We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center Rating: 4.0 Pearls
Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

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Pros

  • Many entertainment options including casino, live shows, and golf
  • Gorgeous desert views
  • Large heated pool area with fire pits
  • Attractive public spaces with Native American design influences
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • LEED-certified

Cons

  • Isolated location far from nightlife and shopping
  • Daily resort fee

Bottom Line

The four-pearl Fort McDowell is stocked to the gills with features: A casino, two 18-hole golf courses, live events, restaurants, lounges, and a heated pool. Views of surrounding mountains are stunning, and the Native American-style decor is handsome. But rooms, though spacious, aren't particularly stylish, and the resort is a far 30-minute drive to Scottsdale. It's worth comparing rates with The Talking Stick Resort and Casino, which has nicer rooms and a more convenient location.

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 Scene

An upscale casino resort with Native American design touches

Lobby
Lobby

The Radisson is 246-room, upscale high-rise in the desert east of Phoenix on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Indian Reservation. The casino is the main draw at the resort, but the We-Ko-Pa golf course, pool, and the peaceful, close-to-nature surroundings make it an attractive retreat for golfers and families as well. The views of desert mountains are among the most spectacular of any resort in the Phoenix area.

The hotel is more family-friendly than its closest competitor, Talking Stick Resort, because the hotel and casino here are located in different buildings. So it’s possible to enjoy the resort without ever stepping foot in the smoky casino, unlike at the Talking Stick.

The lobby feels decidedly high-end, with beautiful native stone walls, glass artwork, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Elements of Yavapai Indian culture were integrated into the design, such as basket weaving symbols in the lobby floor, and a stone "river" (representing the nearby Verde River) leading into the hotel. Rooms, by contrast, feel more mid-range.

 Location

On an Indian reservation 30 minutes from Scottsdale

The resort is on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Indian Reservation, about 20 miles east of Scottsdale, just off the Beeline Highway. It’s somewhat isolated (surrounded largely by desert), so a vehicle is necessary to explore beyond the resort. Shuttle service is not offered.

  • 15-minute drive to McDowell Mountain Park, a popular hiking area
  • 15-minute drive to Fountain Hills, home to world’s highest fountain
  • 20-minute drive to Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural center
  • 30-minute drive to Saguaro Lake with boating and fishing
  • 30-minute drive to Old Town Scottsdale
  • 30-minute drive to Fashion Square shopping mall and Scottsdale Waterfront
  • 30-minute drive to Scottsdale Airport
  • 45-minute drive to Sky Harbor International Airport

 Rooms

Spacious, if a tad generic

Standard Room
Standard Room

Rooms are spacious and comfortable, but the decor is chain-like. Sleep Number beds are available in certain rooms.

All rooms include:

 Features

A casino, two golf courses, and a heated pool

Casino
Casino

 Food

Southwestern dishes at Anhala Mesquite Room, plus five more restaurants in the casino

  • Anhala Mesquite Room restaurant serves Southwestern dishes with a Native American influence for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner entrees include items such as Berkshire Pork Chop ($24) and Chicken Picatta ($24) and range from $24 to $36.
  • The Fort McDowell Casino has five restaurants including the Cottonwood Cafe (casual American), Silver Platter (burgers and shakes), New York Deli (NY-style sandwiches), Red Rock Buffet (all-you-can-eat), and Noodles Sushiya (sushi).
  • Room service from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 Bottom Line

The four-pearl Fort McDowell is stocked to the gills with features: A casino, two 18-hole golf courses, live events, restaurants, lounges, and a heated pool. Views of surrounding mountains are stunning, and the Native American-style decor is handsome. But rooms, though spacious, aren't particularly stylish, and the resort is a far 30-minute drive to Scottsdale. It's worth comparing rates with The Talking Stick Resort and Casino, which has nicer rooms and a more convenient location.

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Address

  • 10438 N Fort McDowell Road, Scottsdale/Ftn Hills, AZ, 85264

Room Types

  • Business Class Room
  • Executive Suite
  • Junior Suite
  • Standard Room

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 246
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Internet: Yes
Pets Allowed: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Address: 10438 N Fort McDowell Road, Scottsdale/Ftn Hills, AZ, 85264
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