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Sky Ranch Lodge
Ranked #1 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Sedona
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Reviewed November 15, 2005

We stayed two nights in the least expensive room available. It was clean and everything was in operating condition. It had a back door and a small patio which my smoking friend appreciated (room was non-smoking). My only real gripes are that the bed mattress was super cheap and uncomfortable, and the walls were thin.

The grounds are nice and the lodge appears to be very pet friendly. There was minimal contact with the staff, but upon check in the young man was friendly and informative.

There is a nice restaurant at the airport which is within walking distance. We enjoyed breakfast there and then took a ride over Sedona in a small airplane.

The price was right (considering the area is expensive)for those on a budget. Next time I will pay a little more for a better bed and quiet.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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Reviewed November 8, 2005

A king rim room with a fireplace is perfect for gorgeous sunrise and sunset views. We spent a Thursday night here and enjoyed all you can eat Crab at the Airport restaurant.

Views are spectacular and literally take your breath away. Combined with the crab, and a relaxing outdoor spa and enjoying the stars at night...nothing in Sedona is finer and a better value.

  • Stayed: November 2005
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2  Thank IslandGrl078
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Reviewed October 20, 2005

My wife and I stayed at the Sky Ranch Lodge off the airport road on the airport mesa in Sedona, October 10-12, 2005. We chose it because it was off the main highway, up on the mesa with unbelievable views and because it was half, or even less than half, the price of most other Inns, Lodges, B&Bs and hotels in Sedona.

We also chose it because we were just looking for a peaceful place to stay overnight and not a full resort where we would hang out all the time. Our intent was to hike, do driving tours and explore Sedona most of the day, each day, which we did. So we did not need a full, self-contained resort as we were gone most of the time.

The room was great...a garden view room with a gas fireplace and a high cathedral beamed ceiling. The room was large, clean and well equiped with a refrigerator which kept drinks and water nice and cold -- which you need plenty of in the arid climate of Sedona. The gas fireplace was warming and very romantic each night!

The king bed was comfortable and the Lodge staff was top notch, even recommending for us some of the best hiking trails of all the ones we did.

The Lodge property was also superb -- a small vegetated oasis in the arid dessert of the Sedona mesa and very private and secluded. It was like a cool retreat into your own shaded forest grove. Hiking trails around the rim of the mesa start right on the Lodge property. The Lodge is far removed from the busy commercial strip feeling of highway 89A down in the valley of Sedona.

The Lodge also has a great outdoor hot tub (good for relaxing after hiking all day) and a cool refreshing pool, which re-invigorates after a tiring day. Both were immaculately clean and open until 9 pm. During the day the views of the red rocks and mountains are about the best in all of Sedona, and are just a 100 yard walk to overlooks both on the Lodge property and adjacent to the Lodge property. The more expensive rooms have stunning views right off their decks or porches. At night the view of the stars is phenomenal and we heard coyotes howling off in the distance. One evening we even took our porch chairs, dinner, and a bottle of wine, and hiked 200 yards out to the edge of the mesa in a clearing on the Lodge property and sat and had dinner, sipping wine while the sun set illuminating the red rocks with red and amber glows. The primary source of entertainment in Sedona is the views and this Lodge has them!

Then one day we saw three Javelinas running across the property-- a true Sedona experience. Finally, one of the famous Sedona "Vortexes" is just down the road from the Lodge, so you have ample opportunity to see if anything really happens in a "Vortex".

As other reviewers have indicated, the Lodge does not have dining on the property, but the airport restaurant (a short walk away) serves excellent breakfasts and has a gourmet dinner menu with a full wine list and a number of local microbrews on tap. It also has an outdoor dining deck with excellent views. The airport is not really a commercial airport, so don't worry about noise or commotion. The airport is merely the base for helicopter and small airplane (including open air cockpit biplane) tours of the Sedona red rocks with very little traffic.

In sum, if you are looking for a very reasonably priced, good quiet place in Sedona that can be a comfortable "base" to return to after each day of hiking and exploring Sedona, this is the place to go!

We loved it.

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Reviewed October 16, 2005

We had stayed at this hotel 3 years ago and loved it. We stayed here two nights a week ago and still loved it. It is not fancy, but the location can't be beat. And the airport restaurant is a wonderful place to eat.

  • Stayed: October 2005
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2  Thank Jonkwl
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Reviewed October 11, 2005

The staff decided they needed to move us to another room to accomodate a guest that had reserved the room we were in. Without asking and while we were gone, the staff packed all of our belonging in plastic bags and placed them behind the front desk. When we returned to the hotel they gave us another room and handed us our belongings (some ruined). They mystery was that the room they gave us was exactly like the one we were in. No apologies from the staff. Stay away from this hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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Reviewed September 29, 2005

The Sky Ranch Lodge is not for those seeking luxury and pampering. It is for people who want an amazing view and a quiet, clean place to stay for a reasonable price.

I stayed for 3 nights in a "red rocks" view room. The view was fantastic.
We had a end unit with a balcony. The room had plenty of amenities including a coffee machine, mini fridge, and great fireplace for chilly nights. The furniture in the room is slightly less than standard and the bed was not the most comfortable Ive slept in. The room and bathroom were SPOTLESS and there were plenty of towels. The pool and hot tub area were also spotless. Another BIG plus was its a mile off the main road so you dont get all of the noise. And the staff in the office was friendly and helpful.

Also- the gift shop is extremely nice and well priced even if you dont stay at the lodgeits worth a visit. I bought some items there for 2.75 that I saw for 9.50 at a shop in town. Enjoy!

  • Stayed: September 2005
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3  Thank lovesublime
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Reviewed September 7, 2005

Unfortunately, we went to Sky Ranch Lodge with great enthusiasm after reading the reviews. But to our dismay we had a room where the roof was leaking and woke us up in the middle of the night and kept us up all night. We reported the leak, but were told there were no additional rooms available. They didn’t even clean up the water, we had to use the two room trash cans to catch the water all night and during the next morning. Thank goodness that was our last night. Then when we went to get compensated they wouldn’t even give us that night free – even though we could barely sleep all night and they couldn’t accommodate us – they only gave us a paltry 10% for that night – the tax basically for that night. We were charged $80 a night and we stayed for 4 nights. We will not be staying there again. Like another reviewer said, just drive up airport road and park in the free lot and enjoy the sunset views and stay somewhere else. FYI: when you walk into the room it is like a cheesy Motel 6 in the 80’s.

  • Stayed: September 2005
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Additional Information about Sky Ranch Lodge

Address: 1105 Airport Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336-5803
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Location: United States > Arizona > Sedona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Sedona
Price Range: $138 - $197 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sky Ranch Lodge 3.5*
Number of rooms: 94
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sky Ranch Lodge sits on the edge of Airport Mesa, 500 feet above town, peacefully removed from all the hustle and bustle below. Massive red rock views tower in every direction from the hotel and the mesa is ringed by an easy hiking trail that offers eagle-eye views of Sedona's most stunning rock formations. These are the best views in all of Red Rock Country. Sky Ranch Lodge is famous for its richly landscaped grounds, teeming with gardens, shade trees, and ponds - often referred to as an oasis in the sky as well as "Sedona's best kept secret." ... more   less 
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