10 Best Casino Resorts in Reno and Sparks
By Christina Nellemann
Reno and Tahoe Local Expert
Reno is completely different from its neighbor down south, but it still has all the best gaming options with one difference...it's a lot less expensive to play in the Biggest Little City. Reno's downtown casino resorts offer all gaming amenities including luxurious rooms, spas and pools, award-winning dining options and family fun all within a few miles of each other and the airport.
If you are looking to bring the family, head to the Grand Sierra Resort with its indoor and outdoor activities including miniature golf and shopping. Circus Circus in Downtown has a fun Midway and regular circus acts for the kids. Adults will get a kick out of the pool area at the GSR and the fun dining all over the city.
For anyone looking to get some downtime, the Peppermill hotel and casino just south of Reno has an excellent spa that recieved a Reader's Choice Award from SpaFinder. After relaxing, the Peppermill's bars are just as good.
For more serious gamers, visit the Silver Legacy or the Atlantis for their poker tournaments or the Peppermill for its great slots and live music. Any place you go with have great food including the buffet or Brews Brothers at the Eldorado and Harrah's Steak House. Visit the Nugget in Sparks for their famous Oyster Bar or Rotisserie Buffet.
The Boomtown Reno casino and hotel is not only an adult playground. This resort, located just off I-80 east of Reno also has one of the best arcades (and beautiful carousel) in the area for kids of all ages as well as various restaurants including their famous Lobster Buffet. The casino features over 600 slot games as well as video and table poker and Megabucks, Keno and a popular Sports Book. After playing, visitors can visit the various restaurants including the Baja Mexican cantina and Mel's Diner. The Lobster Buffet serves up AYCE lobster, salads, barbecue, steaks and other fresh foods. ((775) 345-6000)
Sands Regency Hotel Casino
The Sands Regency Casino Hotel in Downtown Reno is a fun locals casino with some great restaurants and the best Bingo games in town. The 800 guest rooms and 700 non-smoking rooms have 24-hour room service and access to Downtown Reno's largest outdoor swimming pool complex. The dining options include the Sands Buffet and the 1950s style Mel's Diner.The casino features over 600 loose slots and table games like Royal Match, 3-Card Poker, Blackjack, Let It Ride, and Pai Gow Poker. The Sands also has some great events including a summer farmer's market, pool parties and fun live music by local and regional bands. (775-348-2200, 800-648-3553)
Circus Circus Hotel & Casino
Circus Circus Hotel & Casino in Downtown Reno is great for families. Adults can enjoy the 65,000 square foot casino and children will get a kick out of the upper Midway and the regular circus acts featuring acrobats and some very talented dogs. The casino includes slots and table games and a popular sports and race book. The Midway features various circus games and an arcade area. Circus Circus has six restaurants including Kokopelli's Sushi and the Courtyard Buffet. The hotel features deluxe rooms and suites and access to the fitness center. The resort also features some big name headliners and their Blues bar, The Cabaret. ((775) 329-0711, (800) 648-5010)
Harrah's Reno Hotel and Casino
Harrah's Reno is a 4-star hotel located in downtown Reno and only 15 minutes from the Reno-Tahoe airport. Amenities include a full casino, health club, beauty salon and barbershop, gift shop, and several restaurants including the award-wining Ichiban Steakhouse and the Harrah's Steak House. Harrah's is the only casino in Reno to have paid out the largest jackpot...an incredible three times. Blackjack and roulette never stop, 20 four hours a day, seven days a week. Two versions of Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Stud Poker, and the elegant table game of Baccarat. Staffed with friendly professionals, Harrah's has one of the most approachable casinos in Reno. (775-786-3232, 800-427-7247)
Nugget Casino Resort
The Nugget Casino Resort, located just east of Reno in the city of Sparks, offers all hotel and casino benefits in a small space. Thew newly remodeled Nugget has a casino with all the newest games including blackjack, roulette and a VIP Poker Room. They also offer Keno and a full Bingo Hall and sports book. The Nugget's nine dining options include the lively Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall and Bar-B-Que, the elegant Rotisserie Buffet and the Oyster Bar, serving seafood and drinks since 1959. The Nugget also features some of the biggest names in entertainment in the 700 person Celebrity Showroom. (775-356-3300, 800-648-1177)
Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
