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Where to Stay in Reno
If you plan on spending most of your time at the casinos, pubs, nightclubs and entertainment venues, plan on staying in Downtown Reno. You’ll be within walking distance or a cheap cab ride of all the 24-hour excitement, and you can find some of the best cheap hotel deals in Reno by checking the latest promotions offered by the casino hotels. To find even better deals on accommodations, expand your search just beyond the casino district. More hotels, including some of the city’s most budget-friendly national chains, can be found in every direction from Downtown Reno.
For light sleepers who want to get away from the late-night noise and neon lights of Downtown, roughly a dozen more hotels are located south of the city along South Virginia Street and Interstate 580. Sparks, the city due east of Reno, also has several chain and independent hotels.
Consider looking at the resorts surrounding Lake Tahoe if you’re planning on taking a day trip from Reno. The north end of the lake is only 45 minutes away by car, and South Lake Tahoe can be reached in less than an hour and a half.
Reno Hotel Tips
While not as over-the-top as the hotels you’ll find on the Las Vegas Strip, the casino hotels in Reno are impressive, exciting and generally among the most posh lodging options in town. Concentrated in Downtown Reno, each of these hotels offers dining, nightlife, live entertainment and gambling under one roof. Most feature on-site spas, too.
Upscale, mid-range and discount chain hotels are scattered all throughout the central areas of Reno. Many of the finer national hoteliers provide accommodations next to the airport. Closer to the edges of town, options consist more of budget hotels and older, independently operated motels.
Reno has a few tranquil resorts that are focused less on gambling and more on the picturesque mountainside surroundings, but for a wide variety of accommodations in this category, you’ll need to look to the Lake Tahoe area.
Reno Hotel Recommendations
When staying in Downtown Reno for a gambling trip, the Eldorado Hotel and Casino has something for everyone. Its rooms range from highly affordable standard accommodations to luxury suites, and its on-site dining and nightlife includes some of the hottest spots in Reno. If you’re looking for an elegant spin on Reno’s casino scene, the Siena Hotel, Spa & Casino is an upscale option outfitted in Tuscan décor with a rooftop swimming pool and one of the city’s best spas.
A short distance away from Downtown Reno, the Grand Sierra Resort has one of the city’s longest lists of amenities. 10 restaurants, 50 lanes of bowling, a four-screen movie theater, thrill rides, go-karts and numerous features for golfers are just the beginning. This is a great choice for families traveling together.
You can easily forego a rental car if your hotel is in Downtown Reno and you’re planning on staying in town the entire time. Downtown is easy to cover on foot and cabs are plentiful. While there is a bus system that serves the area, it’s not particularly practical for tourists. If you can’t walk where you need to go, take a cab.
If you plan on exploring the surrounding area, renting a vehicle is your best bet. Most national car rental agencies are represented at Reno-Tahoe International Airport, so you can hit the road right after your flight to Reno touches down. If you’re only planning on leaving Reno for one day and don’t need a rental for the entire trip, there are also a few car rental locations near the hotels in Downtown Reno.