutes. There was no table, only a dresser. The back alcove would provide a good location for storing a small table that one could then use as one needs. All the staff were very courteous and helpful.

The two drawbacks are the thin walls, which permit one to eavesdrop on even a normal conversation and the price. But then Delaware North Company (DNC) has been overcharging for Yosemite accommodations for many years when compared to comparable accommodations in other national parks. (For an example, a cabin at Canyon Lodge in Yellowstone costs far less even in peak season than the winter rate charged by DNC.)

One great aspect about staying at a Curry Village cabin in the winter is that it is relatively quiet compared to Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. Stoneman Meadow with its photogenic view of Half Dome is a short walk away. Curry Village's location provides great access to trails and there are 3 shuttle bus stops to get you elsewhere.

  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Arrived to Curry Village late in the evening with an early morning start so there is not much I can say. I loved the canvas tents - they were clean and well made. The drawback was the crowds. It was very busy with almost every tent occupied. It was noisy and gave the impression of car camping during a long weekend. For someone like me It was mildly irritating.

The location made it a good place to spend the night before a backpacking trip but I wouldn't plan on staying any longer than one night.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Su S
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

Obviously, the reason why we stayed here is because of the location. Splendid to be right in the Valley. For many years that we are visiting YNP, we either book a hotel 2 miles away from the entrance or camp in a tent in one of YNP's campsites. We decided to stay inside the Valley because we have to hike the Half Dome and proximity to the starting point is very essential. We don't have to worry about driving inside and look for a parking. Curry village provides free parking for their guests. It is very well maintained, restrooms to choose from which is very clean and no waiting in line. Booking needs to be done few months in advance or else you will have a hard time looking for one that is close or not close to the park and more expensive. Glad that we have the heated cabin because it could be very cold at night. You could hear your neighbors snoring at night but it didn't bother us, sleep overpower us because of fatigue from the hike. We had a restful sleep. The beds and sheets are pretty basic but very clean. Staff are helpful and friendly. It has also a safe where you could store your wallet, camera and other important belongings. The only thing that I don't like about it , is, you have to store food, water, toiletries and other scented items outside the cabin in the metal food locker to prevent black bear attack. Overall, we liked our stay and we are going back again next week on Feb 15, 2014. Can't wait!!!

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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7  Thank TEANIEZN
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Reviewed February 7, 2014

We stayed three nights in a tent cabin at Curry Village in July. Because this is high season, it was quite busy and fully occupied, which definitely colored our experience. If we go back to the Yosemite Valley during high season, I would probably not stay there again. It might be perfectly lovely in the off season.

Pros: Central location convenient to the Valley shuttle bus, many trailheads, attractions in the Valley, and various services (restaurants, gift shop, etc.). Curry Village is surrounded by towering rocks and sky, and the Merced River is nearby. The Village has quiet hours, and staff are vigilant about policing them.

Cons: My biggest complaint is noise. Here you are, in the middle of a spectacular national park, surrounded by nature, in what could be an atmospheric (and basic) tent cabin, but the noise from other guests was unrelenting. The walls of each cabin are paper thin, and you can easily hear neighbors and passersby chatting, even at low volume. All night long, we heard the crunching of footsteps on their way to and from parking lot, bathroom, water supply, etc. Quiet hours end early in the morning, and don’t all the children and families know it! You will not be sleeping in, even a little bit.

Curry Village is also overpriced for what you receive – at least in high season (location, location, location – supply and demand).

Of course, you’d expect a tent cabin to be basic, but the blankets and sheets were thin, and we were chilly at night, even in July. No amenities – not even a box of tissues – were provided. There are no electrical outlets either – FYI – so you must charge any devices in the bathhouse or your vehicle.

Communal bathhouse was conveniently located, but maintenance was not able to keep up with the volume of people and keep it clean, and you had to plan your shower time strategically or be forced to wait in line at popular times.
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We had friends staying in a separate cabin, which happened to be at the back of the property and was much quieter. So your enjoyment may depend largely on the location of your cabin.
Keep in mind that you must store all food items, as well as toiletries with fragrance or sugar (toothpaste, deodorant, sunblock, etc.) in the provided bear locker outside your tent – nothing in your car or tent, unless you want a rendezvous with a bear. Not a big deal to us, but some may find this a hassle. Staff monitor this strictly.

Finally, quick and healthful food options are difficult to find in the Valley, and you may find it helpful to bring groceries with you into the park. We did all our food shopping in Fresno, which saved us a lot of time and money. Curry Village offers a few casual restaurants, but they are very busy, and if you want to head out relatively quickly in the morning for a hike, it’s so much easier to have your food right there in the bear locker – prepare and go!

Room Tip: Try for a tent cabin toward the back edges of the property for quiet and more solitude
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Openskies65
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

My family has a long history of visiting Yosemite. Only a few times have we stayed somewhere other than Camp Curry. In Camp Curry, we have stayed in the regular cabins, the “hotel rooms”, tent cabins and most recently Cabin 819. This review
Camp Curry, in my opinion, is the best place to stay in Yosemite. It is centrally located to many attractions and has beautiful surroundings. It also has a few dinning options, though they are limited in winter. Sadly, it can be very tough to get a cabin anywhere in the valley because of high demand.
Cabin 819 is the special cabin. It costs quite a bit of money, but its got some special features and it has more room in case you are traveling with others and want some separation. The cabin consists of a bedroom with a king bed, a bathroom and a family room with a couch-bed.
The family room has a huge fireplace and the staff replenishes the wood each day in winter. The family room also has a small fridge. There is also a TV that doesn’t have cable, but does have a dvd player and some movies. The pullout couch was recently replaced and although the mattress was stiff, there were no bars digging into our backs. I heard the king bed was also stiff. A coffee pot would be a nice touch.
I stayed here with my husband, sister, her husband and baby. We like that at night we each have our own room.
The cabin is nicely decorated and has great pictures of the Curry family.
One downside is the cleaning crew has a storage shed on the backside of the cabin and they can be a little noisy in the early morning.

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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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: $63 - $275 (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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