Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa Sedona, Arizona
The three-year-old Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa (opened June 10, 2005) is a stylish, vibrant, boutique hotel tastefully designed and refreshingly different from the usual (and expected) Southwest style that so dominates the rest of the Sedona architectural landscape. Rather than following locally-accepted structural forms, the Rouge design team deliberately chose to pay tribute to the stunning desert architecture of North Africa, blending it with the sophistication of Spanish Mediterranean influences. Here elegant Gothic-inspired iron lacework, Tunisian and Iberian artifacts, round etched stone columns, master-crafted tilework and glass, and cascading water fountains beckon the guest to enter a centuries-old atmosphere of authentic and enchanting tranquility.
We arrived at this romantic getaway a bit earlier than our suggested arrival time, but were greeted enthusiastically by the staff at the front desk and told our room was immediately available. We entered the third-floor suite with vaulted ceilings and felt the rush of expectation and discovery as we stepped inside. As it turned out, in the next two days both room and view would rival each other for our highest praise. Outside our room’s sliding glass doors and just beyond the balcony lay a majestic trinity of some of Sedona’s famous red rock landmarks: Thunder Mountain, The Chimney and Coffee Pot. Here, at the foot of these imposing monuments we marveled silently, transfixed by the ever-shifting shades, colors, moods and textures of the sandstone landscape. The magic and the wonder of Sedona are found in experiencing the vitality of its topography and our room at the Rouge invited the subtle enchantment of the outdoors inside.
Our elegant guest room was well-appointed with a super-pillow plush Simmons king mattress and graced with a cozy goose-down duvet comforter, topped with chamber pillows and a North African woolen throw. Free, wireless high-speed internet was available around the clock and the 32-inch LCD flat panel television provided entertainment and news with just a click of the remote. The handy, petite fridge under the ornate desk allowed us to keep a few snacks and beverages chilled, while the remote controlled thermostat and air conditioner provided us the option to direct the vanes on the elevated unit to suit our taste in climate-control. A Syrian chest accommodated our clothing and served as an accessible resting place for our complimentary welcome basket of fruit and a delightful bottle of merlot.
The gigantic, 30 square-foot walk-in Centurion Rain Shower stall in our bathroom featured two shower heads that yielded a bountiful cascade of soothing refreshment to begin and end each day. Needless to say, our showers were lengthy and languorous. Hand-crafted lemon-mint soap and salon-quality personal care products nourished and cleansed our hair and skin. A large basket sat nearby, overflowing with luxurious Turkish towels, invited us to wrap ourselves in their soothing warmth. Plush terry cloth robes were donned after each shower experience, enhancing and lengthening our unhurried moments of relaxation. The large dressing mirror added elegance to our room’s comfort and style. Tastefully framed artistic prints adorned the tan-colored walls, providing interest and flair. Here we were in the midst of Andalusian luxury, regaled with deep colors woven through soft fabrics adorning furnishings of exquisite taste and beauty.
Outside our room the hotel displayed carefully maintained gardens and tranquil courtyards, beckoning guests outdoors to feel the soothing afternoon and evening breezes of Sedona’s high desert climate. We traipsed over to the third floor observation terrace that overlooks the azure lap pool and jetted spa to find a cozy arrangement of outdoor furnishings gathered near an outdoor fireplace. Here stargazers come to enjoy moments of quiet serenity at the end of the day in one of the world’s most enchanting and romantic places.
Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa is centrally located, just minutes from Uptown Sedona, the famous Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village and Gallery Row. It lies adjacent to more than a million acres of designated National Forest land that draws adventurers the world over to enjoy hiking, Jeep tours, golf, and day trips to the Grand Canyon.
This charming boutique hotel features 77 guestrooms which include four suites and seven decadent Spa rooms that will appeal to the young and the young at heart. The Spa at the Sedona Rouge features a tranquility lounge, Zen Garden, locker rooms, outdoor Jacuzzis for men and women, and a complete line of designer skin care products. For a heavenly experience that will forever linger in your memory, indulge in one of the Spa’s signature treatments, as we did, without which your Sedona visit would not be complete.
A lively American bistro, Reds, is celebrated for its gourmet cuisine and extensive wine list. This 150-seat restaurant also features a uniquely designed bar serving a wide variety of cocktails that may be enjoyed in the comfortable and cozy lounge. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Reds’ ambience and superb menu appeals to both locals and hotel guests alike. We feasted here, both for breakfast and for dinner, and could not recommend it more highly. For more reasons to make a reservation, read our review here.
Sedona Rogue Hotel and Spa is a member of LUXE hotels, is a AAA Four Diamond property and a Conde Nast Johansen-nominated hotel and spa. Since its inception, it has been praised by such luminaries as Travel & Leisure, Sunset, Arizona Bride, Metropolitan Home, American Spa, Northwest Women, Smart Meetings, Arizona Republic, LA Times, Seattle Times, Good Morning America, Good Morning Arizona, Arizona Highways, and Travel A La Mode.
Rates: From $199 to $450 per night.