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“Hidden Gem Among the Rocks”

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Southwest Inn at Sedona
Ranked #29 of 48 Hotels in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence
Prescott AZ
Level 6 Contributor
50 reviews
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“Hidden Gem Among the Rocks”
Reviewed October 31, 2013

Needing 2-3 nite stays weekly for husband's cancer treatment at Sedona's nearby Med.Center, I looked for casual, affordable accommodations. A regular TA poster, I was not deterred by a few "so-so's, nothing special" comments among glowing reviews about this small, attractive inn with "upscale" amenities. I almost hesitated to praise this "find" too highly & risk not finding future availability, as we definitely will return.

At first sight, the hotel's exterior in straight, Santa Fe pueblo lines, complemented by squared-off, well-kept desert-landscaped oases for sitting & rock-reflecting, projected a message of basic simplicity. OK, basic was what we wanted. But, inside, we found basic-PLUS. That is, PLUS a subtle touch of class & bit of charm reflecting the unique taste of keepers-of-the-inn Cindy & Craig. Bright rooms (we had a 2-room suite), warm paint colors, tasteful SW wall-hung prints, homey Kiva fireplace, spliit-log ceiling & other Santa Fe touches that imparted to us a sense of cozy, healing serenity.

Nothing ordinary about the amenities for this non-resort hotel & no cookie-cutter blandness here. Just little extra touches that, after 4 wks made us feel at-home. Oversized bathroom with 2 sinks was supplied with thick, soft, fluffy towels (USA label!) and "Sicilian citrus-scented" bath products (nice touch). Hot water almost instantly & plenty of it. Plump, pure white, cloud-like comforter, bed linens, large, plump decorator pillows (& sleep pillows, too) atop the most comfy, cloud-like mattress I've slept on anywhere.

Consistent, efficient maid service was evident, excellent & spotless. Fridge was nice for hubby's medical "smoothies." MW would have been helpful, but we used the breakfast room's MW a few times. Our 2nd floor balcony afforded a great view of Thunder Mountain (I call it "my" mountain for the serenity it gives me) & nearby red rocks, where we watched the rays of both sunrise & sunset play on those magnificent fock formations. Great place to enjoy your take-out lunch or supper.

We loved the cheerful breakfast room with patio. I don't understand how anyone could call the complimentary b'fast "bare bones, nothing special" unless they expected bacon, omelets & other grill foods. Otherwise, items listed in previous TA reviews here say it all -- something for everyone -- and another PLUS: Nancy's homemade bean burrito with sour cream, salsa, cheese -- a meal in itself. A small minus: we wished b'fast was available earlier than 7:30.

Erika & Nick have a wonderful, can-do manner & were always eager to provide info about the area. One surprise after a particularly bad radiation treatment, Erika sent a bottle of sparkling apple cider in an ice bucket & 2 wine glasses--so festive, so thoughtful! Two computers (free) available, but only between 7:30 am & 9pm, when b'fast room closes. Fitness room has 3 "basics" - treadmill (a bit old & tired but functional), nice recumbent bike & elliptical.

Several great eateries nearby (book is in the lobby). One of our favorites: Judi's, at Soldier Pass Rd. Charming, intimate little rooms, great menu items. Ask to sit by the fireplace. Another: Heartline Cafe -- our preference for lunch, not dinner.

If available, best views are upstairs & worth the extra cost. All in all, a wonderful find, great value for our needs. We'll be back--hopefully under healthier circumstances.

Room Tip: If you're a light sleeper, ask for room farther away from the road (or, ear plugs help).
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

Quiet room, not fancy but all a traveler's wants are nicely met. Charming and sunny breakfast room. Nice people. About three miles from downtown, something we consider a plus. Would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Boston, MA
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

After an accommodation disappointment, we followed the suggestions of our Tripadvisor friends and chose the Southwest Inn at Sedona. We spent 3 very happy nights (10/17-10/20) in room 222, loving the decor, bedding, bathrobes, gas kiva fireplace, bathroom amenities, and quiet.
The room was super-clean, the shower pressure strong, and the room smelled fresh. We have stayed at many more expensive places that lacked the aforementioned attention to detail.

The staff was friendly and very accommodating with requests of all kinds. The breakfast room was cheery and SW comfortable with a menu that had someone for everyone. Cereal,homemade musli, yogurt, toast, hardboiled eggs, breakfast burritos, and make-your-own waffles.

