We suggest driving to Sedona from Phoenix on a one way rental then flying out through the little airport there on a small private jet. That's is the best way to do Sedona. It's 2 hours North of PHX and the drive is pretty, once. Driving there, it's hard to understand the magic until you get off the freeway onto the surface route near town. Sudddenly the red rocks reveal themselves and it's really something. Sedona is always 15 degrees cooler than Scottsdale so it's brisk at night in April .. nicer in May and June. The Auberge is located at the very bottom of a canyon in the middle of downtown Sedona, by the river (a babbling brook). It's the perfect location in this town and the cottages make you feel like you're about to go camping. The staff step-to as you drive in, and the service level is suddenly a long way from camping. They really try to live the culture of service from 5 star hotels. But that's where the magic ends a bit. The staff doesn't always follow through. We called for a 2 or 4 hour laundry service "we'll pay anything" was my quote. "We don't have any laundry on premises, but will call one of the local laundry places for you to see if they'll do it." Then nobody ever did call back. That was a bit of a meme here.. Lots of: "What can we do to serve you?" and then a lack of follow through. We had a two bedroom bungalow near (but not on) the river. It was close to a lovely waterfall feature that the kids enjoyed. The villa itself had a wood-burning fireplace which we made use of, the smoky smell added to the romance. Beds were small queens, not king and the matresses just weren't comfy. The bathroom window did not have black-out blinds, so we were up at the crack of dawn with the sun and birds - that got old. There were no phones in the living room, so the phone would ring and we'd have to RUN to one of the bedrooms from the porch to get it in time - THAT got old. The maids would wheel their house-keeping carts along the pathway in front of our porch but the hotel's management bought cheap carts with plastic wheels that rattled along the concrete-aggregate rather than quieter rubber tires; so all morning and evening we'd hear this rattle, rattle of the carts - THAT got really old. The food was completely average. The crab-cakes sucked, the beet salad: underwhelming. The breakfast bacon was the only bright spot - it was yummy.. Water pressure was low in the bathrooms. There is NO GYM on site. They offered a pass to 24 hour fitness. So much for magic. The biggest disappointment was that none of the housekeeping staff smiled or seemed happy. That's a cultural thing which is not possible to fake.. so the culture just saddened us. Probably because of the strict "no tipping" rule. We tried to tip but nobody would take our money. I think that's a mistake because it disincentivises any extra effort. And it's weird. We want happy people and would like to reward those who go the extra mile. Will I return? Yes, because i have to. For the creekside location. Will i stay a long time? No, and I'll eat off-property and bring a blackout drape of some kind for the bathroom - and work-out harder before arriving..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- L’Auberge de Sedona has the privilege of being one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. Surrounded by the towering red rocks of Sedona, we have an extraordinary and unique location on the banks of Oak Creek, where the air is cooler, the scenery even more beautiful and the atmosphere so tranquil and romantic that even the most seasoned traveler is awestruck. With staff who genuinely care – who greet you with warm, sincere smiles and go above and beyond to ensure you have a truly magical stay. We offer 87 meticulously appointed guest rooms and cottages spread across 11 acres of landscaped grounds. The cottages all have fireplaces and private decks; most have separate outdoor showers. Have a romantic dinner on our creekside patio, and you’ll see why L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek was named "One of the Top Ten Restaurants in the Southwest" by Condé Nast Traveler. We’ve also received the Wine Spectator’s "Award of Excellence" 19 consecutive times. Our $25 million refurbishment includes a new indoor/outdoor wine bar and dining patio and an expanded spa for lounging after your day’s activities. And if you want more, there are lots of extras like yoga classes, daily duck feedings, evening stargazing sessions and pet-friendly rooms.But don’t take our word for it. Just read what our guests have to say. ... more less
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Booking.com, Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Travelocity, Hotels.com, TripOnline SA, Hotwire, Priceline, Orbitz, Cancelon, Cheap Tickets, Evoline ltd, getaroom.com and HotelQuickly so you can book your L'Auberge de Sedona reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- l`Auberge De Sedona Hotel Sedona
- Lauberge De Sedona