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Cottonwood Hotel in Cottonwood, AZ

Cottonwood Hotel in Cottonwood, AZ


The Cottonwood Hotel is Cottonwood AZ  a 1917 prohibition-era upper floor boutique hotel offering Specialty Lodging with inn hospitality. Small, rare 1-of-a-Kind places to stay in the Verde Valley, you'll experience the comforts of today with a 'Trip to the Past', a nice alternative to traditional hotels and motels. Located in a small western Old Town, downtown Cottonwood Commercial Historic District, you can walk to dining, breakfast, several wine tasting rooms (the largest section of the Verde Valley Wine Trail), bars, tavern, distillery, beer tasting, boutique stores, antique shops, galleries, bookstores, music, hiking, Verde River, birding, biking, disc golf, horseback riding, more. Jerome 6mi, Sedona 16 mi, borders Clarkdale, Verde Canyon Railroad 3 mi, close to Cornville, Page Springs vineyards, wineries. Stay where legions stayed such as John Wayne, Gail Russell and Mae West. NOTE: We have (1) main floor vacation rental unit that is dog-friendly. No pet allowed in the upper floor hotel.


Established in 1917.

Cottonwood, AZ first and most historic hotel where Arizona bootlegger 'Kings', gangsters, renown 1920's spiritualist, lecturer and psychic, Mae West and others stayed during the prohibition. Followed by John Wayne romancing Gail Russell here during their 1946 filming of 'Angel and the Badman.  The hotel location was also used in some classic movie scenes like 'Stay Away, Joe' starring Elvis Presley; 'Desert Fury' starring Burt Lancaster, John Hodiac, 'Lisabeth Scott and 'Dudes' starring Jon Cryer. Pop Clanton, Tombstone's OK Corral Shoot-Out survivor use to park his wagon out front advertising for the hotel. The canvas read, "Pull in and spend the night, this is a good town!" Pop's dog was trained to smoked a pipe and entertained those who past by!


Company Info:

Rating: 4.65

Address: 930 N Main St, Cottonwood, AZ, 86326
  • Mon: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Tue: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Wed: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Thu: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Fri: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sat: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm

Hotels in Cottonwood, AZ



Comments (17):

1. Paula C.
My sister and I had been going to Cottonwood to visit our father for years.  After staying at the usual chain motels located in Cottonwood, we decided to try something different.  After a search on Google, I came across the Cottonwood Hotel located in Old Town Cottonwood.  What a find!  Karen, the owner, has done an incredible job restoring this hotel that has such history.  You can tell she has put her entire heart and soul into it.  The rooms vary in size but our favorite is the John Wayne suite.  Since we were there for an extended stay, this room had a kitchen which was a wonderful amenity.  This hotel may be historical but Karen has furnished it with modern conveniences, high-count linens and yes, you might even find a flat screen TV.  There is also a patio overlooking downtown where you can sip your wine and watch the beautiful desert sky changing colors.  You couldn't ask for a better location.  All the good restaurants, cafes, antique shops, etc... are located on this street.  Plus you are located near Jerome, Sedona, Page Springs etc...all within a short drive.

18/01/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
2. Ron T.
My wife and I came here for an extra-long weekend (4 nights) and liked it a lot. We were in the John Wayne Suite, full kitchen, separate bedroom, living room. Small but serviceable bathroom, fine because leaves more room for the suite. Absolutely love the shared balcony across the front of the second floor, looking out over the street. Had coffee there in the mornings and often happy hour, sometimes even dinner in the evenings. Nice place to meet and socialize with the other guests. Real nice restaurants steps away, trailhead for the "Jail Trail" two blocks away. Host/owner Karen is terrific, we really felt at home, and she has great suggestions on local touring and dining.

02/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
3. James A.
Owner went out of way to provide outstanding customer service, we were there celebrating our wedding anniversary and it was fabulous. Stayed in the John Wayne room (2) very clean and the remodel was nicely done, gotta remember that this is an old Hotel that has been restored, very close to the wine tasting rooms and local eats, if you love history this is the place to stay

24/02/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
4. Whitney M.
My partner and I decided to take a trip to Cottonwood for the labor day weekend. After an extensive amount of time spent looking online at accommodations in the area, we finally settled on Cottonwood Hotel. Not too many months prior, we had stayed at Hotel Connor in Jerome and we enjoyed our stay in that Boutique Hotel so much that we decided to try another one. The great thing about staying at an independent hotel is that the lodging can be just as much fun as the rest of the trip is. Fortunately, the Cottonwood Hotel did not in any way disappoint.

