My girlfriend and I stayed at L'Auberge de Sedona earlier this month, and we had a great time. We had been looking for a place to relax and unwind after a busy week in Los Angeles and Los Vegas, and Sedona seemed like the perfect place.
We arrived late in the evening, but were met with very friendly and helpful staff. Even at night, we were impressed with the hotel grounds, and with the clear and starry sky. Checking in was painless, and we were given a ride in a golf cart to our bungalow, along with our bags.
Our room was surprisingly spacious, the photos on this site do not do the rooms justice. Our room had a large floor space, well-placed furniture, a large television, and a fireplace which actually produced a fair amount of heat. Though our stay was during the early summer, the weather tends to get a bit chilly in the evenings. There was no overpriced mini-bar, but there was a small refrigerator sufficient for our needs.
The bed was very comfortable. We stayed at four hotels during our American vacation, and all of them were high quality places, but the bed at L'Auberge was the most comfortable of the beds we slept in. I would like to know what kind of bed the hotel uses, I would love to buy one for our home.
The bathroom was superb. Very large and spacious, with a big bath tub with a large window to enjoy the view, two showers (indoor, and an outdoor shower), two sinks, and the toilet was in a separate room.
Our room had a huge balcony, with a table, two chairs, and a lounge chair. The balcony is a great place to look at the red rocks, the stars, or the grounds, and it is a great place to enjoy a meal as well. An umbrella can be unfolded to give a little shade from the bright southwestern sun.
On Tuesday morning we took a photo tour of the grounds. A local photographer gave us a one-hour lecture on the best places to take photos in the Sedona area, and also gave good advice on equipment and shooting techniques. The time actually spent taking photos was rather short, but fun nonetheless.
The hotel grounds are truly beautiful. The hotel is situated near Oak Creek, which is a shallow waterway which originates somewhere up around Flagstaff, and winds it's way beautifully south, and runs through the middle of Sedona. There were abundant trees which provided ample shade, and many beautiful flowers. The air was clean, dry, and smelled wonderfully of flowers and plants. There were numerous ducks in the creek in the slower moving parts of the creek, and one can feed the ducks early in the morning if one likes.
We enjoyed a day at the pool, which feels wonderful on a hot, dry day. The pool grounds are very clean, and the water is very pleasant. Be careful to wear slippers, the concrete around the pool can get very hot in the sun. Another thing to be careful of is the sun. Sedona is located quite a bit about sea level, and the air is very clear, making for a very bright sun. You can get burned quickly if you aren't careful. There are plentiful towels, and bottled water is always at hand. We shared the pool with a local duck as we swam. The duck made a little mess in the pool, but the staff cleaned the pool quite quickly, which was impressive.
Sedona itself is a beautiful place, very unique. I found it a bit too touristy, the sidewalks were crowded with tourists shopping at the numerous shops, and the shops seemed to sell the usual cheapy tourist-type junk. We did most of our sightseeing outside Sedona, enjoying Red Rocks Park, and the numerous hiking trails located throughout the area. The Adobe Jack trail is located only a minute's drive from the hotel, and is a good place to enjoy a relatively easy hike, and enjoy beautiful scenery.
The service was incredible at L'Auberge. We called in the middle of the night for someone to pick up our dry cleaning, and we called in the middle of the day to ask for forks and spoons so we could eat food we picked up at the grocery store on our balcony. Both times the staff arrived at our door withing minutes. Our car was always brought out quickly by the valet, and the staff were helpful with providing directions.
We had dinner at the hotel restaurant, and found the food to be very good, and reasonably priced. Our table was located next to the creek, and we could enjoy the sound of the water as it rolled by. Unfortunately, the lights attracted numerous flying insects, more than a couple of which found their way into our drinking glasses or plates. There isn't much that can be done about such things, but it was the only annoyance we had during our meal.
Scones and muffins are served in the hotel lobby every morning free of charge, and they are tasty. Coffee and tea are also served, both were very good. You can enjoy your light breakfast on the balcony, and enjoy a view of the grounds. If you want a more substantial breakfast, one can be had at the hotel restaurant.