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
The Amara hotel located in Sedona Az is sure to make you feel like your vacation is important to them. The staff is professional and friendly. Possibly the best in Az. You will love this location it is Beautiful!
Not a premium hotel. Room was very regular, nothing special, and service from front desk staff was lacking. Nice place, but not worth the price. Restaurant was very nice, but no tablecloths??? Nice pool setting with good view. Steep walk up and down driveway each time we wanted to go into town.
Located in Uptown Sedona the Amara Resort & Spa is just what the doctor ordered. Upon arrival we were greeted by the valet (Brian) who made us feel at home. There was a warmer feeling entering the lobby as there wasn't the traditional registration/check-in area. Instead, there are three individual podiums which seemed much more personal.The lobby has a nice open feel. On the rear side of the lobby is Saltrock Southwest Kitchen where you can dine inside or out overlooking a firepit with breathtaking red Rock views as a backdrop. Very nice vibe.
The rooms are nicely done with a modern decor. We had a room with a patio on the first floor adjacent the lounge area near the pool. You can order drinks and food from the restaurant at the pool. The pool has an infinity edge that overlooks a stream, trees and amazing red Rock formations. There is also a walking path along the stream that can be accessed on the side of the pool.
We were so busy hiking that we did not have time to experience the Spa but I'm sure the service is excellent just like the rest of our short stay at Amara. Will definitely go back!
What an awful experience - arrived later evening, and was whisked through registration, being assigned room 105. This round is apparently called a ‘patio’ room. The room was small, lacking the details we had expected, and the ‘patio’ was a four-slab area with two grubby old chairs, directly facing a wall (approx 5 feet away) and to the left, an external open air walkway (security issue? - yes!) and what appeared to be a commercial vehicle parking area. No view at all. We spoke to reception, to be told ‘that’s the only room available’. We escalated and spoke to the manager who couldn’t have been less interested and basically said: ‘leave then’. Outrageous. From various other conversations we heard going on, other guests were also experiencing problems with rooms and expectations - who wants to pay $300 for a ‘patio’ room, so that you can sit feet away from a blank wall and next to a car park area. We overheard guests complaining in the restaurant too (while we were sourcing other accommodation, as we were not intending to stay at the Amara). The staff were simply not interested, never once acknowledged our issue or unhappiness properly, never apologised and when we left, didn’t even look at us. Awful. ATA!! AVOID THE AMARA!
We arrived at the hotel and were allocated room 203, the room was so noisy the furniture physically shakes! So we went back to reception to be told the hotel was full and there was nothing they could do.
We have never seen a room like this, it should be a storage locker not a $300/night room. We discovered the room is directly above a plant room, in which we found the maintenance guy, he knew exactly which room we were complaining about without us even telling him. We asked one of the front desk staff to come to the room and even she was shocked at the noise and vibrations.
The front desk manager and team were rude and very unhelpful, they did not offer to do anything to resolve the problem or apologise in any way. The front desk manager claimed he had stayed in the room for 3 weeks and therefore it was fine... I won't share my response. The only option we were given was that they would call another hotel for us.
We ended up leaving and finding another hotel for ourselves, who were able to offer us a room at 9pm for the same night. We have left our booking agent to deal with the Amara.
Strongly recommend you avoid this hotel and look elsewhere in Sedona as there seem to be many better options.