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I’d had a particularly busy day having taken a short day tour of the city of Sedona, purchasing a few souvenirs, visiting parks and taking a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad. It was getting late, so I figured it was as good as time as any to make my way to my next hotel, the Orchards Inn of Sedona. At first glance, I thought it was positioned in a weird spot. It was set back a couple of blocks from the main drag on Hwy 89A and it was literally two blocks from the Best Western hotel that I stayed at.
It was a unique complex, I would hazard a guess that it had been an apartment complex in another life. It was expansive, yet welcoming and check-in was easy enough. I have to admit that I’m no fan of apartments, in fact, hate could be used to describe my feelings toward it. They must have soundproofed the rooms because you don’t hear the usual rumblings from next door as I had expected.
I was given my keys and told that a buffet breakfast would be served every morning in the Taos Cantina restaurant located right in front of the hotel on the main highway. Interesting tidbit: If you booked your room via Expedia, you would have to pay the regular 9.99 charge for breakfast. If you booked directly with them, the breakfast was included.
I guess their position is you’ve already gotten a great deal on the room, you could at least spring for breakfast. The good news is that paying 9.99 for that breakfast was a steal! They had everything that you could imagine: juices, pancakes, cereals, fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee….it was a pretty huge spread that gave no one a reason to leave hungry.
My room was upstairs, so I grabbed the carry-on and made my way up the steps. As I entered the room, a small kitchenette was to my right and the bathroom was on the left. Looking straight ahead, I saw a king sized bed, a table with two chairs, sofa, table and a fireplace! There is one thing that I learned about Sedona….it gets COLD at night!
It’s as if the universe is apologizing for beating you down with the sun all day long. And there it stood the piece de resistance….the covered patio door. I was eagerly anticipating what I would see beyond that patio since I was already spoiled with a beautiful view from my room at the Best Western. Drum roll, please…….
I was ecstatic! I was entranced with the view and I decided to spend most of my time sitting on the sofa admiring it. Alas, I had to get to work. Up to that point, I had not checked emails or anything and I had to start writing articles.
The next day, I decided to stay close to home and walk around the property to check it out and take pictures. One of the constants while visiting Sedona is that the city is very clean, the residents (and visitors) seem to take pride in treasuring and maintaining the beauty that is Sedona.
Another thing that I noticed is that though Sedona is located right smack dab in the middle of the desert, there was plenty of flora to admire especially at the Orchards Inn:
I noticed that the property was old western rustic yet extremely inviting at the same time. It was much larger than it appeared to be, I thought that you would have to trudge through the lobby to get to your room like most hotels, so it was a pleasant surprise to see more units (that were slightly obscured by trees) dispersed along the west end of the lobby.
Along the way, I came across a telescope…the type that you would see on observation towers….that pointed directly at the red rocks to give you a bird’s eye view. At the opposite end was a walkway that led to the pool area. It was crystal clear and beckoning me to jump in. I don’t know how I resisted it!
On the way back to the parking area, I ran into a gentleman who had an Orchards Inn badge on his lapel. I asked him if he was the manager and he said that he was. I mentioned to him that I absolutely adored the view from my balcony. I’m not sure if he knew that I was there to review his hotel or not. He took my hand, shook it and told me that they were fortunate to have such views and was glad that I enjoyed it.
In parting, he asked me to let him know if I needed anything. I was impressed with his gentle and affable demeanor. All in all, I rather liked the Orchards Inn of Sedona. Without a doubt when you visit, I think the safe bet is that you will spend most of your time sitting on your private balcony taking in the splendid view from across the canyon.
- Heated Pool and whirlpool overlooking Oak Creek Canyon and Snoopy Rock (the rock actually looks like Snoopy lying on top of his doghouse with the bird, Woodstock, sitting on his nose!)
- Complimentary Gourmet Breakfast Buffet
- Private complimentary parking
- Pets are welcome
- 70 Well appointed rooms and suites with either a king or two queen beds
- Every room has spectacular Red Rock views (like my room!)
- In-room fridge, coffeemaker, iron/board and hair dryer
- Complimentary wireless high-speed internet access
- Third-floor rooms offer gas burning fireplaces
- Non-smoking rooms
Full Disclosure: During my stay in Sedona, Arizona, I was a guest of the Orchards Inn of Sedona which was arranged by the fantastic Sedona Chamber of Commerce. However, my review is and will always be my honest impression of my time there.