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5 Yosemite Hotel Options

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Yosemite might be the most wonderful place in the world. People travel from all over to see the National Park and it beautiful views. For those staying overnight (and you should) there are five different hotel options:

  • The Ahwahnee Hotel
  • Yosemite Lodge At The Falls
  • Curry Village
  • Housekeeping Camp
  • Wawona

The Ahwahnee Hotel: The Ahwahnee was opened in 1927. The main building's hotel rooms average three hundred square feet and offer views of Yosemite's granite rock formations.

The rooms feature modern bathrooms with hair dryers, televisions, telephones with data ports, refrigerators, and air conditioning.

The rooms are accented with Native American design and articles.
The Ahwahnee also has cottage rooms (directly behind the main building). The cottages were built in 1928 and are located approximately one hundred yards behind the hotel proper. To get to the cottage you will take a pleasant stroll through tall pine tress over a small creek.
The Ahwahnee cottages have the same accommodations as the main hotel rooms except they do not have air conditioning. The rooms are kept cool with a ceiling fan and the shade of the dogwood and pine trees.

Yosemite Lodge At The Falls: Yosemite Lodge rooms are large hotel style rooms with full bathrooms, dressing areas, table, chairs, and doors that open onto a patio or balcony. There are some wheel chair accessible rooms. There are full length mirrors, hair dryers, and mini refrigerators in all rooms.
Yosemite Lodge At The Falls provides easy walks to the trail head to Lower Yosemite Falls (one of the most popular sites to see while in the valley).

Yosemite Lodge area also has a swimming pool (seasonal), bike rentals, restaurants, and a grocery store with gift shop attached.

Curry Village: Curry is probably the best known of all the hotel areas (and has ties to the Yosemite Park and Curry Company history) and is also the most diverse of the five options.
The rooms vary from the specialty cabins, to motel rooms, to already constructed canvas tent cabins.
Curry Village has many amenities including a swimming pool with shower house, bike rental, rock climbing store, taco stand, ice cream patio, pizza patio, buffet, guest lounge, Kodak outdoor theatre.
Curry Village sits in the shadow of Glacier Point and to the side of Curry Village is Half Dome. Many of the valley's trails start at Curry Village.

Housekeeping Camp: Housekeeping units consist of three concrete walls, a concrete floor, and a double canvas roof. The fourth side is a canvas curtain. The sleeping area has two single size fold down beds, each with a foam mattress, a double bed (resting on a metal frame), and electrical outlets. There are cots for the fifth and sixth person. Additional cots can be rented for an additional cost.
Wawona: Wawona is a not in the valley. It is located in the southern part of the park.
Wawona provides a dining room, golf shop, Saturday BBQ, and Sunday Brunch in the month of July.
The rooms at the Wawona vary from hotel rooms with bath to hotel rooms with no bathroom (shared bath down an inside hallway).

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