SEDONA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- "Good Morning Arizona" is giving you a sneak peek inside a much-anticipated hotel about to open in Northern Arizona. Ambiente has been in the works in Sedona for five years. When it opens in March, it will be the first "landscape hotel" in North America. (Ambiente was originally slated to open in January, but the date had to be pushed back.)
"We're actually flipping the whole concept of what a hotel is inside out because most properties will come in and they'll build an environment for you to be in and to enjoy," said Jennifer May of the Sedona-cased developer family Two Sister Bosses. "We wanted to actually turn that inside out and let the environment of what Sedona is and all of this beauty be what is brought into your room."
The rooms at Ambiente, called atriums, are glass cubes. There are 40 cubes scattered throughout the property. The atriums are on stilts, elevated and placed to get the perfect view of the nearby red rocks with floor-to-ceiling glass.
"All of the glass is tinted bronze," May explained. "So, that reflects back the environment. You can see the trees and the sky. You can see the rocks. You really can't see into anyone else's room. "
The matte charcoal and rust-colored exteriors are designed to blend with the cinnamon earth and natural beauty of Arizona's high desert. "We want the trees to be as close around the glass and atriums as possible because we want that immersion feeling with the environment," May said.
"[It's uniquely designed to blend in with the mystical red rocks of Sedona, Arizona, and give guests the opportunity to experience and embrace the natural beauty that surrounds them in one of the world’s most stunning locations," AmbienteSedona.com explains.
The atriums feature a king-sized bed, a shower, soaking tub, and wine dispenser that serves up local Northern Arizona wines. Atop each atrium is a private rooftop deck for sunbathing or stargazing.
Ambiente is where modern minimalism meets luxury, meets sustainability.
"I think for us, not having our guests bring their cars in and then drive their cars all around Sedona is a huge thing," May said. "A lot of Sedona locals are really tired of a lot of tourists coming through and clogging up our roadways because we are a small town." The hope is that guests will park their cars for their stay, taking e-bikes, golf carts, and shuttles to nearby restaurants, shops, and hiking trails.
The hotel will also feature a pool, poolside lounge, and a full restaurant and bar. Room rates are expected to be near $1,500 a night.