Reno: perfect place for a convention

Every February I make a trip to Reno for a business conference. The city is the perfect place for business, with cheap rooms, great food, entertainment and friendly people.


Reno: perfect place for a convention

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by trailbos on January 15, 2002

Rent a bicycle and ride along the Truckee River; feast on a themed buffet, watch a first class show at the Eldorado, get a luxury room for under twenty bucks, and if you want to gamble, enjoy the free drinks served by cocktail waitresses in mini-skirts.${QuickSuggestions} For cheap hotel rates, shop around. Check the hotel web site for any "internet special". Compare that to the price offered by Hotel Reservation Network. If you're planning a conference, some hotels offer free meeting space and extras to lure your business.${BestWay} Reno is one of the easiest towns to get around in. Car rental rates are competitive, but if you're staying downtown, you won't need one. Hotels offer free shuttle service, and the airport is close enough to some of the casinos to make walking an option (for those of us who like to walk).

Sands Regency

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by trailbos on January 15, 2002

Inexpensive. Cheap. Affordable. This is a good casino hotel offering $19 room rates (weekdays, Sunday thru Thursday, when available, ask for their "internet special"). Rooms are kind of worn, and the trains can be heard passing at all hours of the night. But rooms are clean and comfortable, service is good, and the location is excellent. Fitness room and outdoor pool are above average for Reno (hotels here don''t push the pool facilities like they do in Las Vegas). There''s a few restaurants to choose from, but you can probably do better by taking a short walk to the Eldorado. This place is used by skiers and people participating in the cribbage convention (and other meetings).
Sands Regency Hotel and Casino
345 NORTH ARLINGTON AVE
Reno, Nevada, 89501
775-348-2200

Circus Circus

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by trailbos on January 15, 2002

Surprisingly nice for what you might expect from a hotel called "Circus Circus". Very clean and comfortable, nice large window. You could almost consider this a luxury room. Prices vary, but I like their "bid for a room" policy. Just tell them what you are willing to pay via email, and they''ll let you know if they''ll accept your bid. I got a room for as low as $21 last year, but had to work up to $25 this year. Much more expensive on weekends, of course.
Circus Circus Reno
500 North Sierra Street
Reno, Nevada, 89503
(775) 329-0711

The Peppermill Hotel/Casino

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by trailbos on January 15, 2002

This is a real fancy place. Walking into the huge marble bathrooms on the main casino floor is something you don''t want to miss. Rooms are luxerious, although the refrigerator full of high-price snacks is something I could do without. The coffee shop and buffet are excellent, probably the best in Reno. There''s also a very romantic cocktail lounge and plenty of choices for dining and drinking. And gambling, of course. The second floor nickel area looks fun, and they keep the drinks flowing even if you''re only playing nickels. The pool isn''t huge, but it''s nice and protected from the wind by glass walls - I went swimming in February even though it was near freezing outside. Free shuttle service from the airport, and it''s also withing walking distance, just in case you need to work off some of those calories from the buffet. Price: check their internet specials, but you usually can get a better deal by going through Hotel Reservation Network or similar broker (I''ve paid $35 on one stay, $29 on another).
Peppermill Hotel and Casino
2707 S VIRGINIA ST
Reno, Nevada, 89502
775-826-2121

The Reno Hilton

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by trailbos on January 15, 2002

Editor's Note: This property has closed.



Swanky. Very nice rooms with a view, large bathrooms, big TV. Large casino area on the main floor, and several dining options. We liked breakfast at Chevy''s and dinner at the buffet. Stayed here twice, once paying $39 a night, the other time on a ski package for two, lift tickets and room for 2 nights plus other extras came to $129. Not bad for a Hilton. The one negative about the place is its location; sure, it''s close to the airport, but the neighborhood around the Reno Hilton is rather seedy (there''s a biker bar/topless joint across the street). There''s nothing of interest within easy walking distance, and you need to walk about a quarter mile just to get out of the parking lot! Downtown is about three miles away, and if you walk, you''ll pass several strip joints, tattoo parlors and a methadone clinic along the way. Maybe that''s why rooms are so cheap? Recommended only if you have a car and just need a clean place to sleep.


