I'd decided to give this hotel a chance despite all the poor reviews of it I'd seen. I'm not sure why. I book travel for many people to Elko and I wanted to see what it was like, to see if it was a good option for some of my colleagues.
First of all, registration is tucked away right in front of an extremely dark and smokey casino. The hosts at registration were WONDERFUL however - I had no issues with them whatsoever. That was my first impression.
I had been smart enough to ask for a room far away from the casino to avoid noise. I had to walk a long ways to get there (no problem). The room was very clean and nice but I could still faintly smell smoke in my non-smoking room. I decided it was no big deal. Then I noticed there was no fridge nor microwave -- standard in every hotel I have ever been in (and that's a lot.) There was no conditioner, either - just shampoo and body lotion. Odd, I thought. The shower's water pressure was lacking greatly. They did offer free tea and I did enjoy that, while watching the Discovery channel. I also liked the very large bathroom.
After I went to sleep, I was woken up twice: once around 2AM by a dog that was non-stop barking in a room below me - this went on for quite some time. Then, at 4AM, I was woken up by the overwhelming stench of cigars in my room. Gross.
The next day, I decided to upgrade my room so I could get the fridge and microwave (still feeling they ought to have been standard.) After a $20 increase in my rate per night (adds up to a lot when you're staying for 2 weeks), I am put in a room right next to the casino, on the top floor. I head in and yes, it has a small fridge and an ancient microwave - no problem, they work - I'm happy with that. I note that the bathroom is half the size of the one in the standard room - and there is far less dresser space (to make room for the fridge and micro.) My $20 seems to have got me a fridge, micro, and an extra armchair. Great. Also, the room reeked of smoke compared to the last one. And the water pressure was EXTREMELY strong - I mean, that's good I guess? But even on the lowest showerhead setting it was like it was sandblasting me. Interesting piping in that building.
At 11PM in that room, I was awoken by a man randomly knocking on my door - whatever, not the hotel's fault - then at midnight or so there was a group of people standing out in the hallway just talking.
Part of the hotel smelled like vinyl, part smelled like vomit (could be renovation materials ... I hope...), most smelled like smoke, and the floor with all the pets smelled just.. off.
Despite the good housekeeping in the rooms, the modern decor, the very comfortable beds and the lovely hosts, I won't be staying here nor recommending it to anyone. It's very obvious that while the rooms are being renovated, the hotel needs to be rebuilt - new HVAC, new piping, and additional soundproofing on the doors and walls in general.
I cut my stay there short and got a room at the Marriott instead for $20 cheaper. Best decision ever. I'll definitely be writing them an awesome review at the end of my stay with them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, Elko's Red Lion Hotel & Casino features the finest accommodations available in northeastern Nevada. Located just off Interstate 80, the Red Lion is convenient from Twin Falls, Salt Lake City and Reno. Enjoy plush, pillow-top beds, contemporary furnishings, free wireless internet and more in our inviting guest rooms. We also have a fitness center, gift shop, seasonal pool and business center, Starbucks, Aspens Bar & Grill, Buffet, 24 Hour Las Vegas style gaming, and more! You have everything you need under one roof. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Lion Hotel And Casino
- Red Lion Hotel Elko
- Red Lion Elko
- Elko Red Lion