I stayed here for 2 nights in early February 2013. The hotel is old, so you have to know that going in and take it into consideration. My room was clean and well prepared; just old! The TV reminded me of one we had in the 1980's. It was old it was a lousy picture - but I didn't go there to watch TV, so no biggie I guess. By far the worst thing was all the smoke! Being from California, I am not used to that because it is, thankfully, illegal to smoke inside a public building in CA. Well, not only is it legal in Nevada, but it seems that everybody smokes! I swear there were 100 or more people smoking in the lobby, casino, etc. I found it overwhelming and disgusting. I was gagging and coughing. I could not sit down to play cards in the casino without smoke being literally right in my face. Just awful.
The only place I ate was Mel's Diner. It was just okay. Not terrible, not especially good. I had french toast, eggs and bacon for breakfast. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a 5 or 6 at best. For dinner I had a bowl of chicken noodle soup and a turkey sandwich. I'd give that a 4 or 5.
So I can't really recommend the place, but it certainly is convenient and they do offer a little bit of everything. So, if smoke bothers you, stay away from this place or you'll be sorry. If you don't mind it, and you like $1.49 for a bottle of beer, you're in the right place! I gave the Sands 3 out of 5; the smoke almost makes me want to take it down to 2, but you're gonna find smokers anywhere in Reno I suppose. Also, a number of people got stuck in elevators while I was there so you might want to consider using the stairs!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Sands Regency Hotel Reno
- Regency Hotel Reno
- Regency Hotel Sands