El Portal Inn
[8/1/08 Editor's note; Venture Travel Magazine published an article by your's truly in it's Aug/Sep edition about El Portal and Sedona.]
El Portal Inn is one of the coolest places I have ever stayed. It has good access blended with a charming casual atmosphere. If you are looking for a place to bring someone special El Portal is definantly is a winner.
The award-winning property consists of 12 completely unique rooms surrounding a courtyard. Located on the ground floor is the Adobe Room. The room is the inn’s one accessible room. It is also one of the inn’s pet-friendly room. The room has a queen size bed featuring hand carved wooden posts and rustic wrought iron accents. If there is one complaint to be said it is that like many upscale resorts and inns, the bed is too high for many people to transfer to and from. I often wish upscale locations would include a 3-4 inch platform which could be pulled out from beneath the bed, and we could roll up on the platform in order to transfer. Once we leave just tuck it back under. But this is my one and only qualm with El Portal.
The room has a nice fireplace and French doors that open to a nice little side yard. Perfect for pooches! What makes the Adobe room really a grade A accessible room is the bathroom. The counter is accessible and the walk-in closet offers good access. The roll-in shower is really impressive. It’s a 5-star stall for sure.
There is no shortage of places to eat around Sedona but for breakfast El Portal is where you want to be. They serve an elaborate breakfast that is absolutely delicious. When the weather permits, breakfast is served in the courtyard. Everything is very fresh, hot and tasty.
Within rolling distance to El Portal is the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village and the Los Abrigados Resort. Tlaquepaque is pretty interesting even if shopping is not your bag. The plaza consists of Spanish-style buildings and open court yards. There is often musicians playing around some of the dining establishments. Los Abrigados is a fine resort which also has some accessible rooms, but best of all is their Italian restaurant, Joey’s. Very good food.
What’s To Do
If you are planning a trip to Sedona, you will probably find information about Slide Rock State Park. Accessibility here is not much to speak of, so take a look at Red Rock State Park and Crescent Moon Picnic Grounds.
www.elportalsedona.com has good photos of the Adobe Room and the property.
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