Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort (TANCR) is located east of Flagstaff, Ariz. and is billed as “northern Arizona’s premier destination casino resort.” Twin Arrows, which officially opened Memorial Day weekend 2013, is a 267,000-square-foot establishment with 90 guest rooms and suites currently available, in addition to 110 rooms that are under construction and due to open early next year. The resort is built on the Navajo Nation, operated by the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise and has been designed to showcase and embody Navajo arts and culture.
I was invited to experience Twin Arrows as a guest of the resort. With my mother-in-law as my companion, we made the trip from Phoenix to Flagstaff, then east to TANCR. From Flagstaff, the drive is a straight shot and the resort is easy to find. One thing to keep in mind is that the Navajo Nation, where the resort is located, observes Daylight Savings Time, which may mean a time difference depending on when you go.
When we arrived, the resort offered complimentary valet parking and friendly staff took our bags, checked us in and led us to our rooms. Since Twin Arrows had just opened at the time of our stay, we could tell the staff members were still getting used to their new roles; but, as my mother-in-law pointed out, there was a welcoming attitude and sense of pride in their work and the resort that seemed infectious.
Twin Arrows offers a variety of room and suite options for competitive prices, especially when compared to other hotels in northern Arizona. During my one-night stay, I enjoyed a Double/Double Room, which featured two absolutely comfortable plush double beds, contemporary decor, and a luxurious bathroom setting. As a busy mom enjoying 24 hours to myself, I appreciated the little things, including: the oversized bath towels and complimentary toiletries, free WiFi, docking station for my iPhone, in-room Keurig coffee station and mini refrigerator. My mother-in-law had a Mountain View room, which had an exquisite view of scenic northern Arizona. If you're into feeling like you’re truly getting away, I'd recommend the Mountain View room option for sure.
Service and Amenities
First and foremost, Twin Arrows emphasizes showcasing the Navajo culture in its overall decor. Everything from carpet designs to lighting fixtures tells a cultural story. One of the most overwhelming fixtures is when you first walk in—you’re greeted by an amazing one-of-a-kind chandelier that depicts the Navajo creation story. Also, each floor symbolizes the Navajos’ ancestors’ ascension through the Four Worlds. For art fans, you'll be amazed at the body of work—created by Native American artists—that Twin Arrows has on display.
In addition to the culture and decor, of course, TANCR is meant to be a casino destination. Recently, a law was passed in the Navajo Nation that alcohol can be allowed on the casino floor. I took a tour of the casino, but because of personal preferences, I chose not to gamble. Still, there are a variety of gaming options available 24/7. As part of my experience, I also took a tour of the fitness center, indoor pool and Jacuzzi, and ample meeting rooms and conference space (16,000 square feet of meeting space to be exact!). Twin Arrows would be a perfect venue for a wedding or corporate event.
And, one of my favorite parts: the food. Twin Arrows offers “in-room dining service 24 hours a day, catering in the conference and banquet center upon request, as well as dining in Zenith Steakhouse, Arrows Sports Bar, Four Elements Café, the Food Court and Coffee Bar,” according to resort reps. This summer, the resort introduced The Reef, a Seafood Bar.
As part of my stay, I tried what seemed like a little bit of everything—and I honestly couldn’t find anything I didn’t like. The cuisine seemed to blend traditional cuisine with Navajo-themed dishes for a truly unique dining experience. Picture a potato bar alongside Navajo sliders—and that’s just the beginning. Also, the dessert options (bread pudding, yum!) and drinks don’t disappoint. I spent some time in Arrows Sports Bar, which is located inside of the casino area, and ordered a margarita… it was delicious without being too strong. Plus, the bar was active and the service was top-notch.
Between the friendly service, great accommodations, delicious food and drink, my overall stay at Twin Arrows was an experience I won't soon forget. While many probably go to Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort specifically for the casino atmosphere, from my experience, the resort is so much more than that. It made a perfect place for a quick escape from the Valley, has the potential to be a great location for events and conferences, and is luxurious without being over-the-top. Plus, the resort is still growing—during phase two of construction it will add the Hózhó Spa, which is due to open early next year. I will definitely be back for that!
- 90 guestrooms and suites; 110 additional rooms under construction
- 3 restaurants, coffee bar, sports lounge, food court available 24 hours
- Hózhó Spa, opening in early 2014
- Indoor heated pool and whirlpool; fitness center
- 16,00 square feet of meeting/event space
- 24-hour room service
- Luxurious sheets and bedding
- Large vanities and double sinks in bathrooms
- Oversized, 100% Egyptian cotton towels
- Flat-screen TVs with iBAHN personalized multimedia entertainment system
- Luxurious Gilchrist & Soames bathroom amenities
- Complimentary valet parking
- In-room laptop safe
- Iron and ironing board
- In-room Keurig coffee maker
22181 Resort Blvd (Exit 219, I-40)
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
928.856.7200 or 855.946.7946
Note: Twin Arrows is 20 miles east of Flagstaff on Interstate-40, Exit 219