Where to Stay in Sedona in 2024 → 5 IDEAL Areas & Hotels

Scenic view of red rock formations in Sedona under a cloudy sky with a winding road leading towards the horizon

You are about to arrive at one of the most interesting destinations in the USA. Sedona will surprise you not only with its red rock formations, scenic canyons, and national parks but also with a great selection of restaurants, local breweries and glamorous resorts. 

I bet you’re already planning where to stay in Sedona, so let me make things easier for you!

I thoroughly compared different Sedona areas and picked the 4 best ones that are the most tourists-friendly. 

In short, Uptown Sedona is the best area to stay, especially if this is your first visit. Here, you’ll find everything from high-end hotels and restaurants to hiking trails and outdoor fun!

You should read this article because you’ll find top-notch Sedona hotels, which I personally handpicked after a lot of research and ordered by price. That way, you can easily pick and book in just a couple of minutes!

If you are in a hurry

These are the best places to stay in Uptown Sedona:

luxury hotel
Elegantly designed bedroom with a king-sized bed, blue-striped comforter, and French doors opening to a sunny outdoor area
mid-range hotel
Modern living room with high ceilings, large windows showcasing pine trees, a gray sectional sofa with yellow accent pillows

MATTERHORN INN

Best value for money

budget hotel
Outdoor swimming pool at twilight with Sedona's red rock formations in the background and multiple lounge chairs on the deck

CEDARS RESORT

Best affordable accommodation in the center


Watch my video, it will give you a visual explanation of all the areas:


Here’s a map of Sedona, displaying the 5 areas I’ll be talking about in this post:

A colorful map highlighting the best areas to stay in and around Sedona, with numbered locations and labels for easy navigation
Uptown Sedona
for first-timers
West Sedona
for couples
VILLAGE OF Oak Creek
for families
COTTONWOOD
on a budget
OAK CREEK CANYON
for hiking

1. Uptown Sedona – where to stay in Sedona for the first time

A bustling street scene in Sedona with red rock formations in the background and a prominent sign for Schnebly Hill Road

Uptown Sedona is the heart of the city. Here, you’ll find amazing local restaurants, shops, lively nightlife, cultural attractions, and easy access to impressive hiking trails and outdoor activities. 

The town of Sedona was named after Sedona Schnebly, the wife of T.C. Schnebly, the first person to establish a post office in the Oak Creek community. 

Start your day on Sedona Main Street and check out the lovely shops and cafés. Hike up the mountains to see the jaw-dropping Chapel of the Holy Cross, but if you don’t feel like hiking, your best bet is to book one of the amazing Sedona tours and be guided through the main highlights of the area. 

If you’re into hiking, I recommend the Brins Mesa Trailhead (see trail map). This route is very close to Sedona, so it makes for an excellent hike, but keep in mind that it’s quite challenging. And if you’re in the mood for adventure but don’t feel like hiking, you can rent a Jeep and explore the area. 

In case the second option sounds appealing, there are Jeep tours that start from Sedona (I recommend this one to Red Rock West) – so book your spot and be guided through the beauty of the Sedona region. 

Are you already hungry? Uptown Sedona has amazing grill restaurants, wine bars, and international restaurants ready to welcome you! I’d recommend Hideaway House, a fantastic Italian restaurant boasting a view of the Red Rock Mountains. 

Before talking about the best hotels in this area, I wanted to point out that the state’s capital warrants a visit, so it would be a good idea to check out the best places to stay in Phoenix.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Sedona: a sprawling estate with rustic stone accents set against a twilight mountain backdrop, a sunlit living room with hardwood floors and outdoor deck access, and a spacious bedroom featuring a grand four-poster bed and French doors leading to a serene terrace

This boutique hotel offers an on-site bar, a luxurious spa, an outdoor pool, a great breakfast, and a free shuttle service around Uptown Sedona. I love that each of the rooms has a private patio overlooking the mountains and a fireplace. You can have a delicious dinner at the on-site restaurant or cozy up and order room service.

Other accommodation options in Uptown Sedona

Mid-Range
Hotel pool area with turquoise waters, patio chairs, and umbrellas with Sedona's red rocks visible in the distance

The guest rooms at the inn have private patios, and each boasts a mountain view, and there’s also free Wi-Fi

Budget
Hotel bedroom with a large window offering a scenic view of Sedona's landscape, a king bed, and a decorative metal wall art piece

The property has a seasonal outdoor pool, a lovely garden with a chess set, and an on-site fitness center

Airbnb
Cozy outdoor patio setup with a seating area, tiled floor, and an array of potted plants

A 1-bedroom suite with a private entrance, an enclosed backyard, and an outdoor fireplace

Things to do in Uptown Sedona

2. West Sedona – best place to stay in Sedona for couples

Dramatic sunset over Sedona, casting vibrant hues on the red rock mountains and overlooking the town's landscape

West Sedona is 3 miles (5 km) away from Uptown Sedona and the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. It’s the perfect place for going on long walks, admiring scenic views, and sharing a meal with your significant other in one of the quaint restaurants and bistros. 

