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Half Dome Village
Leigh, Stoke on Trent
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Reviewed May 29, 2005

Although the cabins do not have air conditioning the location in the valley is worth it. Curry village also has tented cabins but these are less nice so opt for the cabins if you can. Some have bathrooms, most do not. It can be very busy and often has lots of school kids there. Book months in advance for any chance of these cabins. The views are spectacular and the park is wonderful.

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Reviewed May 4, 2005

We spent our honeymoom at Curry Village 15 years ago and just had to come back and bring the kids. The first time we stayed in a cabin with no bath but the showers were real close so it wasn't bad. In 2004 we stayed in a canvas tent and we loved it. If your the outdoor type but want to be off the ground it will be perfect. I would bring sleeping bags or extra blankets because the bankets they supply are the itchy ones used in the military (the olive green ones). You can also bring a foldup table and chairs and place them outside your tent when you eat and view all the wildlife. It's wonderful. We went on many hikes one was to Varnal Falls which is quite a hike and make sure your in good shape with older kids in tow. We made this climb because all the water falls in Yosemite Valley were dried up. We drove to Glacier Point-Beautiful don't miss this.

The food at the pizza kitchen was good and you can also order burgers and fries from the bar. the buffet was not very good I would stick to the pizza. We also ate at Yosemite lodge, they have an outdoor patio like Curry Village does and the food is very good.

One more thing everyone says it's noisy. I didn't think it was to bad. Our tent was kind of away from others which I know is rare.

We are going back in May of 2005 to see the wonderful waterfalls and staying in a heating canvas tent.

Enjoy

  • Stayed August 2004
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Reviewed April 20, 2005

We stayed in a log-cabin in Curry Village - a previous reviewer described the accomodation to a tee - a step above camping and a step below a standard hotel room. It's not the accomodation you pay for here it's the location - when you open the door from your cabin in the morning there is only one thing to say - WOW! The scenery, trails, waterfalls and sights to see in very close proximity are amazing. Before we went to Yosemite we thought it would be perfectly feasible to stay outside the park, hotels in nearby towns/villiages such as Oakhurst claim to be within 10 miles of the park what you don't realise is once you get to the entrance (the 10 miles) the actual Yosemite Valley is still another 30 miles away and not an easy drive. The buffet was of a basic standard and there was plenty of choice, our only option really for breakfast and evening meal, as only the pizza place was the only other place open. We attended a very good ranger talk on black bears. Overall we would rate our stay as brilliant - this based on location and not the standard of accomadation - we were more than happy that we made the decision to stay in The Valley and not in one of the towns outside.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Reviewed April 20, 2005

We loved Yosemite Valley but were uncomfotable in our cabin - the beds seemed smaller than normal and it felt very crowded. Also, our bathroom was very dark. We didn't sleep very well because we couldn't seem to be able to get the heating right, so, as a result, we were too cold without the heater, but too hot with it on. We could also hear everything the people next door were saying, although I don't think they were being particularly loud, and were woken up in the mornings by them using the bathroom.

Don't bother going to the buffet to eat - the food is horrible AND expensive. You're better off going to one of the shops or to Yosemite Lodge which has a much better restaurant.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Reviewed April 11, 2005

Accommodations nightmare! My family stayed for 3 nights in "leisure cabins w/ bath" at $118/night. Please heed this warning: Curry Village cabins need to be condemned and torn down; they are far below an acceptable standard for paying guests. Large flying termites were coming out of the rotted ceiling and walls. A big orange fungus was growing out of the floor next to the shower. Mice came through large visible holes in walls and floors and ate through our food containers and pooped in our bags. A half-rotten piece of plywood was put between the mattress and box-spring to prevent sagging - termites were crawling out of it, too. I didn't say anything so my kids would not freak out, but I could not sleep at night. These cabins are a disgrace. The soggy canvas tents and tarps at Housekeeping and Curry Village are also a disgrace and an eyesore. In addition, the park is strewn with ugly bright orange fencing everywhere there is a project going on, detracting from many views. If you go, bring a tent and camp out.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed April 10, 2005

I have mixed feelings about our stay at a Curry Village cabin with a private bath. Curry Village has various accommodations and is I think the largest lodging facility at the Valley. They have motel rooms (with ceiling fans), cabins with bath (with no ceiling fans, only heater), cabins without bath, canvas tents, and campsites.

The cabin was very rustic, with 1 double bed and a single bed. We ended up getting an additional roll-away bed and overall the bedding situation was pretty comfortable, albeit a bit cramped with the roll-away bed. The cabin had a very large walk-in closet, which was handy as everything had to be taken away from the car and stored in the cabin to avoid bear pillages (one car at the parking lot had the window ripped out by a bear during our stay).

The bath was interesting. On one hand it was better than going to a public bathroom and shower house. On the other hand there was only a toilet and a shower (the sink was in the bedroom), and the shower was completely dark once the shower curtain was drawn. The towels were surprisingly soft and fluffy.

During winter the only places opened for food at the Curry Village were a breakfast and dinner buffet, plus a pizza place. We tend to avoid buffets so we didn't sample. The pizza was pretty expensive and I honestly have to say the store-brought frozen pizza was better. There was also a very well stocked grocery/store where my husband got some breakfast one morning out of desperation.

On the plus side our cabin was fairly quiet and private - there were only 2 units in one cabin; the only noise we heard from our neighbor were from the water pipes. Curry village is also very close to the trailheads for Mirror Lake and Vernal/Nevada trails. There's a view of the Half Dome and the Staircase Falls (a trickle really) and the cabins really blend in well with the surroundings.

I think in sum the cabin offers people lodging one step above camping, and one step below a typical motel room and is one of the few moderately priced lodging choices at Yosemite Valley. Personally with the bears roaming at night I would be uncomfortable sleeping in a canvas tent or a cabin without a bath. In terms of location it's about 1 mile from the Village and thus the choice of dining is restricted unless one ventures out. Overall the Yosemite Lodge has better location (view of falls), and selection of dining options (fast food and a regular restaurant) but less of an natural atmosphere as with Curry Village.

  • Stayed April 2005
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Reviewed February 20, 2005

A friend and I just came back from Presidents' Day weekend at Yosemite. Winter is the best time to go to Yosemite - no crowds, lots of waterfalls, ample parking, good weather. At 8:30 am we had Yosemite Falls to ourselves. Try that in the summer! We could have bicycled, there was so little snow in the valley.

We stayed in a heated wooden cabin #281 in Camp Curry, which was warm, had electricity, and was mostly dry (a leak developed over the far corner of the room after a rainy night which was easily dealt with by using extra towels that the staff provided - they planned put a tarp on the roof). The showers and bathroom were very nearby, but we were in the back of the camp and faced the cliff side, so it was quiet.

There were plenty of activities that weekend at all 3 locations (Camp Curry, Yosemite Lodge, and the Awahnee), all of which were easily accessible by foot or free shuttle. We had a great day cross-country skiing (free bus to Badger Pass, no day use fee if you brought your own skis) and did some light hiking in the valley to Vernal Falls.

Plan to come back same time next year, but might upgrade to the Lodge for a meadow view room.

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Property: Half Dome Village
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 24 Specialty Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
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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