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My friends and I were happy to be in Yosemite, but I don't think I would ever stay in the Housekeeping Camp again. I would much rather be in a cabin with four walls. Or at least an enclosed tent. It was very cold and the beds were awful. I'm glad I had the experience to stay there but next time I will look for a yurt or cabin. Also it really isn't very private. It is like staying in a 'duplex' with your neighbors just on the other side of a wall that has no ceiling. You can hear everything. So I would prefer more privacy. Also on the bunk beds be sure to bring your own ladder because unless you are a pole vaulter and very athletic you won't be getting up on the top bunk. Or unless you have a very strong person with you like one of my roommates who happened to find an enormous rock to step up on and get into bed.
Glad I had a chance to stay back here in October 2010, but not sure if I would do it again. Next time I would like to stay in a yurt or regular cabin. Being that you are not really inside a room, the floor is very dirty and you are subject to the cold which was not comfortable for me. But I did enjoy Yosemite. I would only recommend staying here if you are really into camping. Guess I'm not.
Few of the modern conveniences of standard hotels, none of the quiet expected of camping. The tents have many holes for mosquitoes to get in. The door appeared to be a heavy duty shower curtain. The deck area is nice. There were a lot of people camping here and we were near the top of the hill, so we were inundated with smoke. It was hard to breathe at night time. The showers here were public, so be prepared to wait in a long line, even for the men's showers. If you can get one of the tents near the river, it would probably be a lot nicer. The location was good and it was easy to hop on a bus to get around the valley.
This is beds on a dirty concrete patio with a partial curtain in front of them. You are given a dirty locker where you must store anything with a scent to it. I didn't even feel comfortable changing clothes because of the lack of a proper curtain. The community ladies bathrooms were not cleaned on a regular basis and the sanitary trash was overflowing for days. Almost impossible to get to the top bunk. The provided 'ladder' was not very usable. Pesky squirrels are everywhere including in your dwelling.
rough camping includes lots of dirt, dirty beds, open tents with only 2 strings to close it but animals still get into your tent (like racoons!!!!) I guess it depends what you're into and how much you have to rough it. The raccoons getting into our tent throughout the night made it hard to enjoy. The rest of the camp is nice. Again, depends on how much you want to rough it.. as a mom, it's hard to overlook the super dirty beds that we had to scrub off before putting our sleeping bags and the tables, etc. Fearing the hantavirus was another thing to worry about as well..
The tents are very basic, but a step up from camping with mattresses plus electricity and lights. Great location in Yosemite Valley and beautiful views of the park.
We loved staying at Housekeeping! We found that we were able to experience all of Yosemite and feel as if we were camping without actually camping. The sites are large enough to store all the gear that you may use (bikes, inflatable boat, cooking gear, etc). Bedding is provided if needed, or you can use your own sleeping bags. There are plenty of bathrooms that are nearby and showers are all within walking distance. General Store is also within walking distance. From Housekeeping you can walk or bike to most point of interests. I would recommend staying at Housekeeping if you want to experience camping without having to setup tents.
I called to change my reservation from 2 nights to 1 and the person on the phone told me I had to cancel the whole reservation and re-reserve. When she went to re-reserve a room for the one night there were no rooms available. Odd because I just cancelled the resrvation. Too bad the system doesn't update quickly enough to show the available room. Too bad I did not get to stay there at all. Very bummed.
It is a beautiful setting. Our sliding doors opened up to the river. The pizza restauraunt was good. The breakfast buffet at the other restaurant was ok. We did not try more on the menu. The place was in bad repair. One of the electric burners in the kitchenette didn't heat, and when I moved the pan, it sent out sparks. The people above us overflowed their tub. When I called to report the water coming through our bathroom ceiling, the said they knew about it, and were dealing with it. They never came by or called back to check the status of our room. I found a clothing article from a previous guest on the floor, making me wonder how thorougly they had cleaned. I found out that the washing of the dishes in the kitchenette was our responsibility, and that there was no professional sanitizing of the dishes between guests. This place looks like it was nice when it was first built, but now it is not properly cared for, and has sunk below the level of a motel 6 stay. The natural setting on the river is the only thing it has going for it.
Room was unique with a loft area. Good location very close to Yosemite. Room was facing the highway with a lot of noise. No view at all.
river view room was great needs a little sprucing up-ice machines inoperative-general room conditions could stand some improvements
Kitchenette was nice.
