Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly, a prominent early resident, is remembered in the names of both the town of Sedona and the high mesa to the east (Schnebly Hill). Sedona has a beautiful location in wooded Oak Creek Canyon, beneath eroded red rock buttes and cliffs; the combination of spectacular scenery, easily-accessed backcountry and good facilities make the area the second most visited attraction in Arizona, after the Grand Canyon.
The original town center, by the junction of highways 89A and 179, is now the location of most of the galleries, gift shops, bars and restaurants, bordered by a small residential area to the north, but development is restricted by the surrounding cliffs; most of the town lies a few miles west, on a mesa (Grasshopper Flat), 300 feet above the creek. Here are found various hotels and larger stores, while the local airport is nearby, and higher still, built on Table Top Mountain to the south. From the highway intersection, AZ 179 heads south, passing beneath several more isolated sandstone formations including Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte then enters the Village of Oak Creek, a similarly scenic community that contains several golf courses and has a smaller selection of shops & hotels.
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Although located 7.5 miles south of Sedona along Hwy 179 in the village of Oak Creek, the Hilton Resort enjoys the same red rock scenery - north-facing rooms & suites look out towards Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and many other tall sandstone peaks, while those on the south side have views of the 18-hole golf course. The many other facilities at this luxurious hotel include a full service Spa, two dining outlets, a tennis court, three swimming pools, a well equipped fitness center and 20,000 sq ft of meeting/event space. There are plenty of other restaurants, and small shops, within a few minutes walk in the nearby village.
The first Marriott hotel in Sedona opens summer 2016, located in a scenic, slightly elevated position on the west edge of town at the intersection of Hwy 89A with Red Rock Loop Road; guest rooms have fine views towards Capitol Butte and more distant red cliffs to the east, and the much closer summit of Schuerman Mountain to the west, the trail to which starts just the far side of the street. Courtyard Sedona is a three floor, 121 room/suite property offering a restaurant (open for breakfast & dinner), an outdoor-indoor connecting pool, a fitness center and two meeting rooms. The hotel is opposite Yavapai College and the local high school, and between 1 and 3 miles from most facilities in the downtown area.
The Arroyo Pinion Hotel has a secluded location towards the west edge of Sedona, just off the main road and largely shielded from it by large trees. Dry Creek Road joins just opposite; this is the quickest route into the Sedona backcountry, and many trails begin just a few miles from the hotel. The property is relatively small, with 45 nicely-decorated rooms, some overlooking the outdoor pool & hot tub; most have views of the red rocks to the north and east. Free enhanced continental breakfast, a fitness center, guest laundry and a meeting room are the other main amenities.
Hampton Inn Sedona is located in the middle of the main commercial area in town, along US 89A one block from a large supermarket, and also within a short walk of many other restaurants & shops. The place is quite small, just 55 rooms, with views either of the sheltered courtyard garden with pool & hot tub, or of the high red slopes of Capitol Butte, which rise up just over one mile north. The Hilton-managed hotel also offers free hot breakfast, guest laundry, a fitness center, a business center and a 50 person meeting room.
Right at the center of Village of Oak Creek, the new (open summer 2016), 103 room Holiday Inn Express has a pleasant location along Hwy 179 adjacent to shopping and dining, set back from the road and so providing a quiet night's sleep. North-facing rooms enjoy views of the red rocks bordering the town, and guests are less than half a mile from the southern trailhead of the Bell Rock Pathway. The hotel features free hot breakfast buffet, free wi-fi, a business center and a secluded outdoor pool, enclosed on three sides by the accommodation blocks.
Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas
400 N Highway 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336-4214
In the east section of Sedona, where most of the gift shops, art galleries and other tourist facilities are found, the 65 room Best Western Arroyo Roble Hotel along Highway 89A has excellent views over the red and white cliffs that surround the town, at the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon. This is an upmarket establishment - one of the top rated hotels in Sedona, and features private balconies and patios, a large outdoor pool, a steam room & spa, landscaped gardens with fountains, and complimentary breakfast. Numerous shops and restaurants are within easy walking distance.
The exterior corridor, two story Days Inn Kokopelli is situated beside Hwy 179 in the village of Oak Creek, seven miles south of Sedona, adjacent to a shopping center and within sight of red rock buttes in most directions. Rooms face north or south, looking out across the ample parking lot, which has a sunny outdoor pool to one side. All accommodations feature a sofa bed, refrigerator, pillow top mattresses and upscale furnishings, while some (the suites) have a hot tub bath, microwave & separate living area. Continental breakfast is complimentary.