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El Portal Sedona Hotel
Ranked #9 of 29 Sedona B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 reviews
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“A gem in the desert”
Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for two nights to finish a trip through the southwest. I'd eaten breakfast here on a previous trip and had asked to look at a room and promised myself on the next trip is stay here. Our room, the juniper was furnished in distinct authentic southwestern items and had a gas fireplace which was lovely. This room also has a very unique shower with two shower heads facing each other on opposite walls. Perfect for getting your front and back clean at the same time, or better yet a romantic shower with your partner! At sunset the hotel provides free snacks which were delicious and they ligh a fire you can sit by till late night in the gorgeous courtyard. They have many DVD's you can borrow and watch in the room. Steve, the owner is a friendly guy who will tell you the history of El Portal and also give you tips on what to see in Sedona. Breakfast is really good in their restaurant also. Can't wait to return.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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LuCorp, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank you for your review! Glad you were able to stay at El Portal Sedona on your Southwest trip, happy you enjoyed the fire pit, breakfast and Sedona.
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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We love finding small, charming places to stay and El Portal sets a high bar. We come to Sedona once or twice a year and we stay at various places since the area has so many options. El Portal is one of a kind. Delicious breakfast. We will be back.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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LuCorp, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
We're so glad you enjoyed our "little piece of paradise" and hope to see you back!
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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

After reading the other reviews for El Portal, I don't know what else I could add. Ir's a wonderfully appointed hotel, in the heart of Sedona and it's art/crafts area. Our experience was magical, like the area itself. Can you think of anywhere else you've stayed where you see the owners, Steve and Bonnie, every day and can approach him with questions about the gamut of things that may interest you. Then there's the pet friendly portion. Our Golden, Honey, absolutely loved. In fact after a day she appointed herself as the official greeter of new and old guests. This was our first stay but certainly won't be our last.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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LuCorp, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this review, March 11, 2014
We are so happy you chose El Portal! And Honey - what a honey, she was so sweet!
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

El Portal was a wonderful stop on our trip out west. It was a fabulous hotel and the perfect hang out for dog lovers. It was beautiful, spacious and the food was great. Steve was a terrific host and we felt so at home there. Our dog was even welcome to enjoy breakfast with us It is our go to spot every time we travel thru Sedona.

Room Tip: All the rooms are unique and different. We stayed twice in two different rooms and both were great!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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cindywScottsdale, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
So glad you had a "perfect trip to Sedona!" And even better you chose to stay at El Portal! See you soon!!!
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Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed February 24, 2014

After a business trip in Scottsdale, AZ; my wife, my dog and I stayed at El Portal. It was such a wonderful experience. The owners Steve and Connie, really make you feel at home. It feels like you have the best of a luxury hotel and bed-n-breakfast all rolled in one. They are not only pet friendly, they are pet lovers. When we go back to Sedona, El Portal is where we will stay all the time, if I have anything to say about it.

Room Tip: there are no bad rooms in this place, period.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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cindywScottsdale, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
We hope you have everything to say about it!! Thank you for choosing El Portal on your visit to Sedona! We hope to see you again!
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Sahuarita, Arizona
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

In the fall of 2013 my wife and I were married at Steve & Connie's ranch in Oak Creek Canyon. They are the owners of El Portal and were an integral part in planning our wedding. We came across the resort by accident...roaming around Tlaquepaque village. Pure luck!! El Portal is nothing short of amazing, but the part that stands out most to us is how welcomed we felt by the owners and employees. Their knowledge of the area is incredible and they actually listen to you and provide valuable and sincere feedback. The beauty of the area is fantastic and you wont regret planning a retreat here. Just expect on coming back as there is so much to do that you can't fulfill everything in a weekend or even a week!

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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cindywScottsdale, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
Thank you for making Steve & Connie and El Portal a part of your special celebration! It was beautiful!!
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Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey
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Reviewed February 11, 2014

This hotel is truly in keeping with the magical spirit of Sedona. The highlight of our day in beautiful Red Rock country was coming back to this beautiful spot. We stayed in the Juniper room which is an experience unto itself with its authentic Adobe style architecture and exposed Juniper beam ceilings. The gas fire was crackling away all night and the double shower heads made for a truly incredible shower as well!! The staff treats you like family while you are there and it is more like staying as a guest in someone's home than being in a hotel. Light snacks are served in the afternoon and there is an honor bar with beer and wine in the beautiful, homey great room. A fire crackles away in the great room, as well as a juniper fire lit in the courtyard in the evenings. The location adjacent to Tlaquerape shops and galleries as well as restaurants like The Secret Garden, Oak Creek Brewery, and Rene is convenient for an afternoon stroll. The Inn also provides passes to the resort next store, at which a gym and spa are available at no extra charge to El Portal guests. Uptown Sedona is a short stroll and incredible views are no shortage. Hotel staff is very helpful with finding local hikes and making arrangements for day trips. Go, you will love it!

Room Tip: All of the rooms are very unique and authentic with a Southwest vibe.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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cindywScottsdale, Public Relations Manager at El Portal Sedona Hotel, responded to this review, February 27, 2014
THANK YOU!!! We are so glad you enjoyed the hotel and your stay in Sedona!
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Property: El Portal Sedona Hotel
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Sedona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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