I stayed at the Sands Regency Hotel Casino while in Reno for the USBC Open Bowling Tournament.
In a nutshell, I'd say that if you need to save money on a hotel, this is an alright place to stay. If you can afford more, I'd stay at one of the other casino hotels (like Harrah's, Silver Legacy or ElDorado).
The rooms in the Sands are not bad, but they are simple and lack some amenities I am used to.NOTE: there are three different towers at the Sands - I stayed in the Dynasty Tower. I was told that the Dynasty Tower was the most recently updated (not sure when, but couldn't have been too recently). The room was a typical sized two queen room. there are a couple chairs (not "easy" chairs, just good for a short sit), a desk with chair, a 25" TV (NOT flat screen), and a phone that is straight out of the 80's. The bathroom is typical with a tub/shower combo, one sink with a large counter top. The shower had good water pressure and was always hot, but the shower head left a lot to be desired (it worked - I guess I won't complain too much). The soap they give you is very small - about the size of a half dollar and only twice as thick. You also get a very small tube of shampoo and lotion. There is also a hair dryer mounted to the wall, but since I lack hair, I didn't use it. There was no iron and ironing board (you can get one from housekeeping). There was an open closet with plenty of "hotel hangers" and a folding rack for your suitcase.
The room was adequate. That is to say that it was clean and provided the necessities required. What really makes me give this place a rating of 3 is that the amenities of the hotel were not very good. The flagship restaurant is Mel's (the iconic drive-in from American Graffiti). breakfast at Mel's was good and the service was alright. I ate dinner there only one night and had a cheeseburger and shake. Both were only OK. Nothing special here.I did not try the buffet, so I can't comment on it (I had breakfast at the ElDorado twice - very good, I'd recommend it).There is also a snack bar (can't remember the name). I didn't see anything there that would stand out. I had their tacos and they weren't bad, but nothing to write home about.
Another downfall of the Sands is the Casino. It is very small compared to the "Reno strip" casinos. However, if you are looking for cheap table games, I did see $3 black jack during the week (weekends are $5 minimum).
Also, the Sands location is not great. You have to walk about 3 -4 city blocks to get to the "Reno Strip" and it doesn't seem like a very good area (lots of low-end motels). There are also a few beggars in the area asking for change. i wasn't scared to walk the streets at night, but I'm a big guy. I can imagine that a woman, by herself, would feel a little apprehensive about walking around this part of town.
Like I said in my opening, if you need to save money, this place is not bad. But if you can afford it, head for one of the strip casino hotels.
- 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