Certainly Sedona is a beautiful vacation spot, and we were thrilled to have the opportunity -- and the money -- to afford to get away to L'Auberge for a mid-week stay in July. Considering how much our 1 bedroom "cottage" cost, my expectations were pretty high. They weren't met.
We had originally wanted a creek-side cottage, but none were available in the desired size for our dates. So we settled on a place in the newer "Vista" area of the property. (The price was no less cheaper.) I was very surprised to discover the unit was accessible by a very long steep flight of stairs. The Vista cottages do offer spectacular views, but this section -- as it is not by the shady Oak Creek -- is very hot and sunny.
The one suite room was oddly appointed. Although the bathroom has some amazing amenities such as a programmable Jacuzzi and access to a private cedar-lined open air shower, there are no towel racks by the sinks (yet there is one in the toilet closet?).
Because you have to use the phone to dial the resort's service desk for everything, it is simply not convenient to only have a single phone in the bedroom. My husband wanted to sleep late, and I couldn't make any calls in the morning without disturbing him. Instead, I walked all over the property in the morning to make a spa appointment, ask about the "complimentary" yoga class, etc. (The yoga class, incidentally, was the highlight of the stay for me - the instructor is excellent.)
The front room of the one bedroom suite is not at all useful for extra guests. The mattress on the sofa bed is thin, no extra pillows are available (that would be another phone call, I'm sure), there are no lamps beside the sofa for reading at night. To pull the bed out, you have to push the ottoman aside, but it's not on casters, so it's cumbersome to move. The front room does contain a mini fridge, a Keurig coffee maker and all sorts of K-cups, sugar and creamer (although my creamer was curdled -- another phone call). If you want ice, you have to call -- you're probably beginning to see a pattern -- and a helpful, friendly bellman will bring up a bag or two of ice, which will be way too big to fit inside the small ice bucket in the room.
The resort allows dogs, and the doggie welcome bag in our room for our pooch was really thoughtful. However, when I asked about disposing of dog waste as I saw no pet stations with bags and trash cans, I was given a few of the ice bags and told I could put the waste in the trash barrel at the valet stand. Really? It was in the nineties. Seriously, does the resort management really want that aroma accosting newly arriving guests?
We went to have dinner in the restaurant, but it is a minimum 3 course meal. The appetizers on the seasonal menu were all fish -- three shellfish and an Ahi tuna appetizer. My husband is deathly allergic to shellfish and won't eat undercooked fish. So we went to the outdoor bar. The outdoor settings of the restaurant and bar are exquisite: terraced in two levels by the creek. However, our mid-week dinner took two solid hours and we ordered right almost as soon as we sat down. I rather suspect we got slower service than the people in the formal restaurant, as we saw waiters continuously running up and down the stairs with those diners' food. And it wasn't even crowded.
The gym is minimally appointed - one elliptical and two treadmills, plus free weights, a mat, ball, and Boscu ball. The pool is small and not particularly pretty. I would have expected an impressive workout room and a pool lush with foliage.
Finally, if you have any difficulty walking or balance problems, I would not recommend this place. Although the lobby and restaurants have ramps, most of the walkways have uneven stones, some of the steps leading down to the creek have no walk rails, and, as mentioned above, many of the cottages are accessible only via a flight of stairs.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- l`Auberge De Sedona Hotel Sedona
- Lauberge De Sedona