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“It's a tent... with a bed”
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Half Dome Village
Reviewed April 20, 2014

This is NOT glamping. The tents aren't glamorous enough... but it is a step above regular camping because you get a proper bed with sheets, blankets and pillows provided. The location itself is just fantastic! The quiet policy was well stuck to by fellow guests on my visit- the noisiest things were the creatures outside, just as it should be!
A bear box is provided and instructions are very clear as to what you have to put in the bear box and why. You might want to bring your own lock though for the bear box as one isn't provided (I didn't bother, but had no problems).
There are plenty of facilities on site and I thought the food options were good value for money given the location. The showers- like a lot of camp sites- are best used just after they've been cleaned at night or first thing in the morning.
A lot is made of the risks of rodent droppings, advice being given to check the floor of the tent for any signs. The only problem is that the floor wasn't clean enough to spot dirt around the edges. Personally, I wouldn't have expected it to be any cleaner though- it's a tent! Blankets and sheets are provided, but the blankets aren't quite big enough to cover the double bed. If you feel the cold, you might want to bring your own.
I do think it's expensive for a tent, but you're paying for the location.

Room Tip: A heated tent if you want a bit more comfort at night.
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

At $100+ a night, this tent w/ shared baths and showers a walk away is a bit on the pricey side. Also, the 3d party vendor (DNC) needs to up the game when it comes to food and wifi. No wifi and 2 hr waits for pizza and beer is unacceptable considering DNC is raking in over a million dollars a day for the most basic of accommodations. Cooking should be permitted considered the availability of hot food is limited. That said, the location can't be beat, and it's cheaper than any other lodge in the Yosemite Valley. It's also next door to the bike rental which is very convenient. We had an absolutely wonderful time and would stay here again.

Room Tip: Pick tents around the 400s. They're located near the parking and far enough away (but not too f...
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

We liked the rustic setting, proximity to the main attractions in the Valley and the free shuttle and its relative affordability (paid $95 including breakfast and tax for a heated tent). Relative here means in comparison with other Yosemite lodgings e.g. Ahwahnee.

The tent was simple and small, but enough to put your stuff and crash for the night (surely you wouldn't want to stay in bed beyond necessary in such a beautiful place!). Apart from the beds and heater, there's a tall set of racks and a safety box inside the tent. There's little space in between these items. Clean linen and towels were provided. No door lock for the tent; we secured the room by latching an ordinary lock (a bit bigger than you would typically have for your suitcase). Outside, there's a bear-proof metal box for storing food and toiletries - they took wandering bears really seriously here. The check in process included 'bear aware' induction and form signing, and the reception area had this repeated bear video message.

However, the mattresses were rather basic and too springy. Every movement was amplified, so no one could sleep until the other one settled down. There's one coarse and rather thin blanket per bed, which you could put on top of the linen. The heater worked fine, but fluctuating outside temperature made it too cold in the wee hours (with setting tuned to the night temperature). So my partner woke up with cold feet early morning and had to adjust the temperature. It wasn't the best quality of sleep we ever had.

Another issue was the distance from the tent to the restrooms that we needed to cover in the pitch dark at night (bad luck for those with multiple toilet needs at night!). There's minimum lighting, so you better bring a torch or a smartphone with torch app. And probably grab another (willing) person if you're concerned about bumping into hungry bears in the dark!

There were plenty of toilet and shower booths that we never needed to queue to use them. The design was thoughtful - there's another curtain separating the shower booth and changing area within the personal cubicle. No hairdryer, but some people used hand dryers to dry their hair. It was reasonably clean, except for some really nasty toilet behaviour sighted once before the cleaning time (during which time it was closed for an hour and half or so at night - other restrooms further out were still made available). There's also heated swimming pool somewhere there, though we never used it.

We didn't try the pizza patio, but it looked relatively affordable for freshly prepared food. Booking breakfast in advance was a good idea, as we found out. $15 voucher was worth $30, and the breakfast items were not so cheap. We made out with 2 bacon and egg toast, 2 bananas, 1 yogurt cup, a glass of coffee and chai tea.

We made use of the wifi and fireplace warmth in the guest lounge. The lounge was crowded at night, to the point that people were competing for empty seats. I guess this is because everyone needed someplace nice to do something, with no TV and internet (and maybe heater) in the tent! It was closed at 10 pm, and afterwards the whole place fell silent because there's no other thing to do except to sleep (besides, it's already their quiet hour).

