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Reno Area - Travel & Lodging
« on: March 23, 2018, 12:04:51 AM »
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Members please share your relative information for travel and lodging in the Reno area (including Carson City). This includes things such as hotel and car rental recommendations, as well as travel tips. As applied to LPIN. Safe travels!

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Re: Reno Area - Travel & Lodging
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2018, 08:18:46 PM »
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Here's a couple of links to some websites to help someone understand what is available in the Reno/Carson City area. 

This first link provides an overview of places to stay, restaurants and things to do in the Reno/Tahoe area:

https://www.visitrenotahoe.com/

This second link provides an overview of places to stay, restaurants and things to do in Carson City.

http://visitcarsoncity.com/

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SureStay Airport Plaza Hotel - Reno
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2018, 09:29:25 AM »
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Just got back from a trip to the Mound House ranches and thought I would share reviews on the three places I stayed.

Hotel 1 of 3: SureStay Airport Plaza Hotel, 1981 Terminal Way, Reno

Web site: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-reno/surestay-plus-hotel-by-best-western-reno-airport/propertyCode.52017.html

Pros: Five-minute walk to Reno-Tahoe airport and auto rental, reasonable rates.

Cons: Beds and climate control

Overall rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Would I stay again: No

Comments: The SureStay Airport Plaza, although conveniently located next to the airport for a reasonable price, is to be avoided - better options are a short shuttle van ride away. I stayed there two nights and both times the aging spring mattress was awful - I tossed and turned and did not get a good night's sleep. The heat came from the unit mounted under the window. When it kicked on, it did so with a dull roar. If you're a light sleeper, this is a problem. Since the loudness of the heater was keeping me awake, I shut it off. Of course, then the room got cold. It took me awhile to find the blanket - it was in a clean-laundry bag on a shelf above the coat rack. Have never seen this before in any hotel I've stayed in. Other than this, the room was clean and the water was hot. But the mattress is the key reason I won't be back.
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Gold Hill Hotel & Saloon, Gold Hill, NV
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2018, 10:00:57 AM »
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Just got back from a trip to the Mound House ranches and thought I would share reviews on the three places I stayed.

Hotel 2 of 3: Gold Hill Hotel, Gold Hill, NV (2 miles from Virginia City)

Web site: http://goldhillhotel.net/general-info/

Pros: Historic, quaint, reasonable rates, quiet, mountain scenery, close to Mound House ranches and Virginia City

Cons: The "historic" rooms are anything but soundproof. Inability to control room temperature.

Overall rating: 2.5 stars out of 5

Would I stay again: Possibly

Comments: The Gold Hill Hotel is billed as one of the oldest hotels in Nevada. A plaque on the saloon wall states, "This building is the original stone and brick edifice erected on the site of the first recorded claim on what became the Comstock Lode, May 1, 1859." The structure has been added on to over the years, so that now it is an agglomeration of dark brown wood and brick. Built into the sloping side of the mountain only two miles from Virginia City, there is a very nice view of the surrounding ranges to the south. The hotel is quite close to the Gold Hill depot - the stop for tourist train runs to and from Virginia City when in season. A couple of rooms on the property are billed as "possibly haunted" and popular with paranormal investigators, if that's your thing.

The hotel lists rooms that are more modern and those that are "historic":  meaning they more closely resemble the way the rooms looked decades ago. There can be quite a difference in price, so look over the web site carefully. (Caution - site design and user experience is a little sub-par, IMO.) I chose one of the "historic" rooms for personal interest but mostly for price. Upon being shown into the room, I could see why the pricing was lower! A double bed took up most of the room. Not really enough room to place a large piece of luggage. If two people were staying here, they could easily find the available space insufficient. A doorway led to the bathroom, where the coffee maker sat on a dresser. The shower was back in a corner, more dimly lit, and with a single soap dish mounted quite high on the wall - someone shorter than me (I'm 5'10") might have trouble reaching it. The floors sloped. The wooden door did look like it dated from the turn of the 20th century. It was locked with a deadbolt and a hasp on the inside. The room was clean and the bed was decently comfortable - no objections.

The room I stayed it was at the head of the stairs that led down to the great room, which was attached to the saloon. Do NOT try to go to bed early here, at least in this part of the hotel - the noise of many conversations is like being upstairs in a private home during a party. Footsteps are plainly audible a few inches outside your door. The good news is that the saloon does not stay open later than about 9 pm. And at night, Gold Hill is quiet - dead quiet. Although Route 342 is right outside, there is hardly any traffic between 11 pm and 6 am.

Temperature - there is baseboard heating. Upon entry I found the room cold and the thermostat turned all the way down. I turned it up to about 75, unpacked, and left.  When I returned several hours later, the room was uncomfortably hot - probably upper eighties. I turned the thermostat all the way down, but the room took so long to cool that I ended up opening the window for the night. The windows are historic, too: they are heavy to lift and the sashes do not stay up on their own - there are hasps that secure the sash in an open position. No screens on them, at least in the winter. With this arrangement I was able to sleep. When I woke the room was still about 70 degrees.  I spoke with the proprietor about it and was told that he was aware of the problem and that they were working on it.  I have to dock him points, however, for failing to tell me beforehand.

