L'Auberge de Sedona
Sedona, The Southwest, United States of America
At a Glance
Romantic boutique hotel just moments away from central Sedona
Beautiful creek side location makes for a tranquil setting
Superb L’Auberge at Oak Creek Restaurant set right on the river
Cottage style accommodations, many with wood burning fireplaces
L’Auberge Spa with private massage cabana down by the creek
The only property in Sedona that sits on the river
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Sedona is situated in the heart of Arizona. During the summer months it can be extremely hot with temperatures soaring to over 40 degrees, however, the heat is dry so more bearable. Winters are mild and pleasant although can be quite cold at night due to the elevation of the area. The best time to visit is Spring or Fall. Hiking is best during this time as the flowers bloom and the weather is warm but not scorching.
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Nestled alongside an idyllic babbling creek yet within the heart of the red rock landscape of Sedona, the charming L’Auberge de Sedona offers a beautiful setting in an oasis of calm and relaxation within easy reach of some of Arizona’s most stunning scene
The L’Auberge de Sedona offers a tranquil oasis of calm and relaxation just a stone’s throw from Sedona’s upper village. Offering 88 cottages nestled either within the pretty flower strewn gardens, alongside the crystal clear creek or further up along the hillside offering stunning views across to the red rocks that Sedona is famed for, the hotel offers a romantic retreat yet within just a few minutes' drive of all the exciting outdoor activities and experiences Sedona has to offer.
Guests can start their day with a stroll down to the creek to feed the resident ducks or perhaps a morning yoga stretch class. Enjoy morning coffee and scones or head down to the creek’s edge for a sumptuous a la carte breakfast, perfect for setting you up for a day of hiking the canyons, 4 wheel driving, hot air ballooning or simply sitting and relaxing or indulging in a pampering treatment in the small but beautifully formed spa. A stay at the L’Auberge de Sedona offers you the best of both worlds, making it the ideal retreat.
As the sun goes down, guests head back toward the creek for cocktails and pre-dinner drinks around the warming fire pits and comfortable seating. For dinner, either indulge in the decadent three or four course ever evolving French inspired menus at the L’Auberge Restaurant at Oak Creek or something a little more relaxed and lighter on the terrace lounge. After dinner entertainment is usually a game of backgammon or cards. Three times a week a local astronomer will guide you with his high powered telescope to view the moon, the constellations of even the rings of Saturn.
The hotel offers 88 cottages set either in the original lodge, pretty gardens, down by the Creekside or up on the hillside. The Garden and Creekside Cottages offer a spacious main bedroom and lounge area furnished in traditional style. Each has a King bed and sofa, wood burning fireplace, en-suite bathroom with an additional outdoor cedar wood shower and an outside deck either overlooking the gardens or creek. The Spa Cottages are also within the gardens and offer a more contemporary residential style with four poster bed with seating area and a large deck. A luxury bathroom with outdoor cedar shower. The Vista Cottages and Suites offer a more contemporary feel and are either studio style or have a separate parlour room with sofa. Each has a gas fireplace, a King bed with views out to the red rocks of Snoopy Rock, Giants Thumb and Elephant Rock as well as a luxury bathroom with separate shower and Jacuzzi tub for two, also with rock views. Each also has a deck.
All of the cottages feature flat screen TV, fireplace (gas or wood burning), complimentary wireless internet, Gilchrist and Soame amenities, Keurig coffee maker, iPod docking station, mini fridge, hairdryer, air conditioning and heating, Fili d’Oro bed linens, down pillows and duvets and deluxe bathrobes and slippers. All enjoy nightly turn down service.
The hotel welcomes children although doesn't offer any interconnecting room options. Some suites have a sofa bed in the lounge area that can accommodate one child. The hotel is probably best for couples and older families.
The hotel offers full valet parking service as well as Concierge service. In the Arrivals Cottage guests will fine a bar with lounge seating as well as the L’Auberge Restaurant at Oak Creek which is set inside on cooler days but mostly is set on the edge of the beautiful creek. There is also an outdoor lounge area with comfortable seating. Down by the creek is additional seating for tranquil moments. There is a small guest swimming pool and fitness room, charming spa with three treatment rooms and a selection of decadent treatments.
