Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa
What We Love
- Oak Creek is so close you can almost feed the ducks from your room
- Nightly lobby wine hour from 5 to 6 p.m.
- Free Public cruiser bikes for exploring
What To Know
- The uphill walk to shops can wind you, but there's a shuttle that's included in the resort fee
- Very pet-friendly, so if you're allergic, be warned
- Poolside rooms are a bit noisier than the others
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
While the hotel has some good bones, with its adobe-hued buildings blending into the red rock backdrop, the look in the lobby is much more modern lodge, with beamed ceilings, wrought iron and candle-like chandeliers, and a muted palette of creams and browns. The guest rooms are organized into winglike blocks, and many look out across Oak Creek to the red rocks, which inspired the copper, crimson, and cinnamon color scheme. Starting at 380 square feet, the rooms are not large for the area, but they all feel indulgent, with high-thread-count linens and exclusive-to-Kimpton bath products by C.O. Bigelow. While the hotel’s Hundred Rox restaurant is too open to the lobby to feel intimate, many people walk right through the dining room anyway so they can be served outside, where the mountain views are better and the fire pits are a before- and after-dinner draw. At breakfast, the granola parfait is encouragement to go back for the yoga mat you’ll find in your room—or, better yet, to the Amara Spa, where free group yoga sessions are held every morning. Afterward, cool down in the infinity pool or soothe your muscles in the hot tub.
In the Area
Sedona inspires everybody to take a hike. The Hike House can help you find the right one for you. Or if your style isn’t pedestrian, go off road with Pink Jeep Tours. For a more urban walk, wander among the courtyards and alleys of the delightful but nearly unpronounceable upscale shopping area known as Tlaquepaque. For some of the most acclaimed fare in the Southwest, you have only to follow the creekside path a few feet to the Amara’s next door neighbor, L’Auberge de Sedona, and its L’Auberge restaurant, which has a modern American take on French cuisine that might have you trying Dungeness crab crepes or red tangerine–ink pasta.
How to Get There
What can I say? The views alone make this a fantastic pick for a Sedona vacation but all the amenities available really put it over the top. We had a spacious room that seemed much larger than most hotel rooms. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful with making reservations for meals, morning yoga, and shuttling us around town for dinner. Speaking of food, we ate breakfast here one day(rec breakfast burrito!) and dinner another day (Had a salad with salmon and it was delicious) and the food was fantastic, just really good, along with the complimentary wine hour. The pool was a smidge chilly, even though it was heated, but after a long day hiking I wanted to relax in the hot tub anyways and it did not disappoint! Great spurge for a girls weekend away to celebrate some milestone birthdays! Would definitely recommend and hope to be back some day!
Not really about the Glen Campbell's song but thought it would get someone's attention. We traveled to Sedona early November and what a terrific experience. We stayed at the Amara Resort and it was exquisite. Service was impeccable, location was perfect and the resort itself was amazing. From the bell stand, front desk and restaurant the staff were outstanding. They were courteous, kind and so very helpful. Go for the ambiance and environment as the rooms are okay--clean and tidy--but not over the top. But then it's the scenery you go for and the resort has that and more.
I spoke with the manager about these concerns so this may be redundant...Lamps were loose and broken, dust everywhere, smears on the mirrors, dust inside the frame of the mirror and along the caulking, worn paint, stains on the chair, browned pillow and bolster, the carpet had a wet spot when we walking, drips on the headboard. Stains all along the carpet in the hallway and there was a strange white dust with handprints outside our room. I ended up cleaning the dust and walls along the entry way and bathroom, it was pretty gross. The other major issue was the bed! Had I only believed the other reviews we would have stayed elsewhere. We are both 39 and we felt like we aged on those beds. They are rock hard--not in a good way.
Obviously the hotel is cool but when you take a look it is actually quite dirty and worn. Not a 5 star experience and we likely won't be back until there is a refresh. the saving grace of this stay was the friendly staff. I spoke with one housekeeping person who informed me that there were only 4 of them for the entire property. that is unacceptable. There is no way 4 people can handle that work load and certainly not in a thorough or timely fashion. At least 2 days of our stay we did not get housekeeping. we just started requesting it when we saw them so that we knew it would be done. One day we told them it was ok to skip us because it was 5pm and we were already back to the room. The outside pool area is really beautiful but the cushion are torn, some along the seams and some right down the middle. the main entrance bell installation is thick with cobwebs and there are grease wipes all down the walls of the hallways. Despite the kind service we walked away feeling like we would have been better off staying somewhere that was less money and cleaner.
Jill was an excellent massage therapist! I felt totally taken care of by her and if my schedule had allowed it, I would have returned to her for another service.
Morning yoga with Janette was a total treat. I am teacher trained and she was fantastic at teaching a very mixed group of yogis. I was impressed with her teaching style and her ability to be nimble.