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
We used trip Advisor to find this Hotel last minute and were not disappointed. We arrived late and they were outstanding and gave us a late check out. Beautiful rooms and grounds. We are planning to go back soon. Staff was wonderful too. The restaurant food was top notch. Left a piece of clothing and they mailed it to us. Wonderful pool and Spa.
This property charges a daily resort fee ($31 plus tax), so as a rule I give it one star regardless of any other quality. Please do the same for all properties that charge these nuisance fees, or they will never change their ways.
We were very underwhelmed by the Kimptom Amara Sedona. The hotel was average quality but the service was subpar. Housekeeping was consistently late. I left an item of clothing in the hotel and called within one hour of checking out, but Tia at the front desk said she was "understaffed" so couldn't help me. I left several voicemails and called many times without anyone willing to help me. For the price of this hotel, I would have expected at least one employee to take the initiative and help me. The most helpful employees I encountered were the valet. I would not recommend this hotel and would not stay here again.
My husband and I recently honeymooned at Amara Resort and were disappointed with our room accommodations from the start. I originally sought out the Amara as our destination to elope and honeymoon, but after a change in plans we decided only on the honeymoon. We emailed the resort ahead of time asking the concierge for recommendations on things to do indicating we would be celebrating our honeymoon with Amara. We received a very detailed email providing many suggestions for things to do, and expressing the hotels EXCITEMENT for celebrating our honeymoon with them. However, when we arrived, the hotel in no way acknowledged our honeymoon with no celebratory amenities what-so-ever. We were placed in an average room with "views" of the alleyway (minimal view of the mountains) but constant deliveries, trash in the alley, staff etc. -- no privacy to open the blinds what-so-ever. When we made the reservation there was indication of a balcony, however, the balcony was a small standing-only area, so there was no "enjoying the views" from our room. We must have had the room that was located nearest to the heating and air conditioner for the resort, because we heard the off and on our entire stay and throughout the night. If we wanted to enjoy a cup of coffee, we had to leave the room and visit the lobby in order to do so, as there is no in-room coffee maker provided. The room was decorated nicely however, the couch was uncomfortable and worn. The staff was somewhat accommodating, however we once turned away housecleaning because we were in the middle of getting ready and asked that they return in an hour, they agreed, but never returned that day. We called down for ice, said they would send it up; it was never delivered.
We called the spa and scheduled couple's massage and indicated that we were a IHG rewards club member and they indicated we would receive 20% off the massage, we did not.
When we went to check-out, my husband addressed some of our concerns with staff and the only rectification they offered was the 20% discount on the spa services and an apology.
Overall an average stay for an overpriced resort and highly let-down. We have stayed at far less expensive hotels, and received more amenities (including some type of continental breakfast, coffee, keurings in room, etc., and better overall satisfaction with our room and stay.
We will not be recommending the Amara and while we do plan on returning to Sedona for anniversaries, we will be staying at other accommodating locations.
Rooms are very clean and nicely decorated, but the real bonus at this location is the large patio deck, with fire pits, additional area with Adirondack chairs and infinity pool with hot tub overlooking a gorgeous redrock mountain range. Free coffee & tea, water and iced tea and daily happy hour in the lobby, very good bar and restaurant, super nice staff make it easy to book a return stay. It’s steps away from downtown, offers free valet parking and yoga classes. Great for a girls weekend or romantic getaway!