Back in November, I stayed for three nights at the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. I recapped our time in Sedona here, but I thought in this post I’d dive a little deeper into the hotel stay in case you’re planning your own trip to the Hilton Sedona!
HILTON SEDONA LOCATION
The Hilton Sedona sits about 8 miles south of the center of town, which is about a 16-minute drive—unless, of course, there’s traffic. Because there’s only one road that goes into town, I’ve heard that things can get kind of backed up during the busier months (spring), but I didn’t really experience it since I was there during the offseason.
Overall, the location is not a detracting factor. I wouldn’t recommend visiting Sedona without a car anyway, so there’s no need to stay in the center of town. It’s nice that the resort is slightly set away; the views are amazing, even from the parking lot!
HILTON SEDONA ROOM
The hotel upgraded us to a king suite during our stay, and it had a big bathroom, a balcony, and a living room with a fireplace. While the decor wasn’t anything to speak of—you’ll definitely know you’re in a chain hotel—the room was super clean and really comfortable. I did a full video tour over on Instagram, and you can find it in my story highlights under “Moving 2” if you’re interested!
HILTON SEDONA GROUNDS
The grounds were definitely my favorite part of staying at the resort. The Hilton Sedona has a (dog-friendly!) patio with plenty of seating and fire pits, which are great for cooler desert nights. There are two pools, which are sadly both closed during the winter months, but during the day you can look out from them over Sedona’s beautiful mountain surroundings. There are games outside (and inside!) such as ping pong and cornhole, and there’s a nice lawn where the hotel holds yoga classes in warmer weather, too.
HILTON SEDONA SPA
I normally don’t use spas at hotels, but by this point in our moving road trip, my legs were absolutely killing me and I knew I had to do something about it. I’ve had similar pain arise after long periods of seated travel, and three transatlantic flights the week before hopping in a car for 59 hours of driving brought it back. Shocking, right?
I really have to give the Hilton Sedona spa high marks for the leg massage I got. I hate (truly, hate) massages, in part because I hate being told to relax, and in the past multiple masseuses have gotten frustrated with me and acted as though I was inconveniencing them. But the one I had at the Hilton totally got it and talked with me the entire time about what it’s like to move to Sedona from overseas. Plus, all the pain went away! I rate the experience an A+.
The hotel was also offering (and still is, just checked) a 2,500 Hilton Honors point-bonus if you spent $150 at the spa, which I didn’t quite get to. 2,500 points is not enough to make me want to spend extra money (it’s worth about $15 or so), but it’s a nice reward if you already plan to spend at the spa!
The spa also has hot tubs in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms, which I very much appreciated since the hotel closes off the outdoor hot tub for winter.
HILTON SEDONA DINING
The hotel does have a restaurant, Shadowrock Tap + Table, but we didn’t end up eating there, so I can’t really speak for it. What I can say is that the bar area has lots of seating and plenty of TVs if you’re up for lounging with a drink in hand and it’s too hot or cold to enjoy the outdoor space.
For breakfast (included for Hilton Diamond members, which I am thanks to the Hilton Aspire card), the resort provides guests $29.90 per day in food charges that are then credited back to your room bill. There are plenty of grab-and-go options (Jake had breakfast burritos), and there’s a Starbucks in the hotel that you can use it at, too!
HILTON SEDONA BOOKING
I used points to book our stay, and the rate of 60,000/night definitely seemed reasonable for a room (before our upgrade) that goes for between $400 and $500 a night. By using points, we also skipped out on paying resort fees (yessss), meaning things like parking were free, too!
If I came back for a second stay, I’d definitely try to do it in the spring when the pools were open and it was just a liiitle bit warmer. A few extra degrees definitely would have convinced me to spend more time at those fire pits.
I also read on the Hilton Sedona’s site that on Saturdays they have telescopes available for star viewing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Definitely would be into that!
Have you been to Sedona? Where did you stay? Let me know in the comments! >>
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