I STAYED IN THE PARK FOR TWO NIGHTS IN MARCH, 2014. The first night I spent in the Stoneman House. It is a cottage style building with a wrap around porch, private shower, toilet and sink. Mine was #8 on the corner. It is the closest to the office and the bus stop. It had two windows with peacefull views. It's fairly close to parking.
The second night, they were sold out of rooms, so I tried the "fancy camping" and booked a heated tent. They offer a non-heated tent and camp sites too. It had a screen door, a raised wood floor, a thick canvas roof and walls, a heater, a raised bed ( about as comfortable as a couch bed mattress but much better than sleeping on the ground), linnens, a light, a safe, a shelf, and an electical outlet. Surprisingly, I really enjoyed my stay here. I did have to use a public shower/bathroom, but it was fairly clean. Just bring some flipflops and a hairdrier, ladies. There is a "bear box" outside the tents to put your scented items and snacks. Bring a lock for it. It's big enough to put a small cooler and a carry-on +. The views here are perfect. I saw deer both days of my trip in the parking area. It was so peaceful in Yosemite. The common areas were nice. I made some friends in the community house where there was a warm fire, lots of couches, tables, chairs and board games for visiting. although there is a weak wi-fi, there are no phones or TV's in the rooms or cabins. This is a great place to get away, relax, and find peace with yourself and nature.
Curry has a pizza place and a gift shop, but there were open limited hours this time of year and few of the tours were avail. during the week/winter hours so I ate at the Yosemite Lodge lounge and the Yosemite food court.
I hiked to Vernal falls ( hard for me, but worth it), took the bus tour of the park (enjoyed it), saw a coyote at Yosemite Falls, etc. If hiking, I recomend buying some walking sticks from the gift shop, bringing a backpack, plastic bags and tissue, water, snack bars, camera, and layered clothing for a hike. There were supposed to be bathrooms on the trail, but they were closed for the season, so several people left TP in the woods. If they had a bag to put it in they could have carried it to a garbage can. It took me 3 hours round trip to Vernal falls and is not suitible for handicap people towards the top. Yosemite falls is fairly handicap accesable, though. I took this trip by myself, and felt safe (except for when I thought I saw a bear in Mariposa grove). That grove is about 45 min+ away from the curry. Although it is easier to access than the other seqoia groves, you stil have to hike 2+ miles to see the landmark trees. The tram and the bathrooms were closed when I was there, so I had to hoof it. It is easier to walk on the paved tram path if you have a bad back. Overall, It was a peaceful, spiritual experiece for me. I hope it is for you too.
- 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