If you’re staying here, make sure you visit the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park, stop by the Buddha statues, snap photos, meditate, or just walk around and enjoy the serenity of the park. For a taste of adventure, take one of the many hiking trails nearby and soak in the beauty of Red Rock Country. 

If you’re looking for romantic spots in West Sedona, you’ll be happy to learn about the Sedona Airport Scenic Lookout, a scenic spot where you can enjoy the views of Sedona and the red sandstone hills. I recommend going up to the lookout at sunset – it’s super romantic!West Sedona is the perfect spot for a couples’ retreat, but it’s also family-friendly, and there are quite a few Sedona family resorts you’ll enjoy if you’re traveling with kids.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three unique lodging options in Sedona: an imaginative Southwestern-themed room with a covered wagon bed and antique decor, an opulent bathroom boasting a sculpted tub and artistic fireplace, and an inviting adobe-style entrance with a distinctive bell tower and vibrant garden pathway

Adobe Grand Villas is one of the best luxury resorts in West Sedona. Guests can use the seasonal swimming pool and the couple’s spa facility and enjoy a 3-course breakfast. You will love the authentic hotel rooms that have private balconies/patios with amazing views. There’s also a gourmet restaurant where you can arrange a private dinner.

Other accommodation options in West Sedona

Mid-Range
Elegant bedroom featuring a king-sized bed with red and white bedding, flanked by dark wood nightstands and warm table lamps

The Lantern Light Inn is an adults-only hotel with comfortable rooms and an outdoor seating area with patio furniture

Budget
Inviting swimming pool with clear blue water, surrounded by a tan concrete deck and a few lounge chairs under the sun

The Lodge offers rooms with en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and parking, as well as a complimentary breakfast

Airbnb
Compact and sunny kitchenette with modern appliances, a window view of lush greenery, and vibrant flower decoration

This Airbnb has a swimming pool overlooking the mountains, an outdoor deck with sun loungers, barbecue facilities, and free Wi-Fi 


There’s one more luxury accommodation option I want to recommend because it has many great reviews – the Sedona Pines Resort. Located 30 minutes from Cathedral Rock, this resort has outdoor heated pools, i.e., a swimming pool and a hot tub. The rooms have a patio with pool views, a kitchenette, a private bathroom, and a flat-screen TV.

Things to do in West Sedona

3. Village of Oak Creek – where to stay in Sedona for families

Sedona's rugged landscape with a river cutting through red rock valleys, as seen from an elevated viewpoint with overcast skies

The Village of Oak Creek is located 7 miles (10 km) south of Uptown Sedona, along the Red Rock Scenic Byway. As you drive to the village, you’ll see some of the most amazing views of Red Rock Country. Plus, the village is a great place to enjoy nature with your family. 

There are many nice parks where you can have a family picnic, great local restaurants, and shopping malls. Also, the famous Oak Creek Canyon will be in your neighborhood, so why not have an outdoor family adventure? If you’re into outdoor adventure, the Slim Shady Trail (see trail map) is another great choice – it’s moderately challenging, so the kids can come along!

On the north side of the Village of Oak Creek, you’ll come across the Bell Rock scenic area. This is a great spot for whole-day explorations, but if you’re on a family vacation, it’s also a good idea to plan a trip to the Grand Canyon and witness the stunning views firsthand. However, keep in mind that the Grand Canyon is a 2.5-hour drive away!

Contrary to downtown Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek offers hotels with more space and outdoor facilities – great for families with kids! For example, the Sedona Golf Resort is an amazing choice if you want to squeeze a round of golf and have a family dinner afterward. 

There are also plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and mountain biking, which makes the Village of Oak Creek the perfect choice for an active vacation. And if you’re on an adults-only trip, you have to go wine tasting! The Decanter Tasting Room is an amazing wine bar where you can try a variety of wines from different regions around the world!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three upscale accommodation choices in Sedona: a refined bedroom with a cozy fireplace and expansive views of red rock cliffs, a luxurious bedroom with direct access to a manicured garden, and a sophisticated pool area set against the breathtaking backdrop of Sedona's famous red rock landscape

Canyon Villa has spacious, family-friendly rooms with a private balcony overlooking the red rocks and a large swimming pool surrounded by a lovely terrace – it’s a great choice if you’re traveling with older kids (aged 10 and above). There is also free Wi-Fi and parking, and the hotel provides easy access to hiking trails.

