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Trip Report - Reno May 2018

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Trip Report - Reno May 2018

We went to Reno for six days in May. The weather was pre Memorial. We drove from our home and over Donner Pass there was snow and hail, but luckily it did not stay on the ground. There were some impressive rain showers in the Reno area.

We had comped stays - 2 nights at Atlantis; 2 nights at Silver Legacy; and 2 nights at Eldorado. Of the three, we liked the room at Atlantis the best. Silver Legacy had some odd housekeeping issues They had a coffee maker in the room, but only one cup to serve coffee in. And mid stay housekeeping was iffy at best. The room at the Eldorado was the smallest room we had ever stayed there - but it was nicely updated and comfy bed. I was surprised though how tiny the room was as usually they comp us much nicer rooms to stay at.

We went to several shows:

1) We went to Cirque Paris at the Eldorado. If you have comp tickets be sure to call in advance to reserve them. You can no longer get them at the ticket desk at the resort even if your account says you are to receive two free tickets. The show was average.

2) We went to Reno Little Theater. We had a very good time at this theater, which has been in Reno for 88 years.

3) Carrot Top (who usually headlines in Las Vegas) was in Sparks for one night at the show room at the Nuggett. So fun!

4) And we had a great time at the concert at the Grand Sierra seeing Cheap Trick and Poison. Three hours of great music. The audience was having an amazing time so fun night.


For meals, we did Happy Hour one night at Bistro Napa at Atlantis. Good wine and good food.

We ate at the various restaurants at the Atlantis (Manhatten Deli, Cafe Alfresco, and Purple Parrot.) All were good options and since we used comps all the better.

We also had a very nice fine dining meal another night at Bistro Napa - this is always a favorite of ours to go to.

One morning we went to a local bakery Rounds, which is by the Atlantis. They have good breakfast bagel sandwiches.

At the Eldorado we dined at Roxy's - always good, and I love their High Roller Wine Flight. They also have good souffles. We also dined at Milles24 - there was slow service due to a shift change at night, but the food was ok. At the Silver Legacy we dined at their 24 hour restaurant, Cafe Central Their huge bowl of wor won ton soup was very good.

This time we focused more on the casino restaurants, but Reno has lots of good local restaurants as well.

Other Activities:

We went to the Galaxy Theater in Sparks and saw the Avengers one day and next day saw Deadpool2. Good movies. The luxury recliners are comfortable but after being there for several years ,many of the recliners are showing some leather age issues. I still like this movie theater to go to.

Another day we drove down to Minden, Nevada to see the snow covered mountains and go to Carson Valley Inn. This is a small casino and if you played 50 points (easy to do) they were giving away free things on Thursdays. This time it was a free cap day. We dined at Katies, which always has some reasonably priced meals. This time they had a turkey dinner which cost less than $7.00 for a full meal.

We also drove out to see the wild horses east of Sparks (take I80) and saw the horses in the industrial park area (i.e. Tesla battery, etc.). We were so happy to see dozens of wild horses this year and some very very young horses as well. Nice!

We did play the slots. My husband was lucky and I seemed to stay about even. My favorite casino to play this time was Atlantis. The slots seemed tighter than last time at the Eldorado and Silver Legacy (however my husband came out ahead so it may have just been my luck.). There was a good variety of slot machines.

I did expect to spend more time outside, but given the rains, spent some but not as much time as we had expected. We did go to their Spring Version of Hot August Nights which was held in the downtown area.

We had a good time in Reno.

Edited: 4:59 pm, May 23, 2018
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1. Re: Trip Report - Reno May 2018

Thanks for the report.

3 weeks and counting.

Nice to know I'm not the only one who's had ELDO/SL issues.

Edited: 9:53 pm, May 23, 2018
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2. Re: Trip Report - Reno May 2018


ON a recent weekend at SL, I checked in, on time and not early, and went to the room. Totally not cleaned or ready for us.Called desk, and they said..."are you sure?"..Um, yeah- unmade beds, glasses with lipstick, towels in the tub. I'm sure. To their credit, it was cleaned within an hour. It was a great room, corner mountain view, and I wanted it.

Sunday arrives, the calendar turns to April 1st, and we are stilled comped, using a different offer, since offers expire at months end.. This was all dealt with at check-in. And yet, housekeeping does not do our room, saying that they show on their papers that we are checking out that day. Sure, ok, and we are checking right back in. And yet, even after that little bother, we get locked out of the room again. "The computer shows you as checked out"

Machines, not people, making decisions. The SL has issues.

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3. Re: Trip Report - Reno May 2018

Glad to hear you had a great time in Reno. This weather sure is unusual for us, but it keeps the river flowing and the mountains green!

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4. Re: Trip Report - Reno May 2018

Thanks all for the nice comments.

Wollfdog6 - have a great trip.

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5. Re: Trip Report - Reno May 2018

Good info. Thanks for sharing. We'll be there the end of June and especially appreciate the restaurant information.

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6. Re: Trip Report - Reno May 2018

Thanks. Have a good trip.

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