Harrah's Reno

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by trailbos on January 19, 2002

On my visit, I was stuck on a floor that was undergoing renovation. Lots of construction work going on in the hallway, and my room looked like it must be on the "to do list", with worn carpeting and furniture. The room came with a coffee maker, always handy so that I don''t have to make a run down to a coffee shop for that first wake-up cup of java in the morning. The best part of the room was the balcony, large by most hotel standards, and semi-enclosed so that even though it was in the winter, I could sit in the sun while reading the morning paper and drinking a cup of in-room coffee. The reason I stayed at Harrah''s on this occasion was that their weekend room prices were lower than other hotels - rooms in Reno are very cheap weekdays, but on weekends they can become pricey.
Harrah's Hotel Casino - Reno
219 NORTH CENTER STREET
Reno, Nevada, 89501
775-786-3232

Atlantis Hotel and Casino

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by trailbos on January 19, 2002

We stayed in the motor lodge. These are the cheaper rooms in back of the casino in a series of two-story buildings. For its motel appearance, the rooms provided quality lodging, even had marble in the bathroom. For upscale lodging, they offer tower rooms and concierge rooms. We had fun gambling on their nickel machines, even won a little bit. The buffet was good, especially for breakfast with their made-to-order omelettes. Location is away from other casinos, within walking distance of the Peppermill but far from downtown.

There are a lot of shopping and dining options in the area. We stayed there because they offered great room rates at a time when some convention downtown had most of the rooms there booked and prices were much higher; finding a room at the Atlantis was a pleasant alternative.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa - Reno
3800 S Virginia St.
Reno, Nevada, 89502
(775) 825-4700

Truckee River Lodge

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by trailbos on February 22, 2002

Now for something different: a non-smoking hotel with no slot machines, in the heart of Reno! Bay windows, clean rooms, moderate furnishings with a mini-kitchen, at a reasonable rate. Good location across the street from the river and three to four blocks from major casino/hotels. The lobby has a reasonably priced mini-mart that offers free popcorn. You can buy a can of soda for 50 cents, or rent a bicycle (even a recumbant!) for $6 an hour. A healthy alternative to the smoke-filled gambling meccas nearby.
Truckee River Terrace
501 W 1st Street
Reno, Nevada, 89503
(775) 786-8888

Sands Regency (new visit)

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by trailbos on February 22, 2002

An update: stayed three nights at the Sands last week, paying only $9 a night! Their usual internet special is $19, but there was a February special. Without making any special requests, I got a room in the Empress Tower, a more modern, spacious room than in the tower I stayed in on a previous visit. The entire west wall of the room was a window with an awesome view of the mountains.

Room facilities were solid, comfortable and clean. Staff was helpful and courteous. The casino and lobby tended to be smoke-filled, and the customers were older folks, some pulling oxygen tanks between slot machines. A shop attached to the hotel offers bicycle and ski rentals at reasonable rates. A nice place to stay, especially for the price!
Sands Regency Hotel and Casino
345 NORTH ARLINGTON AVE
Reno, Nevada, 89501
775-348-2200

Tropical Island Buffet at The Peppermill

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by trailbos on January 15, 2002

Okay, I've only ate here once, but it was a memorable experience and I want to share it. the food was great, but I kind of expected that. The waterfalls and the imitation thunderstorm were somewhat entertaining. But what impressed me were the people, two in particular. The waitress was cheerful, helpful, and seemed to aniticipate my needs (such as offering me a cup of coffee to go with desert, even though I had iced tea during dinner). The guy at the desert bar was also helpful and talkative; I saw one desert that looked like chocolate cheese cake, and asked him about it. It turned out to be something else, but he quickly said there was a fresh chocolate cheese cake that just came in and he'd be glad to cut a piece for me. Overall, just good food and friendly people. What more could you ask for?
Tropical Island Buffet
2707 South Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada, 89502
(775) 826-2121

The Top Deck at Cal-Neva

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by trailbos on January 15, 2002

