I booked our cottage at L'Auberge du Sedona after reading reviews here stating that it was walking distance to downtown. The good news: It was indeed just a short walk up the hill to reach downtown. The bad news: Downtown Sedona is really little more than a hodge podge of tacky t-shirt shops. Most of the desirable restaurants and activities are driving distance away, so there's really no advantage (in my mind) to being able to walk to town. Having never been to Sedona before, I guess I expected the downtown to be similar to downtown Santa Fe, hence the desire to stay in a hotel close to downtown. Next time, we'll book away from downtown -- perhaps at The Enchantment Resort or Mii Amo where you're surrounded by beautiful red rock views at every turn. The drive from town to the Enchantment (and other outlying resorts) is not bad at all, so don't let location be your determining factor when booking your hotel. Greater Sedona is much more sprawling than you might expect.
Regarding L'Auberge itself, it was fine. Not quite as "deluxe" as I expected, but fine. We booked a cottage, opting for a garden cottage rather than a creekside cottage since it was $100 less. If I were to return, I would opt for creekside (cottages 15, 16, 18 and 20 seemed to have the best orientation) since the garden cottages are right up against the parking lot (noise factor). The cottages that are closer to the lodge itself are preferable in my opinion, since the cottages near the entrance to the property overlook an RV park on the other side of Oak Creek. The lodge rooms (not cottages) themselves don't seem particularly desirable, in my opinion, as they overlook the parking lot. Having a fireplace in our cottage was nice as it snowed the first day or two we were there.
We never had dinner at the property restaurant since the dinner menu didn't particularly wow me. However, we did have breakfast in the restaurant everyday and were happy with the food and very happy with the personal service (waiter remembering what juices we liked, etc.). Prices were not bad ($35 or so for two including tip). The convenience of eating breakfast on property before embarking on the day's activities was a big plus in my book.
Greater Sedona (not downtown) is simply breathtaking, one of the most beautiful landscapes I've seen. We took a number of short (and some not so short) hikes in red rock country. I wish we had brought a small backpack along as my tote bag didn't quite cut it.
Be sure to drive out to the Enchantment Resort, eat lunch, have a prickly pear margarita, take a hike in Boynton Canyon, drive out to Crescent Moon State Park below Cathedral Rock, drive up to the airport (located atop a mesa) for an amazing view of Sedona.
We drove to the Grand Canyon one day, wisely taking the advice of the concierge and taking the long way up: Hwy 89 north from Flagstaff with a detour to the Wupatki Natl Monument (lots of Indian ruins, Painted Desert views, etc.), then west on Hwy 64 to the east entrance to Grand Canyon Natl Park. Be sure to take a lunch along as there is NO PLACE to eat between Flagstaff and Grand Canyon Village on that route.
Happy vortex hunting!
- 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