Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort
Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort really changed how I viewed Indian casino and resorts. In California, we have a handful of Indian resort/casino places but you would never want to actually stay at them unless maybe you really wanted to gamble and don’t want to drive all the way to Vegas. However, at Twin Arrows, we had one of the better stays we’ve had traveling interstate or even intercontinental. What earns Twin Arrows two thumbs way up is that they emphasize perfect service. When you’re looking to pay a visit to Arizona, there’s no better place than to set base at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort in Flagstaff as a base to explore what Arizona has to offer. It also makes a great stop if you are doing a road trip down Route 66 or paying a visit to the beautiful Grand Canyon. This beautiful casino resort has everything you need in one: luxury hotel experience, gourmet dining (with possibly the best steak I’ve ever had), and an accessible 24 hr casino. Our stay was more than comfortable and relaxing but what truly made it special were the culturally infused architecture that truly showcases the Navajo culture.
Beyond exceptional service is that Twin Arrows really embodies all the beauty, tradition, and spirit of Navajo culture. While photos are forbidden of the interior, I can only express in words how majestic the design of the entire resort/casino appears. We were fortunate enough to join a brief culture tour around the hotel to really appreciate the interior and exterior designs and colors throughout to understand the Four Worlds from the Navajo Creation story. The details are subtle throughout the casino and rooms that tells such a great story.
There are splashes of blue, yellow, black, and red. We were informed by Daphne Bates and the rest of the wonderful Twin Arrows staff that the colors schemes throughout the hotel symbolize the four sacred colors of Navajo culture. Each floor (1-5) illuminates the one of the sacred symbols and colors. You’ll also find one of the most impressive chandelier installations in any hotel lobby handing above a clear glass floor that, through the clever use of mirrors, seems to go on forever in the depths of the ground. The carpeting invokes the look and feel of corn silk while the lamps look just like corn husks.
Truly beautiful, crafted designs. The casino itself features almost every aspect of gambling you’d want. They have all the major card games and various new slot machines. A neat feature is being able to go to the many soda machines to grab complimentary cups of soda/water.
The indoor heated pools are beautiful with relaxing jacuzzis next door.
Twin Arrows also has some unique features you may not find at other resorts. One is a dedicated game room for kids and adults alike. I thought it might have a few arcade machines but instead they have a state-of-the-art home entertainment room with every video game system represented: XBox One, Playstation 4, etc. Each station has a big screen HDTV and comes with your own headset. The entire room is decorated like a video-game lover’s dream with cool ooze green lighting and video game heroes decals throughout. It is definitely a popular feature of the hotel as there was rarely a time it wasn’t filled with people.
The resort also features a fitness room with all new equipment. They have a refrigerator with chilled water bottles and ample towels. The weight rack includes dumbbells up to 50lbs which is unique as many other hotels don’t have full weight racks.
The hotel are spacious, luxurious, and very comfortable. The modern and clean look and level of quality in the room was consistent throughout.
The room comes with toiletry amenities, a safe for valuables, HD channels, fast wi-fi with password, USB chargers. Everything you need for a perfect stay. You’ll also find a Keurig machine and a personal refrigerator where you can house the complimentary water bottles they provide in each room which they also re-stock every night.
I was possibly most impressed with the bathrooms where it comes with a “his” and “hers” sink with all the toiletries needed.
The showers are spacious and clean.
I thought the rooms were very modern looking but also had the luxurious and comfy feel. Very satisfied with the room especially after a long day hiking at Grand Canyon. I slept very well after along day out each night!
Dining: Zenith Steakhouse
Twin Arrows is completely state of the art. Their dining event center is like a convention center so it is perfect for events and epic banquets all while being able to soak in the accentuated view through the ceiling to floor windows. As far as restaurants go, Twin Arrows has a great area for breakfast/brunch along with a dedicated cafe serving to-go pastries, coffee, desserts, and more. But, the crown jewel of Twin Arrows has to be their legendary Zenith Steakhouse. I will start off and say I have had quite a fair share of steaks in my lifetime and this restaurant may possibly be the best steak I’ve ever had. If you want a full fine-dining experience, I whole-heartedly recommend Zenith for their spectacular Navajo certified Premium Grade steaks.
The restaurant is gorgeous and you can tell the design team put a lot of thought into creating a dining space that exudes elegance but also has a romantic and modern look and feel. There is a lot of color to embody the Navajo culture. We were seated right next to the marble fireplace which made dining that much more intimate and elevated.
The oysters were large and had a smooth finish mixed with a slight tinge of salinity from the ocean. Sometimes large oysters end up chewy but at Zenith they were a slurping delight. The smaller Kumamotos were perfect.
Hot and cheesy onion soup.
You know you’re at a real steakhouse when they allow you to choose which knife to use for your steak.
A beautiful spread of good quality food. Really everything including the mashed potatoes, asparagus, and even down to the sweet complimentary bread was spot-on and delicious. We couldn’t have asked for more as each dish was delicious.
Crab legs were tremendous with plenty of crab meat.
The tomahawk chop long bone rib-eye (34 oz. $50) was the best cut of meat I’ve had. It is absolutely massive but even at that size it retained so much flavor. Each slice of meat is juicy, tender, and packed with delicious flavor having been aged for 35 days!
The Surf and Turf ($45) filet mignon was exceptional and the lobster tail paired really nicely. It was a plump and meaty lobster that was crisp to the bite.
Crab and clam spaghetti with white wine and olive oil. This was cooked to perfection with a delicious light sauce and plenty of fresh crab meat.
The onion ring tower was also a hit and definitely picture-worthy.But the rings tasted even better than they looked. They were also very generous in portion size but they also may have been some of the best onion rings I’ve tasted.
For dessert, the pine nut pie really stood out. I believe it uses Navajo planted nuts too. But like I said, the portions here are very generous. Still, you’ll make room for dessert when they bring out the exquisite dessert cart for you to survey and you see all the wonderful creations.
The menu at Zenith is similarly priced to fine steakhouses like Mastro’s but I felt like there was an even more extensive menu at Zenith Steakhouse. Ultimately I felt like Zenith has more reasonable prices and you get a more valuable experience overall.We also got to meet Chef Stewart Weinstein who was originally from San Francisco. He really outdid himself and still created fantastic dishes even though we were the last party in the restaurant. Zenith Steakhouse aims to be the top steakhouse and on our visit they really fortified their claim to be the best steakhouse out there. It is a unique experience that accentuates and highlights the majestic premium Navajo beef and I would definitely come back.
Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Flagstaff
Address: 22181 Resort Blvd | Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Website: Yelp | Tripadvisor | Website
I would recommend Twin Arrows to anyone trying to experience the wonders of Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. It is well-priced and you get top-level service and comfort. Plus, you get to appreciate some of the unique aspects of Navajo culture while also being able to soak in high-level amenities.
Now start planning your trip over to Arizona!