First off, Sedona is an amazing destination. For the entire weekend I was there, I could only say, “Wow.” The people in the town, locals and tourists are so amazingly polite and hospitable.
Now onto the resort. I booked the Amara after reading reviews on Hotels.com and selecting it based upon the amenities, the view and the price. The purpose of the trip was to celebrate my anniversary with my girlfriend and the Amara did not disappoint.
When booking, I had to call the hotel because I had a difficult time understand the room selections (you want to overlook the pool/courtyard). They were amazingly pleasant on the phone and supremely helpful. Right away, I had a great experience and I still had weeks to go before I stayed there.
Some people say it’s tough to find, but if you do your diligence and map it out, understand how the town works, it’s not that tough to find. The road off of 89A is marked with their hotel sign and the road is even named Amara Road.
We were greeted by the valet who was one of the better valets I’ve had experiences with, his name was Orlando and he was helpful the entire weekend. Valet is included in the resort fee, but don’t forget to tip every time you want your car, it’s just polite.
We entered the resort to check in and the front desk staff knew enough to wish us a Happy Anniversary (because I mentioned it in the comments when booking). It was a great way to kick off the weekend.
The resort is smaller than you think, but that’s not a bad thing at all. You get to know the staff pretty quickly and you get to meet others who are staying there as well (all were very nice and open to talking). The heated pool is a little colder than you think, but the hot tub makes up for it.
Entering the room, we were greeted with a bottle of wine and chocolate-covered strawberries. I didn’t ask for those, they were a present from the resort and they were very welcome. Also, we had a handwritten note wishing us a happy anniversary. You don’t find things like that anymore.
The room walls are a bit thin and proximity to the courtyard is pretty close, but since you go out hiking all the time and out for dinner, you don’t really notice.
The view is spectacular as is the walk down by the creek. Check out the restaurant for brunch, but I recommend venturing out for dinner.
Speaking of which, one thing to keep in mind about Sedona, everything closes in that town around 9pm, including nightlife - so plan accordingly.
We will definitely be back and I will recommend this place to all my friends!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The AAA Four-Diamond 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 neautiful place, Sedona, Arizona. Welcome to the 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 or the sounds of live music at Hundred Rox, our indoor/outdoor 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 And Spa
- Amara Hotel, Restaurant Hotel Sedona
- Amara Resort Sedona
- Amara Hotel Sedona
- Amara Sedona