If you wander away from the main areas in the wee hours of the morning then I would say that's a bad idea. If you are just staying in the main areas you should not have any problems. Harrah's can be nice because you can easily walk to other restaurants and the other casinos for restaurants, shows, and gambling. Grand Sierra is somewhat isolated and you have to pretty much drive to go anywhere from there.
I agree with nparmelee. I work downtown and walk around that area frequently during both daytime and early evening hours and never feel unsafe (and I am female). The blocks surrounding the downtown are a bit sketchy in the late evening/early morning hours, but you'd have no reason to be in those areas.
I think you may have heard wrong...With CC, Eldorado, and SL, you never have to go outside, and Harrahs is right in the main downtown area...Plus, I have walked over to the Sands at 1 am and never felt unsafe...took the transit to Peppermill and Atlantis and the shuttle to Boomtown numerous times..never a problem...I never rent a car, so would not stay at the Sierra...
Thank you all for the info. We would have no reason to go anywhere but a casino and/or restaurant downtown so it sounds like we are ok. Any suggestions on shows or restaurants? We are in our early 60's and enjoy a good, but not expensive meal along with a buffet. We have never been to a show in Las Vegas or Laughlin - mainly spend our time walking around and gambling. My husband just plays craps and I and am a slotaholic. Thank you again for all of your help.
You do see/experience an occasional pushy Beggar but I just blow them off. There is a strong police prescience so as a 68 YO never felt fear.
Thank you all again for the info. Do you have any suggestions for a good show to see or a good buffet?
Definitely hit the El Dorado in downtown. I think it is the best out there.
The Atlantis and Peppermill are both solid, but not downtown.
Check the TA restaurant ratings on the left.
We always enjoy La Strada and Prime Rib Shack at Eldorado. Join player's club and PRS has an excellent deal.
Eldorado still has the best buffet. We've been hitting it for 20 years.Edited: 3:11 am, September 30, 2010
Thanks again to all of you for helping to make our trip more enjoyable. We can't wait to visit Reno for the first time!!
Another nomination for staying downtown, and not at GSR. ( i think GSR is filthy as well)
El Do is the best downtown buffet. Sunday brunch is outstanding. 24 hr restaurant in Silver Leg is great as well. We've had great meals at Sterlings Steakhouse as well.
Between Harrahs and those other two, you have a great little area for gaming dining and nightlife.Edited: 10:31 am, October 01, 2010