Cozy and Central
If you’re like me planning a visit to Sedona for the first time, you have been scouring reviews as a way to make your decision on a place to stay. Well, look no further…I’m serious! I just got back from my trip having chosen El Portal and it was the PERFECT choice…I’m soooooo happy I landed on it and let me tell you why.
1. Steve and Connie
These two are the real deal…completely there to accomodate and make your stay the best. Not only did they lovingly create and build the hotel, they will treat you right. Everything from detailed info on the best route to take to the Grand Canyon to avoid the crowds to advising us to reserve a table at Elote 2 months in advance of our trip (DO IT!!!!) they know their stuff! Oh! And don’t forget to ask them about visiting the ghost town of Jerome. We only stopped there on our way out of town but wish we had listened to Steve and taken a day trip there!
When I say cozy I mean it! It was so welcoming and warm when we returned to our space in the Grand Canyon Room after a day out exploring vortexes and crystal shops. It was cold and we left the fire on the entire time. It was like a friend, welcoming us home. We had everything we needed, including cozy robes to wear when going to get coffee in the “lodge” (main area which felt like an extended part of our room) and there was a refrigerator for our leftovers from restaurants. The room was exceptionally clean and well appointed!
This is not a B&B but feels like one. In the morning, guest s gather to eat breakfast and drink coffee and tea in the lodge. Steve and Connie put our pasteries, bagels and breads. There is also ALWAYS complimentary food available all day long like fruits, yogurts, humous, crackers, cheese, guacamole, and chips and cookies! We took food on the road with us every day and saved money that way to splurge on dinners like at Elote, Mariposa and Picazzo’s (highly recommend these 3 restaurants!)
Right near the action. Seriously. Walk to shops and restaurants or a short car ride to other sites like Sedona’s downtown (overrated). Yet El Portal is tucked away and a private oasis. Trust me on this! You want to stay here.
5. Much more!
Although we didn’t use it, a short walk next door will give you access to a hot tub and pool as well as gym and steam/sauna room.
Hotel is pup friendly and although we travel sans dog we were happy to meet the guests’ pets.
I called ahead to El Portal when trying to make my decision on where to stay and spoke spoke with Linda who explained some facts to me that completely made the trip successful: A. You need a car in Sedona so we rented one. B. They have a strict cancelation policy so I bought travel insurance. C. She was the one to recommend reserving a table at Elote waaaaay in advance and I am sooooo glad we did. So all of this to say even the folks that work with Steve and Connie will steer you right!
I could go on and on but I’ll end with this: Look no further. This is the place you want to stay! I look forward to reading your review saying how right I was when you get back from Sedona! Oh, and say hi to Steve and Connie from me. :)
–January 25, 2024