Where to stay in Sedona

Where is the best area to stay in Sedona?

Sedona is quite truly one of God’s beautiful creations with extraordinary scenery every way that you look as it is nestled by the visually stunning Red Rocks. The city itself has made sure that buildings and constructions blend in with the mesmerizing landscape too, which manages to keep tourists here longer than they expected. Sedona is especially known for its artistic atmosphere and there are around 100 art galleries to pick from and there are plenty of outdoor activities to do like hiking, mountain biking and off-roading. Sedona hosts many events and festivals throughout the year like the Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona Arts Festival and Jazz Festival. There are also heaps of shops, restaurants and a vibrant nightlife to experience too.


The best area to stay in Sedona is in the Uptown area as this is where the heart of the city lies and is the main tourist area. This neighbourhood is where you will find the majority of the shops, which include arts, crafts, international galleries and unique stores.


There is also an impressive selection of diverse cuisines that offer an exceptional choice of authentic styles and foods, traditional pubs and plenty of accommodation options. There are various leisure activities that are within walking distance of the Uptown part of the city, which can be arranged and of course you are spoilt for views of the Red Rocks.

Hotel   Avg price
La Petite Sedona
500 North State Route 89A
145€ - 148$
Hotel   Avg price
Arabella Hotel Sedona
725 AZ-179
244€ - 249$
The Orchards Inn of Sedona
254 Highway 89 A
314€ - 320$
Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel
400 North State Route 89A
320€ - 326$
Hotel   Avg price
Matterhorn Inn
230 Apple Avenue
194€ - 198$
Krimpton Amara Resort & Spa
100 Amara Lane
433€ - 442$



On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Sedona, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.



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Uptown, the best area to stay in Sedona


uptown sedonaSedona has to be one of the most impressive places in the world to walk around, which is with relative ease as everything is compact. However, if you want to visit the trail heads and get different views of your surroundings, then it is best to either hire a car or bike but there are tourist shuttle buses that can take you around as well as numerous guided tours like Hydros Adventure Tours, Pink Jeep Tours and Sedona Trolley Tours. All of these companies are a fun way of exploring the Red Rocks as well as overnight hiking, rock climbing, canyoneering, rafting and general adventure tours.


The city is generally safe wherever you go but as the Uptown area is the main tourist hub, this means that are more police services provided, which makes it the safest neighbourhood in the city and is well-connected to the rest of the city and these reasons alone mean that is the ideal place to stay in. In the Uptown, you will see many other like-minded visitors as well as locals wondering up and down this important shopping district with an interesting array of shops and services that include the Visitor’s Centre, which will probably be the top of your list of places to go.


Other shops and stores in the area include supermarkets, pharmacies, various souvenir shops, hardware stores, sport places, clothing stores, entertainment stores, book shops, toy stores, arts and crafts and shops that sell their services like healing crystals, tarot reading, aura readings and vortex information. There are so many art galleries in the vicinity too with the best places being Hozho Plaza and Sedona Arts Centre, which contains local and international art galleries that have numerous permanent and temporary exhibitions.


There are also a couple of museums that are allocated in the Uptown area and the Sedona Heritage Museum tells you all about the history of the city and has guided tours around it as well as a gift shops that promotes local trade and arts and crafts. The Main Street in the Uptown area is also home to a number of travel agencies, who can arrange tours to tourist attractions around the city including Kayaking and Canoeing, M Diamond Ranch (100 year old working cattle ranch), Cathedral Rock Trail,  Blazin’ M Ranch (western stage show) and many other trails and hikes, which can be sorted.


The Main Street is also where you will find countless restaurants with some of them rated as the best in Arizona and even a few that have made it to national acclaim. On offer, there are cuisines from all over the world like pizzerias, Brazilian steakhouses, Mexican, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Spanish, Italian, French and many others with many of them using typical décor of that country or culture. There are also numerous themed pubs and bars dotted along the same stretch with hotels and hostels either on the same stretch as well as behind the main street.



Hotels in Uptown


Other places to stay in Sedona


West Sedona


Cheaper hotels



West SedonaWest Sedona is quite similar to the Uptown part as it is very easy to walk around as well as having frequent shuttle buses that can move you around the city easily and the neighbourhood is one of the safest in the city, meaning it is a great place to stay in. West Sedona is home to a decent amount of shops including supermarkets, souvenir shops, fashion stores, tour companies, banks, grocery stores and many other types.


There are little parks that have plenty of green spaces for picnics, BBQs, games and other related activities as well as a cinema, bowling alley, skate park and a sports centre with a swimming pool. The restaurants here are some of the best in the city, which offer a variety of foods like the Uptown area and have fabulous views overlooking the Red Rocks. There are a few local pubs that have a community vibe about them and the best hotels and hostels are found around West Highway and Arroyo Pinon Drive.



Hotels in West Sedona




Village of Oak Creek


Bell Rock Trail, away from the hustle and bustle of the city



Oak CreekThe Village of Oak Creek is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for somewhere a little more tranquil. The village is only 7 miles south and 15 minutes from Sedona by car, so you'll still be very close to the action whilst being away from the hustle and bustle of the city! If you’ve come to Sedona for hiking then you’re in luck as the Village of Oak Creek is near the famous Bell Rock Trail and serves as a great jumping-off point for many other hiking trails.


The Village of Oak Creek has incredible views all around of the breathtaking Red Rock formations and lots of great accommodation options ranging from quaint B&Bs to hotels and inns. Aside from hiking, The Village of Oak Creek has a golf course, luxury day spas, and shopping to fill up your days. There are also plenty of dining options, including cafes and high-end restaurants!



Hotels in Oak Creek






Mountain biking, hiking



CottonwoodLocated in Central Arizona, just a 15 minute drive 7 miles south of Sedona, Cottonwood is a delightful place to stay that really appeals to a range of travelers. Whether you are a history enthusiast or a nature lover, there is something for you here! And there is an ideal range of accommodation options from budget to luxury, no matter who you are.


Perhaps Cottonwood’s prize attraction is its historical Old Town. With many magnificent museums and historical buildings, you could easily spend a day or two just sightseeing here. There is also an Arts Center where you can really learn a lot about this city’s identity. Nature lovers will also be in their element in Cottonwood. You are very close to the nearby mountain ranges- perfect for hiking and mountain biking. Another popular trip is the nearby Verde River, where you can enjoy fishing and lovely riverside walks.



Hotels in Cottonwood