L’Auberge de Sedona
What We Love
- Free WiFi and morning coffee and pastries are included in the rate
- Fireplaces in every cottage
- Delish dining at L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek
- Telescope stargazing every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evening with a professional astronomer
- Taking a dip in the heated outdoor saltwater pool
What To Know
- It's within walking distance to the galleries, shops and restaurants of uptown Sedona
- Located minutes (by car) from Coconino National Forest and Oak Creek Canyon, and 2.5 hours from the Grand Canyon
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Once a sleepy hippie getaway, Sedona has become more upscale as the years have passed, stretching beyond healing crystals, energy vortices, and nonstop New Ageyness. Eschewing the region’s oft-overdone adobe motif, the wood hunting lodge and cottages at L’Auberge de Sedona feel more modern than traditionally Southwestern. Hugging a gurgling creek in a leafy valley, the resort sits on 11 acres of land and has enviable views of the majestic red rocks of central Arizona. Guests can choose from Garden, Vista and Creekside Cottages, each with its own fireplace (lit by the staff) and outdoor showers. Twenty-one rooms are also available in the hunting lodge–style main building, though they’re a bit smaller. The décor is country-chic, with down bedding, plank floors, and a private patio or balcony. One particularly bright spot is the resort’s award-winning L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek, which serves up seasonal dishes by huge windows or outdoors along the leafy creek (weather permitting). A full-fledged spa offers integrated energy therapy treatments, and it’s worth having one creekside. The staff is always helpful for arranging activities, and they’ll even act as chauffeurs and take guests in electric cars to nearby restaurants, shops and galleries. Other thoughtful programming includes telescope stargazing evenings three times a week with a professional astronomer, daily yoga, and guided meditations.
In the Area
Sedona is a major center for massage therapists, yoga instructors, crystal healers and New Age practitioners. Start with a treatment, or two, at the resort, and later on receive a “guided visualization” at the well-known Red Rock Healing Arts Center in town. Tucked under crimson red rock walls, the well-preserved Sinagua cliff dwellings at the Palatki Heritage Site are a short drive from Sedona. Although there are stunning panoramas everywhere you turn in Sedona, the best drive for views is along (the sometimes rough) Schnebly Hill Road, which climbs into the red rocks east of town. Explore Sedona’s mystical side with a New Age–flavored tour of the area’s geographical vortex sites.
How to Get There
Great spot. Quiet and peaceful. Food was outstanding and service was perfect.
No details missed. Spa was lovely as well. Highly recommend staying in a cottage although we didn’t stay in the lodge the cottages were quiet and private.
My friend and I stayed here for two nights while we were checking out a few spots surrounding Sedona - the atmosphere here is wonderful, and the rooms are great. Had a very mixed experience with the overall service here (and from what I would expect from a 5 star hotel). Everyone was very nice and accommodating - had a very slow dinner experience, however a fantastic breakfast experience. Was erroneously charged on my bill twice which I was not happy about.
This is a tough one to review because this is a nice hotel with very professional staff but there were a few points which really tarnished our stay and when paying more then $400 per night (lodge room) meant we left feeling unsatisfied and probably would not return.
Charges - I have a real issue when hotels charge for a resort fee (10%) but at least this was made clear before we booked. What was not made clear, and was very misleading, was that it stated that valet service was included in the resort fee. So we assumed parking was included in the resort fee. Incorrect! Just the valet “service” was included, the actually parking was an additional $27 + tax per day. This is extortionate especially as there is no alternative because the hotel is down in the valley away from the main town. So now our $400 room was actually more like $500 per night.
Valet - there is no self-parking option. We had been on a long road trip and we had stuff all over our car. I find it very stressful trying to quickly decided which things you do or don’t need from your car before the valet guy whisks it away. For some people valet parking is actually inconvenient and there should be a self parking option (especially when I’m paying $27 per day for parking). Also the car park was actually closer to our room than the valet stand, again making it more inconvenient for us.
Pool - there are not enough loungers at the pool. Whilst we were there (mid-week) many people turned up to use the pool but had to walk away. Also we booked this hotel as a relaxing spa stay but the pool was busy with kids splashing everyone and making so much noise that we also left. No staff were asking kids or their parents to respect the other guests.
Key cards - I wasn’t sure whether to mention this as I assume it was a one-off issue but everyday for our 3 night stay our room key stopped working. The staff where helpful in getting us a new key each time but no one tried to fix the root of the issue, which I assume was the card reader on the door. This was pretty frustrating standing with all our stuff waiting for someone to come and let us in each time.
Summary - this is a lovely hotel, and if you are aware of all the extra charges, and like valet parking and not keen on relaxing round the pool then it’s probably the best choice in downtown Sedona.
We stayed here for our anniversary and they were amazing. Had champagne and chocolate covered strawberries waiting in our room upon arrival. The staff and resort gave us a beautiful corner room which was private and the best dining table options - with views of the beautiful oak creek.
We stayed here for our two year anniversary and were so disappointed. It was a frustrating and expensive stay peppered with stressful and awkward encounters with condescending and lazy staff. All we wanted to do was enjoy time by the creek and relax, and we had to fight tooth and nail with staff for that privilege. The patio was closed one day all day despite lovely weather in the evening, and the next day we had to pay $200 for brunch because that’s all they were serving until 2pm. You pay a 10% service fee up front and then don’t tip staff (odd because there shouldn’t be a correlation with room price - we certainly didn’t get superior service with our $650 room), so no one seems particularly incentivized to provide decent service. We felt like an inconvenience our entire stay. There were four weddings the weekend of our stay, so perhaps that’s where their true priorities lay. Also, there are no views of Sedona or red rocks from the resort, so the creek is your only option for lounging/views, and you’ll end up paying dearly for the privilege to be there. Save your money and your sanity and stay somewhere (literally anywhere) else.