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De jetlag zat er toch nog in..weer om 4 uur wakker, maar gelukkig nog doorgeslapen tot half zeven. Toen op ons gemak ontbeten (dit keer niet op de hotelkamer maar in het restaurant van het hotel) met toast, jus en koffie.
Omdat we overdag zelf onze lunch maken en dus vers brood nodig hebben, namen we een kijkje bij een bakery. Een schattig …
Rented a car to see the sites outside of Reno, but first made a stop at Walmart (yes Walmart) for some room essentials. Purchased some bagels and cream cheese, grapes, yogart, turkey lunchmeat, mustard, crackers, and juice. My room had a fridge so why not have a few snacks for the late nights or while driving around Reno. Trust me! It lessens the food cost on a trip anywhere.
Day 2 in Reno:
Today we drove to Sparks, NV, a small section outside reno and tryed to go paddleboat riding but the dock was not open. Headed down I-80 towards Tahoe City and Squaw Valley (really wanted to go towards San Franciso, but was told it was too far) to visit the upper half of Lake Tahoe. So prety and a site to see. Stopped in …
... we went to put our swimmers on, there were lots of adults in the pool but they weren't too happy to have children disturbing their quiet morning! There was also a spa which we had a go in and it was really hot and there was also a children's pool with lots of water spouts.
After our swim we packed our bags and our van and were on our way we drove down the lake and went to Sand Harbour which is a famous bit of sand because ...
I had a good talk with little miss GPS today in Carson City (Sep 10) -- using angry words that I cannot repeat here. She led me round and round before eventually getting me to AAA, which was located on a type of frontage road beside 395. She took me around the block 3 times before I stopped to check a "real" map. I was only 100 yards from AAA -- and decided to walk to it to save myself further ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Harrah's Reno
Adaquate but not a deluxe hotel
I stayed here on one of their 4 night charter packages . The room I got was about what you`d get at an average Holiday Inn or Best Western motel - ok, but not at all fancy with just a king bed and a desk . The "view" I had was of the side of a building across the street. And of course being next to a major railroad line you get "blessed" with various Amtrack and freight trains passing by at all hours of the day .
Overall the food and shows were quite good though . If someone just wants a bed to sleep in between gaming , eating, and some shows Harrah`s is just fine , unless you want a really deluxe hotel.
Harrah's isn't what it used to be. They used to encourage regular customers with nice benefits and "comps' but it is very difficult to deal with anymore. I recently reserved a room for $129 and they charged me that very same day (to my credit card). In recent history, they would never do that, in fact, our comps alweays paid for our room and meals (usually). What they say now is that they will "credit back' to us any comps. I suppose that is fine, but what they're asking, really, is for me to loan them $129 for a month or so at no interest. Their dealers and pit bosses are the greatest...I love 'em all. But wowie, management is making it unpleasant to go there. They even tried to charge us for a movie once that we never even turned on (we go there to gamble, not watch movies). I even tried to get a buffet dinner comped after three days of play and was told I didn't have enough comps.
Best Value Downtown Hotel
The rooms are big with all the amenities and good views of downtown Reno and the surrounding hills from your window. The Steakhouse Resturant at Harrah's offers excellent food but is a little overpriced. You are within walking distance of most downtown casinos. The casino usually offers entertainment on the wilder side for adults in their showroom.
Hot August Nights
We stayed at Harrah's the week of Hot August Nights. The room was very good and the place is well maintained. The service was good but I only have one complaint which I voiced to Harrah's. The night BJ Thomas played in Harrah's square we could not sit in the middle of the concert area, where there were many empty seats, because we were not Diamond or Platium members. Harrah's had guards at the entrance to make sure no one came into this area who wasn't wearing the proper arm bracelet. We have been Gold Card members for years, but that didn't count. All the rest of the free concerts at the other locals hotels didn't have any restrictions. This was very rude and unconcerning, especially when paying over a $1,000 to stay at their facility.
Vistied Reno for the first time and the trip happened to coincide with
Apparently this place has many towers, and many types of rooms, so be careful. I stayed in the least expensive tower that used to be a Hampton Inn. Although the room was modern & adequate (though certainly not luxurious)--it was inexpensive and had a nice view--other towers may have nicer rooms. Harrahs does not have indoor connections with the other downtown hotels (Silver Legacy, Eldorado, Circus-Circus) which is a real disadvantage. You would have to walk sometimes eerie downtown streets to go to the other casinos. Their buffet is OK, but the Eldorado has the best buffet downtown.
OK except for the nagging
We like Harrahs a lot for gaming and atmosphere. BUT they have these folks all over the building hounding you constantly to sign up for this and that. It actually drives you out of the casino because it's uncomfortable being solicited all the time. I know several gamblers who agree with me. Sorry Harrahs, we'll come back when the nagging stops.
Nice Place To Stay
I stayed at Harrahs last August. I got a great rate of $15.00 a night from my Total rewards Card acct. Cant beat that. not to mention that was during Hot August Nights. The room was very nice. It was recently remodeled so it felt like new. It was an average size room. The casino is large and there are lots of restraunts.
We visit Harrah's average of 3-5 times a year. Stayed in the East Tower, this trip (West was full). Room seemed very outdated. Bathroom needed to be renewed. Room 1057 needs to be redecorated....Room service took 2 hours and 15 mins to be delivered. At checkout time, tried to use the service provided through the Tv and the system was temporarily unavailable. Had to stand in line for about 10 mins to pay for the unacceptable room service from the night before.
A Harrah's reveiw from a Reno regular
We visit Reno quite often and usally stay at Harrah's. Most of our stays have been good. Check-in usally goes quickly, valet parking and Bell hop service tend to be on the slow side. They have two towers. The west tower is a little older, but rooms are bigger, and have a better veiw. The east tower rooms are closer to the check-in desk and parking garage. Both are fairly plain, but kept clean. Channel selection on the T.V's is very limited. The casino is very large, and spead out between two buildings. They have several restaurants, and we haven't gotten a bad meal yet. They have a small show-room, and usally have 1 or 2 shows nightly (no shows on Thursdays). We saw "Gordy Brown" the last time we went, and loved the show. If your going to Reno, give Harrah's a try.