From the moment that we arrived on Friday to the minute that we left on Sunday, we enjoyed every moment that we spent at the hotel. In fact, from the minute that we arrived, the hotel owner was equally gracious as she was hospitable. After we were taken to our room and had a moment to put our stuff down, she took us on a tour of the property explaining small details and local lore as we went. The best part, hands down, was the second-story balcony that looks down on Main Street.

The room itself was very nice and cozy. The pictures on the website don't really do the room justice. Before we arrived I was concerned, based on having looked at the pictures, that the room might be tight and cramped and the bed a tad on the short side. This was not the case at all. There was plenty of space in the room itself and the bed was wonderfully soft and comfortable. I also loved the small touches like the wine glasses and bottle opener. I mean it would seem obvious that a room called "The Wine Room" would have these things, but chain hotels tend to overlook the small details.

Of course, my favorite part was that the hotel itself is within walking distance of everything that we wanted to do while in Cottonwood. There are a ton of wineries in the area and many of them have tasting rooms in historic downtown Cottonwood. To be honest, we spent most of our time here. Our favorite was Burning Tree Cellars which has a wonderful and knowledgeable staff, and, of course, great wine! But we also thoroughly enjoyed our chocolate and wine pairing at Pillsbury.

All in all, it was a great weekend. We will definitely be back!

18/09/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
5. jp t.
My wife and I were originally intending to stay up in Sedona, but after looking at the limited selection of available rooms, we decided to find a place in Cottonwood, since our friends were getting married in Cottonwood anyways.

We came across the Cottonwood Hotel and after reading up on it, my wife fell in love with the original clawfoot tub in the suite and I was ectstatic abou John Wayne and Mae West staying in the hotel.  We ended up booking the Mae West suite for two nights.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by Karen, the innkeeper, and she welcomed us like we were family.  After showing us the suite, she walked us out to the balcony and told us all about the wine-tasting locations, restaurants and the antique stores up and down main street.  Being adventurists, my wife and I were excited by the local information.  I won't go into details, but we tried as many of the places we could in 2.5 days that Karen recommended to us.  

We ran into Karen later that night at the Vineyard Bistro (which was amazing by the way) and struck up another conversation with her about Cottonwood.  After 1.5 hours of sitting with her, there is no question that she has a passion for the Cottonwood Hotel and the city of Cottonwood.  If you stay here, you'll have to take the time to sit with her; believe me, you won't regret it.

The suite itself was quaint, and just what I would hope for a historic hotel; I could picture John Wayne and Mae West walking up the same stairs and retiring to the same suite.  I loved the clawfoot tub, the hardwood floors, and the overall vibe of the place.

I would highly recommend the Cottonwood Hotel to anybody.  The value of learning about the hotel and the city are well worth the price of the room.  Karen is working hard toward remodeling the hotel, and I wish I won the lottery, because I would donate money to help her out.  If you're a nostalgic person like me, this hotel is truly a gem!

01/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
6. Jason B.
My wife and I stayed here for one night this weekend.  This is the only hotel on Main Street which was perfect because that's exactly where we wanted to be.  There a several bars/restaurants/wine-tasting rooms/etc. all within walking distance.  It isn't the fanciest place ever but it is a great lil' boutique hotel that gives off a nice old-Cottonwood vibe.  For about $100/night you really can't go wrong.  

The owner/manager is a nice lady who loves to chat about anything and everything Cottonwood.  She lives and breathes the place and will go out of her way to be as hospitable as possible.

Anyway, the room was clean and comfortable and I would stay there again.

28/02/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
7. Dianna B.
I needed to stay in a hotel close to ASIS for a class that I was taking, and after reading over the choices that were offered, I opted to book at the Cottonwood Hotel. I liked the room offerings, the pictures and descriptions really sold me. But it was nothing compared to when I arrived. The host/Owner, Karen is really personable, the property is very nicely decorated. And on this particular weekend, the city of Cottonwood was hosting their Annual Chocolate Walk. What more could someone want? How about the perfect viewing location for the annual Christmas Parade.  My particular room, The Mae West Room (#4) is quite lavish with a claw foot tub, a sitting area, and queen sized bed that was super comfortable.  

If ever we find ourselves back in this general area, and I'm certain that it will happen again, we will make reservations to stay here and no place else.  It felt like home, not a hotel room. Thanks Karen!

