Sedona Girls Trip
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This weekend I took off from the 110 degree heat and headed north with Jessica and Makenna for Sedona. For those of you who don’t know, Northern Arizona has notoriously colder weather (like freezing cold in the winter, you can actually ski!). It’s about 20 degrees colder in the summer, so we were happy to get into 80 degree weather.
We took off around 8am, and it’s an easy 2 hour drive. I was super excited because Mazda hooked us up with their CX-9 and I honestly wanted to keep it! There was so much room in the trunk, and trust me, we didn’t pack light!
We arrived at the Amara Kimpton Resort Sedona around 11:30am (honestly, we were busy chatting and accidentally went about 15 miles too far north, whoopsies!). Upon check in our hotel room wasn’t ready. We were a little surprised, since we called the day before to request rooms next door and early check, but it was no big deal.
We went to the hotel restaurant (Salt Rock Kitchen) and had some lunch and champagne to celebrate our girls weekend. The staff at Salt Rock Kitchen are top notch! They were seriously so sweet and accommodating, I have some severe food allergies, and they catered to them without question.
After lunch our room still wasn’t ready. I actually think they may have been understaffed. We waited about 3 hours until our room was ready, and the front desk gal said that the bellman would bring our bags right up. 25 minutes passed, and no bags. We called again, they said bags were coming right up… still no bags for 20 more minutes. I called down to ask if we should just come grab them, and the same gal said “you can, we’re working on it but can’t tell you when we can bring them.” Honestly, I was just frustrated that they couldn’t have said that from the start.
We went downstairs to get our bags, and to our surprise, the bellman was ready to bring up our stuff (I’d like to also point out, that other folks were checking in and their bags were going right up. That was also surprising, and not very nice).
I’d say that was the biggest downfall of the weekend. It certainly wasn’t a huge deal, but I just wish she would have said that they were slammed and we should just get our own belongings.
After we got our bags, the concierge sent up a bottle of wine and fruit platter, which was very generous. We sincerely appreciate that!
We loved the room! We had two double beds, which was perfect (and two rooms for the three of us). It’s also quote a large space. The bathroom was pretty small, but plenty of room for us.
Honestly, Jessica’s room was an upgrade from ours – she had a huge walk in closet and a balcony. I looked around, and Makenna and I got one of the two rooms with no balcony. We ended up hanging at Jess’s room to enjoy. However, the views are incredible! If you stay at the Amara, I recommend asking for a room with a balcony.
Sedona is known for their insanely beautiful red rocks, and you seriously get the most breathtaking view of them from your room. This was the winning feature of the hotel.
The Amara Hotel has a beautiful edgeless pool, and if you get close enough, you can see a stunning creek behind it. The views are breathtaking.
The pool was very busy on Saturday, but on Sunday morning it was so peaceful. We spent a bit of time out there and took in the stunning views.
Salt Rock Kitchen
Aside from the views, the best part of this hotel was the restaurant! Amara was kind enough to host us for dinner, and we were so excited to try some yummy items on the menu.
We started off with a charcuterie board, and as I said above, I have some serious food allergies and they catered to them flawlessly! Sincerely appreciate that.
They have some signature drinks that were recommended to us, but to be honest, they were all pretty sweet. If you like sweet drinks, they’re amazing! Round 2 we ordered a delicious Pinot Noir recommended by the waiter, which was amazing.
He also made some good recommendations for our food. We all enjoy a good steak, and he recommended the Ribeye. Makenna and I both ordered it, and Jess ordered the Filet. I have to say, this was one of the BEST steaks I’ve ever had. It was mouthwatering, and the chimichurri sauce was delicious! Makenna and I honestly could have shared, it was SO big.
I’m not a huge dessert person, but Makenna and Jess ended up ordering the chocolate cake. They seemed to enjoy it!
The Amara is literally right downtown! I was surprised how close it is to everything and there’s a shuttle service to bring you to the main road. There’s tons of shops and restaurants, and I loved the idea of the shuttle bringing you to anywhere you want to go.
The property was incredible, the food is amazing, and you can’t get more gorgeous views. I wasn’t thrilled with the front desk staff, but I do believe they were just understaffed and needed a bit more help. Other than that, if you’re looking for a darling hotel in Sedona, this is a great choice!