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Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa
Ranked #12 of 48 Hotels in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence
Ashburn, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
208 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“A Bit Small and Expensive”
Reviewed 22 August 2014

Stayed here for a wedding. We got a creek side room which turned out to be nothing special except the very high price. The restaurant was just average and not really worth the resort fee's either. For the prices you pay I had expected much better

Room Tip: Not sure there is a good room
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Amara Resort and Spa from 08/17/14-08/19/14 in a standard king room with a $25 per day resort credit. The resort is located in the heart of downtown Sedona, an excellent location. As soon as you pull up and meet the valets you will notice the excellent service at Amara. I actually saw one valet run to get a visitor's car and they make every effort to always get the door for you. If you need water before you leave, just ask, they have a cooler, with bottled water, outside by the door. There are also fruit infused water dispensers by the front door as well. Check in was smooth and we were assigned room 205. It wasn't the greatest view, we over looked the parking lot, but we did have a partial view of the mountains. We didn't pay for an upgraded room but it still wasn't bad. The upgraded views are overlooking the pool and mountains in the background. they have nice views but absolutely no privacy. The room itself is average size and the balcony isn't large. It barely fits a small table and two chairs. We never had the urge to sit out there. The bathroom is good size, not huge but not small either. There was a tub and one sink with Bigelow bath products and a hair dryer. I found that there was no where to hang up towels. There was no coffee maker in the room which I find inconvenient. The customer has to get dressed, go downstairs, wait for other people to get their coffee, and carry it back to their rooms. The resort was quiet when we were there and it was quiet by the pool too. The pool is a small, shallow, infinity pool overlooking the creek with the mountains in the background. Around the pool were lounge chairs a couple of cabanas and outdoor couches, which were nice. There was an employee stationed by the pool to get food and drinks. At 5:00 PM, Amara has wine tasting in the lobby with appetizers, which was a nice perk. There is also a shuttle you can take into town if you don't feel like walking, another nice service to customers. We ate by the pool a couple of times and found the food to be good and not crazily over priced. On a side note, PUT DOWN YOUR CELL PHONES and actually have a conversation with your parents and/or children while eating a meal! Okay, back to the review. My wife had one of the body wrap treatments and a massage at the spa and thought it was one of the done best spa treatments she has ever experienced. Included in the resort fee is the use of the locker room, showers, steam room, tranquility room, and valet tips. I used the locker room facilities and while I enjoyed using them, I thought it was a bit small. My only other critique is that I thought the carpets could be cleaner or even replaced. They seemed on the dirty side to me. Over all, a great stay. The Amara's short comings are over shadowed by their excellent service, location, and perks like the shuttle and the wine tasting.

Room Tip: If you choose a room with a pool and mountain view, you will get a great view but you will have no p...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

This property has a great location right in the centre of Sedona, a perfect base to explore the area. The rooms and public spaces were comfortable and modern. There is free wifi if you are a member of the rewards programme as well as a 10usd voucher to be used for the bar or minibar. Valet parking is included in the rate. The hotel also offers a drinks reception in the evening which is a nice touch. The gym and pool are nice and were not overcrowded. The room service was convenient, relatively fast and quite extensive. Ultimately it was the service that stood out, all staff members were friendly and professional. They genuinely seemed to want to make you feel welcome and your stay pleasurable. I would definitely stay here again if visiting the area.

Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Chantilly
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Enjoyed our 2 night stay. Probably best location for a lux hotel if you want something in middle of uptown (just a walk up the hill).

Service was great and view and location is incredible.

Only negative was noisy AC

Room Tip: Creekside corners overlooking pool. Both pool and creek view. just an FYI that some creekside r...
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2014 via mobile

We stayed here two nights. Our room was not a view room but still pricey. Our AC froze up the first night and sort of worked the second. The toilet leaked and was missing a bolt cap. Minor things but still for the price range. The front desk, valet and restaurant staff were all very friendly and nice. The view from on the patio was gorgeous. We had a yummy dinner and breakfast at their restaurant.

  • Stayed July 2014
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Stayed three nights with some friends. It was quite and nice. Ate at the resort restaurant several times, great food. Tried a massage at the Spa, wonderful treatment and place. Very friendly staff and clean rooms. The room it self wasn't the trendiest, but all in all a really good experience. And such a great location for hiking in the red rock surroundings.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Level 3 Contributor
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2014

This hotel appears to be recently re-branded. It had a lot of modern looking furnishings and seemed very clean. The pool is beautiful and looks directly over Oak Creek as well as some of the infamous red rock mountains. There is also a large grassy area that has a lot of chairs and even cushions to lay on during the day and at night which was really nice. They allow dogs, and have no weight limit, which was really nice, as long as you have a well behaved dog.
The staff was very friendly and helpful when it came to giving us rides to restaurants and suggestions on places to go and things to do.
Only complaint would be that the bar closes really early, however that seems to be a city wide trait, not just this hotel, at least in the touristy area.

  • Stayed August 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:
#4 Spa Hotel in Sedona
#4 Luxury 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:
Amara Hotel, Restaurant Hotel Sedona
Amara Hotel, Restaurant And Spa
Amara Resort Sedona
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Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa Sedona, Arizona

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