My husband and I are two youngish people who frequent Vegas when the deals are right and airfare is cheap. We have been to many different casinos in both Vegas and Tucson, AZ, and now also the Talking Stick.
We decided to stay there overnight because (drumroll.......) they had a buffet. Bam!
We consider ourselves buffet connoisseurs and frequent them at every chance we get. A different casino may well have gotten our business that night, had they had a buffet in house. So of course, we ate at the Wandering Horse buffet twice - dinner and then breakfast the next morning. The food was good both times, however breakfast was better. The best part of either buffet was easily the dessert selection, which was vast and had many options. The pizza was quite good, too. Simple but tasty. The wait staff were very polite and filled our drinks in a timely manner. That's all I have to say about that.
Onto the hotel portion - Meh. The room was nice enough, but our satellite TV didn't work and we had to call up a maintenance guy. Wah wahhhhhh. He got it working and we were delighted. The beds were comfortable enough, but the pillows were making things difficult. Too flat, then too high, then too smooshed, then smooshing my face and poking my eyeball..Eventually, I got it sorted out and fell into a deep slumber...
Until 10 minutes later when a distraught young woman started wailing and crying right outside our door. Okay, it was probably down the hall, but the clearness of her cries made it sound closer. This went on for ten minutes and then ceased. Another half an hour later, and on into the night every so often, we could clearly hear noisy drunk people laughing and stumbling and flirting up and down the hall.
I hate flirting. Is it even necessary in that situation? I mean, come on..everyone knows where it's going. Just do it.
Now, the casino - Mmmmmmmmmm. It was okay. My husband and I are not rich by any means, not even close, not in this lifetime. So what do poor folks like us do? Stick to penny slots. Er, I mean, $.30 slots. What was disappointing at Talking Stick is that they did not have all the cooler interactive games that other casinos in Vegas and Tucson have. What a bummer. We tried our hands at Deal or No Deal and lost a ton of change quickly, then moved onto the fish game. That was fun for a second. Then we retired to our room.
All in all, it was a decent, nice place to stay. They have a golf course and a huge pool area. But once you leave the casino grounds, you're still in AZ, ewww! Just not the same ambiance as Vegas. Nah mean?
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Talking Stick Hotel Scottsdale