Other accommodation options in the Village of Oak Creek

Mid-Range
Exterior of Element Sedona hotel showcasing a contemporary design with a clear view of the red rock mountains

A 3-star hotel offering free bikes, private parking, shared lounge, snack bar, and spacious family rooms

Budget
Spacious bedroom with a large bed, modern furnishings, and neutral tones complemented by cactus-themed wall art

The lodge offers clean, comfortable rooms, free Wi-Fi, on-site parking, and provides free toiletries

Airbnb
A colorful and artistic porch with a bright orange cushioned bench, chalkboard menu, and various decorative items on the walls

This Airbnb has a private hot tub, a saltwater lounging pool, a garden, 1 queen bed and 1 sofa bed

Things to do in the Village of Oak Creek

4. Cottonwood – best part of Sedona to stay in on a budget

A red dirt path flanked by wooden posts leading towards a towering red rock formation under a clear blue sky in Sedona

Cottonwood is a bit further away from Sedona, specifically, a 30-minute drive away. However, this is a great choice if you’re traveling on a budget, seeing as accommodation prices are lower compared to those in Sedona.

There are plenty of other activities you can do on a budget in and around Cottonwood. You can start by exploring the Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Choose a hiking trail and enjoy the surrounding nature. 

You may be interested to know that Cottonwood is situated along the Verde Valley Wine Trail, which encompasses 19 different winners. At the very heart of Cottonwood, you’ll find Pillsbury Wine Company Tasting Room and the Burning Tree Cellars, but there are quite a few other wineries in Cottonwood if you want to taste even more wine!

If you’ve had your dose of nature for the day, you can explore the Cottonwood urban area. As you walk along North Main Street, you’ll stumble onto many restaurants, wine bars, and art galleries. While you walk along this street, you’ll come across Old Town Cottonwood, a shopping district where you’ll find quaint, old-fashioned shops and cafes. 

If you have the time, stop by the Clemenceau Heritage Museum and get a glimpse into local history! Plus, there’s a gift shop at the museum – an excellent opportunity to get some souvenirs!

NOTE: since Cottonwood is a budget destination, there aren’t any 4-star and 5-star hotels. That’s not to say there aren’t amazing lodging options, but my first recommendation is less upscale than what I usually recommend. 

If you have your mind set on a luxury hotel, then I suggest you stay in L’Auberge De Sedona in Uptown Sedona!

Luxury hotel
A collage of three hotel photos to stay in Sedona: a modern and inviting hotel room with tasteful decor and a welcoming beverage setup, the exterior of a contemporary hotel at dusk with stylish lighting and balcony details, and a charming outdoor pool area with sun loungers and shaded umbrellas

This 3-star hotel has an on-site restaurant, bar, gym, and a terrace with an outdoor fireplace. There’s also an outdoor pool surrounded by a sun terrace, a complimentary continental breakfast, and free parking. Each of the rooms is air-conditioned, has a private bathroom stocked with free toiletries, and is equipped with a desk, flat-screen TV, and a coffee machine.

Other accommodation options in Cottonwood

Mid-Range
The modern facade of SpringHill Suites by Marriott with a covered entrance and a backdrop of clear blue skies

The hotel has an on-site snack bar, business center, and outdoor pool and offers 3 breakfast options

Budget
Minimalist bedroom with a queen bed, white bedding, and southwestern decor including wall art of a steer skull

In a central location, this motel has air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms and free Wi-Fi throughout the property

Airbnb
A cozy living room filled with eclectic furniture, colorful textiles, and southwestern art pieces

A 2-bedroom guesthouse with a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, and a private garden pation

Things to do in Cottonwood

5. Oak Creek Canyon – where to stay in Sedona for hiking

A hiker stands at the edge of a cliff overlooking the vast red rock canyons of Sedona under a clear blue sky

The Oak Creek Canyon spans over a large area – 12 miles (20 km) to be exact. The Canyon goes along Oak Creek, which flows year-round and is surrounded by beautiful nature with plenty of hiking opportunities.  

One of the most popular hiking destinations is the Schnebly Hill Vista Overlook (map), a hilltop vista from where you can admire marvelous views of the red rocks. Moving along the Canyon, there are plenty of other routes; if you’re in the mood for something a bit more challenging, I suggest the Sterling Pass Trail (map), which is quite popular among hikers. 

