You’re just beneath the busy center of Sedona, but you’d never know it at this luxurious boutique, styled as a French country retreat. (“Auberge” means “country inn.”) The setting is unbeatable: L’Auberge sits on the banks of Oak Creek, shaded by towering sycamore trees; the air is suffused with the rustling sound of flowing water. Along the creek many of the rooms are free-standing rustic cottages, with big porches and outdoor showers. (There are traditional showers inside, too.) There’s also a row of units on the cliff above the creek. Everything was redone in the last few years; the interiors are as comfortable and top-tier as you can imagine, right down to the giant TV and those expensive hard-to-figure-out European coffee machines that end up giving you only half a cup of coffee. Rooms are either right on the water or perched above Oak Creek Canyon, the latter with killer views of the iconic red buttes. A daily service fee means no tips to the staff; the hotel has a fleet of shuttles to take you to local restaurants or just up the hill. There are two restaurants, one upscale casual and one swanky; the latter is ingeniously designed to place every table creekside.