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
Well, we booked Amara to have that “boutique hotel” experience in Sedona & it was ok..let’s start with the good!
The valet was nice, free for guests (unheard of) and they drive you within a mile radius complimentary! They have a free wine happy hour between 5-6pm daily, and the view from the restaurant patio is very nice. The creek area down the slope is tranquil. The Meh parts: the restaurant is just ok, the menu options are just ok, the room was small (although having a patio helped) the pool & lounge area is VERY small, and overall the hotel needs a refresh.
I’m giving it 4 out of 5 because the good things out weigh the bad:)
We have a room with balcony with a incredible view on the red mountain. The view was Impressive.
The swimming pool and the bar was a perfect place to relax. Regarding the restaurant, for breakfast or dining : it was really a quality of food top of the top. Congratulations to the team.
This is the place to be.
Pros: pet friendly, no hidden fees
Beautiful property, pool, location
Good Bar layout, friendly. Open area to socialize and enjoy.
Cons: valet parking ONLY
we did not have a coffee maker in room. No continental breakfast. Coffee service in lobby ends at 9am. Town is walking distance however- HUGE hill to walk up.