Our Nov. '12 trip to Sedona was our 3rd visit to this beautiful place & our second stay at Junipine. Since it was just my husband & me, the upstairs bedrooms were closed off; it's nice to know that if we travel with extended family, there will be room for all. Both units in which we have stayed had been recently updated with great kitchen setups and tasteful & interesting decor (not the standard hotel kind, since units are privately owned). On both visits, our large decks had outdoor furniture. Our last unit featured a large bathroom with 2 sinks.
About updated units: Two years ago when we first stayed at Junipine, TripAdvisor reviewers suggested that folks request an updated unit since some of these privately owned units were showing age & wear. When I asked about updates to other units this visit, management reported that they have been encouraging owners to update and that "almost all" have been updated at this point. When making a reservation, I think I'd ask about the unit's recent renovation history. The two units in which we've stayed have both been first rate.
Accessibility: Outdoor stairs - not too many & not too steep - are necessary to access units. This makes for quiet since units are removed from the parking lot & road, but requires some lifting of suitcases. I don't know if wheelchair accessible rooms are available - possibly near the office. Worth asking.
Amenities & services: On our first stay 2 years ago, coffee grounds, creamer, & wood for the 2 fireplaces (living room & 1st floor master bedroom) were delivered each morning, and trash was picked up. On our most recent trip, we were asked to call between certain hours to specifically request each no-extra-fee service. On the good side, this policy means we could hang out undisturbed, a huge benefit. On the down side, our request - to a polite & gracious person - for extra wood seemed to have been forgotten one day, perhaps because the delivery folks noted upon arrival that we still had a goodly supply.
Outdoor barbecue grills are strategically placed for sharing along entry walkways. Not sure if the lobby sells charcoal & starter. Junipine also has a restaurant; check hours.
Money matters: Our unit last fall included a huge deck (to save $, we chose a unit with no creek view & no hot tub) and a huge bathroom. Very comfortable with a pretty view of trees and cliff beyond the creek. I think there's a Triple A discount, but since we were there off-season, that discount exceeded the Triple one.
Location: Other reviews have remarked that Junipine is along Oak Creek Canyon several miles north of the town of Sedona. While walking distance to some shops & galleries is possible at other places such as the very nice Best Western Arroyo Roble where we stayed during our first visit, much of Sedona involves driving. We love the tranquility & privacy of Junipine.
Shopping tip: The interesting trading post on a small hill directly across the street from the Best Western Arroyo Roble is worth a visit. The pawn jewelry, rugs, small purses, skulls & teeth of a variety of critters are great fun & make unusual gifts.
Our Sedona favorites:
Our Sedona stays consist of equal parts: 1.) hanging out at Junipine to eat b'fast, read, & prepare a backpacked lunch 2.) hiking 3.) eating at one of Sedona's great restaurants in casual dress or not-too-spattered hiking clothes.
While there is a hiking trail along Oak Creek behind the resort, electric wires hang overhead for the first part of the trail. I found them distracting. On the other hand, we were delighted to spot fly fishermen along Oak Creek as well as a herd of small wild pigs (I forget their real name) that clambered across the trail & up the hillside.
On our last day, we hiked the trail near Enchantment Resort - a lovely trail once we were past Enchantment's not-so-enchanting noisy leaf blowers, fences, & disturbingly threatening signs about trespassing - and then drove straight to dinner at the wonderful Dahl & Delucca. The combination of reading in the morning, hiking a beautiful red rock trail in the afternoon, eating dinner at a four star restaurant in the afternoon, and spending the night in the tranquil & lovely Junipine Resort on Oak Creek is unbeatable. We will return.
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- Also Known As:
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