Reno Hotels & Casinos

by Johnny Kampis

Reno offers the same style of gambling you would find in Las Vegas amid the mountains of northwest Nevada. If you want to beat the desert heat, consider a trip to "The Biggest Little City in the World," which features more than a dozen casinos and dozens more hotels providing accommodations for all budgets.


The first thing to consider before choosing a hotel in Reno is to decide if you want to play where you stay. When the slots call your name it may prove convenient that you do not have to leave the property to gamble. Chain hotels do not offer casino games and tend to offer basic amenities for a lower price.


Most of the casino action takes place downtown, where properties such as Eldorado, Silver Legacy, Sands Regency and Harrah's are clustered. Peppermill offers a unique casino experience with little overhead lighting but plenty of neon lights on the walls, about a mile south of Downtown on South Virginia Street. Just across US Highway 395 you will find Grand Sierra (formerly the Hilton), the closest casino resort to the airport.


Circus Circus, located between Eldorado and Silver Legacy, may be the best choice for families with circus acts and carnival games to help keep the kids entertained. If you are a foodie, consider a visit to Eldorado, which includes a microbrewery and gelato factory. Grand Sierra offers two movie theaters and a 50-lane bowling center. The poker room here is perhaps the best in the city, and frequently hosts major poker tournaments. Silver Legacy demonstrates the history of the region with a simulated mining machine above the casino floor. This property also has a rum bar for when you need to wet your whistle.

Area Attractions

The Truckee River passes through the heart of downtown Reno. When you tire of the jingle-jangle of slots, consider a walk along the river. Plenty of boutiques and coffee shops are located along the path. If you want to explore the region, rent a car and head to Virginia City, which was once a silver mining boom town. Picturesque Lake Tahoe is also less than an hour away. You can take a loop road around the lake and also visit the casinos there.


  • "American Casino Guide 2010 edition"; Steve Bourie; 2009