The Top 10 Casino Hotels in Reno and Lake Tahoe

The Top 10 Casino Hotels in Reno and Lake Tahoe

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Harrah’s Lake Tahoe

Understatement is not a word that crosses your mind at Harrah’s, the most luxurious and glitzy of Tahoe’s casinos. Harrah’s takes great pride in its special blend of luxury, beauty, unparalleled guest service, and casino entertainment. Large rooms have two bathrooms, each with a TV and telephone, with those thick, fluffy, white towels Sinatra always demanded. Most have bay windows overlooking the lake or
the mountains. The casino has an enormous fun center for kids, with the latest in video and arcade games, virtual reality, and an indoor “playscape” for young children. Weddings and parties can be scheduled aboard the private yacht, the Tahoe Star. The newly renovated South Shore Room hosts showbiz stars, and last, but by no means least, the casino is a gambler’s dream. P.O. Box 8, Stateline, NV 89449. 800/427-7247 or 775/588-6611. Fax 775/586-6601. 525 units. $159–$349 double; $396–$596 suite. Packages available. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Amenities: 8 restaurants; cafe; deli; coffeehouse; indoor pool; full-service health club/spa; family center; game room; shopping arcade; salon; room service; in-room massage; same-day dry cleaning. In room: A/C, TV/VCR, coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron, safe.

Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino & Resort

With its two massive towers and 740 rooms, Harveys is the largest (and possibly the ugliest) hotel in Tahoe. It features an 88,000-square-foot casino, eight restaurants, and a cabaret with some of the most glittering, bespangled shows in town. Harveys is like a city unto itself, with a children’s day camp, beauty and barbershops, and even a wedding chapel, should you get the urge. Heck, you never have to see the real world again. Tip: Try to get a room between the 15th and 19th floors in the Lake Tower, where every unit has a view of Lake Tahoe and the surrounding Sierra. Note: The Harrah’s Entertainment corporation owns Harveys, which is why they share the same toll-free number and Web address. U.S. 50 at Stateline Ave. (P.O. Box 128), Stateline, NV 89449. 800/427-7247 or 775/588-2411. Fax 775/588-6643. 740 units. $129–$299 double; $299–$699 suite. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Amenities: 7 restaurants; 10 bars; outdoor heated pool; nearby golf course; health club; spa; Jacuzzi; sauna; watersports equipment rental; children’s day camp; video arcade; concierge; car-rental desk; business center; shopping arcade; salon; room service; in-room massage; laundry service; same-day dry cleaning. In room: A/C, TV w/pay movies, minibar, coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron, safe.

MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa

Et tu, MontBleu? On May 24, 2006, the iconic Caesars Tahoe changed ownership and is now run by a Kentucky-based hotel corporation that also owns the Horizon Casino across the street. Following the bandwagon of casinos offering a resort experience, the MontBleu is selling itself as “the” park-n-play destination in South Lake. Makeovers include a chic new lobby that makes the other hotels on the strip look frumpy, and seven stylin’ new restaurants (tapas anyone?), two hip new nightclubs, the 1,500-seat MontBleu Theatre that features celebrity performers, and a new outdoor sports arena hosting pro volleyball tournaments. Changes to the 40,000-square-foot casino floor include a new race and sports book (aka “The Zone”) and a new poker room offering eight tables of the popular Texas Hold ‘Em at various buy-in levels. The guest rooms, many of which offer beautiful lake views, are furnished with contemporary hardwood pieces and equipped with signature Bleu Cloud Beds and extra-large tubs. Suites range from executive-style quarters to lavish suites for high rollers. Other highlights include a lagoon-style indoor pool, a Starbucks, and the new Onsen Spa. 55 U.S. 50 (P.O. Box 5800), Lake Tahoe, NV 89449. 800/648-3353 or 775/588-3515. 440 units. $99–$330 double; $390–$950 suite. Packages available. AE, DC, MC, V. Amenities: 7 restaurants; indoor pool; 3 outdoor tennis courts; health club; spa; Jacuzzi; sauna; video arcade; activities desk; car-rental desk; business center; shopping arcade; salon; room service; dry cleaning; executive-level rooms; 4 nightlife venues; ski rental. In room: A/C, TV, Wi-Fi, kitchenette and minibar in suites, fridge upon request, hair dryer, iron, safe.

