Harrah's Reno casino sits in the center of the downtown casino area at 219 North Center Street, Reno, NV 89501. The property has changed considerably over the years, but in its current incarnation spans Virginia Street and one-way Center Street where valet and self-parking are both located. Although Virginia Street is the "local" access for most of the downtown casinos, there is no parking. Each casino offers their own facilities for guest vehicles.Accomodations
The casino area was originally found on Virginia Street, facing the Silver Spur and Horseshoe casinos. Next door was the Nevada Club. The three story building housed Bill Harrah's offices upstairs and a slot repair and storage facility downstairs.
After a successful start in the 1940's, Bill Harrah expanded across the alley towards Center Street with a casino named simply Harrah's. This part of the building is on the corner of Second and Center. At one time the casino held 2000 slot machines and 102 table games, including 18 crap tables.
Harrah's hotel was built in 1969, so the 600 original rooms are considered "classic," which in this property's case means neat, clean, and small. Most rooms have old 32-inch TV's in a wardrobe in front of the bed.You can expect reasonably priced rooms below $75 much of the year. Internet use is extra. As a tourist area, rooms in Reno are likely to be highest at all major holidays and during the summer months.
A new addition offers visitors a second hotel tower and an overall total of 928 rooms. Dogs are permitted in a designated area and kennels are also located in the Valet Porte; pet care is the responsibility of each pet owner.Dining
The property offers seven restaurants, and a 24-hour full menu is available in the Hash House A Go Go located near the hotel tower elevators and the skywalk to the Center Street casino. Carvings Buffet serves a wide selection with seven food stations but the all-you-can-eat restaurant does not open until 10 a.m. Starbucks opens at 5:30 a.m.
Other choices include Ichiban, Joy Luck Noodle Bar and Quiznos. If you prefer a sumptuous meal in a cozy setting, Harrah's Steak House has been elected into the prestigious Nation's Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame, the first restaurant in Northern Nevada to receive the honor. Average meal cost is about $30 per person.Amenities
Located on the 5th floor of the West Tower, the newly open Salon at Harrah's Reno provides a variety of hair style and specialty beauty services in addition to complete manicure and pedicure services for men and women. You can expect to pay standard full-service spa prices of over $100 for a one-hour massage or facial.
Also on the 5th floor is the health club with treadmills, stationary bikes, Stairmasters and universal free-weight equipment. New Smith machines have been installed for strength trainers. Men's and women's locker rooms include showers, a steam room, redwood saunas and special single use Jacuzzi tubs.
Sapphire, the resorts "nightlife," opens Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. Expect Karaoke, dance parties, and sexy beverage girls. There is no charge to enter Sapphire, but you must be 21 years of age.Convention and Special Use Areas
Harrah's Reno has 24,000 square feet of flexible convention space with full banquet facilities. In addition, the property offers other special venues:
- Sammy's Showroom, seating for 420, dining for 300 with stage
- Sapphire Lounge, seating for 200 with stage.
- Bill Harrah Room - executive receptions and dinner for 250
- Plaza - Outdoor venue. 62,000 square foot plaza for 1,400 people
Harrah's casino offers 900 slot machines for their gambling guests. The mix of slots if heavy on video poker with a selection of new slots from Williams, Konami and IGT. All guests in the gaming area must at least 21 years of age.
The table game selection includes single-deck 21, baccarat, craps, Three-Card Poker, roulette, and Pai Gow Poker. Live poker is available after 10 a.m., located in the Center Street building next to the Race and Sports book. Keno is available in all buildings and restaurants.Proximity
Harrah's is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from Interstate 80 or Nevada Highway 395. Reno/Tahoe Airport is also less than 10 minutes away. A shuttle to and from the airport is available.Other casinos downtown include the Eldorado, Circus, Silver Legacy and the Club Cal-Neva. The 175 vehicle National Automobile Museum is a five-minute walk, next door to the Siena casino, which started as the Holiday Casino. For those who love baseball, the Reno Aces, Arizona Diamondback's Triple-A minor league team is also a five minute walk from Harrah's casino.