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Sedona is known for everything from its wine to its wellness; packed tight with red-rock buttes, scenic hiking trails, steep canyons and pine forests, the desert town is nothing if not enchanting. Whether your idea of an ideal vacation involves going incognito on a birdwatching expedition, indulging in a little R&R at a world-renowned spa, dining on an alfresco meal backed by jaw-dropping scenery or enjoying a picturesque walk in weather that's beautiful year-round, you're in luck. Here, we delve into our favorite stays in the resort town of Sedona — perfect for young families, solo adventure trekkers, sightseeing couples and more.
Best Overall: Enchantment Resort
Sedona's Enchantment Resort is a gorgeous property that — with ochre adobe architecture — blends seamlessly into the red sandstone formations that frame the dramatic 70-acre Boynton Canyon estate. Here, guests will be floored by the variety of activities available (many free, some for a fee) including mediation, yoga, hiking, stargazing and mountain biking lessons. The southwestern resort has 218 rooms and offers a spiritual sense of wellbeing and plenty of space to roam. If you're in town to really relax and clear your head, don't forget to check out the exclusive destination spa, Mii Amo, which boasts many unique Native American-inspired treatments you may not find elsewhere, as well as traditional massages, facials and body wraps that employ desert botanicals and other indigenous ingredients. When you're up for something a little more adventurous, check out the Boynton Canyon Trail which circles the resort. It makes for a great chill hike or a nice cool down after completing more strenuous nearby paths.
Best Budget: Arroyo Pinion Hotel
This eco-friendly boutique hotel may offer delightfully wallet-friendly rates, but it's located right in the middle of Sedona's activity — close to Thunder Mountain, Lizard Head, Chimney, Sugarloaf and Coffeepot Red Rock formations. It also doesn't skimp on amenities, offering a complimentary continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and suites with jacuzzis, fireplaces and patios, making you feel like you're staying at a property with significantly higher room rates. One thing to keep in mind: The two-story hotel doesn't have an elevator, so it's best for those who are fine with walking up and down stairs — otherwise, opt to stay on the lower level. After an adventurous day of hiking in Red Rock Country, as Sedona is known, lounge by the outdoor pool and take in the scenic backdrop. Head outside after the sun sets and you'll find a sky impossibly full of stars.
Best Boutique: Orchards Inn
Located in Uptown Sedona (AKA Old Town) — with panoramic views of Red Rocks and Snoopy Rock — this boutique inn is the perfect home base. Spacious, homey guestrooms reflect their southwestern locale with beehive fireplaces, balconies and patios, beige and red palettes and sumptuous linens to keep you cozy on chilly mornings. Once you've dropped your bags and are ready to explore, you'll find the hotel is just a short drive from some of Sedona's finest dining, unique shopping and one-of-a-kind outdoor activities. When it comes to dinner, if you'd prefer to eat onsite, you can hit up 89Agave, a casual Mexican joint — popular with guests and locals alike — that serves authentic Sonoran-style dishes and a lengthy list of specialty tequilas. Pro tip: You can even have your meal brought to your room or balcony.
Best for Families: Sedona Real Inn & Suites
As a family-owned and operated property, the Sedona Real Inn & Suites knows how to cater to traveling broods. The hotel offers a complimentary hot breakfast, free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and pet-friendly rooms for those toting four-legged fur babies. Expansive southwestern-style rooms and suites offer comfortable accommodation with toasty fireplaces, plush bedding, Red Rock views and microwaves and refrigerators — perfect for families interested in preparing their own snacks. The inn's concierges — each local Sedona experts — are always on hand to share insider knowledge of the city and arrange everything from sightseeing tours to helicopter rides.
Best for Romance: Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa
Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa — an intimate 100-room and suite boutique — couples modern decor with Arizona's signature relaxed atmosphere. Nestled on the banks of a quiet creek, the resort knows a thing or two about seclusion and romance. Guests here enjoy enchanting views of the surrounding Red Rocks, Oak Creek and foliage, but also know they're in close proximity to Sedona’s best shopping, dining and nightlife. Amara’s signature restaurant, SaltRock Kitchen, showcases a menu of Southwestern-inspired cuisine marrying California's fresh, light and seasonal approach to cooking with culinary traditions and ingredients native to the Southwest and Verde Valley. Grab a seat on the outdoor patio for breathtaking views of the glittering stars, dramatic sandstone canyons and the resort's infinity-edge pool and fire pits. Before you leave, be sure to carve out time at the Amara Spa for a couples' treatment and complimentary daily yoga.
Best for Luxury: L'Auberge de Sedona
L'Auberge de Sedona is a luxury four-star resort on the banks of babbling Oak Creek in the heart of Red Rock country. The resort — which is surrounded by a natural awning of sycamore trees — has 62 luxury cottages and 21 lodge-style guest rooms, meaning you can choose a classic resort experience, or something a bit more secluded. Many cottages include outdoor cedar showers while lodge rooms feature rustic-contemporary touches. On property, check out the resort’s restaurant — Cress on Oak Creek, which, helmed by executive chef Franck Desplechin, serves locally sourced, seasonal ingredients inspired both by Northern Arizona's natural setting and French culinary techniques. Also be sure to visit the on-property L’Apothecary Spa for wellness-focused treatments — like desert sage sugar scrubs, 'feet in the creek' massages and personal sound healing sessions —each of which uses natural botanical ingredients.
Best for Nightlife: Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa
This 103-room boutique hotel may have an on-site spa, but singles and couples looking for nightlife without having to get in the car will love the spot's lively rooftop terrace and REDS Restaurant and Bar. There’s often live music in the eatery's lounge and the dim lighting and cocktail menu are sure to make it a night to remember. There’s also an on-site fitness studio, a hot tub and both an indoor and outdoor pool, so there’ll be all sorts of opportunities to make new friends or have fun with those you're traveling with. If looking to venture outside the property, there’s an on-site concierge who can direct you to more restaurants and activities nearby. They can even arrange Grand Canyon day trips, local bike tours, fly fishing excursions and wine tastings at vineyards in nearby Cottonwood and Jerome.
Best for Business: Arabella Hotel Sedona
Even if you're visiting Sedona on work, a beautiful view doesn’t hurt. This serene hotel — tucked within eight acres of high-desert garden — is situated against a stunning Red Rock monolith background and offers everything you need to be in top-form for workdays including a business center, free Wi-Fi, state-of-the-art fitness center, hot in-room breakfast and more. All work and no play is, of course, no fun, so make time to enjoy Arabella's refreshing pool, lush courtyard, evening meditations and hiking and biking trails. Whether you're looking to dine alone or entertain a colleague, you have two restaurants to choose from: Eloté Cafe — an onsite authentic Mexican eatery (complete with hand-rolled tamales and lots of tequila and mezcal) and nearby Gallery Row's The Hudson — a casual kitchen that serves up elevated comfort food and craft beers.
Best B&B: Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn
Located in the village of Oak Creek — right on the outskirts of Sedona — Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast affords guests panoramic views of Bell Rock and Lee's Mountain. The B&B offers 11 rustically luxurious guestrooms — think brass wrought-iron beds, corner fireplaces, and private balconies — and unique features like a three-course gourmet breakfast and afternoon appetizer hour are included at no extra cost. Adventure travelers will have a field day with all the outdoor activities available nearby as the property hugs the northern edge of Coconino National Forest, providing ample opportunity for hiking and exploration. There’s also a pool on premises for those who want to relax at 'home' after a busy day out.