1. Welcome to VegasMessageBoard
    It appears you are visiting our community as a guest.
    In order to view full-size images, participate in discussions, vote in polls, etc, you will need to Log in or Register.

Reno.. what's it like?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by PAS, Mar 2, 2014.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. PAS

    PAS MIA

    Joined:
    May 25, 2013
    Messages:
    48
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    1
    What's Reno like for gambling, night-clubbing and hooking? It's the biggest little city in the world but is it worth visiting?
     
  2. TIMSPEED

    TIMSPEED !địt mẹ!

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    Messages:
    4,574
    Location:
    Modesto, CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    001
    No.
    If you want "happening" DON'T go to Reno.
    The best Reno can do is Peppermill...and its about a mid\low level strip property.
    Reno is more for the 50+ crowd.
     
    Palace Tower Suite!
  3. Breeze147

    Breeze147 Button Man

    Joined:
    Aug 15, 2013
    Messages:
    2,915
    Location:
    Southern Maryland by way of Philadelphia
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
    Google Dennis Hof.
     
  4. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 1999
    Messages:
    21,848
    Location:
    Western Washington
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    18
    I think Atlantis tops Peppermill, but yeah, same sort of thing Tim said. Both equal to about Paris or TI, but without the Strip. :)

    Reno is a fun city and I have spent years and years gambling there. I used to go because I could gamble and my husband could get up at the crack o'dawn and take a bus up to skiing.

    "Downtown" Reno is where the cluster of casinos is located. Mostly it's just the three biggies, Circus Circus, Silver Legacy and ElDorado all connected together. There might be a few other smaller casinos still open in the area, but think of the area between Fremont Street and Stratosphere . ;)

    There are some other properties in the outlying areas that are fun, but if you're looking for Vegas, you're going to be disappointed.

    I think that if I were to go back for another ski/gambling trip, I'd be more likely to end up in South Lake Tahoe than Reno again. Sad, but true.
     
  5. wpete

    wpete High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Messages:
    727
    Location:
    California
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    37
    The Casinos are nice, the city sucks donkey balls. Circus Circus, Silver Legacy and Eldorado are all connected in a line on one side of the street. That's to keep you safe from all the bums and riff raff that call Reno home. We're comped rooms at Harrahs, which is right across the street from those 3. A couple miles down the road is the Peppermill and Atlantis, both on par with Vegas style casinos.

    The city has nothing to offer. But if you just want to gamble, it's not too bad.
     
  6. TIMSPEED

    TIMSPEED !địt mẹ!

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    Messages:
    4,574
    Location:
    Modesto, CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    001
    Reno still has a ton of "flop houses" (old motel style apartments).
    Its really got urban blight...
    Like Pete said though, if you just want to GAMBLE, it'll do.
     
    Palace Tower Suite!
  7. luvstp

    luvstp High-Roller

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2009
    Messages:
    543
    Location:
    Northern NV
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    75
    Curious as to why you say the city has nothing to offer. My view is exactly the opposite. There are lots of activities in the Reno/Tahoe area. Great Balloon Races, Reno River Festival, Reno/Tahoe open, Hot August nights, etc. There is also a very cool train that takes you from Carson City to Virginia City to look at the old mining town. And Lake Tahoe has to be one of the most beautiful lakes in the US.

    Now, if you say the city has nothing to offer in the way of night clubs or clubbing, then I'm good with that. But, IMHO, there are lots of things to do there and the people are incredibly friendly and nice.

    You can also play 9/6 DDB with a progressive.....and actually get a bonus on those video slots. My money lasts a LOT longer in Reno than in Las Vegas.
     
  8. ncoday

    ncoday Tourist

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2014
    Messages:
    59
    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    7
    Reno is a great place if you want to strictly gamble: better rules, lower limits, looser slots, more generous comps than the strip. You would have to be there on the weekend of a major event for the clubs to be decent (not great). There are basically no resident shows.

    I used to live in Sacramento, and would go to Vegas about every two months, and always enjoyed it, usually stayed at the Peppermill, but maybe once a year the Silver Legacy, both decent hotels.

    The last time I went there, they had built like a 180 foot rock climbing wall up the side of the old Fitzgerald's downtown, wanted to try it, but it was too windy.

    Reno is great, just don't expect it to be Vegas.
     
  9. luvstp

    luvstp High-Roller

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2009
    Messages:
    543
    Location:
    Northern NV
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    75
    Reno also gets a surprising number (surprising to me anyway) of big name entertainers. Lady Antebellum is going to be there in a couple of weeks, Jeff Dunham, etc.
     
  10. TIMSPEED

    TIMSPEED !địt mẹ!

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    Messages:
    4,574
    Location:
    Modesto, CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    001
    Reno has a few major weekends a year, yes...but aside from those four weekends...nothing
    And Lake Tahoe and Carson City can all be done in one visit.
    I'm not defending nor promoting Reno...just stating the facts.
    (Coming from a guy who lived in hotels 3 days a week for the past 6 years there)
    HAN, Balloon Races, Street Vibrations, Rib CookOff; Those are all from August - October; between November - July, its stone dead.
    But like I said earlier, if you just wanna gamble, its great. (10/6 DDB with progressive too)
     
    Palace Tower Suite!
  11. wpete

    wpete High-Roller

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2013
    Messages:
    727
    Location:
    California
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    37
    Tahoe is NOT Reno. I love Tahoe and go there a few times a year.

    To me Reno is Virginia street and Virginia street has nothing to offer except Pawn shops, bums and kids strung out on drugs.

    Every town is going to have a couple of nice weekends and I guess Hot August nights is Reno's high point.

    A Train ride from Carson City to Virginia City is NOT Reno either.
     
