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Breaking up 2 nights - Old Town and Casino Suggestions

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Georgia
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Breaking up 2 nights - Old Town and Casino Suggestions

We will have a Thurs/Fri night stay in the Scottsdale area in early April. We're not that big into galleries/museums/shopping, but love the idea of the Old Town Scottsdale nightlife. I think one night will be enough for us. Looking for a hotel w/in walking distance of the bars/restaurants; hopefully one w/ a decent pool. Holiday Inn or Marriott would be nice for the reward points; free breakfast is always nice too. Safe/walking distance is most important though. Suggestions?

Since we briefly considered Vegas for this 2 night stay, now I'm thinking the other night at an AZ casino would work well. Which is nicest - most resort like - w/ bars, restaurants, nice pool, maybe a spa?

My thought is maybe Casino for Thursday night and Scottsdale for Friday - less crowded at casino on Thurs and more 'happening' in Scottsdale on Friday. Thoughts on that too?

Scottsdale, Arizona
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1. Re: Breaking up 2 nights - Old Town and Casino Suggestions

There is a marriott right in old town scottsdale on 3rd Ave. I've never been inside, but I used to live in the condo building behind there and it's a great location for walking to the local nightlife.

We aren't really a great casino town, but the best we have is probably Talking Stick Resort. The lounge at the top is probably my favorite thing about the casino. The views at sunset are amazing.

NJ
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2. Re: Breaking up 2 nights - Old Town and Casino Suggestions

There's a Courtyard Marriott just on edge of Old Town that is nice enough and very clean.

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3. Re: Breaking up 2 nights - Old Town and Casino Suggestions

I am not a casino person either, but to get a taste of other parts of the valley, look at Wild Horse Pass, their Kai restaurant gets top reviews and awards. Also Fort McDowell has a Radisson, and it overlooks the mountains on east edge of valley in a more rural setting. Look at The Saguaro in Old Town as well as others mentioned above.

Georgia
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4. Re: Breaking up 2 nights - Old Town and Casino Suggestions

Thanks. So which one has better location with regards to restaurants/bars: Holiday Inn/Suites or Courtyard by Marriott? We can pay a very reduced fee w/ some points and have free breakfast at Hol Inn or use a Marriott gift card at Courtyard. Which one would you say is nicer - as far as hotel in general - pool, etc. I think I read that one of them has a complimentary reception in the evening w/ drinks - can't remember which one.

Phoenix, AZ
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5. Re: Breaking up 2 nights - Old Town and Casino Suggestions

+1 for Talking Stick Resort.

Though not into gambling, we were just there for dining at Orange Sky, golf and just hanging out for a "staycation." Lovely property with friendly staff. Looked like they had quite a bit of gambling too.

Enjoy!

Hunt

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6. Re: Breaking up 2 nights - Old Town and Casino Suggestions

Donna, both of those hotels are within walking distance but it's a long walk...as far as the pools, I thinking both are nice enough, but pretty utilitarian. They are located on the south edge of the downtown area on a main boulevard through town, about a 5-10 min drive depending where you park. The closest Marriott is the Scottsdale Marriott Suites Old Town I think on 3rd Ave, it is an excellent location to downtown and Old Town, nicer, more spacious pool area too, but you will pay a bit more too.

Edited: 10:21 pm, March 05, 2014
Georgia
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7. Re: Breaking up 2 nights - Old Town and Casino Suggestions

Thanks for the info. Difference in Marriott Suites to Courtyard in price is $67 plus tax once you add in parking, internet, and rate difference. Not sure we'd get that much extra value. ??? Would you say the walk from Courtyard or Hol Inn to 'main action' is more than 1/2 mile?

Scottsdale, Arizona
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8. Re: Breaking up 2 nights - Old Town and Casino Suggestions

Use the address of the W hotel to estimate the "main action" area.

We do have lots of cabs and golf cart cabs available.

Georgia
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9. Re: Breaking up 2 nights - Old Town and Casino Suggestions

Good to know, MSU. Thanks.

Any suggestions for bars/restaurants for us to go to in that area. We're mid-40s. Not the 'clubbing' type as far as music and dresscode, but still like to hear music, socialize, and have a good time. Would love to take in a beautiful sunset during happy hour. Any roof type bars?

Scottsdale, Arizona
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10. Re: Breaking up 2 nights - Old Town and Casino Suggestions

In one block right there there is:

El Hefe- a mexican cantina

Majerle's - a sports bar

Derby Public House- fun horse betting bar (they have skee ball!)

Dierk's Bentley's Whiskey Row- Country bar

HIFi- Rock bar with fun milkshake drinks

Bottled Blonde- Pizza and beer

The nice thing about most our bars is that even if it's loud inside- everything has a patio. It will be obvious which places are more "clubs". No windows or patio is a pretty good hint...

The only roof top bar I can think of is at the W Hotel. Very loungey and it's nice that it does draw a little bit older crowd. They have this amazing muddled blackberry mojito. I think it's like $14....but it's a great way to start the evening.