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
- 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
This hotel is right in the center of town which makes it a breeze to walk to restaurants and shops. The pool has a great view of the red rocks. And we love that they welcomed our fur baby. We got a room on the main floor the that opened right onto a grassy lawn. Our kiddos loved the pool. This is a great choice for a family and for anyone traveling with a dog.
Nice hotel, great room off Oak Creek! Beautiful pool, loved the restaurant and bar tenders (they all made great cocktails). Food was wonderful, deviled eggs are a must!
We hiked along the creek, close to shopping
The view from the room was amazing - we ate breakfast on our balcony each morning. The valet parking was handy and the shuttle service was very convenient. The only problem was that our room didn't have enough towels, even though it was known that we would have 4 people staying in our room. The s’mores and stargazing time should also be clearer, as we were told that it was from 8-10, but on Monday night we went in at 8:00 and found that s’mores was at 6-8 and the stargazing was canceled because it was too cloudy.
We were so impressed by their superb customer service, from the valet to the restaurant staff to the most thoughtful front desk. The property itself is in a beautiful location. The one bedroom suite perfect for a family and pet. The spa is great too.
Amara was a really cozy spot tucked down off the center of town along a lovely little creek and with gorgeous mountain views. Absolutely a stellar location.
Cozy goes to describe the 'resort' feel. It is by no means a resort in terms of what you expect when going to say a Four Seasons or like brand. It is a small, boutique hotel with tastefully done amenities. The pool is small, and the pool area small and crowded. The lawn area which is a highlight is also petite, but not too crowded, at least we didn't find it to be. The restaurant is good, and expands most of the common space. It was really quite good, but, I would say worth checking out other spots while there, too.
The rooms are just large enough with good space, but small in some regards due to the nature of the hotel which is the feature to scenery and allow for balconies show casing this. I think this is a major highlight, and something that is a huge plus of the hotel, so it did not bother us at all. I can see how some may have expected more grand rooms, the lobby area is large and beautiful.
Service was OK. Bell/door/valet was WONDERFUL.Highlight for us. Front Desk was lukewarm. Helpful when approached but not the most outgoing or friendly-this is not the Kimpton way, so I was a bit surprised.
Free shuttle to take you around town was wonderful, they are prompt and quick. The coffee, tea, and morning yoga offered is a great touch too and makes the resort fee a little less of a sting. I highly suggest taking advantage of these offerings, including wine hour, as it is fun to chat with other guests who are traveling and just be in the lobby in general.
Spa experience was great-I do suggest checking out their Balance massage, the four of us traveling tried it and all really enjoyed the spa time we had.
Overall, I suggest staying here-Kimpton is my go-to choice, but just be aware of expectations going in, as the price tag is a little hearty (even in the off season) for the 'cozy' nature.