L'Auberge De Sedona
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Give your brain a rest
First let me say that I'm a man of few words, so bare with me. Upon arrival we were met by one of the staff and welcomed to the resort . Check-in was a breeze and the creek side cabin that was assigned to us was more than we had hoped for, it was well appointed and very comfortable in a home away from home kind of way. Diner in the restaurant was truely delightful, the service and meal presentation were a work of art and the meal itself was over the top. This resort is exactly what you need if you are looking for a get away to let your brain relax and enjoy the better side of life. I could go on and on but I think this resort is a place that should experienced in person,,, especially with the one you love.
In short the staff and facilities were top notch. Can't wait for our next visit in Spring' 07.
One word of caution, make sure you give yourself enough time to enjoy this fine resort. RV, So. California
Best Hotel in Sedona
I stayed at L'Auberge last August with my wife. We often travel to Sedona and have stayed almost everywhere else. We have not stayed at L'Auberge before, so we thought we would give it a try.
From the moment we arrived until we left we were made to feel welcome by the staff. I have never stayed at a hotel where every employee that I came into contact with greeted me with a smile and a hello. We loved the little touches and attention to detail. We ate one night in the restaurant and had one of the best meal in my life. The wine celler is unmatched in its range or depth of choices. Each plate presentation was art.
I recommend the room service breakfast in your cottage. It is special. Overall I recommend the hotel as the best in Sedona. It is a jewel. Enjoy.
The L'Auberge was one disappointment after another. The air conditioning didn't work correctly, two of the four mornings we were there we were awakened before 6 a.m. by the beeping and banging of the garbage truck, the housekeeping was minimal, newspapers were delivered unreliably, and the staff were variable. We had just wanted to get some rest and relaxation, but the L'Aberge was anything but. Given the price, it was truly a disappointment.
Wow.....I mean WOW
First of all, let me start by saying we are two seasoned hotel managers who have been in the resort business for over a decade. We are two picky travelers! After reading the past reviews about poor management or lack luster food, I wanted to add our review. It seems whoever took over this little gem is doing a fantastic job! From the moment we stepped into the lodge to check in we were impressed. First Dora, the lovely front desk agent, promptly went through the check in process. The cabin we reserved was not ready. She recommended several of her favorite spots for lunch and then offered to ring our cell phone when the room was ready. After lunch in town, we settled into our cabin which was right on the creek. The funishing looked quite new, and the little details of the room were fantastic. The ONLY complaint I had on the room was the water pressure in the rain head shower wasnt great. Dinner at L'Auberge was amazing. No it was AMAZING! Presentation was wonderful, food was flavorful and the wine perfect. The next morning, room service delievered an overflowing basket food (once again, great presentation....insted of the tired room service tray our server delieverd our entire breakfast in a huge basket) At check out we must have said good by to every staff member walking around the lodge.,...and even received a great tip of a side trip for the ride home. If the previous posters were correct in saying the hotel changed ownership, it was a good thing. They have thier act together and will impress even the particul travelers!
Everything we hoped for and MORE
The L'Auberge de Sedona resort is a great place to stay. When we arrived, we were immediately greeted and helped with our bags. Check in was very fast and easy. The front desk employees were very knowledgeable about activities in the area and were willing to help us out with bookings and directions. We received a garden cottage, and it was worth every penny. The rooms were in a great location and were nicely furnished. The room also had a wood burning fireplace. Every day the housekeeping staff would then replace our wood and clean up the area. The down pillows and blankets were great for this cozy environment. The restaurant was great. Their wine selection exceeded my expectations. Their food was prompt and delicious. The hotel went out of their way to make us reservations for jeep tours and other activities in Sedona. I will definitely return to this hotel!
L'Auberge - great ambience - less than average service
We arrived @ hotel Saturday 06MAY06... Not easy to find the resort if you are
new to the area.. while looking for the resort someone asked us "do you want
a free map?" We found out later that this was a big sales pitch for timeshares....
We finnally found the resort and they only had 1 gardenside cottage available..
We got a good walkup discount without even asking for it. The cottage
was situated by Oak Creek Canyon surrounded with tall, shady trees which made
the cottages more comfortable & a lot cooler than in the shopping and other areas.
The cottage (#14) has a front porch with 2 wooden but padded chairs, it had a beautiful fireplace, comfortable down pillows & comforter, oversized king bed, Sony tv with
cable, Sony stereo system. The ambience is that of peace, tranquility & serenity. We went to the center via stairs behind the hotel. We had lunch at Oaxaca Restaurant and dinner at
Canyon Breeze overlooking the Red Rock Mountains. we headed back to our cottage. Nightlife is non-existent in Sedona, where everything shuts down by 21:00.
The next day we had lunch at L'Auberge buffet. The restaurant was outside right next to Oak Creek Canyon. The setting was very romantic. The summer breeze swayed the leaves on the tall trees which served as a canopy on top of our table. We were mesmerized with the undulating tiny waves of the creek which has a soothing sound. Our senses were heightened as the aroma of the food reached us. They served a delicious
all you can lunch. At the end of our lunch, we made a champagne toast.
We spent a tottal of two nights at this resort.. The food was excellent, Ambience was excellent, The conceirge was ok.. the service was ok. The price was high for the services and amenities they offer.... The pool was shared with the neighboring hotel..
