Talking Stick Resort

9800 East Indian Bend Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85256 [See Map]
#35 in Best Phoenix Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 634 reviews
Property Type Resort and casino with 497 rooms, 15 floors
Primary View(s) Neighborhood
Style Traditional
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

On a Native American reservation just northeast of Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort has the essentials to compete in the Phoenix-Scottsdale tourism industry. Golf course? Check. Massive spa? Check. Pools? Check. But, what it offers that others do not are distinctly designed rooms — complete with stylish decor, massive flat-screen televisions and complimentary wireless Internet access — and a 240,000-square-foot casino. The majority of Talking Stick visitors were relatively pleased with their experiences here. However, some visitors who come for a resort stay rather than a gambling expedition complain of slightly lackluster customer service. If you do decide to stay here, ask for a room with a golf course view: Travelers say that the alternative city view is not as nice.

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“Talking Stick Resort is a luxury high-rise offering the Vegas experience — a big casino, two golf courses, three pools, live music, restaurants, a nightclub and theater — on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation near Scottsdale.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 634 guests have reviewed the Talking Stick Resort, giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 634 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center
  • Pool

Location & Parking

Located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Reservation, about 6 miles northeast of Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort is relatively isolated. However, with a number of on-site entertainment options, guests may be content enough to stay put.

  • The on-site casino houses more than 800 slot machines and more than 50 table games.
  • The Cultural Center displays Native American art and history
  • 6 miles northeast of Old Town Scottsdale and Scottsdale Fashion Square
  • Around 15 miles northeast of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking (free)
  • 24-hour self-parking (free)
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping

Guest Rooms

The rooms at Talking Stick balance modern amenities with Southwestern decor. The latest tech toys are available for guests looking to stay connected, including LED Smart TVs and complimentary Internet access. Some suites offer private patios or balconies that overlook the desert.

  • Marble bathrooms with separate soaking tubs and glass showers with rainfall showerheads

Standard room size:

500 square feet
  • Internet (free)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available


The resort has five dining options. Blue Coyote Café, serving American fare and sushi, and Black Fig Bistro, serving coffee and bistro items, are both open 24 hours and offer children's menus. Orange Sky is a fine dining restaurant with a bar that serves dinner only. Reservations are required.

  • Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee and are served each morning between 8 and 10:30 a.m.
  • Ocean Trail specializes in seafood and serves lunch and dinner
  • Four lounges including Shadows Cigar and Martini Bar, and The Degree 270 nightclub on the 14th floor

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

Buffet, Asian, American
  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast


The Talking Stick has three pools, all of which offer poolside cabanas, canopy daybeds and bottle service, as well as hot tubs. The Lounge Pool is shallow enough for guests to relax in one of the deck chairs chairs immersed in the pool.

  • The main pool hosts an outdoor concert series during the summer, but a ticket is required for entry
  • Resort hosts pool parties every weekend at the main pool for the 21 and older crowd
  • The West Pool is the resort's family-friendly pool

Number of pools:


Pool types:

  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Seasonal
  • Indoor
  • Outdoor
  • Indoor/outdoor combo

Pool amenities:

  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


The Spa at Talking Stick Resort is a 13,000-square-foot facility on the 14th floor of the hotel. The spa offers services like massages, facials, body wraps, and body scrubs. Salon services include manicures and pedicures.

  • The spa is equipped with a sauna and a spa tub
  • Spa guests must be 18 or older

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna



The resort's 24-hour fitness center overlooks Scottsdale and offers cardio and weight-training equipment.

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The 24-hour business center offers complimentary high-speed Internet access as well as computer workstations and printing services.

  • The resort has 22 meeting rooms with 14 more rooms available at the conference center
  • Audiovisual equipment available

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available



The Talking Stick's two on-site championship golf courses showcase a variety of desert scenery. The North Course provides links featuring grasslands and bunkers. The South Course has a more traditional layout with tree lined fairways and water features.

  • Guests can utilize the concierge service to book hotel golf packages
  • There are no booking fees when scheduling tee times

  • Golf carts
  • Golf packages
  • Club rentals
  • Club house
  • Refreshment stand or restaurant
  • Caddy service
  • Pro shop


Weddings can be accommodated in Talking Stick's 25,000-square-foot ballroom, its 50,000 square feet of outdoor event space or several other venues. A professional staff is available to help plan and execute the big day.

  • Resort can host weddings up to 1,000 guests
  • Customized catering menus available

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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9800 East Indian Bend Road | Scottsdale, AZ 85256 [See Full Map]