The location is the best for exploring Yosemite, about 10 minutes from the valley. We have had good experiences with this property in the past. This is the second time in a row we have been stuck in the front building next to the highway instead of one of the many buildings overlooking the Merced river. The worst part however was that the power went out around 9:30 PM and there was no phones or generator to operate safety lights. Of course everything is electric powered including the kitchenette, heater and phone. No way to heat food, no way to heat the room in the sub-freezing temperature and no way to call the front desk or for help in an emergency. I dont know what time the power came back on because we fell asleep about 2 hours into the outage since there was nothing to do but lay in the total darkness!
perfect location, nice to have the kitchenette, fine view, comfortable room room needs updating. one stove burner did not work.
Great location right outside the park. Rooms are clean and enjoyed having the kitchenette during our stay. The restaurant is also surprisingly decent and convenient. Biggest downside is the Internet situation. Internet is not included but can be purchased for $9.99 for a 24 hour period. Fine, we paid but only to realize only one device at a time was allowed to connect and you have to go through a process to disconnect one and than connect another. Super lame.
Located just outside Yosemite entrance. Clean and comfortable, if a bit dated.
Great location. Rooms have a small fridge with freezer, two burner stove, toaster, coffee maker, dishes and some pots and pans. Large rooms and large balcony. We had a "mountain view" which was cheaper and looked towards the river, but with a parking lot and pool in between, but still lots of mountain to be seen! Heat pump fan could not be set to stay on all the time so it woke us up over and over again throughout the night. Room became far too warm to sleep if we turned it off. Carpets, walls, bathroom grout, etc. need scrubbing, but counters, sheets etc seemed clean.
Location Very old sheets, old Capet old everything
We were originally given a room that already had someone in it.
Had everything we needed in one place
I like the fact that it was close to Yosemite National Park and that it was about a 15 minute drive there. I enjoyed the look of the whole place especially with all the bears around. I enjoyed all of the surroundings view. The food there was GREAT!!! From the buffet to the bar and grill. Fast service and well worth the costs. The staff was great and gave out great information and did not sugar coat anything. Very helpful when it came to information. My wife and I really enjoyed the picnic are across the street we really enjoyed the river and the picnic table there. Very romantic and very quiet area. I did not like the fact of paying for a king size room and getting a room with 2 queen beds and over the top of the banquet area where my wife and I had to hear the music and the actual party. They should have taken that in consideration when they gave us the room. i did like the fact of no cell phone signal let alone wifi that is as slow as dial up, but that has nothing to do with the lodge, that's just the location. I did not like that they did not have Coke to drink. A little more variety to drink would have been nice.
$1.80 for a cup of crappy coffee in the lobby. Why not complimentary?
Room was clean and confortable There was an extra charge for WiFi which was not disclosed until after you booked the reservation. The restaurant did not open for breakfast until 7:30 and lacked variety in the choices.
Cheap price compared to the other accommodation. Pretty close to Yosemite. Easy check in /check out . No phone reception . No wifi . The room is pretty old , but everything is working . The fans and the heaters are really loud . Even if your neighbors turn them on . But I would stay there again anyways .
You could tell that the room was cleaned regularly, but everything (bed, chairs, shower, etc) was well traveled. Quiet location with close proximity to the valley. Onsite dining isn't great, but the convenience is nice.
Great location close to Yosemite park entrance. Nicely located across from the river. Pleasant outdoor areas, including the area on the river. The restaurant was just 'okay'. Our delux room with 2 queen beds and a sofa had only one chair. We would have liked an option with one queen or king bed, a sofa , and a table with 2 chairs. We are a mature couple no children traveling with us. Also, the refrigerator was nice to have but very noisy. We ended up unplugging it.
Spacious and clean room No cellular service and wifi is not free after you pay $200 per night or more. After paying $10 for 24hrs wifi still it doesn't work well.
Food at restaurant was so so
The service at the front desk, store, bar, restaurant was all around excellent. Everyone was very friendly and super accommodating. The room was clean and quiet. Not too far from Yosemite Nat'l Park. We go to Yosemite every year and I'll definitely stay at Cedar Lodge again.
I liked the overall comfort of all amenities hotel offers. And how inexpensive the hotel costs. I did not like how staff did not inform me of restaurant hours and not very welcoming . Needs better staff attitude and more ways to inform public of their hotel amenities. Also there is no wifi and no cell phone coverage.