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“Best Downtown Sedona has to Offer” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Amara Resort & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel

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Amara Resort & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   100 Amara Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336   |  
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Ranked #13 of 46 Hotels in Sedona
Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
“Best Downtown Sedona has to Offer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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!

Room Tip: Face the Courtyard - Second Story
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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Greenville, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a great place, right in the middle of town. The property has a view of Snoopy Rock (red rocks) and is close to great hiking trails, vortex locations, jeep tour companies, restaurants and stores. It is a relatively small resort, which is what we wanted. Our room was on the second floor, and that provided great views. Friendly staff, nice pool when it was not too hot to be outside, very clean, recently renovated, and overall a positive place that I would return to. And, as an added bonus, there was a stream through the rear of the property covered by a canopy of trees.

Room Tip: Rooms further from the lobby and on upper floor have the best views.
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  • Stayed July 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cave Creek, Arizona
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love this resort! This is the only place I want to stay when we visit Sedona. Staff is amazing and it the location is awesome. We've used the shuttle service to get around several times (within a mile of the resort) and it's been great. We love to sit out on the patio and listen to the musician on a Sat night. Top rate all the way! :) You won't be disappointed.

Room Tip: We always stay on the lower level. They all have sliding door to an open patio area. On a weekend n...
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  • Stayed October 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vernon, Canada
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just off main street and along Oak Creek, this resort is close to downtown shops, galleries and restaurants yet back from the street and quiet ... ideal! Nice outdoor eating, big comfy lounge chairs everywhere, an infinity pool, a hot tub and a games area in their big outdoor courtyard ... something for everyone there. The happy hour wine tasting, of course, was a nice touch! For a little solitude, a beautiful walkway down Oak Creek is out behind the property.

The service was exceptional too. The valets, the front desk staff, the room service ... everything was top notch! And of course Kimpton does a great job of subtly integrating dogs into the equation for those traveling with their four legged friends. We haven't had a bad Kimpton experience yet and with the beauty that Sedona has to offer, this was maybe our best stay ever!

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  • Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Irving, Texas
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a spectacular experience there. We were there for our anniversary and they took such great care of us. Wonderful views, and the location on Oak Creek was so peaceful. All the employees, from concierge to front desk to valets were so friendly and professional.
Special thanks to Chrysta! We had champagne, chocolate dipped strawberries and an upgraded suite for our 40th anniversary and she made our time there truly unforgettable!
The rooms are large and the decor is fresh and modern. All the seating in lobby, over the beautiful grounds and in the rooms is very comfortable. Mattresses, pillows and linens were very high quality. When you walk in there is a beautiful, very light floral fragrance that exemplifies the entire experience for us, delicious!
The grounds are so beautiful, our room was off the creek, spectacular rock views and water sounds.
Every question we had about the area and hikes, they had info on. We cannot say enough about how welcome and special we felt for our 2 night and 3 day stay. We will be back and highly recommend them.

Stayed February 2015, traveled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

From arrival to departure, the knowledgable & friendly staff went out of their way to make our stay one of the best ever @ any hotel. Rooms were clean & spacious, well stocked with anything we could have wanted or needed. The wine hour/tasting every evening by the pool & fire pits was a great & relaxing time to meet & talk with other guest. Can't wait to return.

Stayed February 2015, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I would recommend this place. What stands out is their super friendly service. Everyone is unbelievable nice. The wife mentioned she was pregnant and one day some desserts and apple cider showed up in our room by Judy/Julie, I can't remember her name but something like that. I hope she sees this review as I would like to thank her for being so nice. It was such a nice surprise. Everything there was expected. I would definitely stay here if I was in Sedona again. Parking is free. Great location where everything is.

  • Stayed February 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 100 Amara Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336
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Location: United States > Arizona > Sedona
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center 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
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Sedona
#4 Spa Hotel in Sedona
#10 Romantic Hotel in Sedona
#10 Family Hotel in Sedona
#11 Business Hotel in Sedona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Amara Resort & Spa, a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 100
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
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