First I would start by saying we will definately be back this summer! That being said, we picked a bad time to come. We thought we were picking a great spring week to visit but it was cold and snowy for most of it! We couldn't drive any of the forest roads because they were still closed for the winter and hiking didn't seem like a good idea in the snow!
We spent quite a bit of time at the hotel trying to keep ourselves entertained. We had a studio in the main lodge (next time a private cabin for sure!) which was pretty clean, had a faux fireplace (didn't even provide any heat-only complaint) and a completely furnished kitchenette. We were able to utilize their grills one afternoon and they were spotless! One night we ate dinner at the bar because the main restaurant wasn't open for the season yet. Highly recommend trying the pizza! Very yummy! Durring the day we used some of the ammenities-ping pong table and bocce ball. Surprisingly, we had a really good time!
Bottom line, we both work in the hospitality industry in Sedona and feel that sometimes we have unfair expectations of customer service and hotels in general, but the staff (Jan at the front desk specifically) are fantastic and the resort provides some great ammenities that we will be able to use when in season!
A couple tips: If worried about privacy, get a cabin. Inside the studio was fine and quiet but outside on the patio you were almost forced to join the conversation of your neighbor because they are so close. Also, if you enjoy a drink (or two or three) know that in the off season, the bar has very limited hours.. 4-9! Finally, ask Jan for any recommendations you might need! She is very knowledgable and just a sweet lady!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- When you first arrive at Kohl's Ranch Lodge in Payson, Arizona you will be sure you have truly cornered a little piece of paradise. The location is what creates this setting, which borders on perfection. Kohl's Ranch Lodge is at the base of the Mogollon Rim and on the banks of Tonto Creek. All of this comes together in the largest Ponderosa Pine Forest in the world. This stunning, off the beaten path section of Arizona's back country was made most famous by author Zane Grey, who stirred up vivid imagery of a striking land throughout his tales of the Old West. Not to mention, the people here are known for their historically famous, western hospitality. You will revel in the casual and friendly atmosphere that makes each stay here an inviting experience that leaves visitors wanting to come back for more. Enjoying Payson, Arizona: This area has been dubbed the "heart of Arizona" because of its history and scenery. It is truly a stunning and unpredictable back country area of Arizona. Here, you may even experience snowfall in winter months. While you are staying in your subtly elegant surroundings, you can enjoy a multitude of activities. This is an area that was practically made for experiencing horseback riding along the dusty trails. Of course, this also means the country is ideal for similar activities such as hiking. Most of the area surrounding Payson is the Tonto National Forest, part of the United States Forest Service, so you will find a well-maintained park service to enjoy for many of your outdoor adventures. Other areas are under the jurisdiction of tribal governments, which means they are also kept up. In some areas, fishing is another very popular outdoor event to enjoy. From the Tonto Natural Bridge to the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park to the Tonto Apache Indian Reservation, you will find scenery and activities in or around Payson, Arizona to fill your days. Kohl's Ranch Lodge Accommodations: After a long day of hiking, biking or fishing, you may want to simply relax and unwind in your private room, maybe even bask in the air conditioning and watch a movie on the DVD player provided in each room. You can also enjoy the outdoors without ever leaving the grounds. Serve up some BBQ from the cookout area and soak or swim in either the outdoor hot tub or heated outdoor pool. You will love your time at Kohl's Ranch Lodge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kohl`s Ranch Hotel Payson
- Kohls Hotel Payson
- Kohls Ranch Lodge
- Kohls Ranch Az