If you continue following the Canyon, you’ll get to Slide Rock State Park (map); here, you can go down to the water and relax along the creek, but you need to be careful – the hike down is steep! Better yet, you can also go for a swim in the creek and sunbathe on the rocks. 

When you don’t feel like hiking, you can have a laid-back picnic – the Bootlegger Picnic Area is a great place to do it! There’s a dedicated picnic area where you can spend the whole day, but you can also go down to the river and try your hand at fishing!

There’s plenty more to see and do around the Canyon, and I’m sure you’ll have fun exploring the vast landscape. But now it’s time to get to the accommodation – I have to tell you that you won’t find any upscale hotels along the Canyon, but there are plenty of rustic cabins, some of which offer luxury amenities.

Luxury hotel
A collage of three scenic lodging options in Sedona: a picturesque lodge nestled among pine trees under a clear blue sky, a cozy bedroom with a warm fireplace and rustic charm, and a comfortable living space with a dining area that opens to a view of the verdant outdoors

The cabins at this 4-star resort are rustic yet elegant, and each of them has a full kitchen and a living room with a fireplace. All cabins are surrounded by a wrap-around terrace, from where you can enjoy river or mountain views. The on-site restaurant is open seasonally, but you can consult the helpful staff for anything else you need. 

Other accommodation options in Oak Creek Canyon

MID-RANGE
A modern living room with minimalist decor featuring a black sofa, a green armchair, and a wood-burning stove by a large window

This cozy log cabin has a bedroom/living area with a queen bed, a loveseat, and an electric fireplace

BUDGET
A sophisticated bedroom with a large bed adorned with a chocolate brown runner, teal accent pillows, and elegant bedside lamps

All rooms at the resort have a wood-burning fireplace, and some even have a hot tub

AIRBNB
The charming facade of the Lantern Light Inn nestled among tall pine trees, with a welcoming sign out front along the roadside

A cabin with a king-sized bed, indoor bathroom, a mini fridge, and access to communal spaces

Things to do in Oak Creek Canyon

Amazing apartments in Sedona

Quaint Sedona street lined with charming storefronts including the 'Cowboy Corral,' set against a backdrop of red rock formations

Hotels are great for vacationing, but some travelers prefer to have all the comforts of a home when traveling, so they seek out entire apartments. If you count yourself as one such traveler, this section is for you! 

Check out my top apartment picks in Sedona, and start planning your adventure in the Red Rock Mountains. 

  • Serene 2 bd – a lovely home in West Sedona, with 2 bedrooms, each with a queen-size bed, and 2 separate bathrooms. There’s also a full kitchen and a spacious living area. 
  • Peaceful Modern Oasis – remodeled private home with 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom in central Sedona that allows you to walk to many nearby restaurants and hiking trails. 
  • Sedona Green Garden Gem – 1-bedroom studio with a private entrance and a lush green garden offering much-needed respite from the desert heat. 
  • Modern Apartment – this comfortable Airbnb has a private balcony and modern amenities such as a coffee machine, smart TV, and keyless code access. 
  • The Three Keys duplex – a private property with parking, air conditioning, a balcony, and a dedicated picnic area, as well as an indoor play area.
👑 Luxury price:US$300
💵 Mid-range:US$200
🛏️ Budget:US$150
📍 Best area:Uptown Sedona
🛎️ Best luxury hotel:L’Auberge De Sedona
🧳 Best mid-range hotel:Matterhorn Inn
👛 Best budget hotel:Cedars Resort

BONUS 1: Hidden gems to stay in Sedona with a view

Spacious terrace with wicker furniture overlooking a panoramic view of Sedona's red rock landscape under a bright blue sky

The nature in Sedona and the surrounding areas is truly breathtaking. Now, imagine sitting on your private patio while watching the sunset enveloping the epic rocks. If that sounds tempting, don’t skip over my top 4 hotel picks with stunning views of Sedona. They are in descending price order, so you can pick the one that fits your budget.

  • Enchantment Resort – a luxury resort offering unparalleled views of the Boynton Canyon, perfect for watching both the sunrise and the sunset. You can choose among suites, guestrooms, and private villas, each with a private balcony to admire the views. 
  • A Sunset Chateau – located in West Sedona, this upscale B&B boasts impressive views from its garden area and the outdoor pool. I love the beautifully decorated rooms featuring a fireplace and a private balcony overlooking the Red Rocks Mountains.
  • Hyatt Vacation Club – the Hyatt Vacation Club, formerly the Hyatt Residence Club Sedona, offers unobscured views of the Red Rock Mountains and provides access to four outdoor heated pools, 2 spa tubs, a tennis court, and more. 
  • Sky Ranch Lodge – the Sky Ranch Lodge has an incredible terrace overlooking the Bell Rock, a seasonal swimming pool, a garden, and an on-site bar. You can easily access hiking trails from Sky Ranch Lodge, and Uptown Sedona is just 3 miles (5 km) away.

