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Our family of 5 enjoyed a marvelous 3 night stay at El Portal. Owners Connie and Steve are terrific hosts, extending warm welcomes and helpful suggestions on our Sedona excursions and plans. Their hotel is excellent including spacious, well appointed and super clean rooms, friendly and capable staff, great breakfast options and appetizers and snacks, remarkable furniture and furnishings in the rooms and common areas and a fun bonfire in the courtyard to kick back and enjoy a glass of wine with fellow travelers before heading out for dinner. And it's in a great location, with privacy and easy access to shopping and the main parts of town. We all felt right at home at El Portal — can’t get any better than that!
It is everything you see in the pictures and more. Serene, beautiful a great place to relax and unwind after a full day of activities. Friendly hosts, a lovely garden, a glass of wine. The room is beautiful, and the bed is comfy. We will be back!
Look, the choice is simple. You can stay at many resort hotels in Sedona and you'll feel like you're, well, anywhere. Stay at El Portal and you'll feel you're in Sedona. Amazing owners Steve and Connie bought the land, built the inn, and brought in hundreds of antiques, pieces of art, furniture, tons more. So every room (there's only 12) is distinctive, incredible comfortable, and feels "of the place." We lingered over our superb breakfasts in the dining room while planning our days. Steve was there to give advice on hikes, places to visit, and other bits of fascinating Sedona lore. We walked to the nearby shops and restaurants, and took advantage of pool and spa guest privileges at the next door hotel. Everyone at El Portal was super friendly — like family, really. Leaving this inn was one of the hardest travel decision ever.
El Portal is a rustic gem right in the heart of Sedona. The heart of El Portal is its great room and grand court yard, wonderful spaces to feel right at home. In addition, the guest rooms are spacious and sweet, the staff is fabulous and breakfasts are yummy. Steve the owner is very knowledgeable about Sedona (and most other subjects as well) and can usually be found on site, with a smile, kind words and snacks at 4pm. We are already planning our return to Sedona and El Portal!
I can’t wait to return. This is the cutest little inn with super friendly people at your service! Nice extras like cheese crackers etc and honor system wine and beer available. Yummy chocolate chip cookies always available. The FirePit and fun people to socialize with there made the place extra special. Oh and the rooms?! So cozy and cute. We had the juniper room with a fireplace! Perfect for those chilly mornings in Sedona. The place is a walk from everything. The hosts were so helpful with finding us great hikes, excursions and places to eat. I cannot wait to return! El portal is our new home in Sedona!
If you are in the Sedona area, I’d highly recommend checking out the amazing hotel, El Portal. This hidden gem is such a unique placed filled with character at every turn. From interesting antiques to old art work, you’ll always find something cool to admire. Each room is uniquely handcrafted to be different from the next, and are so welcoming and cozy! Ours even had a small, private yard out the back just for us. Not to mention the incredible courtyard where you’ll find a cozy fire lit each night to enjoy. Friendly staff are there to answer any questions and warmly welcome you so you feel at home. Already looking forward to our next stay!.... oh, and it’s dog friendly- that’s the best part.
I stayed over the Labor Day holiday for several days and enjoyed my stay. I've been staying at El Portal Sedona for years now and I've always enjoyed my visits there. In response to "inje", when the fire alarm went off, where were you? When the alarm went off, several guests came out to the common area in an evacuation. I was outside calling 9-1-1 to have Sedona Fire Dep't. respond. They inspected the common areas of the building and found nothing wrong. If the fire alarm goes off in a building, it only makes sense to evacuate to ensure one's safety. Apparently, you'd rather stay in your room, call management, and complain about the alarm sounding. The owner responded and actually stayed overnight in the lobby to ensure everyone's safety. If you managed to find the coffee in a thermal container, did you not see all the soda to your left? Plenty of Diet Coke and bottled water was present that evening, as well as wine and beer. Yet, after complaining about the "[c]offee was self serve from a thermos", you state you couldn't find the coffee area. Which is it? The television was difficult to operate? The remotes seem to work for others. A poor breakfast, okay. It happens and not every breakfast will please everyone. El Portal Sedona is not a conventional hotel. It is an inn run by a husband and wife, along with long term employees. Some people are better served by Holiday Inn, Motel 6, or Comfort Inn. My sole complaint? The steam shower in my room wasn't working, but it wasn't a deal breaker and there was a sauna available.
We loved staying here. The staff were friendly, the room was gorgeous (Santa Fe) and quiet, and the afternoon snacks were great. We loved the fire pit in the evening. The bed was super comfy which is rare. I would recommend booking at least two nights to really enjoy the stay. We only could stay one and would have loved to stay longer. Can't wait to go back!
The restaurant did not open for breakfast until 7:30am. Breakfast not edible. “Cowboy”potatoes were undercooked and hard. Scrambled eggs were barely warm. Refried beans were actually runny instead of thick. Coffee was self serve from a thermos. Toast was okay. I have days to go but will never eat there again. Oh, it was also very expensive. Not enough staff. Hard to get anyone on the phone after 7:30pm. I know because the fire alarm outside my door went off tonight about 7:45pm and continued for about 15 minutes. I called and an answering service forwarded my call to an individual who told me we having some weather and that was why the alarm was on. I kind of lost it and asked if someone could turn it off. My call was disconnected. I called back went through the service again, was patched through; a lady said she was on her way here and had called the owner. The alarm went off shortly after. Besides this, I have looked for bottled water and not been able to find it in the 24 hour free soda and coffee area. Nor have I been able to find any diet soda offered there. I have not been able to find anyone to ask as no person is available on site most of the time. It’s just a hassle to do the simplest things that you take for granted at real hotels. I feel like I was had. But I’m here in the middle of my stay and it’s Labor Day weekend so I will be poorer but wiser after it’s over and I will close the portal on this experience. The room was nothing special. The bathroom was large and ok but the actual wall light switches (the part you touch) were very dirty. It’s a thing I’ve always cringed at. The tv was difficult to operate. For 2 days got nothing but gray static. I finally called for someone to reset it. It’s working now.
Top notch experience for our first trip to Sedona! Loved the room with it’s private sitting area, fireplace, and luxury bathroom. The homey feel of the lobby/dining area and the outdoor courtyard with the evening fire gave the hotel such a great ambiance. The breakfast was amazing, and coffee, snacks, beverages super convenient throughout the day. Steve and the rest of the staff made sure we were well taken care of throughout our weekend visit! Will definitely be back!!
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is within a 5-minute walk of El Portal Sedona Hotel while other popular sites like Sedona Art Center are within a mile (2 km). This 3-star hotel has 12 rooms and welcomes guests with a restaurant, a full-service spa, and an outdoor pool.
Enjoy a bite to eat at El Portal for Breakfast, the hotel's onsite restaurant. Start each morning with full breakfast, available for a fee from 8:00 AM to 10 AM.
All 12 individually decorated rooms feature 12 bathrooms and balconies or patios. TVs come with cable channels and DVD players, and guests can stay connected with WiFi. Beds sport Egyptian cotton sheets and down comforters, and bathrooms offer deep soaking tubs, hair dryers, and designer toiletries. Refrigerators, free local calls, and free bottled water are also standard.
At El Portal Sedona Hotel, guests enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. You can take advantage of free parking if you drive. Front-desk staff can help with concierge services, and provide local restaurant recommendations. Other amenities at this spa hotel include free WiFi in public areas, a business center, and a seasonal outdoor pool.