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Top 5 Large Meeting Spaces in Scottsdale

Three-hundred and thirty days of sunshine, world-class resorts and spas, and an endless array of dining and entertainment options—what more do you need in a meetings locale? Well, if you’re looking to accommodate a sizable group, then you’ll probably need plenty of space, too. Not to worry—we’ve got you covered. Here’s our breakdown of the best large meeting venues in and near Scottsdale.


Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center at WestWorld of Scottsdale

Westworld_Barrett Jackson

Altogether, WestWorld of Scottsdale is 386 acres of endless possibility, but its Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center (TNEC, shown here during the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction) leads the pack with 300,000 square feet of large-event venues. At the center is TNEC’s Equidome, decked out with 3,400 permanent seats surrounding a sunken arena, plus three interior VIP suites and a sprawling concourse for vendors and tradeshow activity. Then, there’s the TNEC North Hall (117,000 square feet) and South Hall (37,000 square feet), both with flexible design and the ability to host multiple events at once.


Palomino Conference Center at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Princess Palomino Exterior

Prefer hotels with large meeting rooms? The Palomino Conference Center connects two spacious sites and is filled with natural sunlight. It also brings together the indoor/outdoor event experience with movable walls that open up to a charming al fresco foyer and plaza. Inside, you’ll find the 23,200-square-foot Palomino Ballroom and 22,500-square-foot Princess Ballroom, both fit for royalty with eye-catching vaulted ceilings, sparkling chandeliers and classic architecture to suit any style.


Salt River Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Salt River Ballroom Foyer

Centrally located in the east wing of Talking Stick Resort, the Salt River Grand Ballroom is an impressive meeting space that can accommodate up to 2,000 guests. The 25,000-square-foot facility offers flexible configurations for conferences, dinners, cocktail receptions, exhibitions and more, and can be divided into smaller breakout rooms. One of the top large meeting venues near Scottsdale, it’s punctuated by spacious foyers on the ballroom’s east, west and north sides, with balconies on this end overlooking Talking Stick Resort’s glistening pool.


Kierland Grand Ballroom at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Kierland Grand Ballroom at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Home to nearly 80 meeting and event venues, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is popular for its clean and contemporary aesthetic, and lush Sonoran Desert environs. The Kierland Grand Ballroom—spanning 24,542 square feet—accommodates up to 3,600 guests in a theater layout, though it’s a proper match for large events of almost any type. And with its crystal chandeliers and earthy color palette, the Kierland Grand Ballroom is an inspired setting for a variety of aesthetics, too.


Grand Ballroom at The Phoenician

The Phoenician

Modern, luxurious and dramatic in the best way possible, The Phoenician’s Grand Ballroom boasts more than 20,500 square feet of newly renovated, specially designed space, and a look and feel that’s at once chic and versatile. Here, you can host up to 2,500 attendees who will also enjoy the resort’s plush guestrooms, multi-story spa and fitness facilities, and mouthwatering culinary options including Mowry & Cotton, J&G Steakhouse and The Phoenician Tavern.

Katarina Kovacevic is an Arizona-based writer, traveler, wife and mom who is always on the hunt for her next big adventure. Her favorite Scottsdale gems are the Valley views from the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, hydrotherapy at Civana Spa and the kid’s pool beach at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch.