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Talking Stick Resort
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256   |  
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Ranked #53 of 78 Hotels in Scottsdale
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“They made my business trip feel like vacation!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Very clean, very nice, and very professional. I stayed for a week while on business and they made me feel like I was on vacation. The bars were clean, kind, and professional (and good drinks) the spa has kind employees and a BEAUTIFUL view of the fields and mountains. The spa attendant informed me of many things including ... Did you know it takes 50 years for a cactus to grow an arm and their prison inmates stay in tent? The pool attendants were very kind and professional. The conference rooms were well laid out and they went above and beyond to make our group happy. On my last night I ate at Oceans Trail and had the Louisiana gumbo...it was to die for and the server and cooks cared about your experience! My only complaint is the bath room needs more lightning...yep it was that good!! I can't wait to return!!!

Room Tip: Pool View from my 8th floor was an incredible way to wake up!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nashville, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Stayed here for a conference, and had a wonderful time. As a hotelier, I sometime get a little too picky, but this hotel was definitely up to par! Loved the over-sized room, beautiful views, spacious bathroom and amenities. Ordered room service a couple of times which was delivered promptly and was always delicious. Would definitely chose this hotel again when traveling to Scottsdale!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glendale, Arizona, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Talking Stick is a great hotel. The staff are great, the rooms are amazing. We got a club room and access to the club lounge, which is a must if you are staying here. Shadows cigar lounge is also great if you want a cigar, good drinks and great music. The restaurants all suck, and the casino is god awful. Here's why: the game selection is pathetic and what games they have are VERY out side the norm expensive to play. I would enjoy the hotel and Shadows lounge and avoid the casino. Also, eat before you go. If you do that, all will be well.

Room Tip: Club room is the only way to go.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Was so impressed. Popped in for the night with the hubby for a little "stay-cation". We are locals. We were so surprised at the elegance of the venue. The rooms were gorgeous and comfortable, especially the bathrooms - so luxurious. There were plenty of restaurants to choose from - most open 24/7 and the food was actually quite good. Breakfast buffet is the "steal" of the century at less than $10 a person. Management did an amazing job of controlling cigarette smoke odor in the casino. Several pocket night clubs to pop into, all with a different vibe. Happy Hour at the elegant bar was an amazing value. $4 cocktails from 4-7, can't be beat! We had a great time. The one downside I would say is the pool area. It needs more vegetation - feels too hot and wide open. In addition, the cost to rent the cabana's are $400 for the day - yikes!!!! Haven't seen any of the local resorts charge that much!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Stayed at the resort due to location near Salt River Fields (attended concert and didn't want to drink and drive 35 miles home). Excellent room on the first floor, very spacious. Room service food was really good, much better than typical room service. Very clean, all in all an excellent stay. Would absolutely "stay-cation" here again!

Room Tip: 1st floor!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sedona, Arizona
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28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Our primary purpose for the visit to Talking Stick was to attend the Happy Together concert. We're not into the gambling. We were impressed by the quality of the resort. Hate the smoking but that's typical for a casino. Our room was beautiful. Very roomy, great bathroom/shower. Surprisingly quiet given the crowd that was there. Hard to comment objectively on the pool scene because they were having a Saturday event and there were hundreds of younger folks at the pool and lots and lots of drinking going on in, around and outside the pool. Wouldn't want to have been in there for any amount of money!! We would probably go again but not on a weekend.

Room Tip: We stayed on the first floor in an upgraded room. It was quiet enough for us.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sedona, Arizona
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

In June, we attended a most uncomfortable private celebration dinner on the roof top terrace of the Orange Sky Restaurant at Talking Stick Resort. We were looking forward to what we anticipated would be an upscale, lovely evening. From the beginning, all us guests were shocked to find NO misters, NO ceiling fans, NO blinds as the sun pelted on us. It was far too hot to eat the passed hor's d oeuvres, and we were unaware that part of our $312. per couple bill (that's right) included almost $29 per person for those precious little snacks. Oh, and bar drinks and wines were extra. The ho-hum dinner included a cream corn soup that was completely inappropriate for the heat, with a niggardly toss of corn kernels and a bacon bit in the bottom of the bowl. The meats offered for the main course were tough and primarily tasted about the same. These were accompanied by a glop of mashed potatoes (whooo knock yourselves out)!!! and a spoonful of grilled summer squash- repeat -knock yourselves out!!! The dessert was a banana caramel tart consisting of a 2000 year old hockey puck masquerading as a pastry shell. One bite of that sucker would have sent it either flying across the room to knock out an innocent bystander or send the diner to the dentist for caps. Great confusion ensured about the presentation of the bill. Apparently there was a real disconnect between the management and the planner, as the bill was given to him instead of being billed to the diners' rooms, as he had been previously arranged. The best laid plans can often fall to the inept for "execution". That disconnect announced itself from the get-go, as the management had even gotten the honoree's name wrong on the menu cards. And to sort out the re-billing of the exhorbitant bills to our rooms took about 45 minutes, all in the unbearable heat. Add insult to injury please. Oh, make that a double. When I called the manager several days later to voice my concerns, he repeatedly blamed our out-of-town planner. Even the below average food and the artless and unimaginative presentation and the inedible dessert that came out of the manager's kitchen; the high cost for this dinner; the uncomfortable environment without misters or fans were all in the manager's environment- yet, he repeatedly blamed our friend for "his choices". When I asked for some consideration on the bill for the lack of quality received, the manager said he'd get back to me. That was over 2 weeks ago, without any return call. Obviously the restaurant manager has little regard for quality of product and diner experience. We had hoped this would be a place to take our numerous out of town guests, but there is no way we'd return to Orange Sky. The hotel was quite nice and we enjoyed the room. But if you have any taste buds, any desire to receive any value for your money and are planning a special event, my recommendation is to look at other options. In other words, in my opinion, Orange Sky is a real lemon.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Location: United States > Arizona > Central Arizona > Scottsdale
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Spa Hotel in Scottsdale
#13 Luxury Hotel in Scottsdale
#36 Romantic Hotel in Scottsdale
#40 Family Hotel in Scottsdale
#49 Business Hotel in Scottsdale
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Talking Stick Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 497
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to Talking Stick Resort, a luxurious Four-Diamond Scottsdale resort, where fun is limited only by your imagination. Play in style on our 240,000 square foot casino, one of the largest in Arizona. Savor the flavors and take in the panoramic views from the award-winning Orange Sky Restaurant. Check out Vegas-style entertainment and local favorites as they take the stage in the TSR Showroom. Test your skills on 36-holes of championship golf at Talking Stick Golf Club, one of the most scenic and challenging golf courses in Scottsdale. Then when it’s time to relax, head up to The Spa at Talking Stick and enjoy a relaxing spa treatment overlooking incredible views of the Valley. ... more   less 
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