Sky Ranch Lodge
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... but sensible Kate marched me out of the room. There was apparently an engineer trying to fix it somewhere, which thankfully didn't take too long, as it was a pretty unpleasant sound.
Sedona is a really pretty place; spread out, with some large houses which are not high viz as they are built in such a way as to mirror the mountains towering over them, and anyway there are lots of trees in the valley which serve to hide them. I can understand why some of the ...
... legs, and look in the screen door. Trick or treat! :)
We spent our last day here exploring the National Monuments dedicated to the ancestral villages of the Sinagua civilization in the Verde Valley - Tuzigoot, Montezuma Castle and Montezuma Well. These ancient villages were excavated in the 1930's, giving work to men during the Depression. The Sinagua people left these villages around 1400 A.D. - it's not clear why.
Tuzigoot is a ...
... to 32, and the roads were slick.
Pretty uneventful day except for the weather. I didn't get to see much of the New Mexico landscape - it was rather eerie seeing tumbleweeds covered in snow.
Arrived in Flagstaff, Arizona at about 530pm to winter wonderland scenery and icy roads.
BUT, it is absolutely GORGEOUS here. I have always liked Flagstaff.
... got too excited and nearly fell over the edge! The weather was perfect but a little hot, after all this is the Arizona desert! We walked on a few trails and took in more of the Canyon and waited for the bus back. The midges were on a human flesh diet and were biting the living hell out of everyone! The journey back to the visit centre was crowded but better than having to repeat the walk! A great day! ...
Saturday, May 18 – We left Bonito Campground and drove the 13 miles to Flagstaff to shop at Napa and Wal-Mart for supplies. I thought George was going to get mugged in the Wal-Mart parking lot, after he came back out with food. A guy wanted our food or George to give him money so he and his brother could get something to eat. They don't want just a $1 anymore they want $20.
How has this lodge rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Sky Ranch Lodge Sedona
Too bad they've let it go
You should stay somewhere else in Sedona; this property has really deteriorated since we stayed there a few years ago. This time the clanging air conditioner and outside noise kept us awake all night. The musty smell is the room is awful. The surly front desk staff and managers provided little consolation. We only stayed one night this trip and moved on.
If you want to enjoy the wonderful sunset view from the airport mesa, which is the only reason recent guests can offer -- there's a much better alternative. Next time, use the large public parking lot adjacent to the lodge, where anyone can park for free. You can watch the sunset from a safe, comfortable vista point and then return to any other hotel in Sedona for a restful night's sleep.
From the minute we arrived at the top of the mesa and saw the view, we knew we had found a beautiful weekend retreat. The grounds were lush, green, well cared for and very relaxing. The room was clean, roomy, quiet and perfectly located for the pool and jacuzzi. We saw rabbits, quail, roadrunners and even a tarantula. Beautiful landscaping topped it off. Can't wait to go back!
Old, dirty, and smelly-to many kids
The location is about the only plus to this older run down "lodge" in need of repair. For $100+ a night there HAS to be better values in Sedona than this. The grounds were filled with vacationing families and their poorly supervised off spring.
Our room smelled of mildew and dirty carpet -kinda like a wet longhaired dog, and the noise level between rooms was less than intimate....
We were told the staff is currently shorthanded and the lodge was trying to hire new front desk help. If we would have booked more than 2 nights we would have been looking for a new place to stay on night #3.
Save your $$$$ on this one.
From the moment I saw the room at Sky Ranch Lodge, I couldn't wait to leave. The style was early 60's motel. Dirty carpet, dreary and damp.
Yes, damp in a dry city!
If that wasn't enough, the warning from the guest services guide warning of "critters," including rats, snakes and scorpions was enough to send me packing immediately!!! Regarding the scorpions, we were told "they won't kill you, but they WILL hurt alot!!!
Top marks for a top hotel
We can't wait to go back to this serene, idyllic hotel. Our first visit to Arizona was only marred by the fact that we couldn't get a room on our way north to southern Utah! We made sure we had a room for our return trip to Phoenix! We consider ourselves to be very lucky to have had the experience of staying here - everything was absolutely superb.
Trying to plan our trip for later in the year and as soon as our dates are fixed I shall be dialling in to Sky Ranch for a room by the pool!
A great value above the crowds and traffic
Pretty simple motel - a little run down, but clean and very comfortable. Much better environment than most of the other motels down on the strip. Very good deal for the cheap rooms and getting away from the crowds. It is nice to have the airport restaurant right there. Views are impressive. I've stayed there twice for over a week each time and have had no problems what so ever. Enjoy.
Great Location, Great Views
We spent a night here, rather than go the chain hotel route, and are glad we did. It sits atop a mesa and has wonderful views of the red rocks right from the property. Rooms were not in perfect condition, but were clean, the beds were comfortable, the staff friendly, and the price was reasonable. Several rooms (the more expensive ones) have private decks overlooking Sedona, providing a nice escape from the tourists and crowds. The airport restaurant is a short walk away for a nice breakfast, or to catch a biplane ride to REALLY see the sights. Worth a stop for a more unconventional experience.
1st Visit in 2001>Heaven-2nd Visit in 2002>Hell!
We stayed at Sky Ranch 2 consecutive years, both in August for my wife's birthday(s).
In August of 2001 all was peaceful and serene. The front desk took great care in making sure every guest was happy during the visit and upon departure.
In August of 2002 it was obvious the lodge had felt the effects of 9/11 and were out to make up the lost revenue in any way possible.
It appears they were giving discounts on family & group plans for the summer as there were upwards of 40 kids running around while moms and dads were elsewhere.
The worst part of the stay was in the pool area.
It honestly looked like the scene from Caddy-Shack with 20 or more kids running wild with no adults present.
The staff just shrugged when we told them someone was going to get hurt if an adult didn't soon show up to oversee the melee.
I can't imagine the liability involved on the part of the resort just to try to make a few more bucks.
The rooms were still neat but not nearly as well kept as the prior year.
Both years we got 1 of their 2 casitas that looked out over the beautiful valley.
Alot of money, but not alot of piece and quiet to enjoy the Sedona skyline in year #2.
I hope they can resolve their apparent financial problems as it is a great location with unbelievable views. In this tough economy though they no doubt need to make the money any way they can.
For the view I would reccomend the trip up the hill to the 'Overlook' next door to the Lodge as it is well worth the time.
AND-If you DO have kids that need to let off steam this is the place-
However-if you want a romantic few days to get away, spend your money in one of the local B&B's.
(ie-Casa Tiene Vista is awesome)
I'd Rather Spend the Night in my Car
A month after staying at the Sky Ranch Lodge I received my credit card statement and was surprised to find that I had been charge twice for my one night stay. Upon contacting the Manager of the Sky Ranch Lodge I was told that the second charge was for the room of a co-worker who had difficulty paying since he did not have a credit card that they accepted. Despite the fact that I had not authorized this charge to my credit card account the management maintained that they would not credit my account for the unauthorized charge until after the co-worker paid them. This is not the type of establishment that I'd do business with again.
Love the Sky Ranch Lodge!
We love the Sky Ranch Lodge! It offers a great value - reasonable rates, great views of the red rocks, and comfy accommodations. The rooms are large, nicely decorated, and the complimentary bottled water is a nice touch. All rooms come with a private deck or porch. The grounds and gardens are lovely and well maintained. I'd highly recommend it to anyone. A bonus -- the Sedona airport restaurant is delightful and a quick walk from the lodge!