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Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa
Ranked #12 of 48 Hotels in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence
Prescott Valley, Arizona
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71 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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“S-U-P-E-R-B!!!”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

We went there as a family, just for one night before going hot air ballooning. The hotel is wonderfully placed in the center of Sedona, close to restaurants and craft shops. But besides its location, the welcome and the comfort were amazing!!! Our rooms were beautifully decorated in a springlike style, we enjoyed a delicious happy hour with red and white wines, as well as lemonades, the valet parking was an very pleasant surprise.

We cannot comment on dinner or breakfast as we went out for both, although we enjoyed coffee in the lobby upon our return from the balloon trip.

Definitely a must when you visit Sedona - a cradle of luxury at a surprisingly affordable price.
Well done!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Patrick G, General Manager at Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 25 June 2014
Anne,
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. I am thrilled to hear that one night you stayed with us you felt comfortable and well taken care of; that is certainly our goal. Wine hour is always a great time to unwind and meet some pretty incredible people while sharing your adventures for the day or what adventures you have in store for the next day (hot air ballooning). Come back and stay a little longer next time.
Warm regards,
Patrick Gaskin
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

I made our Hotel Amara reservation three months prior to arrival. After reading several reviews, less than stellar, I chose Amara because of the Kimpton flag and thought they were on the right track with modifications and upgrades as reviews indicated. I phoned to make my reservation to specifically request a pool facing room (another helpful hint from TripAdvisor comments). While not guaranteed, I would hope that a reservation so far in advance would have the hope of being honored - wrong! Check in was bumpy due to new staff (that's okay), and I was informed that my reservation was upgraded to a suite, facing the creek. When I declined and requested my original reservation, I was offered a room with a pool view - wrong again. The sliding door faced the brick wall side of the decorative waterfall. I went back to the suite. Don't let the photos lead you: this property is still heavily under renovation (no chairs/table on balconies, no real pool views) and the second floor of one building is empty. The room decor is average and the bathroom small. We were awakened Saturday morning by laborers working on the suite above. Amara, please note that you may want to somewhat soundproof the floor above.

Room Tip: When renovations are complete, request a second floor room overlooking the pool.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Patrick G, General Manager at Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 24 June 2014
Tracey,
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback regarding your visit. I am sorry to hear that it was less than a stellar stay and overall disappointing experience. Clearly we missed the mark from the start and it continued throughout which is extremely disappointing. The property was receiving a much needed face lift throughout but I apologize that this impacted your stay. The guest rooms, courtyard, and lobby now have the Kimpton touches that I am sure you are accustomed to. We understand our guests expect a great deal from a Kimpton property and we have those same high expectations for ourselves. I’m sorry we didn’t live up to it but this feedback will ensure we are continually pushing for greatness.
Sincerely,
Patrick Gaskin
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Anthem, Arizona
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Reviewed 2 June 2014

I work in the hotel business, so when I see good customer service, I know it! Every single staff member I encountered throughout my weekend stay was amazing. Super friendly, helpful, and always willing to go out of their way for us. Upon check-in the front desk clerk (Olivia!) asked what brought us here and we told her it was for my 21st birthday. Later on that day, I received a complimentary bottle of champagne and a hand written birthday card from her! Talk about awesome, made me feel so welcome! The room was extremely well kept, clean and spacious. Pool was relaxing, and the view was incredible. I especially loved the free yoga classes at the spa and the steam room. There was even a happy hour where there was a free wine bar. Overall, I've never had a better experience at a hotel or resort and I would recommend Amara to anyone looking for a relaxing stay!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

I recently stayed at the Amara with my mother for a couple days of 'girl time'. We had a fabulous time. The very best thing about the resort is the staff. Every single one was friendly, courteous and helpful - we felt well taken care of, yet they were not pretentious at all. The resort has a beautiful pool/patio with an amazing view. Valet parking is part of the resort fee and they are quick as can be, Even still, I would have liked the option to self-park as I had a day of running back and forth between town and hotel and it would have just been easier. The resort sits down a large hill and while some walked it up and down to get to the main road, they do offer a shuttle bus to take you anywhere within a mile radius. That was helpful as we'd have them drop us and then do some shopping and walk our way back. The nightly 5pm free wine/appetizer hour was nice. Not the world's greatest wine, but it was fine (and free!). And it was nice to sit in the lobby with some other guests or take it out to the patio to enjoy the view.

The room was nice - no major complaints. Couple little things - the bathroom light a little dusty, desk chair a little worn with some dirt smudges, etc. But the important things (bed, toilet, shower, etc) were all very clean. We didn't have the best view - mostly the side of a building, but there were some red rocks in the distance, so we just focused on those! :) We also noticed we didn't have the little bistro set on our deck that the other units had so mentioned it the first morning when we went down for coffee/breakfast. By the time we got back upstairs 30 or so minutes later, we had a bistro set! Very quick and helpful!

