Sedona’s Lodging Choices are Changing Dramatically.
It used to be that when you vacationed in Sedona, your lodging choices were motels, hotels, resorts and bed and breakfast inns. Now there is a new and very popular choice – vacation rentals. Vacation rentals are generally private homes, apartments and condos, but also include single rooms (with and without private baths) and even shared spaces in a private party’s home.
Actually, vacation rentals have always been available in Sedona, but the city had a regulation that limited vacation rentals to 30 days or more, which severely limited their popularity. This summer, the State of Arizona passed a measure making it illegal for local governments to put such restrictions on vacation rentals. The law goes into effect on January 1, 2017 but homeowners and others are already putting vacation rentals on the market. You can expect a surge in availability after January 1st when the law officially goes int effect.
Where to Find Vacation Rentals in Sedona
The Pros and Cons of Vacation Rentals
From your point of view as a potential visitor to Sedona, the good news is that you now have hundreds of new choices for your Sedona vacation lodging and most of them are unique and individualized. The cost of a vacation rental is generally less than a hotel room for a space that is larger and may have amenities you won’t get elsewhere like a full kitchen and sometimes laundry facilities. The bad news is that the vacation rental industry is largely unregulated and the quality of what you rent can be highly variable. In Sedona in particular, most of the hosts (property owners) are new at the business and still learning their way. You’ll be dependent on the ratings and reviews on the website you use to judge the quality of the host and the property. On the other hand, when you find a good host, you can expect a personalized experience and personalized attention to your needs.
Sedona’s hotels, resorts, and B&Bs are understandably concerned by the new competition. A local B&B owner that we talked to told us they are already experiencing a loss of business and downward pressure on their prices. They are working with the city to develop appropriate regulations for vacation rental owners (which we think is a good thing) that will help level the playing field and insure a better and safer experience for Sedona’s Guests.
Our Personal Experience
As consumers, my wife and I have used vacation rentals for 2 vacations in San Diego. One experience was very positive, but one was not. Our first rental was under the take off path of San Diego Airport and the noise started at 6:30 AM. That was an important factor that should have been disclosed during the rental process, and wasn’t.
As vacation rental hosts, we just converted an apartment we have been renting out into a vacation rental, and it is quite clear that we will make quite a bit more money as a vacation rental, although it does mean more work.