Talking Stick Resort Casino, the AAA Four Diamond–rated venue in Scottsdale, Arizona may operate on a grand scale, but it focuses on the details.
The 240,000-square-foot casino features more than 800 slot machines, a VIP lounge and one of the largest nonsmoking poker rooms in the Southwest, The Arena, with more than 50 table games, all available to guests 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each August, the region’s top poker players descend upon The Arena to compete for a cut of the Arizona State Poker Championship’s $1 million–prize pool.
Eight restaurants round out the resort’s dining experience, among them: the Wandering Horse Buffet, a multistationed international buffet; the 24-hour Blue Coyote Café; cigar and martini bar Shadows; and the intimate Ocean Trail seafood bar.
The resort’s culinary jewel is aptly named Orange Sky. Situated on the resort’s 15th floor, the open-air venue offers 360-degree views through floor-to-ceiling windows of the Valley’s searing sunsets sinking into the distant red rock mountains. Orange Sky serves up fresh seafood, aged steaks and just-harvested vegetables from local communities surrounding the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas. The restaurant’s Wine Spectator award-winning wine list features 300 bottles and 30 wines by the glass.
The 36-hole, championship Talking Stick Golf Club features two unique courses: the North course leading players through grasslands and ingenious bunkering, while the South course offers a more traditional route with its tree-lined fairways, creative water hazards and smaller, sloped greens.
The resort’s rejuvenation center, The Spa at Talking Stick, is nothing short of impressive, located on the 14th floor, encased by windows with breathtaking views of the valley. The spa’s Native-inspired treatments employ culturally significant ingredients harvested from the community gardens.
Guests have responded to Talking Stick’s dedication to quality and hospitality with high praise, earning the resort a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and 2012. The award is given to businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.
The resort is no stranger to acclaim. Two recent honors attest to the resort’s impeccable attention to detail, both from the Arizona State Florist Association. The gorgeous floral arrangements throughout the property have earned Talking Stick a Public Awareness Award for promotion and use of fresh flowers in a creative and professional manner. In addition, the resort’s on-site florist, Christine Price, was named the People’s Choice designer of the year for the third time in a row.