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Historical Traveler Reviews Junipine Resort Sedona
We did not stay at the Junipine Resort (stayed at the Canyon Wren Cabins a short distance away--see that review). However, the hosts at CWC recommended the restaurant at Junipine as a place for a quiet, unpretentious place to dine, after spending all day at airports and in airplanes. It was topnotch. We went there twice. The ambience is not fancy, but clean and pretty. I had the chicken fajita the first time--enough to feed at least 2 people, and my husband and I both enjoyed the fresh rainbow trout baked in almonds the second night. We had a nice young waiter named Will who was friendly and attentive without being smarmy. I would give this place an A+, and is a pleasant change from the more high-pressure places in Sedona--this is just our personal taste, of course.
A Little Bit Of Heaven
Junipine was way more than I ever expected! It was to be a surprise vacation to celebrate an important birthday. Accomodations were western but not rustic, modern but not ultra. A deck, two fireplaces, clean, quiet, removed from downtown Sedona by about 8 miles up Oak Creek Canyon. The staff was very cooperative and helpful. They arranged Northernlights Balloon flights & Pink Jeep Tours along with other helpful ideas. The hot tub , fires in the fireplace the gurgling of Oak Creek and a sky full of stars at night made it a very romantic and peaceful four days. Easily a days drive to the Grand Canyon and return. Delicious and hearty meals in their small but well appointed dining room along with a more than attentive staff made eating on location convenient.
Junipine Was The Best Part of Sedona, AZ
Based upon the many reviews in TripAdvisor for Junipine Resort, I booked 3 nights in early November 2003 for our 15th anniversary. We had planned a 10 day trip out West and wanted a few days in the Sedona area, and this portion of the trip was my present to my husband. It was everything promised in the previous reviews, and the 3 days at Junipine was the best part of the trip. This was a real splurge for us, and it was worth every penny. The extra cost of the hot tub was well worth it - we lived in it, especially after sundown. The kitchen was well equipped, and the fireplace was restocked daily, we kept a fire going around the clock. The furnishings were all so comfortable and everything well maintained. Now for the downsides - their web site, which I read and re-read many times before and after booking, made me believe we were going to be staying in an individual cabin (I had pictured cute "A" frame type cabins - none of the pictures on the web site actually shows you the outside of the connected units) but they are actually "condos", attached in groups of four or so. There are privacy fences on the decks, but if you were stuck next to someone with children, or loud people, it could be annoying or even limiting to your use of your hot tub and deck - I would ask when booking to be assured of no children next door, especially if you are on a "honeymoon" or anniversary type trip and want quiet and privacy in your hot tub!
Second, the web site makes it sound like you will see and hear the river right behind you - this is not the case, the river is quite a ways down from most units and only a very few of them have a view at all, and even then it is not right out their back door. Third, the grills are in front of the units in the parking lot - and they are the crappy kind you see in state parks, not nice gas grills or even decent charcoal grills. So if you want to grill, you have to stand out in the parking lot and use a charcoal grill with immovable metal grate - AWFUL - it was dark, cold and no fun. So be aware of these things when booking. We would definitely stay there again if traveling to that part of the country, but we would ask questions about the unit we were being assigned to and make sure we had the privacy issues covered (no children to peek over the low privacy fence). And we would not plan on grilling our dinner!
Beautiful setting, mediocre experience
We stayed for 3 days for our anniversary and wanted something very special. The resort and grounds are absolutely wonderful. The units are very large, very quiet condos, with 2 fireplaces, a fully-equipped full kitchen, bedroom + loft, TV/VCR/DVD, and nicely furnished, if a bit Spartan. The large patio overlooks the grounds, and what a place to sit and read! The resort is down in the canyon near Oak Creek, and although its a little outside the red rock country, the setting is stunning. Weve been to Sedona many times, and found this to be as good as any place there. We were equally amazed, however, at the really mediocre service. There were absolutely no extra or special touches, something you would expect for a resort at this price. Office staff was friendly, but answered most requests with a brochure from one of their sales affiliates. Service staff came and went throughout the day, waking me up from a nap twice. Our fireplace & supplies were not maintained as promised. The restaurant is really a diner complete with smart-alecky waitresses who were always on break. The only items in the room were the motel-standard coffee pack and shampoo. Although the place itself was amazing, given the disappointing service at a rather steep price it was never special, and we probably wont return.
Found Junipine on the web and only knew that it was expensive but got rave reviews. The money was well spent, however. The cabins are beautiful and private, and the views (both night and day) are spectacular. Firewood is supplied for the two fireplaces (living room/bedroom) and the smell is heavenly. What could be better than relaxing in a hot tub, late at night, watching the stars and satellites float by? We stayed two nights to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, and had a perfect time. From what I could gather, each cabin is individually owned and decorated so nothing seems "institutional". We highly recommend this resort to anyone fortunate enough to visit Sedona.
