We stayed at the Hilton Sedona for 3 nights in June as part of a 2 week trip through the west. We choose a suite for our family of 4 and were very happy with the choice. We were travelling with another family whose experieces and opinion were identical to our own.
Location first: We found the Hilton Sedona great for access to (and a beautiful view of) the Bell rock and Courthouse rock areas for hiking, climbing, and cycling. You can get your required Redrocks parking passes in the hotel giftshop. The hotel is outside of downtown Sedona - which helps avoid a lot of the traffic and construction currently in that area. We were told the construction is at least a year away from completion, and can really snarl traffic. Downtown Sedona can be as short as 15 minutes or as long as 45 and seems unpredictable. Allow plenty of time. The area seems to be growing, and besides the hotel itself, there are a few shopping and dining establishments nearby - ranging from casual to higher-end. We liked breakfast at "Desert Flour" just up the road - much cheaper than the hotel breakfast buffet.
Hotel and staff: Our room was ready before posted check-in time - staff was friendly and efficient though we did find the concierge was incorrect on a few things (eg: the Lowell Observatory is not open Sunday evenings as he said they were. Fortunately we had him call to verify before we drove to Flagstaff). Meanwhile, the lobby and common areas all looked clean and well maintained. Icewater carafes and cups in the lobby were a welcome touch in the desert! I did see Internet was available in the lobby but I didn't see Wifi. My verizon Aircard worked well however.
Outside: The pool area and landscaping were very nice - with heavily cushioned lounge chairs that were a step above and a view of Courthouse rock in the distance. We ate lunch by the pool several days and the food was good, the wait/bar staff were also very friendly.
Rooms: The spacious rooms worked out perfectly - two queen beds in the bedroom with a flat-screen tv, a dressing area and sink that were separate from the bathroom. The living room had a sofa, fireplace, and another TV - (great for separating CNN from Nickelodeon). The main room also had a kitchenette area with a microwave, nice newer coffee maker, cabinets, and a small dining table for 4. The rooms looked well maintained or possibly even recently renovated
Only two odd things about the room. One, the kitchenette was ok but basically useless - no flatware, cups or plates and the under-counter fridge is a mini bar - with instructions not to store personal items inside. So I'm not sure how much value it actually provides - other than a bit of extra storage space.
The other was the overall design and layout of the rooms make for small, mostly-shaded windows. The balcony was also tiny - two people would really have to squeeze to sit outside. I suppose all this shade helps save on air conditioning (it is the desert after all), but it gave the living room and kitchen a very DARK feel. I kept wanting to open more windows. Our view was basically a parking lot view - with some interesting desert beyond that. Our friends view was equally dull on the other side of the hallway - though if they craned their neck they could see some of the golf course.
Food: We only did breakfast at the hotel once - I just felt $19 a person for a scrambled egg buffet was excessive - even by downtown New York City standards. A "cold buffet" was available for $12 I believe. I think the buffet quailty was only average. For the rest of the stay we got takeout from Desert Flour - very good. We also had a few snacks/lunches by the pool - no complaints there. We didn't get a chance to eat dinner - we ate in town.
Overall a nice hotel in a beautiful location. No real complaints other than price of breakfast. I would definitely consider staying there again.
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