We stayed there for 3 nights. This is a nice timeshare resort, so its suites are well equipped for a family stay. Our 1-bedroom unit was small, but nicely decorated. It had an efficiency kitchen with a full-size fridge and stove, a dishwasher which fit under the sink (i.e. shorter than normal), but worked oK, other small appliances, and a set of dishes for 4 people. The living room looks nice, with wood and fake-leather furniture, although when the sleeper sofa is opened up, there is no room to walk around it. There is a number of closets to stow away luggage. One of the closets has stacked up washer and dryer.
Sleeping on the sofa bed was not so comfortable, but passable. The bed linens were very clean. The bedroom is also small, but there is some room around the bed to walk around. It also has nice wood furniture, and a chair, which looks nice, but is not comfortable. The bed has a new mattress, but felt a little firm for me. Both the living room and the bedroom have large flat-screen TVs, with a decent assortment of channels, plus HBO (though it was hard to correlate the shows on HBO to the listings in the schedule booklet in the room).
The bathroom is the most spacious room in the suite - it has a large 2-person aerating tub, a large shower, and a separate room for a toilet. The marble floor gives it a sense of opulence, as do thick and fluffy towels, some of which hang on the towel racks, while others are rolled up.
There are reminders that this is a timeshare, which takes every opportunity to separate you from your money - there is a sign that missing pool towels would be charged at $25 to the room, and there should be 4 of them in our room. We found only 3 when we checked in, but did not see this sign until the last day, which gave me a minor worry - there was no checklist to go over when we checked in or out, so we I had no idea if they would try to charge me for anything else that was supposedly in the room. It worked out at the end - when I mentioned this to the front desk agent, she said that they had a shortage of pool towels and the rooms were given fewer numbers - this would have been fine if they marked up this sign with the correct number of towels.
The front desk (and the nearby visitor center, also staffed by the resort) push 2 primary activities - the jeep tours and helicopter rides. I know helicopter rides are expensive (and here a 15 minute ride costs $100 per person), but the hotel staff talk to all visitors as if they have $100 bills growing on the trees - "So have you booked your helicopter ride yet?". I don't feel like getting into a conversation with them that I have better ways to spend $400 then to take my family on a 15-minute tour. The jeep tours, equally overpriced ($60 for a 2-hr short tour or around $100 for a longer one) are pushed with equal tenacity by the hotel staff. I can't help but feel that the hotel (or its parent company, which owns another 3 or more large resorts in Sedona) are getting a significant kick-back from this arrangement.
Another niggle - our fancy aerating bath tub kept turning on at random times, as if having a mind of its own, and waking or startling us each time it did so. Eventually, I shut off the breaker for it, but not before it woke up my wife in the middle of her nap.
Still, all in all this was a nice, comfortable stay in a place with great views. I would come here again, given a chance.
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