El Portal Sedona Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Sedona
... we stopped for a walk. The place reminds me of Misery, the adaptation of Stephen King's thriller with James Caan and Kathy Bates, for some reason.
After an hour or two of mountain passes in the heart of Arizona, it's mostly downhill towards Sedona, in the Verde Valley. Soon after turning onto Highway 179, I caught my first glimpse of the Red Rocks. As I pull off the road and start out on one of the many trails, I'm trying to think of superlatives worthy enough of the ...
... but 3G signals here. I think the Indian Nations are not getting their fair share of the telephone networks.
Tomorrow we make the short hop to Sedona, AZ through Flagstaff. I haven’t been to Sedona before and I look forward to it.
The drive into Flagstaff was uphill but rather quick. Soon we found our turn-off for Sedona. Coming in from the north on 89A it’s a two-lane mountain ...
... of miles, then took
the bus to the end of the trail and walked back 1.3 miles which was truly
worthwhile as we could see the Colorado River at the true base of the Canyon. Then we caught the bus back to the start, got
into a VERY hot car and set off for Sedona. Along with everything else, we
discovered the Railroad Crossing and saw a real American train albeit in the
Station. Hadn’t fully appreciated that the Americans can still ...
... thought it was a left turn lane cause they had stopped, and I was moving at about 60 mph. Fortunately at the last minute I veered right, off the edge of the road, and they came to their senses and moved to their right. A major disaster was averted. It was extremely intense - more than words can paint the picture; Kristine screamed - I was sure either we were about to disintegrate this car and its occupants, cause some major damage to ...
Anyway, that will do for now. Hope I haven’t depressed anyone with my description, but that’s how I saw it. Now looking forward to better and much more enjoyable experiences. I did enjoy San Francisco. Taking a rain check on LA – will let you know after next weekend.
I’m incredibly close to the Grand Canyon so I’m considering making a detour – so close, but can I spare the time? Shall make that decision tomorrow.
Till tomorrow. ...
How has this inn rated in the past?
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews El Portal Sedona Hotel
I looked at all the 5star reports for this place and then read the one star complaint from the Seattle Reviewer and decided to disregard this as a problem with the reviewer's attitude rather that the Hotelier. However I have now had an exchange of emails over a potential reservation that has left me with the distinct impression that this proprietor feels that visitors are really an unfortunate necessity when running a hotel. Emails were curt and clipped. Possibly as I had the audacity to ask for a discount for a multiple night stay. My last email was not even replied to. This place may well be a well run ultra efficient establishment I don't know. What I do know is I would hate to stay here and have to deal with this proprietor over a complaint or a problem. You might find your luggage on the sidewalk. I stress this is just my gut feeling over a few short emails but I deal with people all the time and trust my instincts. Think I'll stay elsewhere.
Best of the Best in the West
I've been nesting at El Portal since it first opened and believe it to be one of the finest getaway experiences imagineable. First rate in every department, all rooms different and beautifully appointed. The cuisine has all the finesse of a gourmet talent applied to substantial food. And the subtle music they so softly play is very thoughtfully programmed.
If you love someone, take them to El Portal.
How incredibly accommodating! My small group needed some special accommodation. I was elated to find that what I expected to pay additional for had been included in the cost of our stay.
An Oasis in the Desert
The rooms and furnishings are specially creative and attractive. The personal attention and ambience made our stay an incredible get away. The entire experience surpassed our expectations of it being a special place.
El Portal is a glimpse into heaven
I found my recent stay at El Portal to be one of the most delightful vacations I've had anywhere. The rooms were beautiful and I really appreciated the chance to look at all the unoccupied rooms and see what they had done. The food was fabulous from the home made muffins and great coffe with breakfast to the incredible BBQ on Saturday night. I can't forget the perfect beef and chicken and I have dreams about the smoked gouda macaroni and cheese. The staff from check in to check out was friendly and helpful. I can't wait to go back!
Not professionals-- Big disappointment
I was extremely disappointed with El Portal. My husband contacted them to make reservations for March. When he spoke with Eden, who is apparently their chef, she offered us a discount for our requested stay dates. We spent a lot of time researching Sedona lodging and reviewing the video of El Portal. When we called back (just the next day) to make our reservations, El Portal refused to honor their offer. The person taking the second call did not deny that the offer had been made to us or that Eden lacked authority to make the offer, she merely said she could not honor the offer. I guess they would rather have empty rooms (only 1 is already booked on the requested dates) than be professionals.
A perfect getaway
This is the only place to stay in Sedona. The staff is very friendly and really gives you 5 star treatment. Our room (11) was lovely and had a patio with an incredible view. From the breakfast to the bed sheets we were extremely pleased.
We absolutely loved this place. The staff was great, the decor fabulous, and the food even better. Can't recommend it enough!
This place is fabulous!
My husband and I were here for a long weekend in July and were we ever impressed!The staff are all incredibly friendly,helpful and professional.The breakfasts were 1st rate. Beautifully presented& expertly prepared.Teatime snacks were also delicious from the savory to the sweet.We are very difficult to please so this was such a treat.The room was a jaw drop at first glance.The furnishings are unique and aesthetically very pleasing.The bathroom had a great soaking tub and huge walk-in shower. The water was hot and the pressure good. Room was fresh and clean, views amazing. I could go on and on singing the virtues of this place. Don't pass this one up!
A Very Special Place
My husband and I recently stayed at El Portal celebrating a birthday and anniversary. And while their website is descriptive in every detail, it doesn't compare to the beauty, luxury and hospitality you experience when you actually stay at El Portal. The architecture and furnishings, designed to replicate an early 1900's Spanish hacienda, include 200 year old wood beams, hand made doors, tiles and stained glass windows - only 12 rooms - privacy or mingling with other guests is your option. Owners, Connie and Steve, go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Delicious gourmet breakfast and late afternoon 'snacks' are included. All this... and surrounded by the absolutely breathtaking beauty of Sedona.. this is an experience not to be missed.