Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The mid-range Hilton Sedona has features to please both families and business travelers, including several pools, event services, the enormous spa, and a neighboring golf course. The Hilton is a 20-minute drive from Sedona, but red rock views are still spectacular (from certain rooms) and the atmosphere is more relaxed than in Uptown. The family-friendly Cascades Pool is a hit with the kids.
Junipine Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The upper-middle-range Junipine Resort isn’t a true “resort” -- don’t expect a swimming pool, fitness center, spa, or shops. Rather, Junipine comprises 50 individually owned creek-side condos in secluded, woodsy Oak Creek Canyon. The Junipine offers plenty of peace and quiet, as well as nice views, and the 1,400-square-foot condos provide plenty of room for groups to spread out -- though some could use an update. Outdoor activities on-site such as fishing, hikng, and horseshoes make this a good fit for active families. The full kitchens and outdoor barbecue grills make it easy to save money on food.
Sedona Summit Resort Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This 230-room mid-range property has an isolated location on the western edge of Sedona, with distant views of the red rocks. Rooms (most are big suites) have kitchens, large balconies, and up-to-date technology, and have higher quality decor than those at the competing Los Abrigados. Families will likely appreciate the resort's three pools and kids' clubhouse. But be prepared to suffer through a timeshare sales pitch.
Los Abrigados Resort and Spa Rating: 3.0 Pearls
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. 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 -- not to mention the large rooms with kitchenettes and balconies.