Better than Sedona
What a spectacular location! Secluded away from all the noise and tourist activity in downtown Sedona, this is the perfect place to get away from it all. With the gentle sounds of Oak Creek, the views of the canyon, and the brilliant Milky Way above you at night, you can't help but relax. (Especially if you paid a little bit extra for a hot tub.) Our place, #38, was very tastefully decorated, with a full kitchen. In fact, instead of going to dinner in Sedona one night, we picked up pizza and a bottle of wine at Garland's Indian Gardens Market down the road so as to make the most of our surroundings. If we could, we would like to live there. But at least we were able to enjoy it for three nights. We'll be back!
Junipine is a sure bet!
Wow! I took a chance on this resort and it really worked out great!I had originally found them surfing the web. They have a beautiful website and I was a little worried that it might be to good to be true.
But it was everything I expected and more. I originally booked a 'creekhouse' without a hot tub but we changed our mind at check-in and they were able to accommodate us. Our house was private, roomy, clean and furnished quite nicely. My twelve year old son loved the loft bedroom, and the master bedroom provided my husband & I some privacy that you cant get in a hotel room when traveling as a family. The deck and hot tub were wonderful in the evenings after hiking all day! The evening skies were heavenly with loads of twinkling stars!The staff was very nice & friendly when making reservations, and on property. The restaurant is very good with a comfortable deck to sit outside and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Again, the staff was polite and friendly. They even have room service!The location is a bit far from the downtown Sedona area but worth the ten minute trip. You get the best of both worlds - red rocks in Sedona & a beautiful lush canyon & creek at the resort. You are also just down the road from Sliding Rock State Park which is a great place to cool off, and especially nice for families.My only complaint was at check-out. We inquired about a AAA rate which we had forgot to ask about when checking-in. They do have a AAA rate but would not accomodate us at check-out time. It must be done when you check-in. I felt they should have given us the rate. That would have been the customer service-friendly thing to do. Be sure to ask ahead of time!
What A Wonderful Place!
My husband and I live in Gilbert and had out of town company coming and we were going to Sedona. After much searching online, I ran across Junipine Resort. I was reluctant to book at first because I didn't know anything about them, but it was the best decision I made! What a wonderful place. We stayed in house #50 which had an awesome view of the creek and mountains. Tons of privacy and a huge wrap around deck with hot tub. Master bedroom was extremely romantic with the fireplace and view to wake up to. The staff was wonderful as well and more than happy to be of help at any time. Sandy (both Sandy's) were extremely nice and bent over backwards to make sure we were satisfied. The house was furnished beautifully. We were happy with EVERY part of our stay at Junipine and can't wait to come again (alone this time!). I would venture to say that winter and fall are probably the best times to come because of the view and the fact that the units don't have central air. We couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommend. Worth every penny.
My Favorite Place
I am from Arizona originally and would make a trip up to Sedona annually. I discovered Junipine Resort 6 years ago. It is by far the most fantastic place and spending a little extra to get a house with a private hot tub outside on your private wrap around deck is so worth it, as I discovered November 2001! There is no noise other than sounds of mother nature and it's so wonderful to be be staying someplace where there are no golf carts cutting you off and loud people at the swimming pool and anything else that comes with your typical, mainstream "hotel". This is a place where you will practically forget that you have anyone around you aside from who you are with. It's the best place to go to relax with your loved ones or by yourself. Sedona is my sanctuary and Junipine is a big part of that peaceful getaway. I am returning this March and it will be my 6th stay there and I did INDEED get the house with the private tub! Go see for yourself and enjoy the experience of all Sedona and Junipine have to offer. It is the one place I ALWAYS recommend to those who are wondering where to stay!
A wonderful place to stay!
We recently spent 6 nights at the Junipine Resort, and it was a wonderful experience! I am so glad we were there instead of at a "regular" hotel in town by a noisy road. It feels very private and secluded, and the accomodations are very nice.
Junipine is a few miles up Oak Creek Canyon from Sedona proper (takes 12 - 14 minutes to drive in - lots of slow tourist drivers) but is a whole other world from town. It is nestled into the trees by the banks of the creek, and all you can hear from your own deck is the creek, occasionally the wind, and some birds.
You get a townhouse-like "creek house" with a nice kitchen, dining area, living room with large fireplace, 1 or 2 bedrooms (one w/fireplace), nice bathroom, and a large extra dressing area with its own sink and counter, with drawers, etc. (great for makeup, hair dryers, etc.), and your own deck with table, chairs, chaise longue, etc.
It is great to have a kitchen if for nothing else than to chill a bottle of wine, or sodas to put into a cooler for the next day, for those doggy-bag leftovers from all the great restaurants in town, and to make coffee.
They have a restaurant on-site with excellent food, too.
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... enough to make us run from the car, take a quick picture or three and back to the comfort of the air conditioned car.
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