Why You Should Stay at the Orchards Inn
Our family visited Sedona in the spring and stayed at the Orchards Inn. When my husband and I decided to return in December, we looked at other accommodations, but in the end, we opted to book again at the Orchards Inn.
Familiarity is comforting, but the location was a major deciding factor. Price was another factor and in comparison to other hotels in the area, we felt the Orchards Inn offered us the best bang for our buck. A bonus was the fact we were already familiar with the hotel.
This is an honest review of our two stays. What we liked or didn’t like about the property, as well as its features. This will help you decide if it’s the right hotel for you.
Location, Location. It’s all about location.
The Orchards Inn of Sedona is located in Uptown Sedona, overlooking Oak Creek Canyon and offering incredible Red Rock views. Shopping and restaurants are all within walking range, and access to booking companies for tours, etc.
This is why I loved the location of the Orchards Inn. It was nice to take an afternoon or evening walk through the town. You could go out to eat, or do some souvenir shopping. When we went in December, we walked in the evenings and looked at all the Christmas lights. We also were able to walk a short distance to the Pink Jeep Tours office and book our Grand Canyon day tour, and our Diamondback Gulch Jeep tour.
The Orchards Inn is not directly on the main road but behind the shops and restaurants that line the street. The entrance driveway is next to 89Agave.
Orchards Inn of Sedona
254 N. State Route 89A, Sedona, Arizona 86336
The Hotel – Features and Amenities
There are 70 rooms, (spread out over three floors) with Red Rock views, and either a balcony or patio. Other features include an outdoor heated pool, jacuzzi, and access to Oak Creek via stairs and a pathway down the hill.
The lobby is not grand but rather inviting and cozy. As you enter, you’ll see a wooden check-in counter on your left. Straight ahead, a set of double glass doors offer a first glimpse of the views to come.
Along the right wall, are some conveniences for guests: snacks and drinks for purchase, complimentary fruit-infused water, and a brand new water station for refilling your reusable water bottle. Last, is a brochure rack filled with pamphlets for anything you can imagine doing in Sedona and beyond.
- Complimentary Wifi (worked well in the room and around the property)
- Free parking for one vehicle
- Included Breakfast (at 89Agave Cantina, located across the parking lot from the hotel)
- Laundry facilities
Rooms with a View
There are 13 room categories listed for the Orchards Inn (including accessible), and we have stayed in two of them. The first was the Premium Red Rock Queen, located on the top level (up one flight of steps). The second was the Red Rock Queen, located on the ground level (down one flight of steps). Both rooms had two queen beds, a stand-up shower only (with room to move), and the same/similar amenities. The difference was level (top vs ground), and the Premium room had a gas fireplace.
Here are the services and amenities included in all rooms:
- complimentary wifi
- free parking for one vehicle
- included breakfast at 89Agave (6-9 am)
- complimentary coffee and Keurig
- mini refrigerator
- Iron and ironing board
- flat screen t.v.
- balcony or patio
Top Floor Room
Ground Floor Room
My Thoughts on the Rooms
Some room categories have extras, such as gas fireplaces, and the suites have sitting areas and added living space.
ALL rooms have an amazing view of the Red Rocks! Our first room on the top floor had a fabulous view of the Red Rocks. I preferred the top floor view, but all the views are great. As for the fireplace, I enjoyed having it for the chillier mornings and evenings, but it wasn’t a deal-breaker. It provided an added touch of cozy warmth.
The rooms are clean and nicely done. They’re not posh or luxurious, but inviting with plenty of space. I found the beds comfortable and I slept well!
The toilet and shower had a separate door, so the double sink vanity could be used still if the bathroom was occupied. This was especially helpful when our children were with us, and getting ready for the day was much easier.
The bedroom floor was carpeted, and the bathroom floor was tile. I’m not a fan of carpeting, but it was clean.
The double glass doors are perfect for watching the Red Rocks make their morning debut as the sun rises. If you prefer the room dark until you decide to wake up, you can draw the curtains. This is good for the lower level as well, for privacy. You pass other rooms as you go along since the room entrances are from the patio walkway. We were fortunate, our room (#114) was the last one at the far end. I only noticed someone once, checking out the patio views (who could blame them!).
More Room Pictures
There are no in-room safety deposit boxes. I do prefer having one in the room, but if you do need something kept safe, they offer the service at the desk.
Another great feature for those travelling with their furry friends, they have pet-friendly rooms!
Packages and Deals at the Orchards Inn
Orchards Inn offers specials, which you can view on their website. There is one for stays with a pet, another includes a Grand Canyon tour.
One special offer is a discount based on the number of nights you stay.
Besides our free breakfast at 89Agave, (more about that below) our room special included a 10% discount on meals at 89Agave, and a daily credit (both will vary depending on the room booked/special available) here as well. This made having our daily evening dinner here quite appealing. After a day of hiking, exploring and lunch out, it was relaxing to come back to our cozy room for a short rest. 89Agave is not open late, so we’d then make the short walk across the parking lot to the rear entrance of the restaurant.
We got 10% off our meal when we presented the card given to us at check-in. You can get another card from the hotel desk the next day if you plan to eat at 89Agave again.
For the second part of the deal, the credit, we would charge the bill to our room, and then the credit amount was taken off the bill. This amount will vary from $15-$60. Daily credits can not be accumulated for a one time use.
Breakfast at 89Agave Cantina
Orchards Inn offers a complimentary hot buffet breakfast at the 89Agave. It’s open from 6-9 am. I enjoyed the breakfast here and found there were plenty of options.
Here is a list of what was served:
- breakfast burritos
- seasoned hash brown potatoes
- boiled eggs
- bread, bagels (butter and jam)
- fruit (strawberries, bananas and grapes)
- coffee, tea, hot chocolate
- snack packets (dried fruit, nuts)
My Overall Thoughts on the Orchards Inn
In general, I completely appreciated this property. The Orchards Inn of Sedona is not new, (opened in 1967) but is well maintained and has nicely renovated rooms. Check-in at 4 seems a bit late but doable, and check-out at 11 is pretty standard. We were able to get a late check-out for noon, which was a great help.
The location in Uptown Sedona is perfect, allowing for some of the best Red Rock Views in the area, as well as being right amid the shops and stores.
Pricing is what you’d expect for Sedona, as hotels in this area are not cheap. We had two different room types at two different times of the year. The highest we paid was approximately 350/night for the upgraded room on the top level with a fireplace, and the lowest was 150/night. The added benefits of free parking, free wifi, free breakfast, and meal discounts and credits, made the deal better.
The staff was friendly and super helpful! We had plenty of questions about the area, hikes and what to do. They have a great sheet made up of their top hikes and activities, which was helpful. If you’re looking to stay at a hotel when you visit Sedona, I recommend you give the Orchards Inn a good look, it just might be the right place for you.
Looking for more information on Sedona and things to do? Check out my 3 Day Sedona Itinerary, as well as my reviews of the Devil’s Bridge Trail, Doe Mountain Trail, and my post about the Chapel of the Holy Cross.