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The Sands Regency Casino Hotel
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   345 N Arlington Ave, Reno, NV 89501   |  
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Ranked #25 of 65 hotels in Reno
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“Sands Good Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

The Sands is a basic, clean, comfortable hotel. The room was unexpectedly large. We had dinner at the Copa, where food was much better than I had expected. The next morning's breakfast at Mel's restaurant was also very good, with large portions. We found plenty of available free parking. Room smelled a tiny bit stuffy.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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9 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We were a big fan of this hotel because of their dog-friendly policies. Even that isn't enough for us to come back. We arrived with a pre-paid reservation package, only to find that the smoking room we'd reserved--and had paid for in advance--was no longer available. Our choice: A non-smoking room (not acceptable to my spouse, who smokes) or a smoking room where we couldn't have the dogs (no suggestion as to where the dogs were supposed to stay). Eventually, after 20 minutes of ridiculous negotiations with a know-nothing clerk who apparently lacked any authority to do anything, a smoking room with two beds that the dogs could be in was "found." Meanwhile, the reservations clerk kept disappearing with first my driver's license and then my credit card for 10 minutes at time--doing what, we have no idea. (Given the problems with identity theft, this seemed to us like a very bad policy, if indeed it is a policy at all.) It took nearly a half hour to check in, a ridiculous length of time. And the dogs, who used to be able to stay for free, are now charged $17.50 per dog with a $50 refundable fee. (We don't object to paying extra for the dogs; we object to not being told in advance, when we made the reservation that there were fees for the dogs.)

Finally we arrived at a room that can only be described as "grubby" and "shoddy." The carpet was filthy with rips and holes in it; the bathroom floor appeared not to have been washed in a very long time; there was the tiniest bar of soap I've ever seen that was expected to serve as both the facial and bath soap. The parking facility was difficult to navigate and very dark, and didn't feel very safe. The menu in the buffet restaurant was extremely limited and decided carb-heavy.

All-in-all, it was a terrible room in a hotel that has downgraded from okay to awful in the last couple of years. Every time we've visited, we thought maybe next time will be better. Now, it's hard to imagine how they could bring it back without a major upgrade. This time when we say, "never again", we mean never again. The dogs will stay home next time and we'll be staying in a decent hotel.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

i've stayed here many times over the years and have always had a nice clean room, at a bargain price. the only reason i don't give them a 5, is because they aren't super fancy, just nice, clean and comfortable. i also like there buffet, cozy and good food, seems more like a resturant. the casino is a bit smokey, but it's a casino. look for week nightr specials for $25 and below, certain times of the year.

Room Tip: ask for a room facing downtown[east] as they are larger. get as high up as possible. non-smoking roo...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

Went to Reno to compete in the Women's National Bowling Competition. The Sands is 2 blocks away from all the hustle and bustle but within walking distance of the bowling stadium in Reno. Service was great, food was good and it was a good week of being there. Will be going back in 2013 for next Women's Nationals.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Santa Teresa, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Stayed at the Sands Regency during the 2012 TravelNevada.com Reno Air Races. Hotel provided timely ground transportation between the airport and the hotel. Knowledgeable check-in staff gave extremely helpful advice on the air race and local attractions. The room, although basic, was clean, quiet, and more than adequate to meet my needs. All three restaurants within the hotel provided well-prepared meals for very reasonable prices. Although there are flashier places to stay in Reno, the Sands-Regency should more than meet all your needs.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

Definitely felt welcome & appreciated more at Sands than any other casino / hotel. Best promotions all around. We highly recommend Sands over other Casino / hotels in Reno. Large, comfortable, clean rooms with all the perks. Clean & efficient floor plan of casino floor. Good food & fantastic prices. Pool, hot tub, massages, & fitness centerall available for everyone's enjoyment. Sands is the only Casino / hotel that offers a complimentary weekend VS others weekdays only, & we all know that makes a huge difference in appreciation. Thanks again Sands.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME AT THE SANDS,the buffet is excellent,rooms are very clean, and comfortable.Everyone is pleasant. there were four of us, and everyone had a lovely time. we would definately go back,the prices are amazing.

Room Tip: we stayed in the dynasty tower,very nice,very quite.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Sands Regency Casino Hotel

Address: 345 N Arlington Ave, Reno, NV 89501
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Location: United States > Nevada > Reno
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#10 Casino Hotel in Reno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Sands Regency Casino Hotel 2.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Terrible's Sands Regency offers over 800 guestrooms, including the largest standard guestrooms in downtown Reno, and 700 non-smoking rooms. All hotel guests receive valuable food, beverage, and gaming offers and much more. On-site amenities include salon, wedding chapel, flower shop and ski/bike rental shop. ... more   less 
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