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Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa - Review

A Cozy Nest in Red Rock Country

by Sylvie Greil

The lobby of Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa
The Lobby

After several visits to Sedona, we know exactly what we desire in terms of accommodations. We want a spa for lazing and soaking tired muscles after an invigorating hike to, say, the Boynton Canyon Vortex. We also need the stay — and the staff — to be warm, not stuffy. We shun over-the-top luxury in red rock land, because we feel so earthy and "au naturel" whenever we visit.

The Sedona Rouge is a low-key, mellow boutique property that has just enough style to satisfy urbanites getting grounded for the weekend. The Rouge didn't want to be another desert-themed hotel, so instead of Southwestern clichés, it boasts whimsical, eleventh-century Andalusian themes and textures in its 74 guest rooms, 21 of which feature gas fireplaces.

Splurge on the spa suite with its delicious soaking tub and king-size bed, set on the second floor of the spa building, which is situated off from the main property. It feels silly to fret over robes, but, made of the softest Kashwere, they are worth mentioning. In fact, they are so coveted, they are the best-selling item at the spa. The spa, under the direction of Greg Retegan, offers customized treatments that emphasize a client's individual needs.

The spa suite at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa The spa suite tub at Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa
The spa suite
A relaxing soak

For the Rouge's signature restaurant, Reds, general manager Ed Conway, who has managed hotels from Russia to South America, has imported executive chef Ron Moler from Westward Look Resort in Tucson for contemporary cuisine boasting dishes such as Mac & Cheese Skillet with Vermont Aged Cheddar; and Sea Bass with Fresh Baby Fennel, Mussels, Olives and Tomatoes in an Orange-Saffron Broth.

Equally noteworthy is the concierge service, which will put together the perfect Sedona experience for you, from where to eat (if not at Reds, get your fill at nearby bustling Italian favorite, Dahl & DiLuca) to scenic hikes and eclectic sacred spots, such as the 36-foot-tall Enlightenment Stupa, a Buddhist meditation sculpture.

Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa
2250 W. Hwy. 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
928-203-4111 | Reserve with Expedia for the best rate!


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