Sedona Cathedral Hideaway Sedona Bed and Breakfast:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Review
April 15th, 2007
"We operate on a cruise-ship
mentality," says Larry Jaeckel, who along with his wife,
Kathy, runs Sedona Cathedral Hideaway Sedona Bed and Breakfast. "Anything
a guest wants we try to provide."
The BASICS - For several years the Jaeckels
knew they wanted to retire in Sedona, but they feared a lackluster
slow social life. When their Realtor suggested that their outgoing
personalities would make them ideal B&B hosts, it seemed a
natural solution. After selecting a lot six years ago based on
outstanding views, and taking four years to design their own ideal
inn and custom home using a $40 computer program, they are living
their dream. Their B&B opened last August.
The UNIQUE - One room is professionally equipped
for spa services. Kathy Jaeckel is a professional esthetician
who offers a variety of beauty treatments. Massages and other
treatments are provided by a visiting massage therapist.
Outside, the 4,300-square-foot, adobe-style inn is a light-red
pastel that blends with the surrounding red rock landscape. Inside,
the décor is a mix of contemporary art and furniture. Some
walls are curved, while others are angled so each window takes
advantage of the picturesque surroundings. Throughout are enough
niches and built-in display nooks to conduct an hourlong house
tour. A second-floor walkway open to the great room below is finished
with glass panels.
The GUESTS - Since the inn only opened recently,
most guests have come from the greater Phoenix area. The inn's
website is beginning to attract visitors from around the country.
The ROOMS - There are only two guest bedrooms,
each a suite with approximately 450 square feet. Both include
a large sitting area, bedroom and extra-large bathroom. Picture
windows have spectacular views of Cathedral Mountain, one of the
most photographed landscapes in Sedona. One bedroom has a private
balcony and the other has a ground-floor patio. Both have see-through
fireplaces visible from anywhere in the suite.
Room amenities include plush robes, instant-on hot water, flat-screen
plasma TVs that swivel to be seen from anywhere in the room, two-person
walk-in showers, two-person Jacuzzi tubs, iPod jacks with in-room
surround sound, DVD players, wireless Internet and a selection
of pillows. Beds feature Select Comfort mattresses with a pillow-top
and additional-memory foam topper for maximum comfort. There is
also a microwave and small refrigerator in each suite.
Each room has full access to an armoire filled with games, a
treadmill, a set of weights, gas grill, horseshoe pit, a telescope
to view the night sky, and any of several patios used to enjoy
the daily sunrise or sunset.
Bath amenities include a full selection of Superior Skin Secrets
products, a line of skin products manufactured and sold by Kathy.
The FOOD - Selections are made from a menu of
20 breakfast dishes. Hungry guests may have as many choices as
they want. One entrée is a round "egg pizza"
prepared with fresh spinach, tomatoes, bleu cheese plus any other
Each afternoon guests are treated to homemade snacks, including
hot soup, ice cream, freshly baked cookies or a "power"
Sometimes guests are surprised with specially prepared afternoon
treats. A visitor who expressed a love for peaches found a peach
pie waiting after a hike.
A complimentary basket full of freshly baked and packaged snacks
and fruit is placed in each room.
"We want our guests to leave full," Larry says adding
that one visitor remarked that he had been fed so much during
his stay, the inn should come with a gym membership.
The HIGH POINTS - The Jaeckels function more
as private concierges than innkeepers.
The inn is less than 10 minutes by car from Sedona, and a 10-minute
walk to picturesque Red Rock Crossing Park.
Guests who prefer to stay at the Inn without leaving may see
more wildlife than those who spend each day hiking in the surrounding
Coconino National Forest. Coyote, javelina and mule deer are frequently
seen on the Inn property. Most evenings a covey of quail scurries
across the yard.
THE LOW POINTS - Travelers uncomfortable being
pampered may find they receive too much attention. Or, maybe,
they will find out they like it after all.
THE BOTTOM LINE - The first-floor room is $285
weekdays and $305 weekends. A slightly larger room on the second
floor is $320 weekdays and $340 weekends. Prices include all amenities
A two-day stay is required on weekends, but includes a selection
of some spa treatments. Visit www.sedonacathedralhideaway.com or call 1-866-973-3662.
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