Curry Village

9010 Curry Village Drive, , California, 95389, United States
(2 star hotel)
#5 of 33 hotels in Yosemite National Park
Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 24 reviews
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First a Cabin

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 31, 2011

I don't know for sure - I only have this one photo of where I stayed with my mom and dad and two children in 1966, but I'm pretty sure it was inside the park, and it wasn't a tent. In the picture (taken by my mom) we see me and my two kids and my dad who is carrying a box of supplies. We probably had breakfast and lunch supplies for the time we were there.

Unique Quality: The website explains that:

Cabins are wood structures that are furnished with beds, a desk or dresser, electric wall heaters, electric lights and outlets, but no telephones or televisions. All cabins have outdoor decks or patios for relaxing in the beauty of Yosemite. Daily maid service, linens and blankets are provided.
Bedding configurations include:

one double bed, or
one double bed and one single bed, or
two double beds

My parents would have had one double bed and I guess I shared the other one with my two kids

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Urban Camping

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 28, 2011

Camp Curry dates back to 1899 when two Indiana school teachers couldn't afford the coach and $4- per night required to stay elsewhere. The Camp Curry tents are relatively permanent structures that collectively resemble a 49er Gold Camp of the 1850's. Similar structures are found at Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California's oldest state park. The canvas structures have doors that are somewhat secure, wooden floors, and spring bed mattresses. They are densely arranged along pathways that lead to the showers and bathrooms, and to the cafeteria. Originally, the cafeteria food was no better than what a middle school might produce, but recently their has been an effort to go "green" providing more organic selections and healthy foods, that actually taste pretty good.

What made Camp Curry especially attractive in the early days, even for those with deep pockets, was the nightly entertainment. Every summer evening, just after dusk, an Indian song was sung and calls between Camp Curry and Glacier Point above signaled the fall of burning wood embers known as the Fire Fall. In those days, there was a need to market Yosemite, but that need no longer exists, hence, Fire Fall is no more. However, nightly entertainment still exists.

Camp Curry includes a grocery store and outdoor shop. Bicycle rentals are also available. Camp Curry is a good place for families, as it is well located near Happy Isles and the trailhead to Vernal Falls--relatively easy hikes that begin with asphalted trails. Camp Curry is also within walking distance of the horse stables, and is well serviced by the Yosemite Transit to other points in the valley.

The link below provides the specifics for reservations, which should be done a year or so in advance. My photo isn't too impressive because in spring the paths get rather muddy, but Camp Curry operates year around.

Directions: Its on the east end of the Valley, follow the signs

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Tent cabins...noisy!

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 17, 2010

Most of the tent cabins are very close together. The guy in the cabin next to us was snoring so loud it kept me awake. We asked to be moved. Again, another loud snorer! I was exhausted after 4 nights of bad sleep. But...it's a good location and I guess the price isn't bad for Yosemite. Being in Curry Village is very convenient...hot showers, several places to eat. The tent cabins have a single light bulb hanging from the ceiling so you don't have to use flashlights. But there are no outlets in them. There is a safe for valuable which is a very nice feature. The bear locker in front is a good size, for your food, shampoo, etc. the beds weren't bad. We used sleeping bags instead of making up the beds with the blankets and sheets they give you. They give you clean towels every day.

Unique Quality: You can padlock the door when you're not there. They provide the lock and keys.

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Tentalos: Just Like Camping, But Noisy

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 20, 2008

The Curry Village Tentaloes are quite famous for their rustic, semi-camping like experience. Basically, they provide relatively low-budget in-the-valley accomodations in a campground-like atmosphere. Well, except that there are lots of families with children in the tentaloes and the canvas walls keep out none of the noise! Be prepard for sqabbling Italian children next door, like I had all night on my first night. Also, canvas walls aren't much protection against bears, so make sure you put all your food and cosmetics in the bear locker outside your door. Finally, be prepared for crowded conditions at the Curry Village eating areas -- the buffet dinner closes at the insanely early hour of 8 p.m. after which the line for pizza and beer gets to be 30 people deep. In short, the tentaloes weren't a great experience, though I must say I could have slept in ANYTHING after hiking Half Dome!!

