Reno Hotels That Take Dogs

by Tricia Chaves

Reno is a popular location year round for its casino gaming and proximity to mountainous Tahoe. When you visit with your pup, don’t miss two free city-run dog parks where he’ll enjoy off-leash play. The dog play areas are located at Whitaker Park at 550 University Terrace and the Virginia Lake Park at Mountain View and Lakeside Drive.

Casino Hotel

The Motor Lodge at the Atlantis Casino welcomes your dog, and the deposit amount and quantity restrictions are set at the management’s discretion. The Chicago Dog Eatery located inside the all-ages fun center is among 11 dining options. Other amenities include a cabaret theatre with twice-daily shows, regularly scheduled concerts and shows with big-name headliners, and a full-service spa. Petco is located on 5565 South Virginia Street, a mile south of the casino. The Terrible’s Sands Regency Casino downtown welcomes one pet per room up to 50 pounds for a $15 nightly charge and a $50 refundable deposit to cover incidental damage. The five dining options include an Arby’s chain. The casino has a bowling alley and offers free live entertainment on weekends. Elite Doggy Daycare, just over a mile from Terrible’s, offers 22,000 square feet of outdoor play area for your dog to enjoy while you’re at the casino’s slots or card tables.

Extended-Stay Lodging

For long-term travelers or those who simply prefer a spacious home-type lodging option, two extended stay hotels offer pet-friendly lodging on Gateway Drive: Extended Stay America and the Residence Inn. The Spoiled Rotten Pet Boutique is within walking distance at 748 South Meadows Parkway. At Extended Stay America, one pet per guest room is welcome for an additional $25 per day, up to a maximum of $150. At the Residence Inn, pets up to 50 pounds are welcome for a $100 fee.

Family-Friendly Resort

While you play at the Grand Sierra Resort, drop your pet off at A Dog’s Life groomer, less than a mile from the hotel. Up to two dogs can join you for while staying in one of the resort’s 2,000 guest rooms or suites for an additional $30 nightly fee. A warning to noisy pet owners -- the hotel’s pet policy says a $100 fee and possible eviction are consequences of barking complaints from neighbors. Amenities at include a sand beach, pool, fitness and business centers and a spa. All-ages entertainment available for an additional charge includes go karts, mini golf, driving ranges,an arcade, a cinema, bowling and a thrill park.

Motel Chain

The Motel 6 chain has three properties in Reno: I-80 at N. Wells Avenue near the Livestock Event Center, 1400 Stardust Street near the Fleishmann Planetarium and 1901 S. Virginia Street near the National Automobile Museum and Reno Sparks Convention Center. There’s another just two miles from Reno in Sparks, Nevada at 2405 Victorian Avenue near the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. All four motels have outdoor pools and accept dogs free of charge. Management reserves the right to restrict the quantity of dogs per room. If you forget any necessary pet supplies for your trip, such as food or a leash, pick it up at PetSmart, centrally located on 5110 Mae Anne Avenue.

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