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“Stunning Museum Like Courtyard and Art/Reasonable Priced Rooms/ Lovely Staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hotel El Fuerte
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in El Fuerte
Sedona, Arizona
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80 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Stunning Museum Like Courtyard and Art/Reasonable Priced Rooms/ Lovely Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2011

I loved staying at the family run Hotel El Fuerte. Walking into the hacienda every time is a treat as you can see art, and furniture that Silvia has collected for decades from all over Mexico. If you are an art lover, this will not disappoint. In fact, I found it much more interesting and high quality than the museum right next door.They even have a fascinating Pancho Villa room with all sorts of old photos that must be quite rare.
As a woman traveling alone, I also feel very comfortable with the safety aspect of the hacienda and court room set up.. the rooms are inside, not on the street and someone stays up all night to make sure if we need anything they are there.
Prices on the rooms were very reasonable, and I found the bed in my room(31) to be quite large and comfortable..
I was on my way to Copper Canyon during my visit, and was really touched when Silvia told me Mi Casa Su Casa.. I felt she really meant it and I was enclosed in the family fold.
If I go back to El Fuerte, I would not hesitate to return here.

Room Tip: I was happy with 31.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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442 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2011

Recommended by the 3 Amigos. Arrived late and tired. Welcome less than overwhelming. Shown to stiffling hot room on the top floor. No information in the rooms and no obvious chance of getting a cold drink in the hotel so we turned on the aircon and went for a walk in the town square. Finally came across a small bar/restaurant attached to La Choza hotel which also were decidedly unwelcoming, but had the necessary cold beer. Had a very uncomfortable first night at hotel despite being exhausted. Beds very hard, aircon really noisy and not very efficient. After a day out 'siteseeing' and exploring the area we spent the afternoon in the dipping pool at the hotel, before going out for supper. The hotel had obviously put us in a third rate room and offered to move us to a much better room on the first floor. As there was hardly anyone in the hotel we felt that the owners could have made a lot more effort. Not great to be honest and we would have given 2 stars all round if they hadn't moved us for the second night.

Room Tip: El Fuerte could learn some lessons from San Miguel de Allende on tourism
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank PhilandRuth
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Glendale, Arizona
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2011

This hotel is very beautiful and a great find in the area. However, the beds were officially the worst I have ever slept on while traveling. I was in room 17 with two double bed and slept on each one with no avail. I woke up constantly having to shift around because it was so uncomfortable. There are no heaters in the rooms and Feb had record low temps. The front desk was very nice in providing extra blankets. I would suggest bringing earplugs as the music from the town can penetrate the rooms easily because of the open courtyard. On a positive note the bass/shrimp combo with rice was the best meal I had the entire trip and even if I don't stay here again I will return for the meal.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 1SweetWorld
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Bellevue, Washington
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122 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2010

The Hotel El Fuerte, in the city of the same name, is a rare find. Located near the town square and cathedral the heart of the hotel is a 300 year old hacienda. It has been expanded and modernized many times and now is an eclectic first class hotel. The modern rooms vary in size so the guests cannot be sure how big their rooms will be. Ours was a large two bed room while others were in more cramped quarters. But, if you have a sense of adventure, the room gamble is worth it.

Bright colors and an assortment of collectables are scattered around the building, much of which is open to the sky over the enclosed courtyard. You can spend hours walking around the buildings, photographing the nick knacks. The owner has collected old sewing machines.

Don’t expect a pool/resort atmosphere but you will find a wonderful in town hotel, convenient to the fort and other downtown attractions.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank freelancesteve
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Jupiter, Florida
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59 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2010

This place is a 350 yr old spanish hacienda converted to a hotel. It's beautiful! And they have a restaurant on site for breakfast. See our photos as part of our entire Copper Canyon trip, hotel photos are in the beginning. http://www.flickr.com/photos/strangebird/sets/72157625170407748/
We started our Copper Canyon train journey from El Fuerte. Pretty little Colonial town, not much to do, very quiet, but that's OK we needed a little R&R time before beginning our trip. Use 3 Amigos for some fun here http://www.amigos3.com/index.php?go=destinations&et=el-fuerte - we did the rowboat river tour. Ate at El Meson del General every night there. The Hotel called a taxi for us to get to the train in the morning, and had a taxi waiting for us on our return to the town.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LLee2010
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florida
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39 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2010

Beautiful, comfortable hotel. A wonderful experience. Lots of genuine artwork and collectables for decoration. A rooftop view of the city and sky at night. Also, food was good!

  • Stayed February 2010
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank charlie854
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Los Angeles, California
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949 reviews
403 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 618 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2009

If you like a lot of junk you will like this place. A true collector of Mexican Artesanias with a few of other countries thrown in, but it is nicely displayed. Great location. The rooms were clean and the beds hard, but I still had a good night sleep. No food since we were the only ones in the hotel. We had coffee one morning sent to the room and it was terrible. Decent towels and regular amenities. Reception was very accommodating. The best restaurant to have Langoustines was La Choza followed by the General. Nice clean old town. The river trip was too short. Televison, no Internet and no phone in the room. We had the trip arranged by tres amigos who did a pretty good job overall.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Starviagera
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Property: Hotel El Fuerte
Address: Calle Montes Claros 37, El Fuerte 81820, Mexico
Region: Mexico > Pacific Coast > Sinaloa > El Fuerte
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in El Fuerte
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel El Fuerte 4*
Number of rooms: 45
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