Reno has always played second fiddle to Las Vegas, and the
spread of casino gaming, especially in Northern California, may
have taken a bit of a bite out of the “Biggest Little City in the
World,” but as with all great resort towns, Reno is growing fast,
and fortunately, the dollar stretches farther here, than on the Las
The city, which now bills itself as “America’s Adventure Place,”
is luring visitors to the area by touting its outdoor activities.
The Truckee River Kayak Course, with its 11 drop-pools, rough water
and 1½-mile-long course in downtown Reno, is the anchor of its new
advertising campaign. But it’s certainly not the only outdoor
adventure for visitors. There’s fishing, rock climbing, hiking, sky
diving, and in winter, there’s world-class skiing. After all that
exercise, clients will want a place to just kick off their shoes
and relax. And the resorts in Reno really do have some “suite”
deals, starting at the Peppermill, a regular on a lot of
The Peppermill has the most suites in Reno, and they are by far
the most elegant in Northern Nevada. With 185 in eight different
designs, there is something for everyone’s taste and, more
importantly, wallet. The 1,090-square-foot Royal Suites have a
Jacuzzi tub, dining area, bar, separate bedroom, two bathrooms and
three televisions. If clients need a little more space to stretch
out, the Penthouse Suites at 1,205 square feet, might be the
answer. Still more? Then how about the 5,000-square-foot Safari-
and Roman-themed Super Suites?
The living room of the Safari Suite features a full-size Jacuzzi
topped by a dome that features three sky scenes: daytime, nighttime
and starry night. The tub is surrounded by authentic African
If it’s more Roman opulence a client is after, then check into
the resort’s other Super Suite which has stunning architectural
details, such as cut-stone arches, marble columns and gold-leafed
Corinthian capitals. Imported Italian Bottocino marble floors and
walls with gold-tile features and mosaic murals add to the lavish
The Peppermill also has plans to expand and add a new all-suite
17-story, 600-room curved glass tower to increase room capacity to
1,625. The Tuscan-themed suites will feature large-screen plasma
televisions, oversized marble bathrooms and spa tubs.
In addition, a 14,000-square-foot casino expansion is expected to
be completed next August. It will add 300 new slot machines,
increasing the total to 1,900, and 12 new table games. A
10,000-square-foot, two-story nightclub overlooking the pool area,
a 50,000-square-foot convention center, an arcade, spa, salon and
fitness center and a number of new restaurants are also in the
works. But clients will have to wait. Construction isn’t expected
to be completed until September 2007.
Over at the Atlantis Casino and Resort, the Royal Dolphin Tower
rooms with dolphin-themed furnishings have a Caribbean feel, with
rich, mahogany furniture and marble floors. The two-room suites
come with full-service wet bars, flat-screen televisions and an
Atlantis’ Grand Penthouse suites are located on the 26th and
27th floors of the Concierge Tower. They range from 2,000 to 4,000
square feet, and come with sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada
Mountains or the lights of Reno and an impressive list of
The Eldorado Reno’s spa suites feature large whirlpool tubs,
steam showers, pop-up TVs, European-style marble bathrooms, elegant
armoires and a desk area, while the resort’s Jacuzzi Suites have
similar features with city or mountain views.
Our last stop on the Reno suite tour is the Silver Legacy. Here
clients will find the Victorian-themed Player Spa Suites, with
turn-of-the-century elegance and city, valley and mountain views.
The Legacy’s penthouse suites allow for more leg stretching and
include a dining area, living room, two bedrooms and two
These are just some of Reno’s finer suites. Most casino resorts
offer upgrades for a very reasonable price. Clients interested in a
little extra should ask at check-in what special deals are
available. They’ll often be surprised that you don’t have to be a
high-roller to live the “suite life.”
Atlantis Casino Resort
3800 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89502
El Dorado Reno
345 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89501
2707 S. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89502
407 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89501
Reno also hosts a number of events throughout the year:
June: The Reno Rodeo
July: The Artown Festival
August: The 50s and 60s return to Reno with Hot
The Reno-Tahoe Open, a PGA Tour event at Montreux Golf and
Fall: The Reno Film Festival
September: The Great Reno Balloon Race