During a long road trip of close to a month in the desert southwest, we happened to pass through Reno, Nevada, and booked a stay at Harrah's. Knowing that this was the original Harrah's hotel location and having been to Reno many times over the years, I decided to stay here.
Price was reasonable: about $50. Location downtown was prime and right next to the famous "Biggest Little City in the World" sign. We were given a room on the 16th floor.
Check in personnel were friendly yet not too accommodating. We dropped hints that we were willing to "upgrade", (even for an extra fee), but didn't catch my play. (not like the Rio Hotel and Suites did in Las Vegas: see that review if you wish!).
Room was ok. Basic needs were met: coffee machine, safe, and sit down area. Extra fee for internet, REALLY?? At least the standard casino self parking was free. The scary part of the rooms were the anti-pry bars on the doors (ugly yet probably necessary due to the miscreant clientele that lurk the casinos...read on further in my review ). Rooms were basic yet nothing to write home about.
The all-you-can-eat salad bar (make sure you get and use the 2 for 1 coupon hotel guests are given) looked nice. Yet sadly, upon paying admission and pursuing my favorite diner items, the buffet was terrible. I left early to find a few winnings at the casino, while my friend stayed and insisted upon trying almost everything at the buffet. Verdict: the food looks and presents great, but is horrid and pure garbage. McDonald's presents as a gastric orgasm compared to Harrah's buffet. Sad to say, but you people need to know this.
On the casino floor lured the omnipresent crack and crystal meth addicts that circled in hopes of some gratuitous luck and/or victims to get some money. Spoke to a nice lady in the cashier cage and she admitted that these types of people lurk about, and security attempts to do as much as they can about this...*sigh*.
Reno is a tough town. Don't forget that. If you're here to just hit the craps table hard and grab a cheap show you will like Harrah's. If you are a seasoned traveler and (forgiving in heart), you will find Harrah's just so so....
If you really like the higher end experience when you go gaming in Nevada, Harrah's will disappoint. But I did enjoy the unpretentious nature of Reno. The hard working people here in Reno are the best things. The urban blight of social problems on the streets of downtown Reno are another thing all together...
I'd only be back for a night, and only if it was super cheap...
At least ask for a high floor room to enjoy the view of downtown Reno!
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