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Any Advice For Reno?

Last edit: 50inVegas on Monday, 16th March 2015 7:17 pm
Last response by mjames1229 5th May 11:15am

Immediately after VIMFP I am headed to Reno for business. Anybody have any advice regarding hotels, dining (solo), etc. Since I'll be there for several days, good wifi and a good fitness center are important, preferably without extra cost. I'll probably end up downtown, and I've been looking at Silver Legacy and El Dorado, but I can't tell which has nicer rooms, etc. I think they are connected so you can walk from one to the other without going outside.
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 Chuckmonster responded on Monday, 16th March 2015

Don't look at RenoTripping... it is in need of major content refresh.

 joekollar responded on Tuesday, 17th March 2015

I stayed at the Silver Legacy last summer. It's rooms were clean and serviceable. Just a basic room but reasonably well maintained. I'd compare it to a Main Street Station room if you ever stayed there in downtown LV. I didn't see the Eldorado's rooms but judging from the casino, I think the Legacy's rooms will be better maintained. I didn't go to their fitness center but the Legacy has a comically small pool if you're so inclined. Honestly if you don't care about being downtown, I'd stay at the Peppermill. It's much more Vegas-like than the other Reno properties.

The whole city of Reno could use a coat of paint and some serious TLC but we had a good time and it is very cheap overall compared to Vegas.

 vespajet replied on Tuesday, 17th March 2015

Unfortunately they've seriously toned down the psychedelic freak out design scheme at the Peppermill in recent years.

 NeverJustJ responded on Tuesday, 17th March 2015

Lots of advice...I really enjoy Reno...it's not Las Vegas, of course, but it's a fun town. Here's a brain dump (now, keep in mind, I've had a couple of glasses of wine):

ROOMS
Silver Legacy rooms are nice enough. Eldorado (they, for some reason, don't do the space and capital D?) rooms are, too. If it's on the company credit card take a one or two step upgrade at Eldorado and you should be happy. If you're paying there is nothing wrong with Circus Circus in Reno (nothing right, really, either, but it's no where the mess that CCLV is) or a little independent property called Sands Regency (rooms are basic and basically clean). Haven't stayed at Harrah's in quite a while and I imagine Caesars maintenance standards are even more lax when there's really no one from the home office looking.

EATS
Brew Brothers at Eldorado is great for casual dining...lots of bar seats which is my favorite place to dine when alone. If you want to go fancier, Bistro Roxie, also in Eldorado is great (although the menu is kind of stuck in the early 2000s) and, again, you can eat at the bar (not as many seats, though). For a real Reno Experience, try the Santa Fe hotel for a Basque dinner. It's a little expensive for the quality, but it's a lot of food...so much that you could take it back to an in room fridge and call it lunch the next day. Solo diners can sit at a community table or eat at the bar. China Diner, is kind of "behind" Silver Legacy and is, well, just like the name says...a diner serving fair to very good Chinese food...and they're pretty much open all the time...I think they close from 3am to 7am, maybe not even that long. The Steakhouse at Harrah's is a favorite of mine. Quality has slipped a bit, but it's still good. It would probably be a little uncomfortable to dine at a table in the dining room solo, but you can sit at the small bar and last time I did the old school union bartendress was very attentive and told some great stories (at the time I worked with the granddaughter of a somewhat prominent Reno family, she knew them quite well and service and stories got better when I mentioned them!). And the space is classic Reno...it was probably last renovated in the very late 1980s, but it was done with such high quality materials that it's still in very good and delightfully dated condition! If you have to do a buffet I think I would still recommend Eldorado's...but I haven't eaten at one in Reno in a long time. There are quite a few fun spots in the few blocks off of Virginia Street (the main street of downtown). A little further away is mid town, which is the hipster hot spot of Reno.

Finally, yes, Eldorado, Silver Legacy and Circus Circus are connected one story above street level...the area/space has retail kiosks, slot machines, etc.

 joekollar responded on Thursday, 19th March 2015

I can second the recommendation for Brew Brothers at Eldorado. Good, casual pub food and good beer selection. The weekend I was there there was a barbecue festival on the street so I ate most of meals outdoors and didn't really eat in the casino restaurants.

 50inVegas responded on Thursday, 19th March 2015

Thanks for these really helpful responses!

 mjames1229 responded on Tuesday, 5th May 2015

I've been to Reno numerous times. Love the place, but compared to Las Vegas, it is missing serious eats and shows.

Hotels -

IMO (and I've stayed at all of them) Circus Circus, Silver Legacy, Eldorado, and Harrahs are a horse apiece in terms of hotels. Pay a little more, get a little nicer.

The Sands Regency and Club Cal Neva are a step down in terms of rooms. The Sands Regency itself isn't bad, but if you're walking from the other downtown properties which are all on Virginia Street, it can be a little sketchy.

The Siena is just a block or two off of Virginia. Those rooms a very nice. However they announced that they are closing the casino portion at the end of June and it will become a boutique property under the banner of a brand name.

The Peppermill, Atlantis and Grand Sierra are all resorts outside of downtown. They are everything you want in a resort.

Casinos -

Again IMO, the downtown properties on the edges (Cal Neva, Circus Circus and Sands Regency) would have lower limits. Cal Neva is a little, um... well, they like to market their low rollerness. Harrahs is nice, Eldorado, too (see what I did there). But there is something about the Silver Legacy casino (besides the silver mine in the center). Everything seems brighter (both the lighting and the carpeting and chairs) and seems like a little bit of refuge - in a good way - from the more hectic casinos.

The Peppermill, Atlantis and Grand Sierra are all resorts outside of downtown. They are everything you want in a resort.