Sky Rock Inn of Sedona

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Sky Rock Inn of Sedona | John Burcham
By Ameema Ahmed | Photograph by John Burcham

“The energy was calling to us.” That’s how Stephen Yang describes his decision to open a hotel in Sedona. Yang is the owner of Point Hospitality Group, a family-run business that operates six properties in the western United States. He first visited Sedona about 15 years ago and couldn’t get it out of his mind. “My brother and I did our first and only skydive on the red rocks,” Yang says. “Ever since then, I’ve always wanted to go back.”

So, when he had the opportunity to open a new hotel, Yang rented a car and went in search of the perfect location. He spent time in San Diego, Yuma and Prescott scouting properties, but the Goldilocks “just right” moment didn’t happen until he ended up back in Sedona. That’s when, as Yang puts it, “the chakras reopened” and he knew Red Rock Country would be the site of his next business venture.

Sky Rock Inn of Sedona is right along State Route 89A, on a hill with breathtaking views of the red rocks. No matter which room they’re in, guests can take in those views from the hotel’s open terraces, equipped with fire pits, at any time of day.

Yang, who is an avid mountain biker, wanted to make sure the hotel provided easy access for outdoors enthusiasts. There’s a bike shed on the property for those who are looking to experience the many bike trails in the area, and there’s easy access to hiking trails, too. “What makes us different is that we are not a branded property,” Yang says. “We are designed for Sedona, and as we were developing the hotel, we got to know the community intimately.”

Sky Rock Inn also offers daily yoga and meditation events, along with spiritual and holistic health talks. In addition to the hot tub and pool, an on-site fitness center and tranquility room are available for guests. “It’s felt really right,” Yang says. “We are building an entire brand around well-being and spirituality.”

Sky Rock Lounge, the bar and restaurant, has a variety of handcrafted cocktails and local craft beer, as well as tapas-style menu items and desserts. An open breakfast bar is included with the stay and offers hot and cold options for guests before they head out to explore the area.

“I think what’s unique [about Sky Rock Inn] is you can really tap into the Sedona community and be more than just an out-of-towner,” Yang says. “I want to anticipate what you’re looking for on this trip and provide that for you.”

Sky Rock Inn of Sedona is located at 1200 W. State Route 89A in Sedona. For more information, call 928-282-3072 or visit skyrocksedona.com.