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nice place

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 19, 2008

This picture belong to yosemite valley.. its not curry area, but its just 3 min riding back. curry village is a tiny resort with mostly cabins and great facilities for visitors... check prices in

http://www.yosemitepark.com/Accommodations_CurryVillage.aspx

I didnt sleep there but i was there twice for dinner and breakfast in the huge lodge next to the cabins where there are a large restaurant and coffee shop next to pizza restaurant and other great stalls like supermarket, bar and others... Restrooms there are so clean and nicer than others like campgrounds in the valley

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Curry Village - Tenting with style

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 28, 2006

Curry village is like the adult version of summer camp. There are many tents, some with two twin beds or a double bed. They are comfortable and the fresh air helps you sleep at night.

Curry village has a pool and when you float in it, you can see Yosemite Falls and the great mountains that rise right in front of you. If you go in the Spring, you can see, right in front of you, staircase falls.

The restaurant food is decent, but show up early right before the kitchen opens for each meal, otherwise the wait can be frustrating when you are hungry.

Unique Quality: Shower accommodations are communal, although you atleast do have individual showers, but you need to dry with your towel out in the open, so don't be shy.

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Curry Village - Tenting with style

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on October 28, 2006

Curry village is like the adult version of summer camp. There are many tents, some with two twin beds or a double bed. They are comfortable and the fresh air helps you sleep at night.

Curry village has a pool and when you float in it, you can see Yosemite Falls and the great mountains that rise right in front of you. If you go in the Spring, you can see, right in front of you, staircase falls.

The restaurant food is decent, but show up early right before the kitchen opens for each meal, otherwise the wait can be frustrating when you are hungry.

Unique Quality: Shower accommodations are communal, although you atleast do have individual showers, but you need to dry with your towel out in the open, so don't be shy.

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Curry Village

by written on September 4, 2006

Next time we visit Yosemite, we plan on staying in Curry Village. Everything seemed very centralized and easy to get to.. very convienent.

There are always recreational activities going on and it is open year round. Facilities available include:18 moderate priced motel rooms,103 cabins with private bath,80 cabins without bath and 427 canvas tents (some with heat) within walking distance to bathrooms.

Near trailheads that lead to Mirror lake, Vernal/Nevada Falls.

Unique Quality: Lots and Lots.. See for yourself

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America's Crowded Campground

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 1, 2006

We spent three nights in Curry Village in a tent-cabin. Although Curry Village claims itself as America's Favorite Campground, it's much more crowded than favorite. Tent-cabins are placed uncomfortably close to each other, showers are few (hiking to Vernal Fall and back is faster than waiting in line for a shower), the general store is overpriced, restrooms are cramped, and parking is impossible. However, there are some good things about this place...

Unique Quality: Curry Village is conveniently located, only about 1/2 mile from the Mist Trail trailhead at Happy Isles, and the free shuttle bus provides easy access to the rest of the valley. There is also a good view of Half Dome, Staircase Falls, Glacier Point, North Dome, Washington Column, and Yosemite Falls from throughout the village. Also, there's a buffet nearby.

Directions: Eastern end of the valley

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Cabins

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on June 8, 2006

Curry Village is a area within the park that has several types of cabins in an assortment of prices. The cheapest being those made of canvas and the higher priced ones being wooden cabins with private facilities. They are nice and comfortable and centrally located in the valley. It is a nice place to stay if you dont want to spend more money for one the parks large and pricy lodges. Check the web for exact rates as my stay was incorporated within the tour I took.

Unique Quality: Quiet, cozy and in a central locale.

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luxury camping

Great (4.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on April 21, 2006

We stayed in a tent cabin. Finally a night on a real bed, after several nights on a thin campingmatrass on rocky bottom! These cabins are a very nice alternative.

