Okay, so most of the places which I stay have to be family friendly, as we have a 7 year old boy whom we need to keep busy. We normally go to Reno once a year, during the winter, to see the snow and go sledding. We decided to take a two day summer trip and check out a ghost town close to the Bay Area. We chose the Grand Sierra Resort, because of the kid friendly amenities and we were not disappointed. First off, most Casino Hotels in Reno would be low rent hotels compared to Las Vegas. This hotel, however, was quite nice, even by Las Vegas resort standards. The rooms were modern and artsy with flat panel tv's nice modern/stylish furniture, granite/tile bathrooms (with extra tv in bathroom), stainless steel mini fridge and microwave with kitchen sink and really comfy beds and bedding. The hotel has great kid options such as a nice side pool with beach, kids arcade, movie theater, bowling alley (open 24 hours) as well as kid friendly eats. The hotel cafe (also open 24 hours) had surprisingly good food at reasonable prices and very good service. There is also a spa (did not use) many shops and restaurants and always food available 24 hours. Across the parking lot there is also a mini golf, go-cart place, however, we did not do these. Overall, considering this was Reno, not Vegas, I was very impressed. We will definitely be back.
If you have the time, check out Virginia City. It is a semi ghost town which, during it's heyday, was one of the biggest cities West of the Mississippi due to the Comstock lode silver rush. Very well preserved buildings and nice shops, saloons and tourist items. You can even learn to pan for gold. Also wild west gun fight shows daily. Virginia city is about 30 - 40 minutes southeast of Reno.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is located in the heart of Reno/Tahoe - America's Adventure Place. Guests have access to over 40 championship golf courses, 18 legendary ski resorts, hiking, biking and equestrian trails, fishing, boating and guided tours to Tahoe, Carson and Virginia City. GSR is northern Nevada's largest resort destination with 1,995 guest rooms, 850 of them luxury suites. The property offers a wide variety of accommodations for the every day business traveler to the complete family vacation with amenities that include 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, branded retail shopping, headliner entertainment, Cineplex, a 50-lane championship bowling center, outdoor thrill rides, aqua golf driving range, the largest casino north of Las Vegas, plus much more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Sierra Hotel Reno
- Summit At Grand Sierra Hotel
- Summit Reno
- Reno Summit