If you’re looking for a rustic lodging experience in Yosemite Valley, then reserving a cabin at Curry Village may be a perfect option for your vacation.
Cabins at Curry Village are available with a private bathroom or without one. We stayed in a cabin with a bath this past summer and really enjoyed our stay, particularly with having a readily accessible bathroom for our young child.
The cabin buildings are comprised of two individual units sharing one common wall. For the most part, the cabins are more widely spaced apart than the canvas tent cabins but you may still experience some noisy conditions from time to time.
Cabins with bath come furnished with beds – either one double bed, two double beds, or a double bed and a twin bed – and daily maid service is provided. If you choose to stay in a cabin without bath, then full daily maid service is not included. We stayed in a cabin with a double bed plus a twin bed for our toddler. The double bed was a comfy squeeze for my husband and I, but much more comfortable than our regular style of tent camping! The cabin was plenty warm in August, and we had no need for our electric wall heater.
Fortunately, the rooms do have electric fans which we used each evening so stimulate air flow as it tended to get a bit stuffy during the day. The cabins have screened windows around two sides so you can open those during the night, provided you don’t mind the potential chattering of your fellow cabin renters.
The cabins come equipped with a small dresser and bedside table, perfect for storing various books, gear, and snacks. Most importantly, the cabins do not have televisions or telephones so you can rest in rustic comfort. The lack of television, I believe, really contributes to enjoying your stay in Yosemite as people tend to turn in earlier and get plenty of rest for the next day’s exploration of the park. I really appreciated not hearing the drone of talking heads and silly shows and instead concentrated on nature’s beauty.
You can relax comfortably on your own outdoor porch and most cabins have outside benches.
The cabins with bath come nicely equipped with shower, sink, and toilet. Our bath room also had a little table that came in handy for our various toiletry items. Our bathtub did not come with a water stopper so when it come time to give our toddler a bath, we stopped the water with an extra washcloth. I inquired at the front desk about stoppers, but none of the cabins have them.
You can store your gear inside a cabin at Curry Village. For those staying in tents or canvas cabins, you must store all gear inside the bear-proof containers located throughout the area, including child safety seats. Park rangers are very firm about enforcing park rules so be sure that you do not leave anything behind in your car that has a scent – no coolers, no food debris, no grocery bags, and no child car seats. Otherwise, you may find a ticket on your windshield in the morning!
The largest drawback to staying at Curry Village is that it can be noisy and crowded, particularly during the summer tourist season. We experienced one night where our neighbors arrived at midnight and were not too concerned with keeping their voices down. However, our other two nights were very quiet and peaceful as most cabin neighbors turned in early each evening.
Since the cabins are situation in Curry Village, there are nearby restaurants, shops, and even an outdoor swimming pool. We dined at the pizza deck one evening and found the pizza to be very good and filling although the restaurant area was very crowded and we had difficulty finding a table.
Avoid eating at the Curry Village Pavilion buffet for dinner. The food was cold and nearly inedible. We paid around $20 per adult and left very hungry and disappointed.
You can pick up basic food supplies and Yosemite souvenirs at the Curry Village Gift & Grocery store. We actually got most of our breakfast and lunch items here to save a bit of money for dinners out during our trip.
Curry Village is located within the Yosemite Valley shuttle bus system so you can catch a free ride to any tourist destination within the valley. Free shuttle maps are provided near the registration area.
The cabins with bath at Curry Village are a good lodging option, particularly for those individuals who enjoy having a warm shower within minutes. I really appreciated having a hard-walled cabin to stay in so we could leave our gear within the cabin and not have to worry about stuffing everything inside a bear-proof box. The noise from neighbors wasn’t bad and definitely did not detract from our experience. I would rent a cabin again without hesitation and recommend the cabins as a no-frills accommodation for others.
Price: $120 per night (summer 2007 rate) for cabin with bath vs. $93 per night for cabin without bath
Location: Curry Village in Yosemite National Park
Recommendation: Yes. Although the cabins are a bit pricey ,as is every lodging option in Yosemite, I do recommend the Curry Village cabins as a no-frills lodging option. Good choice for those traveling with small children.