Unique Quality: Inside the park, but with al the amenties of a village.

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Cheap Convenient and "Rustic"

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on March 1, 2006

I stayed in a cabin with my boyfriend and my father a few years. We could only get one place on short notice, and it was a little awkward, but we got over it. The cabin was typical of the cabins around it: two beds, sticky doors, a fair amount of rotten wood. Still, we had a great time.

Unique Quality: The cabins in curry village are a little worse for the wear, but they are the cheapest way to stay in Curry Village without a tent, and perfectly comfortable.

Directions: In the heart of Yosemite Valley. Follow the signs.

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Camp Curry

Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 11, 2005

In short, my first and last foray into the camping sect.

Curry Village is a popular place among the back-packing and camping fans. It's also a budget alternative and maybe most importantly, it's arguably the best location in Yosemite Valley. The lodging facilities consist of "tent-cabins".

Hark: they're neither tent nor cabin.

Unique Quality: I have two vivid memories of staying here (besides the joy of community showers and bathrooms in an outhouse-like setting):

1. There was some guy in the dining hall at breakfast who could not keep his finger out of his nose. The worst part about this offense was that he was also sticking his finger into his mouth. And then back up his nose. You get the picture. I watched in horror for maybe a second or two - in disbelief - until I saw him actually chewing. That was it. I lost my appetite. I was ready to go over to his table and yank the newspaper out of his hands, but I noticed his wife or girlfriend speaking to him. I was only dreaming she might have been admonishing him for his boorish manners. They spoke in a language other than English and I wasn't close enough to discern what it was. But the image is fire-branded into my mind and I only WISH I could forget it. Now you get to visualize it too.

2. Bear warnings are everywhere in the camp, and you have to store everything in a "bear locker" or "bear box" as they are called by the locals. Actually, this story belongs in the "Warning" section so I'll refer you there if you don't mind.

Directions: Inside Yosemite National Park

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Stay in a Cabin in Curry Village

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on July 4, 2005

The cabins are a step up from the tent-cabins at Curry Village offering more privacy, a heater, and if you make reservations early enough you can get one of the better cabins with a bathroom & shower.

It's best to make your reservations months to a year in advance. If you wait too long, it'll be slim pickings in what accommodations will still be available.

Unique Quality: One of the best things about Curry Village is that the beauty of Yosemite Valley immediately surrounds you once when you step outside your door. Squirrels scurry beneath the cabins and the wonderful smell of the woods permeates everywhere. Mornings tend to be a little chilly but overall pleasant. I love waking up to see the beautiful granite walls of the surrounding mountains.

Directions: Drive in to Yosemite Valley and look for the signs leading you to Curry Village.

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cabins .. well kinda like cabins

Good (3.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on December 20, 2004

This part of the hotel options inside the Yosemite Valley offers cabins and tents with varying degrees of comfort. You would think that being a cabin, it would be quiet and private, however, they are not detached and the walls between them are paper thin. In fact we had a family with some very noisy fighting children adjoining our cabin. Not very enjoyable.
The camp is set up in a way that is reminiscent of those refugee camps you see on television. very basic. Rather military looking.
The restaurants and facilities at the camp were quite good though. You did have to pay for a shower (hot water) and there was a pool that, being April, was still closed.

The website below gives a great overview and plenty of pictures of all aspects of curry village. Highly recommended web site. http://www.yosemitefun.com

Unique Quality: You get to stay right below some of the biggest rockfalls this valley has ever seen. In fact I think they close cabins each year due to rockfalls. It adds a sense of adventure :-/ I understand that they are redesigning the camp to minimize the impact of the , what they call, "geologically active area" :)

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Curry Village

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Address: 9010 Curry Village Drive, , California, 95389, United States

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Amenities at Curry Village

  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Free Parking
  • Shuttle Service
  • Bar / Lounge

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