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“Very Nice Property in AZ” 4 of 5 stars
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Talking Stick Resort
Ranked #35 of 78 Hotels in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Los Angeles, California
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46 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Very Nice Property in AZ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I went this past weekend for a Girl's Trip/Bachelorette Party. The resort was cleaned and well maintained, we had a chance to check out the spa which was also lovely. Virginia a spa employee was pleasant, the rest of the ladies were a bit rude. The rooms in the hotel are nice and modern, very Vegas esq. We went to degree 270, the night club 2 nights in a row. ..sound fun overall.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

The purpose of my stay at the Talking Stick Resort was a company business conference but it was a wonderful antidote to the grungy snow left on the ground back home. My room was large and decorated in calming cream and brown colors, with wooden louvers over the windows to shut out the sun. Even the bathroom was large and attractive; the shower enclosure had an inset section backed with a mosaic of iridiscent tiles. There was a good work desk and plenty of places to plug in electronics, so I was able to be productive when needed. There was a coffee maker with K-cups for coffee and tea in the room.

The hotel has a casino, of which you are acutely aware every time you walk to and from meetings, but it wasn't really intrusive till I tried to find the lobby and practically had to circumnavigate the whole floor, past pinging machines and bored gamblers, before I was finally able to check out.

The grounds are beatiful, with traditional desert plantings, and the pool was my favorite part. It's heated so even in March it was pleasant. I have no idea why all those silly people were in the casino when they could have been out swimming but most times I had the pool to myself. They have a gym but I didn't check it out.

There's very little nearby unless you have a car, but most visitors here have one.

Catering was good overall; some skewers of fresh fruits looked far better than they tasted (mostly underripe), but other than that they did a good job, including the vegan meal a colleague ordered.

Be aware that the resort adds gratuities for the maid to your bill every day and also includes a $10 "porterage" fee the day you check in. I always carry my own stuff, so that was useless. There were also minor slip-ups in the housekeeping. In the bathroom, I found that they hadn't even cleaned the counter under the area where I left my toothbrush and found a piece of dental floss on the floor that hadn't landed in the wastebasket the night before. Certainly not deal-breakers but they could pay more attention to detail.

Meeting rooms were fine; the usual windowless ballrooms, occasionallly too cold. Internet available throughout the hotel was fast, user-friendly and included in the room rate.

I loved this place although I could do without the casino, and I hope my company selects the Taalking Stick again.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013 via mobile

This is our second time to the talking stick and we had fun. I lost, but my sister won.

Rooms ate great, but getting a bit pricey. We loved the restaurant- the blue coyote. Great food, and fun to sit outside.

It is one of the only smoking place I've in in a long time. So if you don't smoke be prepared.

We haven't been here for any of the shows, but looks like some top shows.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

I guess it all depends on your perspectives. As a frequent traveler around the world and one who has seen casinos before, the Talking Stick is, to me, a standard casino hotel. Now, here is the rationale. If you are comparing it to Las Vegas casinos it wouldn't stack up well to many of them. So, it is not an MGM or Palazzo, maybe more along the lines of the Riviera if you could understand that. If you compare to Atlantic City - nicer than the Trump, maybe more like Ceasers. If you are an area local it is certainly a very nice place to visit. The casino is VERY smoky - and considering this hotel is only a few years old it is amazing that an air filtration system is not in place - and if it is, they need a new one. I couldn't imagine what it's like when the area hits 120 degrees and you walk into this smoke. If you like Poker, there is a big 500 seat poker lounge. Black jack is the other table game they have decent tables for and with $10 minimums it's open to all. The craps is just one table of the electronic version and the slots are plentiful - mostly low denomination quarters and pennies. I thought it was funny that the high roller slot room was $1+. So, if you have a small wad of cash and like dollar machines you could be a high roller in Scottsdale.

I am going to assume you're visiting this hotel for the casino, otherwise there wouldn't be much other reason to be here. I have not seen other AZ casinos so no comparisons, maybe this is the ultimate one, maybe not. The other features of the property were more impressive. Once I got used to realizing that ":views" here would be lots of dirt from every direction and the distant pretty mountains, I enjoyed the amenities of the rooms. The rooms were large and decorated pleasantly. They had free wifi and very up-to-date electronics, pod coffee maker, charging stations, phones - absolutely better than most hotels I have been in lately. So, big plus on the rooms, the cleanliness, etc.

The staff throughout the hotel was fabulous - very friendly and helpful. They said there were several restaurants, but they count the fish bar and coffee stand as two, so not impressed with that. But their 24 hour casual coffee shop was excellent - amazingly quick service and very fresh food. There is a steak house at the top tower which is the GEM of the property. Amazing atmosphere - this was the defining moment for the hotel. They also have a buffet which I I had dinner at and the quality and selection was hands-down better than most Vegas buffets I have been to. I believe dinner was $22 or something like that. Well worth it - extremely good quality selections with no mac and cheese or low end fare.

All in all, the food was fresh, the rooms very nice and well equipped, people great, the convenient shuttle run by the hotel was a bonus as well. I imagine that a person wouldn't fly across the country for Talking Stick as a destination, but if you are nearby or needing a little poker or slot action, this would be a great place to spend a couple of days.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Atlanta, Georgia
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

You have to walk through smoke to get to your "No Smoking" room. The room was large and trendy. One thing I noticed was that the mirror in the bathroom was lower than most other hotels. The desk was comfortable and worked well for my nightly meeting wrap up.
I suppose if you didn't have to check in next to the casino and get all smoky, it would be a nice stay.

Room Tip: Ask for one on the lower level- the hotel is a pretty long walk from the check in desk.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Saint Johns, Arizona
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23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Date of Stay 22 February 2013 to 24 February 2013.

There are only a few things that would make the Talking Stick Resort Better and they are...
1. Price for the rooms are a little high (avarage $200.00 a night)
2. Price for the Sunday Brunch a little high for what you get.
3. Drink prices were also very high at $5.75 a beer. It is better to go to the store and get what you want and put it in your refrigerator.

Now on to the good things the Talking Stick has to offer...
1.The rooms are new, spacious and clean.
2. All the staff I encountered were very pleasant.
3. It is one of the more high energy casinos that I have been to in Arizona.
4. The views from the Resort are very beautiful.
5. The Pools are heated. (did not have time to take a dip)
6. The Black Jack tables were staffed with some of the most pleasant dealers I have come across anywhere.

The bottom line is I would stay here again! Even if it is slightly over priced.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Rocky River
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27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

My wife and I stayed via a hotwire deal two nights. The hotel is attached to a Casino, and the complex is isolated from other suburban surroundings so you will need a car if you want to do more than gamble or golf.
The room was bigger than most rooms, with a large shower and a tub, a nice feature. Bed was comfortable. Low noise level, good for sleeping. The room was clean, newer and generally comfortable. Heating and cooling was fine. The fitness center was nice, with a few aerobic machines and dumbbell set. Very little interaction with staff, but generally polite. For most business and casino stays, the hotel is certainly adequate.
My problem is the hotwire rating was 4 stars, with corresponding price, and there were too many small things wrong for 4 stars. Room service came with two mistakes, and food was below average for room service at 4 star hotels. TV had limited channels, remote did not work great, and you could not order movies. Linens were older and only one bar of soap provided – small things and again, adequate, but not 4 star. Overall, I think you can do better in Scottsdale for other 4 star rated hotels.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Talking Stick Resort
Address: 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256-2700
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 Luxury Hotel in Scottsdale
#14 Spa Hotel in Scottsdale
#40 Romantic Hotel in Scottsdale
#42 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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