Horizon Casino Resort

This massive resort hotel, next to the even larger Harveys, charges less for basically the same facilities. The lobby is a cheesy sea of white marble and mirrors, and the standard rooms are bland but innocuous (although the suites are far racier). The upper floors of the two towers naturally open onto the best views of mountains and the lake. Besides the 42,000-square-foot gaming room, the resort has a multiplex movie theater, cabaret, lounge, nightclub, the largest outdoor pool in Tahoe, and restaurants ranging from buffet to gourmet. U.S. 50 (P.O. Box C), Lake Tahoe, NV 89449. 800/648-3322 or 775/588-6211. Fax 775/588-0349. 539 units. $125–$188 double summer, $99–$169 double winter; $250–$500 suite. Children 11 and under stay free in parent’s room. Packages available. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Amenities: 3 restaurants; large heated outdoor pool; nearby golf course; health club; 3 Jacuzzis; bike and ski rental; video arcade; concierge; car-rental desk; shopping arcade; salon; room service; in-room massage; laundry service; same-day dry cleaning; executive-level rooms. In room: A/C, TV w/pay movies, minibar, fridge, coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron in suites.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino

If you like gambling but hate gauche, glitzy casinos, you’ll like the Hyatt in Incline Village. Amid towering pines and mountains on the lake’s pristine northeast shore, it’s far classier and quieter than the casino hotels you’ll find along Stateline. The private beach, loaded with water toys—catamaran cruises, boat rentals, jet skis, parasailing—is available only to guests. The adjoining Lakeside Cottages are a wee bit o’ heaven for families or honeymooners who want beachfront access and large, comfortable rooms with unobstructed panoramas of the lake. Popular Camp Hyatt affords kids aged 3 to 12 a break from their parents for the day. The Lone Eagle Grille, one of several on-site restaurants, has one of the most beautiful dining rooms on the lake and superb cuisine. Be sure to take a walk (or a jog) down Lakeshore Boulevard to see the magnificent estates fronting the water. The latest addition is a 15,000-square-foot Stillwater Spa facility with a multitiered swimming pool and an entire 150-room wing of Spa Terrace guest rooms.
Country Club at Lakeshore, 111 Country Club Dr., Incline Village, NV 89451. 888/899-5019 or 775/832-1234. Fax 775/831-2171. 405 units, 24 cottages. $160–$330 double; $405–$1,385 cottage. Packages available. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Amenities: 4 restaurants; 4 lounges; nearby golf course; watersports equipment rental; bike rental; children’s program; concierge; tour and activities desk; car-rental desk; business center; room service; laundry service; same-day dry cleaning; executive-level rooms. In room: A/C, TV w/pay movies, minibar, fridge, coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron, safe.

Cal-Neva Resort, Spa & Casino

You might guess from the name of this place that the state line literally runs right through it, but you might never imagine its colorful, sometimes scandalous history. It’s here that Marilyn Monroe allegedly had her rendezvous with John F. Kennedy (you can even see the secret tunnel), and ownership passed around to moguls with names like Pretty Boy, Babyface, and Sinatra, who built the famed Celebrity Room. Respectability has since laid claim to the Cal-Neva, however, and it’s now a popular, reputable lakeside resort. Almost all the elegantly decorated rooms have lake views. Besides the casino (on the Nevada side of the hotel, of course), the Cal-Neva offers a full array of sport and spa options, a complete wedding-planning service, and two wedding chapels. Even if you don’t stay here, stop by and take a look.
2 Stateline Rd. (Box 368), Crystal Bay, NV 89402-0368. 800/225-6382 or 775/832-4000. Fax 775/831-9007. 188 units, 9 chalets, 3 bungalows. $109–$209 double; $199–$289 suite, chalet, or bungalow. Packages available. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Amenities: Lake-view restaurant; bar; heated outdoor pool; nearby golf course; 2 outdoor tennis courts; full-service European health spa; Jacuzzi; large video arcade; concierge; salon; room service. In room: A/C, TV, fax, coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron.