  12. TIMSPEED

    TIMSPEED !địt mẹ!

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    Messages:
    4,574
    Location:
    Modesto, CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    001
    Spot on!
    And actually, I think Rib CookOff draws the same crowd as HAN...
     
    Palace Tower Suite!
  13. smartone

    smartone VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2011
    Messages:
    5,264
    Location:
    Northern Nevada
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    204
    ABSOLUTELY!!! But again, it's NOT Las Vegas. The "greater Reno area", for you nitpickers, has tons of things to do. Much of it includes the outdoors, which isn't very attractive to those who like to hold-up in a casino 24 hours a day for sure.

    In addition to the above, lotta golfers enjoy this area in the day and gaming in the evening. I can get from southern Reno to Virginia City, Carson City and parts of Lake Tahoe faster than I can get from one side of Las Vegas to the other, so I don't think it's not unreasonable at all to consider the "greater Reno area" as a package deal (if you have transportation).

    I wasn't aware that Las Vegas was free of "pawn-shops, bums and kids strung out on drugs." I see 'em all the time! Downtown Reno is dumpy, no doubt, but to judge Reno solely on it's downtown area is a great disservice. The northern area craps all over the south in scenic beauty, but ya gotta get out to enjoy it. If your idea of scenic beauty is a fake volcano that erupts on cue every so often, than yes... Las Vegas is the place to be.

    But the OP asked about how Reno compares in gambling, clubbing and hooking (whatever that is)? To that... there is NO comparison... Las Vegas is "KING of the World" in that regard.

    PS: please forgive my obvious "defensiveness"... though I love the state as a whole and do LOVE me some Las Vegas... the north is home!
     
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2014
  14. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2003
    Messages:
    15,202
    Location:
    Central California Coast
    Good golf. Great minor league ballpark. One of the best smaller-town art museums around, and the car museum, of course. Improving food scene. Better weather than Vegas and better outdoor aesthetic/scenery. Truckee and the lake and the mountain resorts are close and all certainly are far from a one-and-done.

    It's not Vegas. Nothing in this world is Vegas. But everything doesn't need to be Vegas to make it worth visiting.
     
  15. TIMSPEED

    TIMSPEED !địt mẹ!

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2013
    Messages:
    4,574
    Location:
    Modesto, CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    001
    Yep...Lots of stuff to do...but "tourist" stuff? Nope.
     
    Palace Tower Suite!
  16. ken2v

    ken2v This Space For Rent

    Joined:
    Sep 18, 2003
    Messages:
    15,202
    Location:
    Central California Coast
    If museums and ball games and sightseeing and eating and playing outdoors isn't "'tourist' stuff" -- and the obvious and unstated bit about gambling -- then we use different dictionaries.
     
  17. Sonya

    Sonya Queen of VMB

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 1999
    Messages:
    21,848
    Location:
    Western Washington
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    18
    I have a special love for Reno. My brother in law lives there, so yeah, I know about all the stuff to do around town and the surrounding area. But the OP asked how it compared to Vegas as far as night-clubs and girls and party party. It can't compare to Vegas.

    Reno is a great town for what it is, but it's not Vegas when it comes to the clubs and partying.
     
  18. rvallez6

    rvallez6 Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2013
    Messages:
    319
    Location:
    Campbell, CA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    4
    It is definitely not a real party destination, but Reno has a lot of redeeming qualities. I have a fondness for the place because I went up quite a bit with my parents when I was younger. Really, for me, Reno is about the trip. The drive up, the arrival, then the actual time in Reno.

    I was there for 1 night with a bunch of family and had a blast. Visually, it looks pretty run down, but it didnt feel dumpy, it just looked like it. Overall, inside the casinos it was pretty busy (I stayed downtown at Circus Circus). I think the place could use some more activity outside on virginia street, it seemed so dead. Once you go inside a casino, it was alive again.

    I dont think its a destination to party and hook up. You can find a party for sure, and bars are open til 4 AM, but really I think its about gambling and exploring.
     
  19. Viva Las Vegas

    Viva Las Vegas Ramblin' Gamblin' Man

    Joined:
    May 31, 2008
    Messages:
    2,594
    Location:
    Chicago
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    46
    Downtown Reno today is a lot like Fremont Street pre canopy. Hotels and gaming are a bit worn/run down, you get decent odds in the casinos and several casinos are within walking distance.

    The downtown baseball stadium is very nice, I liked the Peppermill casino which is a few minutes from the downtown area. It's a shame they can't do anything with shuttered businesses downtown. I enjoyed Hot August nights my first visit. I stayed at Harrah's Reno and the rooms were older, but clean and fine.

    I returned to the Reno area a second time but only stayed in town a few hours before driving down to Lake Tahoe. Northern Nevada is really nice, has a much better climate than Vegas (well unless you hate winter/snow - I've had my fill this year) and the Lake Tahoe area is a perfect mix of outdoor activities and decent gaming ($1 9/6 JOB & live poker). I wish Harrah's had lake access for their guests, but you can drive down a bit to spend time on the lake in a few free public CA parks w/ lake access.

    My next trip to the area will include a 3-4 night stay at Yosemite, a few nights in Tahoe and a fly-in/out day in Reno.
     
  20. Bernie2

    Bernie2 High-Roller

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2008
    Messages:
    743
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    132
    My feelings are somewhat biased on Reno as I'm a volunteer with HAN and have been for a number of years. Love the small airport and that casino shuttles go to the airport. The scenery is good, CAL NEVA is a good cheap place to eat and gamble.They have a good bus system. Does HAN put it in a different lights as I love the vehicles, music and comraderie. The busiest week of the year as far as crowds. If, you want a train ride Amtrak stops in downtown Reno.
     
Tags:
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.