Many of Reno’s casino hotels match Las Vegas for sheer spectacle. But a number of boutiques have recognized that not everyone’s here to play and have introduced unique amenities: think exterior climbing walls and Burning Man-inspired art. Whatever your reason for visiting, here are the best hotels in this Nevada hotspot.
The award-winning Grand Sierra Resort and Casino offers a complete holiday experience right on site. Check into one of the 2,000 thoughtfully-appointed rooms and resist the urge to sink into the comfortable bed before you set out to explore the grounds. Kids will love the pool, the bowling center, and laser tag and go-karting. Adults will appreciate the casino, the state-of-the-art spa and the driving range, ax throwing at the Max Action Arena, Restaurant Row, and the buzzing nightlife options. Hop into the free airport shuttle from Reno Tahoe International Airport and enjoy.
Perfect for both business & pleasure, the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel & Spa offers a more intimate stay. A 24-hour fitness center, a revitalizing spa and seasonal pool, an on-site Mediterranean restaurant, bar, and arcade game arena will be there to offer unlimited entertainment. However, the smaller scale of this hotel makes it perfect for an urban escape, so avoid the crowds and overbooked resorts and instead find a peaceful retreat in the heart of downtown Reno.
Home2 Suites by Hilton Reno doesn’t have all the glitz and glamour of a casino resort, but it has a bucketload of personality. Each stylish suite is decorated with a quirky touch – think jewel-hued accents in the bedroom and houndstooth wallpaper in the bathroom – and features a partially equipped kitchenette. The complimentary breakfast will help you sober up after a night out on the town. For some more fun, head down to the statue-still indoor pool and make a splash. Bring a furry friend – the hotel is pet-friendly.
Some of the best hotels in Reno are those that value comfort over sparkle. The newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott Reno is in an idyllic, quiet location in southern Reno and offers spacious, comfortable rooms with all the usual mod cons. The on-site pool is small but perfect for a refreshing dip and The Bistro serves everything from fresh breakfast to dinnertime cocktails. If you’re in a rush, the market has everything you need to whip up a quick meal. Plus, nothing beats the view of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from your private balcony, so relax and take it all in slowly.
Experience pure opulence at this mock-Italian casino hotel just a short drive from Reno-Tahoe International Airport. It boasts 1,621 guest rooms, 600 of which are suites that dazzle with floor-length windows, silk brocade cushions, and Keurig coffee machines. The clubby casino provides games, slots, and poker tables – take breaks with delightfully over-the-top dining options such as Peking duck from the tapestried Chi restaurant and lobster ravioli among the Italianate columns of Romanza.
You might not think of climbing walls as a necessary hotel amenity – but after a stay at Whitney Peak, you’ll wonder how you got by without them. The exterior of the hotel sports one of the world’s tallest artificial climbing walls – at 164ft (45m) – and you’ll find a 7,000sqft (650sqm) bouldering facility inside. There’s also the Cargo Concert Hall hosting live music. But if the adrenaline gets too much, unwind with comfort food from Café Whitney, or relax in the steam room and sauna.
The light, bright minimalism of the Jesse is ideal if you’re wanting a change from over-the-top casino hotels. It’s also well placed for non-gambling Reno attractions, such as the Truckee River Walk and National Automobile Museum. Rooms come with elegant pendant lamps, Malin + Goetz toiletries, and complimentary morning coffee for your best start to the day. Drop into the Bar at the Jesse for healthy small plates paired with an espresso or seasonal craft cocktail.
Relax in understated style at this collection of two-bed condos in southern Reno, not far from the Lakeridge Golf Course and a 10-minute drive from downtown. Units come with full kitchens, washer/dryers, fireplaces, and a balcony or patio. You’ll get access to the building’s shared facilities: work out in the gym or on the tennis courts, jump into the indoor or outdoor pool and unwind in the sauna and hot tub. You’ll also enjoy discounted rates at the golf course.
Blending antique-style furnishings with a beachy chic vibe, the Plaza Resort Club offers unfussy rooms in the heart of downtown Reno. Take a stroll along the Truckee Riverside Walk or catch a show at the nearby Brüka and Lear Theaters. Back at the hotel, challenge your companions to a game of billiards, jump into the pool or grab a book from the library and take it to a lounger on the sun-trap roof terrace.
Mara Curechian contributed additional reporting to this article.
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