Reno Hotel Casinos

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Located just outside of the downtown district, this deluxe resort is notable for its friendly service and comfortable rooms with high-rise views of the city and mountains. The tropical-theme resort doesn’t exactly resemble its namesake, but it makes for a good stay—provided you stick to rooms in the high-rise tower and avoid the cheap Motor Lodge rooms. Splurge on a Concierge Tower room (floors 21–27), which offers 20% more space, oversize tubs, terry robes, luxurious linens and butler service. Recent renovations have included an all-new race and sports book, a new and expanded spa and brand new fitness center. The casino also claims Reno’s only four-star, smoke-free poker room. 3800 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89502. 800/723-6500 or 775/825-4700. Fax 775/825-1170. 980 units. $46–$150 double; $125–$850 suite. Discounts available. Golf packages start at $89. Free self-parking. AE, DISC, MC, V. Pets allowed. Amenities: 8 restaurants; 2 pools (1 indoor); health club; spa; salon.

Circus Circus Reno Hotel Casino

If you’re traveling with kids, this is the place to stay. The circus theme so popular in Las Vegas is carried over to this resort, where clowns and acrobats from China augment visiting headline acts from renowned companies such as Cirque du Soleil and Ringling Brothers. The high-flying acts perform for free above a midway housing carnival-style games and a video arcade. Don’t let the circus theme fool you, however—there’s a 65,000-square-foot casino, so your kids aren’t the only ones feeding quarters into machines. The Victorian-style rooms are clean and comfortable; some offer mountain views. Jacuzzi suites feature a separate sitting area with a sofa bed and are good for families. On the downside, there is no pool, though for a fee you can use the one at a neighboring hotel. 500 N. Sierra St., Reno, NV 89503. 800/648-5010 or 775/329-0711. Fax 775/328-9652. 1,572 units. $39–$169 double; $69–$275 suite. Discount packages available. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Free self-parking. Amenities: 6 restaurants; exercise room.

Eldorado Hotel and Casino

Attached by a walkway to Circus Circus and the Silver Legacy, this hotel sports an upscale atmosphere with a relaxed vibe and a convenient location in the heart of downtown Reno. The Tower rooms feature a simple yet sophisticated decor, mountain views, and Judith Jackson toiletries in the bathrooms. The deluxe whirlpool suites toss in marble bathrooms, a Jacuzzi tub in the living area, and pop-up TVs. For the budget-minded traveler, the economy and standard rooms are a steal. The hotel casino also boasts nine award-winning restaurants, including a recent $5 million buffet renovation, 24-hour casino action, and a Broadway-style showroom that features a series of production shows alternating with headline artists. The Brew Brothers pub with eight custom microbrews swings with live rock and blues nightly beginning at 9:30 p.m., and Roxy’s Bar & Lounge, with its old-world charm and 102 versions of stiff martinis, is a popular gathering place with locals and tourists alike. 345 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89501. 800/648-5966 or 775/786-5700. Fax 775/348-7513. 816 units. $70–$80 double. 2-night golf packages from $115. AE, DISC, MC, V. Free valet and self-parking. Amenities: 9 restaurants; Broadway-style showroom; heated pool.

Grand Sierra Resort

The Grand Sierra Resort, formerly the Reno Hilton, is the newest and most chic resort property in Reno, with the first phase of a $90 million renovation project complete. The upper 11 floors have been completely transformed into a luxury condominium hotel called The Summit at Grand Sierra. The 825 suites are plush and worth the price. The rest of the resort is a destination in itself. One of Northern Nevada’s largest resort properties, the GSR also boats retail shopping, a cinema, a 50-lane championship bowling center, outdoor thrill rides and an aqua golf driving range. Tapping into the region’s “America’s Adventure Place” brand, the resort also offers an adventure concierge available to plan a variety of outdoor recreational activities for guests. 2500 E. Second St. Reno, NV 89595. 800/648-5080 or 775/789-2000. Fax 775/788-3703. 2000 units. $39–$159 GSR; $115–$375 Summit suite. Golf Suites Starting at $100.. AE, DISC, MC, V. Free valet and self-parking. Pet Friendly Accommodations Available. Amenities: 10 restaurants; pool; health club; spa.

