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El Portal Sedona Hotel
Ranked #8 of 29 Sedona B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 26, 2012

Special always starts with people. The efforts made to meet our special requests were as if we were family. The facility itself is centrally located (actually hidden) close to the center of everything. It is older, and more wonderful for it. The lobby is both majestic and warm. The fact that it is puppy friendly makes it even homier. Our room (#5) was magical. The restaurant was very adequate with friendly after hours provisions. Overall, they made us feel warm and wanted from arrival to departure.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank William H
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LuCorp, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2012

Thank you for choosing El Portal Sedona Hotel for your Sedona stay! We are happy you enjoyed your visit!

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Reviewed November 24, 2012

We decided to escape to Sedona for Thanksgiving. The Owners (Steve and Connie) did a fabulous job of making us feel at home. This place is a hidden gem that can’t be beat. If you are looking for a cozy, relaxing and comfortable place to stay, El Portal can’t be beat! The facility is beautiful, rooms are spacious and the owners and staff were exceptional. We met some wonderful folks at the evening fire pit.

My wife stayed at El Portal with friends earlier in the year, but this was my first time there. We will both be back the next time we visit Sedona.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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LuCorp, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2012

Thank you for staying with us and spending your Thanksgiving with us in Sedona! Glad to hear you'll be back!

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

My stay at El Portal in Sedona Az was exceptional .The accomodations were comfortable ,clean ,and quite impressive .Custom built mountain lodge ,heavy timber and stone construction.Well appointed with southwestern art and furnishings.The owner Steve is a great guy .He made us feel right at home .The staff catered to our every need. Very friendly and efficient .There were a good variety of shops ,(some owned by local artisans), food and drink located within a one minute walk from the hotel .Live music by local musicians .Every evening,we enjoyed cocktails by an outdoor fire in a vine covered private court yard .Coffee ,tea , beer and wine were available 24/7 .Very comfortable and quiet throughout the night. I highly recommend this hotel if your destination is Sedona .
You will not be disappointed.

Room Tip: Thet are all good .I saw 4 .Stayed in 2 .Everyone we talked to ,said good things
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Mike M
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cindywScottsdale, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 20, 2012

Thank you for your wonderful review! Please come visit us again soon!

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

This is our 4th visit to this fabulous 12-room inn. We keep coming back because it feels like home. Steve and Connie, the awesome owners, as well as the staff (Terri, Fran, Esperanza, More and Sylvia), treat us like family and provide the utmost in service. You couldn't ask for better people. The inn has 12 rooms and each one is decorated differently. We stayed in Room 9 - The Rim Room. This room is upstairs and is very spacious with nice views from the L-shaped windows. The distinctly crafted wood furniture provides a pleasant ambiance. After a hard day of hiking, it's nice to come back to a cozy room where you can relax and recuperate. We took a soothing jacuzzi bath after climbing to the top of Cathedral Rock and found this to be a much-needed treat. You will also sleep most soundly in the comfortable king bed.

El Portal is most conveniently located in the Historic Arts District, where there are many shops, museums and restaurants, including the Tlaquepaque shopping plaza, which is a short walking distance from the inn. Two other districts are close by: Uptown - which is just a 3-min drive away, where there are a myriad of shops and restaurants, and West Sedona - which is a 3-min. drive in the other direction, where you'll also find many restaurants, markets and shops, as well as great places to hike.

On the food front, El Portal delivers. You can partake of delicious breakfasts consisting of huevos rancheros, lemon pancakes, breakfast burritos, cinnamon French toast and more in the beautiful great room. You will see many canines around and every one of them is well behaved. In the late afternoon, you’ll find quesadillas, chips, salsa, fruit and cookies, just enough to hold you over until dinner.

In the cool evenings, it was a pleasure to be welcomed back by a great smelling fire in the courtyard.

