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
My family (ages 19-52) stayed at the Kimpton Amara Resort last week. As for the hotel itself, it could use some updates (new carpet, new mattresses, new beds, new bedding (our comforter had stains on it), bigger bathroom counter space, and the glass doors to each wing good stand to be cleaned). The Salt Rock restaurant was very good. We had breakfast once and a late night snack, and all were very, very good. The bartender and bar is outstanding!! We had a fabulous time in Sedona, and will return again, but probably not stay at the Kimpton Amara Resort.
My husband and I stayed at the Kimpton Amara for 1 night when we were in Sedona and it was NOT worth it for the cost. We booked through Chase Ultimate Rewards points and if we had booked with cash, it would have cost us the equivalent of $480. Completely NOT worth it. I would pay $200, maybe close to $300 for the room we got but would NEVER pay $480. The room was fine. But it wasn't anything special and the property wasn't that great to justify the cost. The pool was fine, but not that special or big. The restaurant on site had an extremely limited menu for lunch. Everything about the whole experience was just fine. Not great. Not 5 star worthy which is what I would expect for that cost.
Had a girl trip to Sedona and stayed at Amara. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. But, a very special shout goes out to Juan our waiter at The Salt Rock Kitchen on property. He took care of us and was so knowledgeable about all the food and crafted margaritas. He is a huge asset to the resort. Also, the Valet Andy who shuttled us to every restaurant and bar to get the real flavor is Sedona. Thanks Andy and Juan. U both made our trip!!!
We splurged on this since we would be traveling without our kids and it was well worth it. Free yoga class in the AM. Bikes available to ride. Excellent staff who sends texts to make sure you are enjoying your stay. Very fast and friendly valet workers. I got the best sleep ever here compared to all other hotels I've stayed in. It really was quiet which is another reason we stayed here. The pool was relaxing as well.
We used points for our stay to see if this is a hotel we would like. So the room did not come with a great view, but many rooms do have a great view. WiFi was great and included in the price, and the room was modern and very clean. Hotel has direct access to the Oak Creek river so you can take walks along the bank of the river. Valet parking was included. The hotel also provides shuttle service for both drop off and pick up to just about anywhere in the main town of Sedona. This was extremely convenient and allowed for a very relaxed and enjoyable stay. You never had to worry about parking.
Hotel staff were very helpful at all times. The view from the restaurant was great. This made for a beautiful place to have an enjoyable breakfast.
We definitely plan to stay here on a future visit.