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“Talking Stick Resort... Meh.” 3 of 5 stars
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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 #51 of 78 Hotels in Scottsdale
Tucson, Arizona
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Talking Stick Resort... Meh.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

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?

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Our annual business meeting and conference was held here in May 2013. The lighting, chairs, and ease of moving from session to session were fine. The staff was friendly. Down side was I had to find creative walk paths to avoid casino smoke. The upside was I had to go outside weave around some pool areas. Also, there was a variety of restaurants to enjoy. My personal favorite was the seafood station located in the casino. It should also be noted one is truly isolated on the resort. One could not walk to anything if one forgot to pack an item. The hotel rooms are as nice as the pictures on the sites. Also it was very quiet despite the numerous guest on site who were obviously not there on business!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 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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Bedford, Canada
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19 hotel reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

For the second year in a row I had a conference at the Talking Stick. As many here do not, I will comment on the hotel only, not the Casino and not the restaurants who have their separate pages for comments.
I like this hotel. The room was clean and comfortable. I liked that the TV could move out from the wall and be adjusted to where you were in the room. The shower could use a wand or head along with the rainfall head but that's very minor.
I stayed 6 nights which included the weekend. We attended the Pool Party on Saturday and it was a little crowded but fun. At 2 AM on Sunday Morning there was a crowd of folks heading back to their rooms and woke me but they have a night club and casino so that is expected. I went right back to sleep.
I rated a 4 out of 5 for two reasons. One is within the hotels control and the other isn't. The cold water tap gives you two temperatures of water..... Hot and OMG. I know there may not be much they can do about this, being in a desert and all but it is annoying. The second was the internet. The signal was strong but having to sign 5 to 10 times daily is ludicrous. I know why they do this, to stop people from downloading and killing their bandwidth, but that does not make it less annoying. My last day there I logged my phone in 15 times. 2 maybe 3 times a day I can handle but 15 is too much.
Anyway, I will return as the good outweigh the bad.

  • Stayed July 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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Edisto Island, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

The rooms were comfortable and clean. The staff was exceptionally helpful and friendly. Our first of our three night stay could not have been better. BUT, the second night around 2:30 am we were awakened by the unbelievably loud group of guys staying in the adjoining room. I cannot describe how loud they were. It was like there was no wall or door between the rooms. After two hours of this we reluctantly called the front desk who promptly sent security to their room. I don't know if they left or what, but they got quiet. We have never stayed anywhere that you could hear the next room so loudly. IF we stay there again, we will request a room that does not have an adjoining room, assuming that was the problem.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mountain View, California
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37 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I stayed at Talking Stick for two nights during a recent biz trip to the Phoenix area. This was my second stay at this property, and I will be back again. The rooms are huge and very clean with adequate work space. The bathrooms are well appointed with a large, walk-in shower and full bathtub. I was upgraded to the Concierge level. The staff fulfilled my request for an east facing room so that I could enjoy the amazing desert sunrise. The food at the hotel is better than what you would expect from a Casino. I had some yummy seafood etouffe at Ocean Trail. It rivaled any etouffe I have ordered in New Orleans.

Room Tip: Ask for a higher level room with a view of the mountains.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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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Nashville, TN
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#13 Luxury Hotel in Scottsdale
#41 Business Hotel in Scottsdale
#43 Romantic 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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