08/12/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
8. Jeff K.
This is where we always stay when we visit old town Cottonwood. The owner is very friendly and the rooms are all unique with old  furniture but modern conveniences. Located right in the heart of it all and you can walk everywhere.

24/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Kartika T.
This was a perfect place to stay while visiting for a wine tasting. Karen was an absolute delight! She maintains a beautiful and unique hotel. The room was very clean, nicely decorated, and all the amenities you would need. Perfect place to stay to experience this little town. This will be our place from now on.

21/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Hilary H.
Absolutely loved this place! My boyfriend and I rented the apartment suite and it was wonderful. The owner does a great job at keeping it clean, comfortable, and nice. She even gave us free wine tasting tickets to some of the local wineries. We will definitely be coming back again.

17/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
11. N M.
This hotel is very old and very tastefully decorated and cared for. Very happy with the accomadations. We stayed in the downstairs area where we had a bedroom, our friends had another bedroom and we shared a mini kitchen/sitting room. The beds, pillows,bedding were very comfortable. And everything was super clean. Would recommend others to stay here to enjoy the area.

19/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
12. Rob W.
My wife and I stayed here over the 4th of July weekend and had an amazing experience. This hotel is right in the middle of the downtown area and walking distance to 4 wineries and amazing restaurants.
Karen, the owner/operator was awesome at give us a good lay of the land upon our arrival. We stayed in the constellation room which was well equipped and very comfortable.
Highly recommend this hotel

10/07/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
13. Sandi S. L.
The Only & The Best Place To Stay In Cottonwood, Arizona!  We'll Def Be Back Again... Love It!

30/11/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
14. t f.
The owner of the establishment is super sweet and gave us a formal walk through of the room and Cottonwood.  It was cute, clean, had a super comfy bed, and was in the perfect location.  Nice views of downtown from their balcony.  A little on the pricey side but worth it for the location.  We will definitely stay here again when we come to Cottonwood.

28/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
15. Brett B.
I was fortunate enough to be chosen for Yelp's field trip to the Verde Valley Canyon Railroad.  Knowing the night culminated at the Blazin' M Ranch, I wanted to secure local accommodations, as I knew I wouldn't be feelin a 2 hour drive home after a wildly fun day.

In the event confirmation, Lindsay included a link to the Cottonwood Hotel with a discount code.  That was all I needed... ROOM... BOOKED!

Karen, the proprietor was gracious, politely appearing titillated with my non-stop attempts at the humor biz, and personally escorted me to my Wine Room suite.  I found the decor appealing, and had my wife been there, she would have as well.

After a raucous night of carousing with all things west & wild, I headed for that inviting double bed... but first... stopped to relieve those sloshing iced teas I chug-a-lugged at the saloon.  After raising the seat, I let it fly... closing my eyes to become fully in-tune with what is probably the third best sensation the human body can produce.

It was right about then, that the teetering seat came crashing back down.  How can I put this?  It was like Hakeem Olajuwon jumped from the bowl and swatted my hi-pressure stream back in my general direction.  The loud crash along with the warm feeling of 'wet leg', which consequently is probably the thirty-seventh worst sensation, jarred me back to reality.

That was the only downside of this particular room.  I also enjoyed the experience again the next morning, which highlights the fact that those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

Next time I'm in town, I'll be back... this time with a chip-clip

03/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
16. Willie G.
This is the place to stay in Cottonwood. Clean, spacious room and attentive staff. Karen, the proprietor is very kind and gave a us bit of history of the hotel and the town of Cottonwood. We stayed in the Mae West room and liked it very much, especially soaking in the bathtub after day trips exploring nearby Sedona and other historical places. I highly recommend this hotel for couples or groups to get the right feel of Arizona and the attentive people behind the scenes. We are impressed.

30/04/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
17. Kathi A.
My husband and I stayed here for 1 night last weekend and found it delightful!  It is in the heart of Cottonwood's old-town Main Street, with an easy walk to restaurants and shopping.  We like to visit Cottonwood for a mini-getaway as it is a lovely, friendly town.  We have stayed at many of the other "mainstream" hotels in the area, but the Cottonwood Hotel has way more personality!  The proprietor, Karen, is friendly and so knowledgeable about the hotel's history as well as 'where to go' and 'what to do' in the area.  In addition, the rooms are fastidiously maintained--very clean and thoughtfully planned for a very comfortable and pleasant stay.  We went out on the balcony for a little while after dinner, but it was too cold to stay out very long.  We'll be back!

29/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0