Sedona has a multitude of hiking trails and guests of the L’Auberge can use the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service down to the Hike House where they can discuss the kind of the walking experience they would like. Easy strolls through to full on scrambles on rock faces are possible. Jeep tours are available up on to the red rocks themselves or guests can head out horse riding, hot air ballooning or on breath taking helicopter tours of the area. Further afield, the historic town of Jerome is only 45-minutes' drive as well as the up and coming vineyards around the Cottonwood area, around 25 minutes away.
Bryony Butler (Staff)
Underneath a forest of Sycamore trees set by Oak Creek sits LAuberge de Sedona. The luxury creek side cottages take advantage of the proximity to the tranquil waters or views of the surrounding red rock scenery. Many of the rooms have wood burning fire places, outdoor showers and private decking which will allow you to feel at one with this beautiful retreat.
Anna Northeast (Staff)
Driving down the little side road away from the busy road leading into Sedona, you soon breathe a sigh of relief as the noise is left behind and the tranquillity surrounds you. From the friendly valets who relieve you of your car to the welcoming front desk staff, you immediately feel you have come somewhere to rest and rejuvenate. My check-in process is brief and gives me everything I need to know so that I can quickly be whisked to my room. I'm advised that there is a daily resort fee (currently $35) and this includes all tips and the facilities of the hotel. This is nice to know, being a Brit I always worry about what I should be giving the valet staff, the turn down staff, the waiting staff and often fumble, worrying that it's not enough. Here, you don't have to worry about it, everything is taken care of and you immediately feel relaxed. This great way of giving gratuities obviously agrees with the staff too as every single one of them comes across as genuinely friendly, helpful and happy. It's a breath of fresh air and immediately puts me at ease. I'm walked through the beautiful gardens, past log style cottages, a small pool and gym and the lovely looking spa (apparently you can mix your own bath concoctions here, apothecary style) and then down flower laden pathways to a pretty trickling pond and waterfall complete with resident ducks. Here we turn left and I'm already lost in this little secret garden of pathways and cottages. We arrive at my garden cottage and I'm shown inside. The accommodations are more traditional but it's cosy and welcoming with all modern conveniences. The bathroom is large with a rather lovely looking outside rainfall shower should I wish to bathe al fresco. I'm also advised that the fire is all laid ready for me, all I have to do is strike a match and away it will go. Well I've always been a sucker for an open fire so I'm sold! I don't mind the more rustic feel to the cottage (its counterparts with the stunning mountain views are more contemporary with modern bathrooms and large terraces but have gas fireplaces). I'm happy and settle in for the evening. Next day I head down to the creek early. The local ducks come up for morning feeding at 8am and right on time they appear for the grain that the guests can help sprinkle. The creek is so picture perfect, guests can walk down on to the sandy bank and stroll along, stopping for a seat and time to reflect to the sound of the babbling brook. Even the ducks look contented here and as you look up beyond the trees, the towering red rock peaks of Sedona are above you still, just reminding you not to get too comfortable, they're still there. A short stroll takes me further along to the beautifully set restaurant. Tables are laid throughout the day so guests can take full advantage of the pretty location. The only time this doesn't occur is if it is a little too chilly or the occasional rainy day. The restaurant offers some of the finest dining in Sedona and doesn't come cheap, however, will be a very special occasion. For those who would like a slightly lighter night on the pocket, set just behind the riverfront tables, comfy seating around fire pits abound on the terrace where lighter fare and bites can be enjoyed. When I arrived on my first evening guests were firmly ensconced here, enjoying a glass of wine or playing a game of backgammon, all very grown up and relaxed. This is a point to make, although the hotel does take children, its also quite grown up so I would probably not recommend it for younger children, perhaps older families that have outgrown the more family friendly resort style properties and want to be in the center of everything. Oh and that's its main draw, the L'Auberge de Sedona is absolutely in the center of Sedona, just a 5-minute walk takes you right up into the Upper Sedona yet you would never know it. Here you can hide away, indulge in a picture-perfect and very tranquil setting yet only be a hop skip and a jump from Sedona' most fabulous scenery. I think it's fair to say I liked it here, indeed, I did not want to leave.
Location & directions
Sedona, The Southwest, United States of America
L'Auberge de Sedona is nestled on the banks of the river in Upper Sedona, just a few minutes' walk from shops and restaurants.
How to get there
9-hour direct flight to Phoenix followed by 2-hour drive North to Sedona.