The conceirge seemed apathetic, and there seemed to be a lack of direction/communication at the restaurant . The room seemed slightly out of date
compared to the resorts in similar areas at similar prices.
We were extremely disappointed with our decision to stay at the "famous" L'Auber
We chose this site for four of us to celebrate my big 6-0. The rooms are EXTREMELY out of date and lacking amenities. We stayed in the Creekside Lodge, and despite complaining several times of how hot it got at night, nothing was done to fix the AC during our stay - 3 uncomfortably hot nights.
The restaurant was nice, but certainly not worth the cost. Savannah's, Rene's, --several better restaurants for equal or less cost. We heard L'Auberge has been bought by Tarsadia, but Tarsadia will need to sink quite a bit of money into areas that overnight guests will see (not a spa or lobby upgrade) to get us to consider ever returning.
We were extremely disappointed: For the money, there are MUCH better experiences in Sedona than L'Auberge, I am so sorry to say.
We love L"Auberge
We stayed at Lauberge in March for a weekend and found the lodge evening reception to be a great and unexpected welcome to Sedona. The manager greeted us and arranged for a wine tasting and star gazing. This was amazing!
We stayed in the lodge for $279 which was quite a value in this spectacular setting. We really enjoyed the concierge who was very charming and knowledgable about the area. The attentive staff made this a memorable and relaxing weekend.
I would recommend L'Auberge as a unique and relaxing place to stay while in Seonda.
Who's Minding the Store?
Where to begin? We've just returned from two nights at L'Auberge. Based on a review in Fodor's, L'Auberge's own website, and the price, we felt confident we had chosen a cozy, tasteful, country-style retreat, replete with a top-rated restaurant, nestled in the red rocks of Sedona.
L'Auberge failed on every one of these counts.
Every time housekeeping visited our $450/night creekside cottage, they turned off the heat so that by the time we returned -- during a week with temps in the 40s -- the room was arctic. There were no drawers to unpack into. Soap was not to be found in the room. Lightbulbs were out, and even when reported, they were not changed. Some kind of short-circuit meant that a different set of lights kept flickering on and off intermittently -- even as we slept. Wireless service, like so much else, was on the fritz. To log on we had to leave our cabin and walk to the main lodge.
It turns out that L'Auberge the restaurant is "between chefs" at the moment. Although our server was lovely and the food was good, it was not top-notch -- and the prices were. Upon returning home, we learned that friends had contacted the hotel to have a bottle of champagne delivered to our table for a special treat. By now, we were hardly surprised that this had never come to pass.
Before this becomes a rant, let me add that geographically, the hotel is poorly situated to enjoy the surrounding red rocks. (It is, however, only steps away from the tacky tourist strip where "rubber-tamahawk" peddlers sell their wares.)
By contrast, we had dinner at Enchantment (also in Sedona) which we found gorgeous and tasteful, with excellent service, inspired cuisine and magnificent views. During two subsequent nights at the Royal Palm in Pheonix we paid a comparable nightly rate and were once again favorably impressed.
By all means, visit Sedona, but do yourselves a favor and don't stay at L'Auberge!
Amazing Again - L'Auberge has changed!
I stayed at L'Auberge Jan 20 and 21 2006, and had a fanastic time. Let me say first that L'Auberge is under new ownership and management as of January of this year - I found this out when I checked in.
Finding the hotel is a little tough, it's right off the main drag in Sedona, but if you blink you'll pass the street/driveway down to the hotel.
Upon arriving at L'Auberge, everyone greeted us as soon as we passed by or even glanced at them - a nice touch which immediately made me realize that they should know about service. Check in was quick and pleasant thanks to Lynette at the front desk (who told us to come back for wine in front of the fireplace) and Michael the bellman, who led us through the cool night to our cabin.
The cabin was fantastic and completely exceeded our expectations. The linens and bed, amazing, the fireplace was pre-loaded with wood and kindling, the room had already been turned down (we checked in at 8pm, so that's fine with us), with chocolates and complimentary bottles of water, another nice touch. There was a great living area in front of the fireplace with a pull-out sofa, as well as a nice sound system and tv (which we never really used). Upon checking out the room, there was a full bottle of wine with two crystal wine glasses and a wonderful big cheese plate with fruit and crackers - nice artisanal cheeses as well, not grocery store stuff.
So, after a few minutes in the cabin, we went back to the lobby at the 'lodge' where we checked in to have a glass of wine. We met the new GM who was lighting candles in the lobby and chatted with him a bit - from what I can tell, he's already making L'Auberge into the best place to stay in Sedona and hasn't even scratched the surface. Oh, once my friend and I sat down with our wine, someone popped out of the woodwork and brought us a little platter of 6 or 7 appetizers, on the house... again, unexpected gems like this speak volumes!
We slept extremely well both nights, the staff recommended great places to go and things to do, and after we checked out on Sunday we had brunch creekside at their restaurant, not my first time doing so, and it's one of my favorite brunches in life... the great food combined with the creekside setting can't be beat!
Again, as an Arizonan I can truly say that this is the nicest, most intimate, most romantic spot in Sedona - if you're looking for a place with 10 tennis courts and giant restaurants filled with noisy people, this isn't your place. If you're looking for romance, style, comfort and service in an intimate and lush creekside setting, this is it.
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