The Talking Stick Resort and Casino is located adjacent to the Talking Stick Golf Course and is serviced by a freeway exit in Scottsdale, Arizona. The facility is operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Gaming Enterprise. The new resort replaces a 70,000 square foot temporary casino on the same site which remained in operation throughout the construction process.
The design of the resort is influenced by historical and cultural elements of the Community’s past. Rather than imposing a theme, the design uses natural materials, natural light, exterior spaces, and vistas to create a simple and elegant place for entertainment and relaxation. The project has been organized in the traditional Phoenix resort pattern where arrival is a level above the garden space or the original desert grade. By gently sloping the site upward toward the entry, the overall mass of the building is reduced. It also allows the visitor to arrive 17 feet above original grade and provides an incredible view out of casino floor to gardens, the golf course, and the desert beyond. A rooftop restaurant and lounge occupy the 15th floor and a nightclub / private party facility and full service spa occupy the 14th floor of the 500 room hotel. These two upper levels open to exterior decks and terraces that overlook both the lights of the city toward the west and the almost untouched desert to the east.
More than 1,000 slot machines and 100 table games form the heart of the casino. The gaming floor is supplemented by a VIP lounge, a raw bar, a 900 seat showroom, a 300 seat buffet, a high end cocktail lounge, plus many additional food and beverage options. A conference center with multiple meeting rooms and a ballroom seating 1,500 are located in a wing adjacent to the casino. Extensive gardens with water features, pools, formal and informal meeting spaces, a ceremony garden, and indigenous planting extend the resort outward.
Client Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian CommunitySize 1,250,000 sf