The hotel is conveniently located a few miles from the Mound House ranches. I enjoy the Comstock for its history, so I wasn't completely displeased with the room or the hotel - you get what you pay for.

I did not eat or drink at the saloon, nor did I see any ghosts. ;-)

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Grand Sierra Resort and Casino - Reno
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2018, 10:21:35 AM »
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Just got back from a trip to the Mound House ranches and thought I would share reviews on the three places I stayed.

Hotel 3 of 3: Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, 2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV 89595

Web site: https://www.grandsierraresort.com/

Pros: Great rooms, pricing structures for all budgets, all-you-can-eat buffets, dancing in the nightclub, close to the airport and pretty easy access to major highways

Cons: The casino thing may not be for everyone. I don't care for the lingering cigarette smoke smell on the gaming floor. It's a big building complex with gigantic parking lots, so be prepared to do some walking.

Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5

Would I stay again: Yes

Comments: The GSR is one of many major casino-hotels in the Reno area. This is the second such establishment at which I've stayed, with the first being the Peppermill in 2017. The hotel offers different tiers of rooms, each tier having its own pricing structure. I chose a mid-tier room for $94 for one night (out-the-door cost after the "resort fee" was thrown in) and was rewarded with a great view from the 25th floor, a very comfortable bed, nice furnishings, a couch, and a bomb-ass bathroom. There was floor-to-ceiling tile with cool lighting, modern fixtures, and a rain-style shower head. The restaurants are located in a single semicircle to the north of the gaming floor. I stuck to the buffet and paid $24 for dinner, not including tips. The GSR does not match the Peppermill in terms of size, fanciness, or variety of food offerings, but it comes close, and for me it's perfectly adequate. I do not gamble, but I do dance, and I enjoyed the "Lex" nightclub. Being in Reno, it's 30-40 minutes from the Mound House ranches and 20 minutes from the Mustang Ranch.
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Re: Reno Area - Travel & Lodging
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2018, 07:54:34 PM »
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Actually Grand Sierra Resort has a lot going for it. It's real close to the freeway with easy access either going to Reno or Carson City.  I always park in the lot closest to the front entrance and check in is just around the corner once you enter the casino. All the hotel rooms feed off the same area so you are not walking around trying to find which elevator leads to your hotel room. I do play slots and the Variety of different slot machines is excellent. The smoke is really not bad compared to other casinos.  The buffet and cafĂ© are both good. Every room I've stayed in has both a microwave and a refrigerator which is nice.  If you need anything, there's a super Walmart within walking distance. If you do play the slots, they are very generous in as far as their offers for free rooms go and when they comp you a room, there are no resort fees. When you check out, you can either do it off the TV set or drop your pass key in the box next to the elevator or check out at the desk. I've stayed at GSR the last two times and have really been happy.

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Re: Reno Area - Travel & Lodging
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2018, 10:07:01 PM »
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     I'll vouch for the Sands Regency.  Some reviews have said it is old and run down, but I've been going there for ten years of more and have never seen any evidence of that.  Reasonably priced rooms, clean and well appointed.  My only gripe is their new flat panel TVs.  Some brand I've never heard of; Sceptre.  Nice picture but not very user-friendly when it came to hooking up my portable DVD player.  Got picture but no sound.  But for those of you who didn't come up there to watch movies that won't be a problem.  Five restaurants, with Mel's being a coffee shop with a '50s atmosphere.  And they're open 24 hours, and offer room service.  Plenty of parking both indoors and out; though it can get a little crowded on busy weekends like the National Air Races. 

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Re: Reno Area - Travel & Lodging
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2019, 01:40:35 PM »
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If you intend to party at The Mustang Ranch, you can reserve a room for the night much cheaper than most hotels! :)

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Re: Reno Area - Travel & Lodging
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2019, 04:39:14 AM »
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Are there handicap accessible rooms? I use a cane and need the shower to be a walk in or have grab bars.

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Re: Reno Area - Travel & Lodging
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2019, 06:14:50 AM »
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Are there handicap accessible rooms? I use a cane and need the shower to be a walk in or have grab bars.
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Never hurts to call and ask!

I know we have some in the main building so I think we have a few at  OMR

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Re: Reno Area - Travel & Lodging
« Reply #10 on: April 12, 2019, 12:10:25 PM »
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Here is my survey of the brothels as far as handicap accessible.

http://sex-in-nevada.net/smforum/index.php?topic=27941.0

Hotel accessibility would require a call.

However, most hotel or brothel personnel do NOT understand what it takes to be handicap accessible.

For instance, there is only one brothel that is setup for a shower for someone in a wheelchair.
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Re: Reno Area - Travel & Lodging
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2019, 07:59:37 PM »
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Not everything in Reno is open 24 hours!

The Enterprise car rental desk at the RNO airport closes at midnight, so if you could feasibly arrive near that time, then reserve a car with a company that staffs the desk after that.

Likewise, the desk at the Victorian Inn (on Victorian Avenue in Sparks) also closes from midnight to 8am - so there is no way to check-in during that time window. It's also a small hotel with jiggly key locks (as opposed to keycard access), few (working?) cameras, and of course no 24 hour staff presence. To ensure a secure hotel room with no issues about overnight access, why not stay at a casino hotel while in town?