Los Abrigados Resort and Spa Rating: 3.0 Pearls
Uptown, Sedona, Arizona

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Pros

  • Fronts a stretch of peaceful Oak Creek
  • Huge spa and 2 heated pools
  • Large suites with kitchenettes and balconies
  • Beautiful grounds
  • Many kids’ activities on-site, including mini golf
  • Free self-parking and Wi-Fi
  • Adjacent to Uptown shopping and dining

Cons

  • Rooms need updating (3-year renovation project began July 2011)
  • Annoying timeshare sales pitches
  • Maid service occurs only every 3 days; fee charged for more frequent cleaning
  • Some guest complaints of dirty floors

Bottom Line

Los Abrigados occupies an excellent location near Uptown Sedona, with Oak Creek running past the property, and shopping and dining next door at the lovely Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. The grounds are gorgeous and include a mini-golf course. However, the rooms -- though most are large, with kitchenettes and balconies -- could use an update. More modern rooms in Uptown Sedona can be had at a similar price point at the Best Western Arroyo Roble.

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 Scene

22 acres of lush grounds alongside a stretch of Oak Creek, with many activities on-site

The grounds
The grounds

Los Abrigados is a shady oasis, with scores of native cottonwood and sycamore trees, the lovely Oak Creek running by, well-manicured landscaping, and outdoor works of art. Families may appreciate the numerous activities, including a grassy playground, a mini-golf course, a walk-through labyrinth, basketball, bocce ball, tennis, and two heated pools. Waterfalls splash and birds sing from the treetops, contributing to the tranquil vibe.

The hotel occupies the original homestead site of T.C. Schnebly and his wife, Sedona (for whom the town is named). The Schneblys arrived in 1899 and were among the first European settlers in Sedona, and the first to build a home capable of accommodating guests. Their original house is restored and can be seen on the hotel grounds. Nearby Schnebly Hill Road is another namesake of Sedona’s pioneering family.

Inside the lobby, which was renovated in 2010, a Spanish theme is evident in the red tile floors, arched windows, and wrought iron railings. A fountain, large fireplace, and high ceilings lend an air of elegance to the cavernous space. Upstairs is the expansive spa and fitness center, with a sitting room and outside deck. In the back of the hotel are the two pools -- a children’s pool with a water feature, and a large adult pool that is closed for renovation until June 2013.

Diamond Resorts acquired ownership of Los Abrigados in 2010, and a full renovation is currently in the works, slated to end in 2014.

 Location

Next to Tlaquepaque and Oak Creek on Highway 179

Los Abrigados is located on Highway 179, adjacent to Oak Creek and the Tlaquepaque shopping area, which allows guests to explore the many galleries and restaurants on foot. Uptown Sedona is also within walking distance for more shopping. Views are limited from the hotel since the property's many trees obscure the nearby red rock cliffs. To satisfy a yearning for vistas, there is excellent hiking within a 5-minute drive, such as at the Marg’s Draw Trail and the Huckaby Trail.

The adjacent Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is a lovely shopping area with cobblestones, a fountain, and art galleries (where you can sometimes watch artists at work).

  • 2-hour drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • 10-minute drive from Sedona Airport
  • 1-minute walk to Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
  • 10-minute walk to Uptown Sedona (a.k.a. Main Street), a stretch of Highway 89A that's lined with shops, restaurants, and art galleries
  • 5-minute drive to the Marg’s Draw Trail
  • 5-minute drive to Schnebly Hill Road, a scenic drive with hiking trails
  • 15-minute drive to Chapel of the Holy Cross, a scenic church in the red rocks
  • 20-minute drive to Red Rock Crossing
  • 25-minute drive to Sedona Golf Resort

 Rooms

One Bedroom Deluxe
One Bedroom Deluxe

Los Abrigados’s 196 rooms run the gamut from tiny studios to lavish houses. With a renovation currently ongoing (slated to end in 2014), travelers can expect to either find their rooms either outdated, or recently refreshed. New beds and appliances were installed throughout the hotel in July 2011.

Regardless of the state of renovation, there are flat-screen TVs (and the occasional tube TV), free Wi-Fi, and some iPod docks. Full kitchens or kitchenettes are included with most rooms, so guests can save by dining in. Outside, the balconies are large enough to hold chairs and a small table. Views are hit or miss; many windows face buildings or trees rather than the distant red rock cliffs.

  • All units but the Efficiency Studios have kitchens with full fridge, sink, dishwasher, stovetop, and toaster oven.
  • The entry-level room, the Efficiency Studio, is 200 square feet and comes with a mini-fridge, coffeemaker, and microwave.
  • Upgrading to any of the hotel’s One-Bedroom units gets you more than twice as much space (500 to 600 square feet) and a sofa bed.
  • The Deluxe One-Bedroom has a fireplace and spa on the patio.
  • All of the Two-Bedroom units, except for the Two-Bedroom Family units, have fireplaces.
  • The “Houses” are 1,200 to 1,800 square feet; the Celebrity unit has a private pool.

 Features

Large spa and fitness center, 2 heated pools, and kids’ activities

Mini-golf
Mini-golf
  • The hotel is bordered on one side by Oak Creek
  • Two heated pools: an adult's pool with a peek of the red rocks in the distance, and a kids’ pool with a fun water feature
  • Spa is a little short on ambiance
  • Basketball, tennis, bocce ball, life-size chess, mini-golf, and a labyrinth
  • Large fitness center with cardio machines, strength training equipment, free weights, and a number of TVs mounted on the wall
  • 4 Jacuzzi tubs
  • BBQ grills and picnic area
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 Food

Stakes & Sticks is a sports bar and grill serving lunch and dinner, and featuring 20 flat-screen TVs to watch sports. Outdoor seating is available.

 Bottom Line

Los Abrigados occupies an excellent location near Uptown Sedona, with Oak Creek running past the property, and shopping and dining next door at the lovely Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. The grounds are gorgeous and include a mini-golf course. However, the rooms -- though most are large, with kitchenettes and balconies -- could use an update. More modern rooms in Uptown Sedona can be had at a similar price point at the Best Western Arroyo Roble.

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Address

  • 160 Portal Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336

Room Types

  • Celebrity House
  • Morris House
  • One Bedroom
  • One Bedroom Deluxe
  • Stone House
  • Studio Efficiency
  • Two Bedroom
  • Two Bedroom Deluxe
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 196
Pool: N/A
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): N/A
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Hotel Information

Location: Uptown, Sedona
Address: 160 Portal Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336
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