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Concepting, designing and building a hotel from the ground up is no easy feat even for the most seasoned hoteliers, so for two sisters from the small resort town of Sedona, Ariz., the thought that their first endeavor would cause a global industry stir was nothing short of a dream come true.
Ambiente, A Landscape Hotel, will be North America’s first “landscape hotel” when the property opens this December. It was created by Jennifer May and Colleen Tebrake over their parent’s kitchen table with the encouragement and guidance of their father, Mike Stevenson, a successful entrepreneur and 37-year Northern Arizona business owner. Growing up, the two sisters had watched their father build a successful business and were inspired by his industrious and outstanding example. What began as a conversation with their father over a unique hotel concept turned into a passion project. With their father’s help and encouragement, the two sisters formally put Ambiente into motion in 2017 and founded Two Sister Bosses, a luxury hotel development and management company headquartered in Sedona.
In recent months, Ambiente made worldwide news after being named amongst “The 40 Most Anticipated Luxury Hotel Openings for 2020” by Forbes, “2020’s Most Anticipated Hotel Openings” by Fortune and “The Best-Designed New Hotels of 2020” by Architectural Digest, among others. Plus, features have ranged from Lonely Planet and Travel + Leisure to Conde Nast Traveler and Departures.
The highly anticipated hotel features 40 cube-shaped, luxury guest Atriums elevated above the ground by steel piers and encased in bronze glass to give the appearance that the structures are floating.
“Our vision is for Ambiente to attract travelers from around the globe who will experience the wonders of Sedona in a whole new way,” said May.
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