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“Great for people watching and enjoying the weather” 5 of 5 stars
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Star Motel
295 Jordan Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336   |  
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Ranked #14 of 46 hotels in Sedona
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“Great for people watching and enjoying the weather”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We stayed in the upstairs suite, Room 10 which allowed us to sit on the balcony and watch people strolling up and down the main thoroughfare. Of course, we strolled up and down ourselves. This suite has a well-stocked kitchen and lots of room to spread out and hang out. This was a quick trip, but we'd love to go back when we can stay a while!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lulapineflat, Owner at Star Motel, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Brenda C
I am pleased that you enjoyed the people watching from the balcony at unit 10. It has always been my favorite places to sit and watch Sedona "happen" and to watch the rocks change color at sunset.
I hope that you make it back soon.
Anne
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

This was my first trip to Sedona. I had not made reservations, did not know October was one of their busiest tourist months and had no clue where to go or what to do. I got the name and number for the Star Motel from the Tourist Information Center. I knew instantly that I was in the right place when I heard the owner's voice on the phone.
Anne put me at ease and took away all my concerns immediately. She had a room, told me how to get there and even met me at the door of her office when I arrived. From the moment we shook hands I knew I had a friend in this wonderfully kind lady.
While there I witnessed time and time again her thoughtfulness as she helped anyone who stopped in. Even if she did not have a room available she would help them in whatever way she could and always with a smile.
The rooms have a retro charm that fits with this 1950's motel. The furniture was custom made. The rooms were spotlessly clean and in great working order. Outside each room there are comfortable chairs and a little table where you can sit and enjoy the view. There are rock formations, such as Snoopy Rock, the Three Bears Rock and others, that great you as soon as you step out your door.
The location is directly behind the main drag of Uptown Sedona, which means easy walks to shopping, dining, entertainment and tours. I can think of no better place to esperience the charm of Sedona than the Star Motel.
If I thought I could, I would have just moved in and lived there. But alas, I could not. However, I intend to ALWAYS book all future visits to Sedona with STAR MOTEL! I cannot imagine Sedona without Anne. She is the best feature of that wonderfully magical place!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lulapineflat, Owner at Star Motel, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
Adrianne,
Thank you for your thoughtful review of the motel. It was a pleasure having you stay with us during your first (but not last) visit to Sedona. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Anne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Read all the excellent reviews and booked this hotel for one night oct 6 -wished we had stayed a little longer in sedona,This is aperfect spot,we parked and checked in and never moved the car. excellent kept motel like things used to be.GREAT value

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lulapineflat, Owner at Star Motel, responded to this review, November 2, 2012
dch,
I am glad that you enjoyed your stay and our location. We are situated in a perfect spot for parking the car and forgetting about driving for a while!
Thanks for taking time to post a review for the motel. I hope to see you again.
Anne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

This is really a two and a half star rating.

I am perplexed as to why this tiny motel rates as high as it does. No doubt, the location is good -- right in the uptown neighborhood. But unless you plan to do nothing in Sedona but drink prickly pear margaritas at the Cowboy Club and take a Pink Jeep tour, you pretty much have to have a car anyway, so the "good" location only means navigating through that crowded, tourist trap part of town in your vehicle.

The greeting by Anne on our arrival was great! She is very friendly, outgoing, and eager to engage her guests. Honestly, this initial 30 seconds was the bright spot of our stay. She showed us some highlights of the town on the generic tourist map, which was fine. At that point we indicated we would want to do some hiking. This would have been the perfect time for her to mention to us that many hiking locations require a Red Rock (or other) parking pass, and where to get said pass. (We later drove 6 miles on a dirt road only to find that that particular hike required a pass. We hadn't purchased one and ended up rolling the dice and hoping not to get ticketed.)

After getting old school keys -- haven't seen those in a while and are not the safest -- we went to our room. Immediately I was struck by an overwhelming smell of rubber or vinyl or something. It was strong. Eventually I identified the smell as a brand new shower curtain. Brand new shower curtain is good. Zero ventilation and asphyxiation by vinyl fumes is bad.

We love to stay in small motels (Austin Motel, Blue Swallow, etc.) and know what to expect from a motel built in that era. However, this motel room had no charm, no cute quirkiness, no personality whatsoever. In fact, the cinder block walls and lack of color were down right dreary. The room did have a flat screen TV and fridge (and also a microwave, which we did not use). There was no safe. Even though it was minimalistic and technically clean, it FELT dirty, if you know what I mean.

Our first night was spent utterly sleepless -- both of us. I felt itchy all night (have no idea if it was the sheets or what) and my boyfriend said the AC unit kept him up. The room felt stuffy even with the AC going -- again, zero ventilation. The second night was better, but perhaps only because I was running on no sleep and had hiked over 10 miles that day. For the record neither of us noticed particular noise from the street, other guests, or garbage trucks.

On our second afternoon, Anne knocked on the door and proceeded to tell my boyfriend that his card had only been charged for one night instead of two. This was incorrect, and my boyfriend had to go down to the office with his receipt. Not a huge deal, and it seemed to be cleared up quickly, but a strange disruption nonetheless.

As a plus, the evening receptionist (not Anne) was very helpful when my boyfriend went to the office looking for a bag to put some ice in for my sore knee.

Something to keep in mind -- we decided to book this hotel knowing that it didn't have a pool, and we missed it after hiking most of the day.

To be honest, I'm surprised we actually stayed two nights. For our third, we moved to the other end of town to a chain motel. I hate to recommend a chain and like to support local, small businesses as much as possible (my boyfriend and I both have small businesses). However, the chain offered more comfortable rooms with more personality (hard to believe, I know), a pool, AND was noticeably cheaper.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights and loved it. It's very clean and staff is friendly. It does not have a lot of amenities which was fine with us. The view from there was amazing. Loved sitting on the patio at night relaxing and watching people walk the shops. Will definitely stay there again, price was great too.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

On a last minute decision to overnight in Sedona weren't expecting much from the budget motels. Wrong! The owner Anne very graciously discounted the rate on her last available spot - the apartment suite! We travel ALOT and rate this apartment as one of the nicest. It was spotless with two bedrooms, large living room w/fireplace, kitchen very well-appointed (yes, a proper kettle for Brits) and all the comforts of home with a central town location. We were driving cross-country and sad to stay only one night but will definitely return and follow Anne's great suggestions for the area. Many thanks, Adrienne

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Allen Park, Michigan
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Great location and a great value. Anne Des Rosier certainly knows how to make her guest feel welcome. She is a treasure of knowledge about the area, Anne offered great tips on where dine for dinner as well as breakfast. When asked where we might buy a bottle of wine, she pointed us in the right direction and immediatley provided us with proper wine glasses. The rooms where very fresh and clean. Thank you Anne for a wonderful time. C'est tres bien!
Paul and Shirley , Allen Park MI

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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lulapineflat, Owner at Star Motel, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Paul and Shirley,
Thanks for taking the time to post a review. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay at the Star. I hope to see you here again, I will have your wine glasses ready!
Anne
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Additional Information about Star Motel

Also Known As:
Star Hotel Sedona
Address: 295 Jordan Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336
Location: United States > Arizona > Sedona
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Sedona
#23 Family Hotel in Sedona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Star Motel is located in the historic center of Sedona, uptown. Location, location, location! Galleries, restaurants, and shopping. The motel has been family owned for over 30 years. The rooms are clean and comfortable. Queen and king sized beds, walk in showers with seating, Wi-Fi, parking in front of guest rooms. All rooms have red rock views. ... more   less 

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