This looks like your average greasy spoon type casino coffee shop, and it is. But I like eating here. Daily specials, efficient wait staff, and the 99 cent graveyard special makes it feel like you're eating at a casino coffee shop. Occasionally I'll get a particularly perky waitress, which makes it all the more fun.
Top Deck at Cal-Neva
Downtown
Reno, Nevada

Pneumatic Diner

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by trailbos on February 22, 2002

The diner is on the second floor of the Truckee River Lodge, towards the back and somewhat hidden. There are only seven tables, plus counter space. Atmosphere is funky and friendly. "Real food, real beer, real coffee, all served in an oxygen/nitrogen based atmosphere". Neon artwork on the ceilings, posters and bumper stickers on the walls that say "food not bombs" and "I'd rather be breathing". The #2 burrito is excellent, and I can't complain about the veggie lasagna either. Coffee is rather strong, but the fruit fizzies are good thirst quenchers. Customers tend to be the young snowboarding set, but we older hippies feel right at home here. When you're tired of the buffets and prime rib dinners at the casinos, this place is worth checking out, just for the fun of it.
Pneumatic Diner
501 W. First Street
Reno, Nevada, 89503
(775) 786-8888

Mel's Diner

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by trailbos on February 22, 2002

Mel's Diner is classic Americana, a hamburger joint with jukeboxes and chili fries. Breakfasts are large, and more than I could eat (and I'm no wimp when it comes to food). The steak and eggs special was okay, but once I tried their veggie omelette there was no turning back. Chunks of avocado and tomato mixed in with cheese and spinach leaves for a hearty morning start, served with more than enough hash browns and a biscuit and gravy on the side. The morning shift of cooks/wait staff are friendly and quick, but go in during the "graveyard" shift and you'll be lucky to get any kind of service unless you happen to be a personal friend of the waitress.
Mel's Diner
Sands Regency Casino & Hotel
Reno, Nevada, 89501
(775) 348-2200

Mt. Rose for an easy ski experience

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by trailbos on January 15, 2002

While Lake Tahoe is known for world-class skiing, Mt. Rose offers a good place for beginners and novice skiers. Nice long "green" runs, friendly and helpful staff, free ski lessons, and a good equipment rental place makes this a great place for those of us who are not olympic athletes. They have challenging runs too, but I wouldn't know about them. The location is great, near Reno with easy transportation to the ski resort and lots of dining, lodging and nightlife options.
Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe
22222 Mt. Rose Highway
Reno, Nevada, 89511
(775) 849-0704

Truckee River walk

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by trailbos on January 15, 2002

Starting in downtown Reno and going west, the Truckee River is a greenway of parks connected by walkways and bike paths, with some interesting sculptures along the way. It's a great place to burn off calories from those casino buffets, or to clear your head after losing your money at the tables.
Truckee River Walk
Arlington Avenue at Island Avenue
Reno, Nevada, 89501
No phone available

Virginia City

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by trailbos on January 19, 2002

The downtown area of Virginia City is preserved, much like it would have been over 100 years ago (except for the paved road and vehicle parking on Main Street). Wooden sidewalks, casino bars with big wooden structures and wood chairs and tables add to the flavor of the old west. A few museums scattered about, slot machines where you can win silver dollars, and even a place to pan for gold nuggets are found in a two block section of the main drag. It's a place for tourists, obviously, but we found the crowds weren't too thick and our visit was enjoyable. The narrated wagon ride through town is a good introduction to the city. On the drive up from Reno, you're likely to see wild horses grazing in the hills north of Virgina City.
Virginia City
Highway 341 at 'C' Street
Virginia City, Nevada, 89440
Tourism Authority: +

shopping for outdoor gear

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by trailbos on January 15, 2002

Reno has some great shopping if you're into outdoor sports. There's a Sierra Trading Post, one of only two in the country, at Airport Square (next to Costco). Sierra has good prices on seconds and overruns, and is a fun place to shop. Across the street is a large REI store, a bit pricier but you can find all the latest upscale gear. On the west end of town, along the north bank of the Truckee River in an industrial park is an outlet for Patagonia, with huge bins of seconds and returns of clothing at good prices.

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