We got a great deal on a two-night “Sip and Stay” package, which included 2 nights, a gift card for dinner, free wine tasting, a couple free drinks, and coupons for breakfast. We liked it so much we jumped at the chance to stay a third night when someone canceled and a room opened up. Even though we didn’t have time to use all of our free drink cards, we still got our money’s worth. The management and staff were friendly, professional, and helpful, asking if we needed anything and if we enjoyed our stay.
The Tavern Hotel is not very impressive from the outside, but the inside looks like a high-end boutique hotel. Although it once was a grocery store, the building was completely redone when it was converted into a hotel. Everything looks clean and new, and has a very modern feel. The décor is luxurious and soothing – like a place where you’d have a massage or do yoga. Our room was a bit larger than most hotel rooms, with a king-sized bed, flat screen TV, desk, and easy chair. A partition divided the room from the bathroom sink area, and the toilet and gorgeous walk-around shower were in a separate room. I loved the tiles in the bathroom, the color tones of the walls. Even the entry hall was beautiful. The front porch contained tables and chairs for enjoying the perfect Cottonwood weather.
We loved the small-town feel of Cottonwood. It’s much quieter, smaller, and less commercialized than Sedona, but it has some very nice restaurants, interesting shops, and shady walking trails. Cottonwood is very convenient to the Verde River, Dead Horse State Park, and Tuzigoot National Monument, and is a short drive from Jerome and Sedona. The Tavern itself is a very short walk from several nice restaurants, and there are a few others within walking distance (and even more in Jerome and Sedona).
There were only a few negatives (and they weren’t major negatives). 1) My husband would have preferred that each room have its own outdoor space. 2) I’m accustomed to the wonderful beds and pillows at Westins, Hiltons, and Hampton Inns, so I was disappointed in the bed and pillows. They were okay, just not as nice as I like, and the pillows gave me a stiff neck. 3) To check in to the hotel, you have to go into the Tavern bar, which can be annoying when the bar is loud and crowded and you’re tired from traveling (but it makes sense not to have a front desk/lobby at such a small hotel). Obviously none of these issues will keep us from coming back - again and again.
If you want to stay at the Tavern, book early. There are only about 8 or 10 rooms and they book up fast.