Judging from other Tripadvisor reviews, Talking Stick is a YMMV establishment. My stay was acceptable, with some drawbacks that could be mitigated by the guest.
Location: On native lands with convenient access to main roads, a drive from old town Scottsdale. This is a self-contained resort in the middle of a sea of parking lots well away from other attractions.
Advice: If you are coming in from the airport, rent a car instead of using a taxi. You will want to be able to come and go and you will need wheels to do so.
Rooms: My standard room on 10th floor room was large, clean and well equipped. View of the pool and distant mountains, reasonably sound proof. Folks just down the hall were raucous and consumed an astonishing quantity of beer. I heard them in the hallway but not in my room. Comfortable beds, large flat screen, very nice bathroom with tub and separate shower, coffee maker, ironing board etc. Free wifi in the room worked well. A friend splurged on an upgrade with balcony and was happy.
Advice: Request an upper floor room. Bring an extension cord if you want to sit away from the desk with your laptop -- outlets were scarce.
Layout: As others have noted, the smoke filled casino is unavoidable. Needed to walk through the smoke filled casino to get from parking garage to check in desk to hotel elevators to conference venues. Security was reasonably good -- folks checked for card keys on entry from the casino to the hotel tower. Walks were pretty long from parking to get to desk and rooms.
Advice: Park in the free garage and not in the free parking lots. Closer. Much cooler on shaded lower levels.
Advice: On entry, ask staff for directions to the hotel front desk or look for directional signs. Casinos are designed to be confusing.
Food: The food at the snack bars and banquet fare was usually acceptable but not great. Clams and shrimp were overcooked, mussel was bad. Chicken was a tough and too salty. Beer priced at 5 to 6 bucks per serving. Wine and cocktails much higher.
Advice: Do not dine on seafood in Arizona. Kitchen staff should take greater care sorting mussels before cooking (cull the open mussels).
Advice: If you are staying in the hotel, bring in beer and wine and save a bundle.
Staff: Pleasant and efficient, from check in to housekeeping.
Resort Amenities: Casino odds do not favor the customer. I am not a gambler and the smoke filled rooms were not very appealing. There was a non-smoking blackjack room. Did not have time to check out shows. Wandered into the cigar lounge with live entertainment and it seemed comfortable if you like cigars and light jazz on piano. Pools looked very pleasant.
Conference Facilities: Meeting venues for plenary sessions and breakouts were fine. In a quiet separate wing.
- 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
- Talking Stick Resort Scottsdale, Arizona