If you are searching for a cozy, one-of-a-kind place, where you can relax and rejuvenate, El Portal fits the bill, bar none.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank zen2peace
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LuCorp, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2012

Please keep coming back - we love when you visit! Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

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Reviewed November 9, 2012

My husband and I took a trip to Sedona for three days at the end of October and stayed at El Portal, in the Hile room. We tend to be a little picky about hotels, but our stay here was absolutely wonderful. We brought our dogs, and the owners were warm and welcoming. There's even a doggie welcome kit! The location of El Portal is perfect, near restaurants and shops and all sorts of great stuff to walk to. The hotel is beautiful, and they really encourage you to feel at home which is a nice change from big corporate places. There is a kitchen in the lobby where you can sign out beer, wine or soft drinks at any time, and nearby there is a communal fire pit where the guests hang out at night. The owners were very helpful with directions and choosing things to do, and it really seemed that they were doing everything possible to ensure that you have a good time. The room itself is great, especially the fireplace and the huge jetted bathtub. Our dogs really enjoyed the attached yard. Overall, we loved the hotel and will definitely return (we want to check out some of the other rooms).

Room Tip: The Hile and Grand Canyon rooms seem to the most private from what I can tell.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank gkat1234
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LuCorp, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2012

We hope your dogs liked their visit too! We are so pleased you stayed with us. Hope to see you soon. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

I have only the nicest things to say about El Portal, Sedona AZ. Right from booking online until we left, the entire process was very efficient. The property itself is gorgeous. I could have spent all my time sitting outside in the garden area with a cup of tea. The hotel is pet-friendly, so we got to see many families with dogs. I was visiting with a friend and her husband, and we stayed in the Grand Canyon room. Lovely room, cozy, clean, tasteful with the best fireplace ever. Complete boutique hotel experience!

I'd like to point out that we were supposed to do a sunset tour of the area but couldn't make it back on time to be picked up. We got charged with the tour fee in full, but it was immediately refunded as soon as we pointed out the error. The owners were approachable and friendly, full of suggestions on what to do in the area.

I highly recommend El Portal to anyone looking to soak in some Sedona vibes. I'm looking forward to being back again soon!

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank maveni5m
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LuCorp, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2012

Thank you for choosing El Portal Sedona Hotel for your getaway! Hope to see you back one day!

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

My husband and I wanted to stay in a place that was very simple away from the likes of upscale hotels like the Hilton or the Ritz Carlton........well we got it. It is like a little hole in the wall. They let you help yourself to wine on an honor system........WHAT how cool is that. Charming staff. Terry is our favorite. I took our dog out one night to pee but locked myself out but one of the guests that was in the courtyard around the fire pit had his key to let me in. There's only 12 rooms so if you want one spacial room you have to book early!

Room Tip: If you have a dog you should pick #6 or #7 because there's a private area outside for the dog.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Laurie M
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LuCorp, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2012

We are so happy you stayed with us - the "camp fire" is lovely in the evening isn't it?

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Address: 95 Portal Lane, Coconino National Forest, Sedona, AZ 86336-6166
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Location: United States > Arizona > Sedona
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #8 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Sedona
Price Range: $288 - $437 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — El Portal Sedona Hotel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
El Portal Sedona Hotel is a AAA Four Diamond boutique hotel in the heart of Sedona; a pet friendly hotel with no pet fees, offering unpretentious luxury! Nowhere else in Sedona will you find a luxury inn or hotel with 18-inch thick adobe walls - walls that provide both quiet and history. It's an architectural masterpiece, and one of the finest hotels in Sedona. Twelve spacious rooms have been created in accordance with the simplicity and function of turn-of-the-century architecture. El Portal is a luxurious twelve suite, pet friendly Sedona hotel. Each guest suite includes a private entrance, patio/balcony, fireplace, whirlpool bath, entertainment center and DVD, WiFi, telephone, hair dryer, mini-fridge, safes, and more! Experience the dramatic views, relax in our romantic courtyard, shop the gift shops and galleries of the renowned Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, or hike the red rocks. Guests at this El Portal have access to uniquely personalized concierge services for the Sedona area. Book a trip to Sedona and stay with us at El Portal Sedona Hotel. ... more   less 
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