To fully experience Sedona, Arizona the key is to have a knowledgeable and enthusiastic host. There is unsurpassed beauty, a rich heritage and so much to experience. It’s all about the personal connection – personal service for a truly memorable Sedona Arizona vacation.
(TRAVPR.COM) UNITED STATES - September 24th, 2012 - Spectacular Sedona is an iconic area where travelers can truly immerse themselves in the beauty of the west, but many simply pass through, taking in a few views and checking it off the list. Those who know Sedona know that there is a rich heritage, incredible natural beauty, and so much to see and experience. From hiking trails and biking paths, energy vortexes and western history to fine dining, art, music and wine, Sedona has so much to offer visitors. The key to an unforgettable visit is having a knowledgeable and enthusiastic host.
Not everyone has a close friend or family member in Arizona, so the preferred option would be a stay at a boutique hotel with personal service the priority. Steve Segner, owner of El Portal Sedona Hotel, stresses the importance of a customized Sedona experience. Segner and his staff run El Portal a hacienda-inspired, 12 room luxury inn adjacent to historic Tlaquepaque Village. Segner’s mission is to give guests an outstanding experience in Sedona and beyond. A long-time resident of the historic Arizona community and an avid outdoorsman, Segner helps guests plan their day, whether it’s choosing hiking trails, museums, kayaking, hot air balloon rides, wineries or a customized Sedona jeep tour and picnic.
“Our mission is to meet each guest and help them plan their stay,” Segner says. “We want everyone to get the most from their visit whether they are here for outdoor adventure, have certain sights they want to see or just want to relax. We offer our guests personalized concierge services for the Sedona area, we don’t just hand them a room key. We want to make a personal connection with our guests, and have them make a personal connection to the area.” Guests who want to take excursions to the Grand Canyon or other nearby attractions can let Segner make all of the arrangements for customized tours and adventures.
After a day of exploring, El Portal provides luxurious yet unpretentious accommodations for guests, with 12 thoughtfully appointed and spacious rooms. Rooms vary in style and décor and may include such features as a corner fireplace with river rock stone, whirlpool baths, French doors, high-beamed ceilings, a private garden or sitting terrace.
Segner and his wife, Connie, built El Portal Sedona with the goal of creating a historically accurate luxury hacienda that is designed to make guests feel at home. The property was also designed with pets in mind, and pets are always welcomed as a part of travelers’ families. It is a pet friendly Sedona hotel that welcomes pets with a treat basket and there are no fees for pets. Segner says, “We actually want all our guests to have a ‘non-hotel’ kind of experience, where they can meet other guests and locals for a true Sedona experience.”
The Sedona hotel has several areas such as the great room and the courtyard where guests can relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day, unwind and chat with their hosts or other guests. Segner also puts on a full gourmet breakfast each morning, where guests can prepare for the day’s activities.
Segner is passionate about his job and the fact that he interacts with all of his guests. “I meet about three thousand interesting people every year. It’s a great job!” Segner knows that it is the personal touch, and that he has an impact on those who choose to experience Sedona the El Portal way. For those travelers, Sedona will be a treasured memory.