BONUS 2: The best pet-friendly hotels to stay in Sedona 

Reflection of Cathedral Rock in Sedona mirrored in a tranquil pond surrounded by greenery and a rustic wooden barn

For those who want to travel with their furry friends, I didn’t forget you! It’s always fun to do outdoor activities with your pet, and I know that sometimes it can be challenging to find a hotel if you’re traveling with a dog – so I found the best pet-friendly hotels!

  • Amara Resort & Spa – welcomes dogs for an additional fee. Guests can enjoy the on-site spa and the infinity pool and dine at the on-site restaurant. If you stay at Amara Resort, you’ll be within walking distance of the main Sedona attractions. 
  • El Portal Sedona Hotel – this pet-friendly boutique hotel lets you bring your pet – free of charge! Besides that, the hotel has a lovely garden and provides guests access to a fitness center and 2 outdoor swimming pools at the Los Abrigados Resort. Uptown Sedona is easily accessible on foot, and many hiking trails are a short drive away.
  • Orchards Inn – centrally located in Uptown Sedona, this hotel has spacious rooms with amazing views of the Red Rocks Mountains. Bringing a pet incurs an extra charge, and you should book a suite, as animals aren’t allowed in standard rooms. 
  • Sedona Real Inn & Suites – this pet-friendly hotel offers a swimming pool, a hot tub, and a sun terrace overlooking the Red Rock Mountains. It also has a central location in West Sedona and is within walking distance of the shops and restaurants.

FAQs about where to stay in Sedona

Iconic red rock welcome sign for Sedona with the year of founding, set against a backdrop of vibrant red rock formations and blue sky

🗺️ Where is the best area to stay in Sedona?

If you are visiting Sedona for the first time the best Sedona area is Uptown Sedona thanks to its closeness to the main attractions and restaurants. Some of the best places to stay here are L’Auberge De Sedona and Best Western Plus.

🤔 Is it better to stay in Sedona vs Oak Creek?

If you want a larger selection of hotels, restaurants, and attractions, Sedona is the superior choice. However, if you want a quieter stay in a family-friendly area with quick access to attractions like Bell Rock, the Village of Oak Creek is the better option. 

❓ Is it better to stay in West Sedona vs Uptown Sedona?

I recommend Uptown Sedona for the full experience – restaurants, bars, hiking trails, and day trips to the Grand Canyon. However, West Sedona is a good choice if you’re planning a couples’ getaway and want to relax in the serene, romantic atmosphere. 

🚶‍♂️ Is Sedona a walkable town?

Yes, Sedona is known for its pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, with numerous sidewalks, trails, and scenic paths.

⚠️ How safe is Sedona at night?

Sedona is a popular tourist spot with a low crime rate, and it’s safe to walk at night, even if you’re alone. 

⌛ How many days is enough for Sedona?

If you want to explore the town of Sedona, one night should be enough to see the sights. However, if you also want to visit Red Rock State Park and the Grand Canyon, I recommend staying in Sedona for at least 3 days

📅 What is the best month to visit Sedona?

The best time to visit Sedona is between March and May when the weather is warm but not as hot as it gets in the summer.

🤩 What is the prettiest spot in Sedona?

Cathedral Rock is generally considered one of the most beautiful spots in Sedona. Still, plenty of other unique spots are worth your attention, such as the Sedona Airport Scenic Lookout.

👍 Can I get around Sedona without a car?

Yes, you can easily explore the town of Sedona on foot. Even if you want to visit some of the natural landmarks, there are plenty of hiking trails to get you there – you just need to be in good shape!

Conclusion

Nighttime view of Sedona with twinkling stars in the sky and city lights illuminating the valley below, framed by silhouettes of mountains

Sadly, our Sedona adventure ends here. I hope this post helped you figure out where to stay in Sedona by discussing the top areas and best hotels. 

Are you still undecided? Here are my 2 absolute favorite hotels in Sedona:

  • L’Auberge De Sedona – the hotel has an amazing spa and offers a free shuttle service to Uptown Sedona. 
  • Matterhorn Inn – offering breathtaking mountain views, the hotel also has a swimming pool and private parking. 

Once you pick your favorite hotel, do not forget to book it in advance and grab those deals!

If you have any other suggestions or questions about places to stay in Sedona, please do not hesitate to leave a comment. 

Have a great holiday,

Hristina


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