We liked the free shuttle bus also. There were 3 stops just for Curry Village, including stops at reception and tent area. Having used this facility, it was apparent that the management did a very good job running visitor services. We made an extensive use of the shuttle although we drove a car, as it's practical (linking all lodgings, amenities and main attractions in the Valley), frequent (10 - 15 minutes) and recommended (minimise traffic and emissions). But even without the shuttle, a short walk from the tent would take you to strategic spots to view the Half Dome and Yosemite Falls.

There's plenty of parking space; we were able to find one nearest to our tent. Check in process took a bit long, as there's plenty of steps to complete e.g. bear aware induction, map of the village, shuttle bus schedule, car park and breakfast voucher. Accordingly, we waited some 15 mins in queue before being attended to. There's at least free hot beverage to be had while waiting in line. The staff was friendly and attentive, so it was a good experience overall. The check out process was instant.

Conclusion is, I'd come back again if I had the opportunity - except if I struck a lottery and had top dollars to spare for Ahwahnee, that is!

Room Tip: Closest to the restrooms, so you don't need to walk in the dark too far at night!
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  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

I suppose I don't understand all the issues people who give poor ratings to Curry Village. It is a campground with a cafeteria. The campground includes heated and non-heated tents, cabins, etc... The rustic look and the key position right below Half-Dome is the perfect setting. In no other campground can you smell the camp fires, see the falls, listen to the sounds of the valley and see Half-Dome looming over you. Walking to the cafeteria in the morning to get coffee and and hear all the people talking and laughing as they walk to the common areas is magical. It reminds you of the days when you were going to outdoor school or camp. If you want 5 start service with 5 star accommodations, go to the Awahnee. This is not the place for you. If you are looking to have fun and camp and live Yosemite, you have come to the right place.

Room Tip: Cabins are great in the winter. there is usually not many people there. If you feel brave then get a...
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Our first trip to Yosemite was a wonderful experience. We stay in Curry Village, which at first glance, seemed like my kind of "camping". Beds in tents were comfortable (bring extra blankets!), tents were spacious, and there was ample parking. Some negatives about Curry were the cost. The cost of an unheated tent was reasonable, but it more than DOUBLED for a heated tent. It was VERY cold when we visited, and I feared we would freeze without the heat. Insert money gouging. Second, since we went in "off" season, nothing was open. Only one restaurant that had a line out the door and down the path, and coffee shop was over an hour wait for a cup of coffee. This place was filled to capacity in April, and should have had amenities to accommodate that. The restaurant issue would not have been bad if we were able to cook and eat our own food, but that is not allowed. No campfires (what the heck?), no food in tents or outside around tents. I realize this is a bear safety issue, but the guys down the road camping get fires and food? So what gives? I also didn't like that there were no picnic tables, or places to sit outside the tents. It was like they didn't want people hanging around outside. It suited our purposes because we were exploring yosemite all day, but would have like a nice outdoor table to sit at when we got back, instead of having to sit in our tent. One last negative was the bathroom facilities. They were disgusting, wet, smelly, and not stocked. There were too few of them, and there was always a 10-15 minutes wait.
Having said all of this, I would return to Curry. Probably in the "on' season, so we can see what they have to offer. You can't beat an actual bed to sleep in on the yosemite valley floor. The place was majestic enough to negate all the rest.

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

I couldn't have asked for a better location or price for what I was receiving. The people at the front desk are willing to help you through any sort of situation that you may come across. Although, just one heads up. If you are happening to stay in Curry Village during the school year I would prepare for loads of high school kids. The food courts will also be closed which is rather inconvenient for those without a car. Curry Village all though was a fantastic experience. The canvas tents and the showers are kept neat and clean. I just wished they warned the individuals staying in the area when they were closing down the food court.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Our family of 4 stayed in a cabin with a bathroom (603b) and had a great time. The cabins are definitely rustic having been constructed in 1920. We were connected to 4 other rooms but that didn't bother us. The cabins have very thin walls so you can hear your neighbors easily. All of that said, you are truly in the pine forest of Curry village where the kids can explore which I believe makes this the perfect relaxing location after long hikes. The kids loved the cabin and being able to walk to Curry Village to get hot chocolate in the morning. The shuttle stops on both sides of its route here so you have easy access to anything. Leave your car keys in your room the entire trip. Oh, and if you have Verizon you won't have much of a signal and the wifi in Curry is very hit or miss....but who needs access anyways? You have different options in Curry so find what suites you best (price, amenities) and you'll have a blast. Don't forget the bikes!

Stayed: April 2014
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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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