“Home Away From Home!” (Reviewed December 24, 2011)
We’re just back from three wintery nights at El Portal, and are already planning our next trip back. It’s not Sedona that lures us back, it’s the Inn itself. Steve and Connie Segner have a very special thing going at El Portal. Perfectly located right near the center of the town’s “triad” layout, but tucked away as a private oasis from the tourists and traffic, a stay at El Portal feels much more like staying with old friends than it does a hotel. The “lobby” of the Inn is actually more like a living room, where you can check in, have fresh coffee, and chat with the guests (who, given the “quirks” of this place, are likely to be warm, open-minded, interesting people who eschew the preciousness and sterility of the chain resorts). This common space is also where delicious breakfast is served in the morning, where kids might quietly play board games, and where the dogs brought by the guests hang out and warm up when it’s cold outside. The dogs, the laughter, the wine, the games — all on top of gorgeous antique Arts & Crafts-era furniture, personally curated by Steve, whose passion for and knowledge of the period only lends him to encourage his guests to use and enjoy the surroundings he’s so generously chosen to appoint the Inn.
The rooms are lovely. Quiet, well-appointed with beautiful antique lamps and furniture, some with balconies. Ours was upstairs and overlooked a central courtyard which, despite the 20 degree weather, had a firepit lit much of the day and into the evening, lest somebody might like to sit outside. Inside the fire went all day as well, where anyone passing through can ask Steve, Connie, Terrie or Fran anytime about the area, and get a well-informed answer.
If you’re looking for bellhops, room service, large tvs and valet parking, this place isn’t for you. El Portal is for the self sufficient traveler who enjoys the occasional or ad hoc fellowship of other adventurers, but who likewise appreciates the finer things in life. Beautiful surroundings, quality appointments and a highly personal touch are the attributes of El Portal’s brand of luxury. (dulcinha63, Los Angeles, CA)
Room Tip: Upstairs rooms are probably a little quieter. (Stayed December 2011, traveled with family).
“Hidden Gem in Sedona” (Reviewed January 2, 2012)
What a wonderful place! My husband and I took our dogs to Sedona between Christmas and New Year’s and couldn’t have picked a better place. Truly a great find in a fabulous location in Sedona. You couldn’t ask for nicer people. The owners of the property, staff and guests really made you feel welcome and at home. Location wise, you couldn’t ask for a better spot. Walking distance to shopping and dining (casual and fine dining). This is a really quaint property with unique characteristics in every room and so much personalized detail. We loved it so much; we already booked another stay and are returning in the spring. If you have well mannered dogs of any size or just want a romantic stay with your sweetie this is the place to stay! (AZSunDevilFan, Phoenix, AZ)
“It was a wonder place to stay” (Reviewed January 12, 2012)
We travel with three small dogs. It is hard to find a place that take dogs, let alone 3 dogs. We found this gem in Sedona. They do not just take dogs but they took our three dogs and there was no charge for them. The hotel is a very comfortable, roomy and well appointed. Steve and the staff were very attentive to our needs and the breakfasts were great. We will be back again. (William271, Indio, CA). (Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple).
“Sedona’s most luxurious and dog friendly inn!” (Reviewed February 15, 2012 )
We stayed in the Governor’s Suite with our 2 sons, and dog, breathtaking views from the master suite. Loved the steam shower, and Bain Ultra air bubble tub in the bath! Enjoyed the fireplace in the living area, and lovely antique furniture. This luxury inn was built by master craftsmen, 18 inch plaster walls, and solid wood crafted doors. Each room was designed with a special theme, with beautiful arts and crafts furnishings. The lobby was cozy and comfortable, with its warm fireplace, Stickley dining area, and impressive custom chandelier. Location was fantastic, right in Tlaquepaque Plaza. The owners were super nice and took great pride building this inn. (karigirl, Los Angeles, CA).
Room Tip: Highly recommend Governors suite for family, master suite had thick solid sliding doors for privacy. (Stayed December 2011, traveled with family).
Love, attention to detail, friendliness, welcoming, are just a few words to describe the boutique hotel. It is a dog friendly, pet friendly, animal friendly hotel, and no fees for our furry friends! Please call us and reserve your room today! 1-800-313-0017.