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Historical Traveler Reviews Kings Ransom Hotel & Inn Sedona
Best value in Sedona
This was my third trip to Sedona and my second staying at the Kings Ransom. This place has a fabulous old school landscaped courtyard with a huge pool and spa. The rooms all have red rock views as you are right in the national forest with a trailhead at the back of the hotel. They have an excellent onsite restaurant, free WI-FI. There are more contemporary Executive rooms but my wife and I really enjoy the "piazza" experience at night in the courtyard with all the people enjoying the desert night. There are plenty of galleries, restaurants and shopping right next door but it still feels quiet and isolated. We shopped around after our first trip to Sedona and found this hotel was the best deal in town.
Very pleasantly surprised
I booked this hotel for an overnight stay March 22nd, 2005. I was staying at my in-laws very nice Scottsdale home and just needed a clean room with two beds for myself, husband and two boys for our overnight trip to Sedona. My AAA rate was great and I knew the location was perfect.
I was expecting nothing much and was very pleasantly surprised. Our car backed right up to our room door, our sliding glass patio doors opened onto grass leading to the pool and very charming, clean, large HOT tub. (In warmer weather this would be great for families because the kids have somewhere to play and you have somewhere to sit outside). Pool was heated but we didn't swim. We ate a terrific breakfast in their upstairs restaurant for a reasonable price and the best view in town out the giant window. The deck area was closed because it was still cool but I walked out there to take pictures in the morning of the sun on some magnificent mountains/red rocks.
This is a very basic hotel room: two beds, tv, desk, low credenza for suitcases, basic small bathroom, sink/vanity separate from shower/toilet.
I didn't need anything from the staff so can't comment. I feel its view/pool area/restaurant made it above average for its price.
Don't just drive around, go to Red Rock State Park and do some easy to moderate well-marked walking and enjoy the charming (small) visitor center!
Fair Value for the Rate
I stayed here over Christmas 12/23/04 - 12/28/04 and got what I paid for.
Sedona is absolutely beautiful and is an upscale area with most of the hotels reflecting an upscale rate. Since I planned to spend most of my time exploring and hiking the area, I felt that spending more money on a higher priced hotel would be a waste. I settled on the King's Ransom thinking it would be fairly comfortable at the price while willing to forgo amenities.
This proved accurate. My room was on the small side but there was an awesome view of the red rock formations. The shower was very nice (no tub) with new stone tiles and soft lighting. I'm very particular of hotel bathrooms and was satisfied with this one.
I was surprised there wasn't the option to pay for current movies from the TV set as I assumed this was a standard feature across the U.S. Also, the hotel doesn't have voice mail. The red light on my phone blinked the whole time I was there even though my messages were left at the front desk and I retrieved them same day. Two ice machines were broken and the pool was closed for repairs. The hot tub was open and I enjoyed it one evening after a day of hiking. The bar closes at the same time as the restaurant which is kind of early (for me). I like to relax with a drink around 11:00 pm or so. And there's no room service.
The restaurant is very nice but on the high end of moderate, important to know if you're on a budget. The maid service was good and the front desk personnel were friendly and helpful.
Although I didn't bring my dog with me, I like that the hotel accepts pets. It made me feel "at home" and as though I were with family as I watched others walk their dogs.
I fell in love with Sedona; the red earth and red rocks are now a part of my spirit. The next time I visit, I'll probably spend a few dollars more and stay elsewhere. But if a friend is looking for a relatively inexpensive place to stay in Sedona, I wouldn't hesitate to suggest King's Ransom.
You pay for what you get
12/26/04 Stayed one night and would not have stayed another. Woke up sore from the beds, pool closed but hot tub open but didn't use it has green alge all over the sides. The sinkandtub did not drain, shower head sprayed out the sides. Room could use some detail cleaning. Overall ok for the budget minded traveller
Nice place for a good rate
Close to town, good views in the dining room and from our balcony. I've stayed here 3 times, each time in the newer section of the hotel. The rooms are spacious. Close to a hiking trail that goes to Snoopy Rock. Good rate. Recommended for those who don't need to be pampered but who want a comfortable place to stay.
Nice place to stay
Stayed three nights at the Quality Inn south of Sedona. Had a suite on the first floor overlooking the pool area and looked out on beautiful green landscaping. Very enjoyable stay. Hotel is several years old; but for the most part has been kept very clean. Restaurant left a little to be desired so we ate other places in and around Sedona. Rode the Verde Valley Train and went to the Chuckwagon Show at a Ranch in Cottonwood. Both were very entertaining. All in all Sedona is a fantastic place to visit.
Stayed 2 nights on vacation. Hotel OK but nothing great. rooms are good but there is a strange smell about the place. We thought we'd been given a pet room at first but when we changed the room had the same smell and when we noticed it in the reception we realised it must be the cleaning materials that they use....better change that I think.
On the downside (in addition to the cleaning smell!) extenal corridors with worn flooring and faded doors makes the place look worn out from the start whereas the rooms are actually very good once you are in. the balconies are shared between 2 rooms which seems a bit strange when a simple fence would give some privacy and security.
On the upside great views from most rooms and nice pool area. Rates also pretty good by sedona standards. Our room was also changed with no questions when requested due the the smell mentioned before.
May stay again but would probably try somewhere different.
Trip of a Lifetime!
Very pleased with the room! Very comfortable. CLEAN (very important for us!) and the view was gorgeous. For the price, it couldn't be beat. We had a very enjoyable stay. I wouldn't hesitate to stay there again!
We were in Sedona and decided to stay the night last minute, and we didn't want to spend a whole lot. The room was very, very small. (It basically fit the bed!) There may be larger rooms, I don't know. We thoroughly enjoyed the pool however. It did have some bugs in it that freaked me out, but all in all, it was very romantic. We swam and looked at the stars. There was also a secluded jacuzzi. If you just want a bed to sleep in, so that you can enjoy the sights in Sedona, this hotel should be fine.
I really enjoyed staying at the Quality Inn King's Ransom. The rooms are average but the outside patio was a great to place to eat and the food was excellent. I also enjoyed the pool area. It was set in a very peaceful setting. The views are just as good from this hotel as they are in town and the prices of the rooms are much cheaper.