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Highlands Resort at Verde Ridge
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cornville
Certificate of Excellence
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Good enough”
Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

This was a last minute booking through RCI. The resort is new, rooms well equipped, very clean and pool/ spa area very nice. Downside is the lack of views, remoteness from Sedona, and closeness to the road. Also, it is ironic that they have signs saying "smoke free" property but the Timeshare staff are out smoking in the sidewalj. Also, we had a studio. While adequate it is meant for just two people and there was no patio or balcony. It was good enough but next time I would stay in Sedona to enjoy the true beauty of the area.

  • Stayed October 2013
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

This was a nice pleasant timeshare, that is away from the hustle and bustle of Cottonwood, Az (2 miles to amenities) and Sedona, Az (15 miles away). It was easy drive to Jerome, Az (20 miles), and all the hiking trails. Nice clean facility. The low point was the bedroom was very small, with only about 2.5 feet on each side of the king size bed. The bathroom was huge, with shower, jacuzzi, double sink and enclosed toilet.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2013

This is a very nice resort with a great pool, fitness room, and a small lounge off the pool. For the most part the resort staff goes out of their way to help make your stay enjoyable. We are actually "owners" at this resort and we had the misfortune of being put in Building F, Room 202, which is immediately adjacent to the sales lounge, and above the demo unit for the sales company. The resort tries to maintain a "green and healthy" resort by banning smoking anywhere on the property and even goes so far as to levy a $250 cleaning fee on your bill if it has been determined you were smoking in your unit. I complained to the front desk 3 different days that the sales people were smoking on the patio next to ours (2 feet away) and we could not be on the patio because of them. The first time I called the front desk to complain, the gentleman said "are they smoking on the patio again" before I even had a chance to tell him my complaint. After the 3rd call to the front desk, I decided to confront them myself and complain. It wasn't pleasant. The one who acted as if he were in charge refused to give me his name when asked, and turned around and walked back into the unit. The other gentleman did say he was not a smoker but would make sure the others would stop.
When speaking to the other staff at checkout, I was told the sales people do not work directly for the resort, but they would make sure my copmplaint was conveyed to the correct management. I suggested they should levy fines of $250 against the smokers or their management company and maybe they could get them to stop.
Needless to say, I have not been contacted by any management of the resort yet (they were always off the property when I asked to speak to one). We will definetly go back to this resort but we will make sure we are not placed any where in the vacinity of the sales office in the future.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2013 via mobile

The resort is just perfect. Beautiful views, very nice and new and clean, friendly staff, and great location!
We were so happy here. I'm always hesitant about staying somewhere new, but I was so impressed!
The resort was just close enough to Sedona and Jerome but not in the heart of tourist town.
Highly recommend!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Columbus, Ohio
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190 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2013

We booked this as a timeshare swap through RCI. It's a short drive from Sedona and Sedona activities; the nice part being away from Sedona is that you get to see the beauty of it each time you drive into town. I called a few days ahead before to make sure our reservation was still good (I can be overly cautious). The desk was courteous and helpful. A couple days before the concierge called to see if we were all set and if we needed help with any planning.

We arrived early and the staff welcomed us. We spoke with the concierge for a few minutes. She told us about the welcoming reception the next morning at 9 with vendors who could offer us tour packages; we already had a jeep tour reserved at that time or we would have attended the reception. She offered us many free tour tickets to attend a 90 minute hassle free sales pitch; since we already had a full schedule and weren't looking to buy we politely declined. She didn't push.

We had a two bedroom unit. It actually consisted of two units-a studio plus a one bedroom. It is one of the nicest, if not the nicest, RCI units we've stayed in. It has a classic southwest feel, it's new, and beautiful. The pool is close by as is the complimentary laundry (it had some detergent in the room also). There's also a golf course within walking distance as well as an adults only spa area. You can also participate in activities at their sister resort, Sedona Pines Resort, just a few minutes down the road.

The only negative is it costs a lot of RCI points (to be expected) and no washing machines in the units.

It's conveniently located to all things Sedona, Cottonwood, and Jerome. Highly, highly recommended.

Room Tip: Ask how close it is to the pool. Some rooms face the pool, and I'm glad ours didn't.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Cleveland
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Our family of four spent 10 days from 6/15-6/25. We were completely comfortable in the 2 bedroom combined unit. We could have gotten by with the 1 bedroom, but our preteens LOVED having their own kitchenette and separate space. We booked through RCI and are completely convinced we chose the best resort in or near Sedona after checking out the other resorts we had considered.

The Highlands had everything we needed for a great lodging experience. The rooms were clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the porch on the 1 br. portion (the studio apartments don't have one), and we found everything we needed for cooking and drink-mixing in well-supplied kitchen (kitchenettes in the studio apt. don't have as many supplies and there isn't a regular oven). In our 2 br. apartment, we had 4 televisions including one in the kitchen of the studio so there was a view from each bed or sleeper sofa. There was also an ipod speaker in each living room, though I'm glad I brought my own as there wasn't any music at the pool. The bathroom was equipped with a full-sized hair dryer and plenty of towels, soaps, etc. They also give you enough detergent and softener for 2 loads of laundry. Extras are available for $0.75 in the laundry room. There were 5 washers and 6 dryers and we never had problems finding open ones. I wished I had packed lighter as doing laundry while playing at the pool was not a problem.