Harrah’s Reno

This branch of Harrah’s, long a dominant player in the casino hotel market, is smack in the middle of downtown. The rooms are modern, clean, and comfortable; suites toss in Jacuzzi tubs and good views. The service, long a Harrah’s hallmark, is excellent. Guests enjoy a variety of touches such as 24-hour room service, an extensive health club, pool, and in-house massage. Evening entertainment centers around Sammy’s (named for Sammy Davis, Jr.), where Vegas-type shows feature topless gals and special guest entertainers. During the summer, Harrah’s presents free concerts at The Plaza, a 65,000-square-foot outdoor venue. 219 N. Center St., Reno, NV 89501. 800/HARRAHS or 775/786-3232. Fax 775/788-3703. 952 units. $39–$159 double; $175–$375 suite. Golf packages start at $79. AE, DISC, MC, V. Free self-parking. Pet kennel service available. Amenities: 7 restaurants; pool; health club; spa.

Peppermill Hotel Casino

Located adjacent to a quiet park and lake about 2 miles south of downtown, this fun hotel consistently racks up awards as the city’s best. With the newly opened $400 million Tuscan-themed expansion, it’s even easier to see why. The new 600-suite Tuscany Tower features plush pillow-top king size beds, European soaking tubs and all the amenities you would expect. The Tower rooms are clean and spacious; king rooms feature a sofa. The new Tuscan Gardens, a year-round haven complete with pools and private cabanas, opened summer 2008 and there’s also a fitness center, wedding chapels, Arcade Xtreme with all the latest and greatest in video games and a three-story Roman baths-inspired spa. Free cabaret entertainment flows throughout the night and there are 15 themed bars on the premises. 2707 S. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89502. 800/648-6992 or 775/826-2121. Fax 775/826-5205. 1,635 units. $73–$140 double; $89–$249 suite. Golf packages start at $69. AE, DISC, MC, V. Free self-parking. Amenities: 11 restaurants; heated pool; health club; spa; salon; arcade; nightclub; business center.

Siena Hotel Spa and Casino

Set on the banks of the Truckee River near downtown, this hotel offers a bit of Italian elegance and the best beds in the city. Come here if you want more intimate surroundings than the mammoth casino resorts. Rooms are decorated in modern Tuscan style and have views of the river or the mountains. The bathrooms feature Bath & Body Works toiletries, but it’s the beds you’ll remember—ultracomfy mattresses topped with Egyptian cotton linens and down comforters. Suites toss in more space and Jacuzzi tubs. The spa and rooftop pool are divine, the dining is grand (especially at the smoke-free Enoteca wine bar, which offers more than 35 wines by the glass), and the fitness center is free to guests. One S. Lake St., Reno, NV 89501. 877/SIENA-33 or 775/32-SIENA. Fax 775/321-5866. 214 units. $79 –$250 double; $200–$460 suite. AE, DISC, MC, V. Free self-parking. Amenities: 3 restaurants; pool; fitness center; spa. In room: Fridge; coffee makers; slippers.

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

The Silver Legacy Resort Casino is a Victorian-themed tour de force, with the largest center for gaming and entertainment in northern Nevada. The resort boasts six restaurants and eateries, Catch a Rising Star comedy club, 85,000 square feet of gaming space, and the world’s largest composite dome. In the unlikely event you can’t get your casino fix here, skywalks connect the hotel to Circus Circus on the north and to the Eldorado Hotel Casino on the south. 407 N. Virginia St., Reno, NV 89501. 800/687-8733 or 775/325-7401. Fax 775/325-7177. 1,720 units. $55–$250 double; $100–$800 suite. AE, DISC, MC, V. Free self-parking. Amenities: 6 restaurants; pool; health spa; salon.

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on Aug 19, 2009