I couldn't find a recent review and the website looked very nice, so we decided to stay at the Alma de Sedona. Originally we booked for 5 nights, but due to scheduling, we had to change (well before arrival) to 3 nights which I am glad for. The breakfasts were very good. The downside was you had to be there at a certain time (8:30 to 9:30, or 8:00 on Saturday and Sunday). We felt 8:30 was awfully late to have breakfast when you are planning sightseeing excursions. You do not have a choice of food or times and there was not coffee in the lobby earlier. We found out there was a coffee maker in our bathroom under the cabinet the last day. The last Innkeeper that I read about on the reviews, Louis, left right before we arrived and the new one was on duty. We felt she was very unfriendly. Not once did she carry on a conversation of more than a couple of words except when we arrived. She did sit us down and tell us about the place and gave us brochures. She never mentioned they had appetizers at night, but I had read it online and we did manage to make it to one which had a very good feta cheese dip. We felt that as an Innkeeper of a Bed and Breakfast, she would be friendlier and happier. This was not to be. At first we thought maybe she didn't like us because we had addressed one or 2 problems when we first arrived (toilet backed up, etc.). Then at breafast, we noticed that she wasn't too friendly with anyone. Seemed like she wasn't happy we were there. The room was nice with a balcony to sit on. We had a view of unfinished construction on a homesite a few feet from our balcony which several of the rooms had. We asked when we first entered the room about this thinking we would hear all kinds of noise but she said it had been sitting like that for years. We had some trees and plants right in front of our room which was nice. There was a house that looked out onto our room (Anderson Ranch) from their balcony but we only saw someone out there a few times. The room was smaller than it seemed on the website, but did have a gas fireplace (which we didn't need in June though we were told it was not for heat but for ambiance) and a jacuzzi tub in the bathroom. There was one queen bed. The sheets were comfortable, but the bed was a little hard. There was a small t.v. which of course we didn't use too much as we were out a lot. The decorations (pictures, dreamcatchers, furniture) were nice and were of a cowboy motif with a cute little antique desk when you entered the room. Each room has its own entrance and theme which is nice. It was nice being on the ground floor so we didn't have to climb the steps. The pool was small but did the trick in the hot weather. It was in the 100's when we were there, but as they say, it was dry which made it feel less than 100. We both had a problem with our sinuses because there was no humidity, but it was awfully nice for the hair (no frizzy hair). Our last morning we met Jim who works there a few days a week(from what he said not so many now). He was absolutely wonderful. Very pleasant and spoke to us at length about Sedona, etc. We wished we had met him earlier as he was the complete opposite of the Innkeeper. He should have been hired for the position. We understand the owner is living in New Jersey.
Also, as I was using the small, older hair dryer, it overheated and stopped working. (only on for a minute). My husband took it over to the lobby to get a new one and she wouldn't give him one, but came back over with him and the hair dryer and plugged it in and voila! it started working again. She gave us a look like why are you bothering me with this. Next day, guess what?? the hair dryer went out right away again. My husband went over to breakfast without me and told her that I was fighting with the hairdryer again. She did nothing, but that night when we arrived back at the room, there was a new (not new but one that worked) hairdryer in the bathroom. It would have been nice if she had admitted the thing was ancient and didn't work and replaced it when I needed it!! The toilet backed up the first night. At breakfast they served milk with the coffee. We are used to having cream with our coffee and asked for cream. She said, "no, we don't have cream, only milk." (exact words) So... the next morning we went to McDonalds and brought back coffee and some cream to take to breakfast. When she asked if I wanted coffee, I said, no that we had gone to McDonalds to get coffee because we wanted cream. Now, you would have thought that maybe she would have offered to have cream the next morning (store was just down the street), but that didn't happen either. Now, when Jim was there the last morning, we had brought some of the creams over and put them on the table (from Mcdonalds) and he asked what that was. My husband explained.... and Jim said, well why didn't you say something, all you had to do was ask. Hahahaha. We told him we did and let it go at that. Also, we had told the Innkeeper how much we liked the feta dip and some of the breakfasts and she just said, thanks. When we were telling Jim how much we liked the dip, he offered the recipes to us (already made up on cards for the guests) and asked if we wanted anymore. Now, why in the world did the innkeeper not do that??? We wish Jim the best of luck working there and hope she treats him fairly as she seems very controlling.
Now, we thought Sedona was beautiful with all of the red rocks and their different formations. We took a great Pink jeep tour up the red rocks and it was a blast (scary at times!!). You really need to do that. We didn't eat anywhere too fancy. One night, we ate at the Red Planet, which was fun. It was like an old diner and had alien themes all around the restaurant, including the flying saucer outside. Kids would love this restaurant! I had a blackened chicken ceasar salad which was very good. Lots of others were having hamburgers and milkshakes that looked great. We also ate at Javelinas Mexican restaurant which was suggested dining and we love Mexican, but we did not think much of it. Very bland salsa and food just okay. We've had much better at Moe's in Florida. We rented a car and drove up from Phoenix. When we drove the 2 hours to the grand canyon,(she had printed out directions for us which was nice) it was closed because of wild fires, so we headed back out the east entrance and saw the most beautiful canyons outside of the park. We ran into people who had been to the grand canyon earlier in the day and they all said this was much more of a magnificient view. We were able to pull over and walk right up to the edge of the canyon walls. What a sight!!!!! Unbelievable! We were glad this happened, otherwise, we don't think we would have stopped to view these canyons outside of the park. We really loved the native american art, especially the pottery. There are native americans selling jewelry, pottery, etc. in many spots. You have to drive through the scenic Oak Creek which is covered by trees (unusual sight in Arizona), shady, and a creek runs through. Windy roads take you along the creek and up into the mountains which can be a bit scary with the windy, narrow roads. Signs say watch for falling rock as you drive along. At a rest stop at the top, there is great native american art being sold. (note, not the dairy queen stop, but keep going to the top of the mountain). There you can then turn around if y ou are not going further to the Grand Canyon or elsewhere. Jerome was a great old mining town again at the top of a mountain with lots of shops and saloons and houses hanging off the cliffs. Really a neat place to visit!! Also, we went to Montezuma's castle where you can still see the ancient cliff dwellings of native americans from about 900 years ago!! Loved the history! Also, the cathedral in the rocks is a must see. Great trip all in all, but for the price we paid for the Alma de Sedona, I think we could have gone elsewhere and gotten much better service. Boots and Saddles was another B & B right next door and looked very nice with just a few rooms, but no great views as the patios had walls around them for privacy. That's okay because you really have to get out to see the magnificent views of the red rocks. Met the owner as we were peaking at the property and he was very nice. Even the Best Westerns looked nice. I don't think you can go wrong with even the regular type hotels. Most looked very nice and were much less expensive than the higher priced B&B's. I think if the Alma wants to increase business and hang with the big boys, the Innkeeper needs to take some lessons on hospitality. We are not hard to please but do have expectations when we pay a good price to stay at a quality place. Hope this helps.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The beautiful hilltop setting of Alma de Sedona is the perfect place to enjoy Sedona's outstanding red rock vistas. The Lodge building houses a cozy atmosphere where you may join guests for games or sharing your Sedona adventure! The dining room has a grand fireplace and French doors leading out to the patio and pool. Relax in our garden area with meditation pond & waterfall, walk our Labyrinth, or spend time in the Medicine Wheel. ... more less
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- Alma De Sedona Hotel Sedona
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