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
I stayed one night in late November. The property is very relaxing and peaceful. They have a wine hour in the evening and a very nice patio area with fire pits to take the chill off. There is a hot tub and a heated infinity pool, which was a perfect start to a cold rainy morning. The room I had was a ground level room with small patio looking at a wall, so not the best room. The room was a little musty but ok for the price. I noted that the people above me had a dog that liked to run around and bark, so the rooms are not sound proofed very well. The SaltRock restaurant was excellent. The service was prompt and friendly and the food was delicious and priced appropriately. I would recommend an upper level room with a balcony.
From booking with the wonderful Jennifer and checking in with the very helpful Parker to all the people we encountered at Amara, everyone went out of their way to make our stay an amazing experience. We needed a place that would allow us to bring our dog, and Amara not only allows them, but is very accommodating to canines and their human families - even posting a sign welcoming them by name. The room was beautiful, clean and spacious with three balconies overlooking Oak Creek. The onsite SaltRock Kitchen served excellent food during breakfast, lunch and dinner. We also had the best facial treatments from June at the spa. Every aspect of our stay at Amara was top-notch!
We stayed at the Kimpton Amara for four days. The service is amazing! The property is so beautiful with breathtaking views everywhere you turn. The location is fantastic and the food at Salt is delicious. The service is five stars. Every employee treats you like you are the most special guest. The staff was very helpful with recommending restaurants and things to do. Truly paradise in the red rocks. The only reason that I would rate it four and a half stars is that the rooms are tired and the bathroom needs renovating. Very clean, just in need of a renovation. The beds were comfortable and the rest of the property is beautiful. We highly recommend this property!
Backs up to Oak Creek, helpful staff, close to downtown. We even swam in the pool. We had rooms side by side and couldn’t hear each other- a testament to walls. The breakfast was good. Kids liked it too.
We stayed at this hotel for eight nights in November 2018.
On arrival we were not made to feel particularly welcome and were processed by the front desk rather than greeted.
We had booked a spa room which “includes a patio with courtyard pool and partial red rock views.” This turned out to mean there was a view of a courtyard pool, which we found very misleading.
Another feature of the spa room was an oversize bath with water jets. However the water pressure was so poor that even after 30 minutes the bath water did not cover your legs. The spa bath was therefore effectively redundant.
The water pressure issue also made the shower unsatisfactory.
We had no hot water (only warm) for two days owing to a boiler problem apparently affecting the whole hotel.
We had breakfast and dinner on a number of occasions in the hotel restaurant, Salt Rock. Both food and service were very good.
The hotel bar and its staff were excellent in every respect.
The hotel has an attractive lobby with a relaxed feel and some nice touches such as the wine hour between 5.00 and 6.00 pm.
The car valet staff were friendly, efficient and helpful throughout.
The spa was also excellent with professional and friendly staff.
Housekeeping was very poor. On more than one occasion we got back from a hike after 4.00 pm to find the room had not been serviced. On two occasions towels were taken away and not replaced. On two occasions toilet paper was not left. On no occasion was the mini-bar refreshed. Cleaning appeared cursory and some areas were not dusted.
We complained to the front desk about the housekeeping on four occasions. They said “I’ll get right on it” or “I’ll notify the Housekeeping Manager” but there was no follow-up and no-one spoke to us. We found the front desk generally offhand and unhelpful. I complained about the housekeeping again on check-out and was told “Sorry about that, here’s your bill,” at which point I insisted on speaking to a manager (who did discount our bill).
We expected an exceptional experience for the price but the issues with the room and service were disappointing.