We each had facials and massages at the spa and that was wonderful! Great services and no high pressure sell of products at the end.

Even with a couple very minor issues, I still think this is an outstanding resort. I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Sedona!

Room Tip: There are three buildings on either side of the lobby connected by outdoor walkways. We requested a...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Long Island, NY
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

Be careful when booking this hotel regarding its cancellation policy. We had booked many months in advance. We were advised cancellation was required 72 hours prior to arrival. Due to plane reservations, we needed to cut stay short, from four nights to three. When we called two weeks prior to trip, we were told that entire reservation would have to be cancelled and rebooked at the CURRENT rate, increasing per night rate by over 33%.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Patrick G, General Manager at Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 2 September 2014
OwlsAerie,
I am sorry to hear of your disappointing experience. We know traveling is stressful enough without cancelations, planes delayed, etc. We don’t ever want you to have that stressful and frustrating experience at the Amara. The team wants all of our guests to have the best possible experience and will work tirelessly to make it right. Sedona and the Amara are popular destinations and rates do vary depending on time of year. I hope you will give us another opportunity in the future.

Sincerely,
Patrick Gaskin
General Manager
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Irvine, California
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This hotel is being remodeled, but we never heard a sound during our four day stay. Staff said Kimpton is a new owner and bringing it up to Kimpton level, which we interpret as jazzier decor. Location is splendid, just above Oak Creek and with a stunning view of the red rocks. It is about 150 feet below the main street in that end of Sedona, so don't plan on strolling back and forth much. Rooms were good size, reasonably good bathroom space, nice shower. Outstanding bed and bedding and the air worked well, always a concern in a desert environment. We ate at the hotel restaurant and enjoyed it for both dinner and breakfast. Staff was friendly, free wine at 5 pm was drinkable and valets were very helpful with advice on where to hike and drive. Special treat is to walk next door (literally) to the Aubuerge Resort, which has a lovely bar and dinner area right on the creek, with a beautiful umbrella of green trees shading it. You can get dinner in the bar with no reservations and have a choice of about 80% of the dinner menu regular diners have. All in all, the Amara was a good choice for us, even though I think a fair nightly price would be closer to $220 than $269. On the other hand, there doesn't appear to be much competition at their level in the area. I would recommend the Amara to others. PS--we used the Spa and had great massages.

Room Tip: Suggest you ask for a room facing outward as opposed to the inner courtyard if quiet is important to...
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Green Features: We always put our towels up to dry for at least two days before asking for new ones. I appreciate that the hotel is trying to be sensitive to the environment, which is also just good business.
  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Patrick G, General Manager at Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 28 May 2014
Greetings OClronMike,

Thank you for sharing your experience. We are excited about the property receiving a facelift and getting that Kimpton flare that are guests are accustomed to. We are completing the refresh in stages, as to not affect the guest experience. The staff appreciates the kind words and enjoys sharing their knowledge of the area. Glad you had the opportunity to enjoy the spa as well. I hope you will come back and see the finished product next time your travels bring you to Sedona.

Warm regards,
Patrick Gaskin
General Manager
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Carlsbad, California
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Great place, service, pool. Still, cost a bit more than value received. Would've expected a bit more, but then again, maybe we were paying Memorial Day rates. The restaurant, 100 Rox, was very good, at the price you'd expect to pay at a nice hotel. However, eating on the patio was very romantic, and fairly unique - looking over their awesome pool.

Room Tip: Don't see much value upgrading for creekside room.
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Green Features: They seem to be very environmental. No issues noted
  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa
Address: 100 Amara Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336-5174
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Region: United States > Arizona > Sedona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Sedona
#4 Spa Hotel in Sedona
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Sedona
#7 Family Hotel in Sedona
#10 Romantic Hotel in Sedona
#12 Business Hotel in Sedona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 100
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The AAA Four-Diamond Kimpton Amara Resort Hotel & Spa is a modern sanctuary that offers the best of all worlds. Ideally located in the Uptown area of America's most beautiful place, Sedona, Arizona. Welcome to Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa. We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy the many recent enhancements to our property. All guest rooms include luxurious bed linens, robes, in room safes and refrigerators, in addition to a balcony offering spectacular views of the Sedona red rocks or our gardens. Enjoy in room dining from SaltRock Southwest Kitchen or indoor/outdoor dining at our three meal a day restaurant. Treat yourself to a massage or hot stone treatment at The Spa or sit by our infinity pool and soak in the spirit of Sedona and the Amara Resort and Spa. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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