Located right next to the Reno-Sparks Conference Center, the AAA Four Diamond Awarded Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is a convenient and luxurious hotel and casino just south of Downtown Reno. The highrise hotel and casino has a tropical decor and waterfalls throughout the casino and dining areas. Amenities include a full casino, Toucan Charlie's Buffet, the Sky Terrace Sushi Bar and other restaurants and bars. The Atlantis also has an award-winning spa with sauna, massage therapy and a beautiful pool with private cabanas. Other amenities include 24-hour room service, entertainment center, and live entertainment by well-known acts. Meeting areas accommodate up to 1,000 people. (775-954-4135, 775-825-4700)
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino
The Grand Sierra Resort is the largest hotel casino in the Reno area and is a quick five minute drive to the Reno-Tahoe Airport. The GSR also features one of the world's largest casinos, over 2,000 rooms, the popular FunQuest Family Fun Center, a shopping center, cinema, spa and health club with a large pool, a bowling alley, 25 restaurants and bars including Charlie Palmer Steak and LEX Nightclub, shopping and a wedding chapel. The meeting and conference can accommodate up to 4,000 persons. The GSR also has an outdoor playground that features the Aqua Bay golfing area, go-carts, miniature golf and the 180 foot Ultimate Rush thrill ride. (800-501-2651)
Silver Legacy Hotel and Casino
The Silver Legacy defines the Reno skyline. The hotel and casino, built in 1995, comprises of Reno's tallest building and features a lobby adorned with marble floors, crystal chandeliers, opulent furnishings, and pieces from the stunning Mackay Silver Collection. The 85,000 square foot casino features over 1,400 slots, 80 gaming tables, and the town's biggest sportsbook video wall. Also featured are two keno rooms, progressive Caribbean stud, Let it Ride, and Pai Gow poker. The Silver Legacy's 180-foot domed atrium features an automated mining rig where guests enjoy simulated thunderstorms and laser light shows. Other amenities include 1,720 elegantly appointed rooms, a full-service spa and salon, specialty shops, restaurants, one of the city's best casinos, and live entertainment by the country's biggest stars. 30,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. (775-325-7401, 800-687-8733)
Peppermill Hotel and Casino
This resort hotel is one of the largest in the area and has undergone a fantastic renovation in the past few years. It is located closer to South Reno than downtown and is close to the city's convention center. The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino also provides its guests with a shuttle service to and from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. The rooms at this establishment number over 1,600 in total. They are all provided with private baths. There are Internet connections in all of the rooms. There are also practical amenities, including desks for writing and alarm clocks. This hotel boasts a very large ballroom that comprises over 100,000 square feet. There are also 17 bars at the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, each with their own themes. The hotel also has 10 restaurants available to guests, and numerous other amenities, including an award-winning spa. (775-826-2121, 866-821-9996)
Eldorado Hotel and Casino
The Eldorado Hotel and Casino in downtown Reno is a great mix of luxury and friendly atmosphere. This popular resort has been ranked by Casino Player Magazine as having the "Best Rooms & Suites" and each of their remodeled hotel rooms have all you will want for a great stay. Eldorado's casino and dining are top-knotch and include hundreds of loose slots, table games, poker tournaments and a lively sports book. For dining choose from nine award-winning restaurants, including the world-renowned La Strada and Roxy and the fun Brews Brothers. The Eldorado Buffet has an Italian flair and is full of homemade pasta, pizza, a great salad bar and even a gelato bar. Special events at the Eldorado include the annual Eldorado Great Italian Festival as well as Broadway plays, famous music acts, cirque shows and magic acts. (775-786-5700, 800-648-5966)
About Christina Nellemann
Christina has lived in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area since she was a baby. A first-generation Nevadan, her Danish parents instilled in her an intense love of travel and the wild, rugged outdoors of the Western U.S. She spends her time hiking, camping, biking and kayaking in the mountains around her home, and snorkeling and boating in Lake Tahoe. Christina loves to visit the neighboring states of California, Oregon, Utah and Arizona but has traveled around the world including to Japan, Fiji, Turkey and Ecuador. When she's not traveling or living outdoors, Christina is a graphic and web designer, writer and blogger.
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