The resort is a little off the beaten path which was also appreciated. It was a quick drive to the Super Wal-Mart (about 5-8 minutes) and restaurants in Cottonwood, though. The golf course clubhouse is about 100 yards from the condos and the guys enjoyed their experience golfing there. Though we went in June, they golfed all morning and early afternoon and were comfortable. (It's true what they say about humiditiy... it was 95 degrees, but 5% humidity and we barely sweated at all). Though there are signs posted that "rattlesnakes are everywhere", we never saw one or any scorpions... my biggest fears of going to Arizona. There were reports of Javelinas (wild pigs) in the area, but we didn't see them.

The staff at "The Highlands" is great and we found the security guards to be friendly and helpful. There was no pressure sales, but lots of help choosing great places to see. Here is my top 5 things we did...

5) Jerome - Old mining town about 15-20 minutes from The Highlands. We started at the Douglass Mansion and watched the movie about the town. If you don't enjoy learning history or seeing artifacts, skip it. Stop at the well that is right by the mansion... the kids enjoyed looking down the mine. A Jerome resident told me that when influenza wiped out the town, they threw the bodies down the old wells. Thus, there are many strange happenings in the town! Downtown Jerome is a lot of interesting shops and restaurants, but fair warning... most stores are open from 10ish to 5ish, so don't go early or late. We ate at the Haunted Hamburger, and enjoyed the views and food.

4) Hiking in Sedona. Since we had kids, we did short hikes. We especially enjoyed the Boynton Canyon hike which ends at a vortex site. There is a ranger station on Rt. 179 outside of Oak Creek which is a good place to stop and buy your "red rock pass" which you need to park at many of the trailheads. You can also get it at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown Sedona and many of the trailheads have vending machines for them. Go to the airport lookout area to watch the sunset, too!

3) Slide rock - Cost $20 per car in the summer and the water is COLD! But, it was so much fun and a great thing to do with the kids on a hot day. Bring a picnic lunch and lots of sunscreen as there isn't much shade. Gets really crowded mid-day and on the weekends. We got there at about 9am and there were probably 25 people there... was closer to 200 as we left around 1pm.

2) Grand Canyon - about a 2 1/2 hr. drive, but you're this close, so just go! We drove up 89a to 17 to 40W on the way there. It was scenic, but driving 17 instead of 89 from Flagstaff on the way home seemed faster. When you get to the Canyon, people we met at the pool recommended driving to the visitor's center, parking and walking along the rim to the west. When you get tired, you can catch a bus back to the visitor's center. Pick up your car and drive east, stopping at the lookout points and ending at the lookout tower. Keep heading east and catch 89 back to Flagstaff. (We ate at the Beaver St. Brewery in Flagstaff on our way back and everyone loved their dinners). Our kids also picked up stuff at the visitor's center and did the Jr. ranger program. Part of this is listening to a ranger talk. We picked the shortest one (20 min. long) that fit our schedule and found it to be extremely informative and the kids loved earning their ranger badge.

1) Everyone in our group agrees we had the MOST fun renting Jeeps from Barlows in Sedona and going off-road exploring. We did Soldier's Pass and Broken Arrow in our 4 hr. rental. Both had great views, but enjoyed the little extra challenge and multiple areas to stop and explore the rocks in the Broken Arrow excursion. Why pay extra to ride in the back of a pink jeep when you can have some extra fun and drive your own? Booking ahead of time is recommended and you must have insurance info. with you. If you want a ride-along experience, the red-jeep guides seemed to provide a more adventurous experience and the pink jeep people seemed like they were giving a historical/ informational tour.

Other things we did... visited Tuzigoot and Montezuma's castle. Nothing too exciting, but good for the kids' social studies awareness. Went to Blazin M Ranch... the night started out OK (kids learned how to lasso a cow and shoot a gun), but the actual show (we saw a murder mystery), could have ended a lot sooner. Dinner was just OK. Went to Bearizona... it was cool, but about 1 1/2 hr. drive. If you don't plan on staying long at the Grand Canyon, you could do both in the same day as it is right on the way and only takes about 1 1/2 hrs. to see. Ate at Oaxaca Mexican Restaurant in downtown... only good because of the view from the upstairs patio. Shopped downtown and at Tlaquepaque - even the kids enjoyed looking at all the interesting items (and looking for the lucky javelinas and checking out the ice cream & chocolate shops). We also ate at Oak Creek Brewery and Grill (probably our favorite meal of vacation) which is in the Tlaquepaque area. Locals also recommended going to the fish hatchery which is between the resort and Sedona on Page Springs Rd. (also near 2 wineries), but we didn't make it. Heard good things about the African Safari, too, but chose Bearizona instead.

Only negatives I can say about the whole place was that our shower didn't drain right and the pool got crowded at times. Some people said they were from Sedona and had "day use" privileges. Not sure what that was about, but it did get noisy and crowded, usually around 4pm. There is a separate "adults only" spa, but there were only 4 lounge chairs and a few regular chairs. It would be nice to see them put in a splash park and zero entry pool area for kids when they complete the other two buildings. All in all, no complaints! A great vacation and wonderful place to stay!

Room Tip: All buildings have good and bad views depending on what type of room you have and where your room is...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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Hampton, Virginia
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Reviewed 6 July 2013

Having read reviews of Building E, we asked for anything but and got Building C, which fronts the highway just like E. We had no complaints about noise. We had an efficiency, I guess and it was suitable for two who ate out a lot. We took the tour to get the Verde Valley Railroad ride and were surprised that the sell was NOT hard. I did find the placement of the gas grills right next to the trash containers was a bit awkward.
I enjoyed the geocaching in the area as well as the proximity to many great places to visit - Sedona, Montezuma's Castle and others.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Highlands Resort at Verde Ridge
Address: 625 S Verde Santa Fe Pkwy, Cornville, AZ 86325-4910
Region: United States > Arizona > Cornville
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Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Cornville
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Number of rooms: 59
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