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L9251FXemmam from: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Published Date: Jun, 29, 2020 Travel Date: Jun, 1, 2020 Rating: 1
Canceled one week out
I read on the website that Curry Village would only be opened at 50% capacity. Two weeks ago, I spent over an hour on hold waiting to talk to a human to see if my reservation was one of the 50% to be canceled. The representative I eventually spoke to didn't really know what I was talking about and kept trying to re-read segments of the website to me and repeating the campgrounds that were still closed. I kept asking about my specific reservation in CURRY VILLAGE. Eventually she said that if I hadn't received a robo call by now, my reservation must be fine.
Of course my reservation was canceled. They sent an email exactly one week out from my reservation date. It would not have been any more difficult for them to send the cancellation out a considerate amount of time in advance such that travelers would not lose all their airfare and other lodging deposits due to the very late cancellation. I was fortunate to find another hotel but it is outside the park and twice the cost :(
Also, in a pandemic with record unemployment, it'd be cool if they brought in a couple more people to answer the phone. It requires zero training if all they are going to do is read the website anyway. It would at least have saved me some time and anger in listening to their recordings on loop for an hour.
- Value: 1
- Sleep Quality: 1
- Service: 1
Indiana_Jonesse from: San Francisco, California
Published Date: Mar, 6, 2020 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2020 Rating: 4
The Place to Stay
If you stay in the park for a few days, because it is so open and in a large area, it is wise to stay here and save yourself a lot of driving. You can use your time wisely with your visit. The cottages differ in style and price. Some are made of wooden walls and others have a canvas material. The latter are taken out during winter because the snow is heavy and the canvas cannot sustain the weight. The bathrooms are shared with combination locks to access for safety. The bathrooms are clean but because many people use, it gets dirty early morning. But the custodians are very prompt and they clean up. They also provide a water filling station.
- Sleep Quality: 4
- Location: 4
- Service: 4
TheWaterCloset from: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Published Date: Feb, 28, 2020 Travel Date: Sep, 1, 2019 Rating: 4
Heated Cabin Stopover
Visited in September 2019 and stayed for three nights in a heated cabin. It was pricey for what you get, however, the location of the village and its surroundings made the Yosemite Valley experience 5 star for us.
The cabin was basic, but perfect for the two of us. A few points about the cabin,
- Could store food in the cabin, no need for a bear box.
- Shower and bathroom was clean and adequate.
- No kettle or similar appliances within the room. No fridge etc
- No wifi or tv (however this added to the experience)
- Thin walls so you could hear when people passed quite close to the cabin.
The cabin was warm enough and was situated close to the main facilities of Curry Village.
Curry Village, as a whole, isn't perfect. The pizza restaurant is perfect for food (if you like pizza) after a long hike, however this food/bar area can get really busy after 5pm or when the hikers are returning to camp. There is one central area which offers wifi which, again, the wifi is extremely slow and probably extremely strained by the amount of people who descend to this area at night to try and get online. The coffee shop opens early and there is usually a queue, however you can stop by here with your own cup to get hot water to make hot drinks for yourself.
The staff were fantastic, extremely friendly and helpful when we asked any questions and were very informative when we checked in. They provided helpful advice in regards to your stay and for staying safe in the area.
For the price we paid (approx 300 gbp per night for the cabin) you are paying a higher price point for basic accommodation. However, the location and experience of staying within the park was amazing and we would pay the same again in a heartbeat.
- Value: 3
- Cleanliness: 3
- Service: 5
lizw2014 from: Foresthill, California
Published Date: Feb, 24, 2020 Travel Date: Feb, 1, 2020 Rating: 2
Curry Village Stoneman cabins need an update
I have visited Yosemite many, many times and have stayed in Curry Village often. Its been several years since we stayed in one of the Stoneman rooms and were very disappointed with the lack of maintenance.
The bathroom sink basin was peeling and had been painted over numerous times, the shower stall was moldy, and the shower handle fixture barely worked.
The room needed new carpet or at least a good cleaning and the carpet on the stair was unraveling.
I realize that the previous concessionaire did not maintain the rooms as expected and that Aramark, the current concessionaire is trying to catch up, but until all the maintenance happens, I would recommend the room prices be lowered. Not a good value currently.
The pizza deck and cafeteria are closed and the Meadow Grill was pretty crowded as it was the only eatery in that area. Better selections over at Yosemite Lodge and Yosemite Village.
I love Yosemite, but won't stay in Curry until some things change.
- Rooms: 2
- Value: 2
- Service: 4
leisa75 from: Lennox Head, Australia
Published Date: Feb, 19, 2020 Travel Date: Nov, 1, 2019 Rating: 3
We stayed here in november and it wasn't what we expected for the price you pay. Our accommodation was a cabin which was very run down. The carpeted floors were full of sap from the trees outside, ( they would be best to do away with carpet and have boards or lino on floors) there was dust everywhere, gaps in the front door which were so large they let the cold night air in. The power point where the heater plugged in kept tripping, however it was fixed promptly by maintenance. The shower was very mouldy but the water pressure and heat was good. Towels were refreshed every day, sheets were clean however the quilt covers on the beds were filthy with dirt. The metal blinds were bent and overall the cabin was just 'sad'. Its such a shame as the cabins have so much potential. There were some gorgeous prints on the walls of bear cubs would of loved to of purchased some copies in the gift shop but unfortunately they didn't have any. The store on sight does have a good supply of snacks and meals at a price but was convenient. Curry food hall gets very busy. The food is very hit and miss. Pizzas are good, we never had a bad one, the same with breakfast it was great too. Dinner was a little ordinary one night i ordered a pasta dish for my daughter and it was so salty it was unedible. The village itself is located in a prime spot so convenient to beautiful scenery. We would love to return to Yosemite one day but will probably give Curry Village a miss, unless they can spend some decent money on it. Its really sad its been let go,
- Rooms: 2
- Value: 1
- Service: 4