Just got home last night from a 5-night stay at the 'The Ridge'. My wife is a flight attendant and I'm a hobbyist travel agent, so we use our benefits to book short getaways like this at the last minute.
Location: The resort is located on the most southern edge of Sedona in the Oak Creek Village area. This is about 8 miles from "uptown" Sedona. Neither of us was familiar with the Sedona area prior to this trip, so as we drove south through Sedona we started to become concerned that we are were going to be "so far" from everything. This really didn't turn out to be the case. In fact, we ended up appreciating the idea of being away from the "touristy" area. While there are some shops and eateries within a 10-15 minute walk, you will have to drive most anywhere you want to go. For your first hike you're less than 2 miles to the Bell Rock Pathway and Courthouse Butte trail head parking area. And with the use of traffic circles instead of stop signs/lights all along the Hwy 179 corridor, traffic was never an issue.
Accommodations: We were in #1006, a 2nd floor, one bedroom unit with the balcony overlooking the pool area, red rock view to the left, mesa view directly in front, and valley view to the left. The unit was quite spacious with over-sized living/dining areas and bathroom. The furnishings were well appointed throughout the unit. We found the sofa and chair a tad uncomfortable due to the high back and very upright seating position. The bedroom was hotel size with a comfortable king, night stand on either side of the bed, six drawer dresser, and small walk-in closet. The kitchen was rather small and oddly shaped but served it's purpose well.
Parking: This probably the one issue that keeps me from giving 'The Ridge' a rating of 5. The circular parking drive in front of the buildings were our unit was located was about a dozen parking spaces short of having just one space per unit. If you weren't in for the evening by 6PM we were having to search for someplace to park. We counted ourselves lucky if we were able to find a spot across the street... a couple hundred yards away.
Minor Issues: The rude gentleman who found it necessary to play his Indian flute at sunrise, on his balcony directly next to ours. The coffee maker shut off immediately upon completion of the brewing cycle. The curtain rod hanger in the bathroom was pulling loose from the wall.
Check In/Out: Other than the attempt to rope us into "tour" at check-in, the staff was very friendly and helpful. They provided an assortment of discount cards to area restaurants, maps of the area, and would have gladly made reservations for any activity we would have liked them to make.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Golf Digest gives a big thumbs up on this spectacular and challenging course. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ridge On Sedona Golf Hotel Sedona
- Ridge On Sedona Hotel
- Ridge On Sedona Resort
- Ridge Sedona Golf Resort