While "down the road a piece", it was a short ride to uptown Sedona. Route 89a is full of dining options and across the street is Relics, restaurant and bar that has an interesting history, including being a watering hole for famous movie stars of the Western era. We also had a really good dining experience at the Barking Frog.

While it has limited views of the red rocks, it is worth the comfort and value to sacrifice what you can easily see in a few minutes' drive.

Room Tip: Definitely ask for a second floor room for the better view and a quieter experience. If you have ph...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Redondo Beach
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6 reviews
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

we stayed their in jan.2012 for our 25th anniv. service was outstanding, room was outstanding as well. couldn't for a better place to stay. and the view of the red mountains was just as great..they have a great breakfast and close to downtown area but not so close to hear autos at any time. we were close to the hiking trails and the great church on the side of the hill as well.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lake George, NY
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

We arrived a bit before the check-in time but Nick, at the front desk, was friendly and so helpful with answering our questions about the area that we didn't mind the wait at all. The room was clean, spacious and welcoming. The fireplace was especially nice since the evenings were cool at this time of year. The robes in the room were an especially nice amenity. The included breakfast was nicely presented and the breakfast area is bright and welcoming. We liked that the SWI is located a bit outside of town. It was very quiet and relaxing. It's only a short drive to some wonderful dining, shopping and excursions. Nick suggested Judi's restaurant for casual relaxed dining and ribs and Dah Deluca for a bit more upscale Italian. We took both suggestions and were completely thrilled with both meals. Only one very small suggestion, I had asked to have something special delivered to our room as a surprise for my husband for our anniversary. Sparkling cider - platter of cookies - something of that nature. Nick, being new to the inn, wasn't sure but thought they could come up with something. Nothing was ever delivered to our room. That was a bit of a disappointment but I have to take some responsibility for not checking back to be sure it could be done. So, just a note - if you request something of this nature, be sure to check with the staff to ensure they can accommodate your request. Still, I wouldn't hesitate to stay at SWI again.

Room Tip: Second floor is a better view
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Spokane, Washington, United States
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

Located on the far west of town, which has less traffic than the 'downtown' area which is a bonus. We enjoyed the room a lot EXCEPT for the extremely low water pressure in our room. Check the shower first thing when you walk in the room. We did have a nice gas fireplace and nice big robes for evening comfort. Courteous staff and clean common areas. Hot tub closes at 9pm, so keep that in mind. If you have some extra time, consider visiting the amazing town of Jerome and the mine museum on the west side of town.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2dumbpugs, Manager at Southwest Inn at Sedona, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write a review!

I am pleased to hear that you got to try out the amazing fireplace and our beautiful robes! Those are just some of our wonderful touches that we have here at the Inn. Our location is the best in Sedona! We are close to a lot of hiking trails and only 10 mins. from Uptown. We are on the quite side of Sedona, which in my opinion, I would rather be, that way I can relax and enjoy the beauty around me.

Once again thank you and hope to see you in the future!
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baltimore, md
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

The rooms in the hotel are pretty much what you see on their website. The hotel is on the main street but far west of the town. The lobby closes at 9 pm so them you cannot get ice or use vending machines. Breakfast is included - English muffins, yogurt, cereal and one breakfast thing you can nuke. Very bare bones. People are very nice, but didn't seem to know much about restaurants, etc. Just know where it is located. If you go there, get room on the 2nd floor so your porch won't be on the side of the parking lot.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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2dumbpugs, Manager at Southwest Inn at Sedona, responded to this review, October 23, 2013
Thank you taking the time to write a review.

I sure do hope you tried our amazing breakfast burritos! We freshly make them here at the Inn and they are healthy and a great way to start your day. All our rooms face the parking lot, otherwise you will be facing peoples back yards with no views. If you look past the parking lot you get to see the GREAT Thunder Mountain and the surrounding Red Rocks!

Once again thank you for the review
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Property: Southwest Inn at Sedona
Address: 3250 State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
Location: United States > Arizona > Sedona
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Romantic Hotel in Sedona
#16 Family Hotel in Sedona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Southwest Inn at Sedona 3.5*
Number of rooms: 28
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sedona's Premier Boutique Hotel: it's what you get when you combine the atmosphere of a Small Elegant Hotel with the personal loving touch of a Bed & Breakfast. ... more   less 
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