Circus Circus Reno Review

Circus Circus Reno is hard to define. It's an older property, but also has some good experiences. Perhaps best known for the "circus" area for the kids, it's the Reno equivalent of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.


There's a little bit of everyone at Circus, with more kids and families running around. Yes, I get that it's Circus Circus, and there's shows and games and cool stuff, but it's still a casino.

Comfort & Safety

Circus is easy to get to off 80, and you can walk among Circus, Legacy, and the Eldorado without ever having to leave the buildings. That makes it one of three very comfortable properties.

Circus Circus Reno Gaming

The casino has the backing of the MGM Grand casino giant, and has the perks associated with that. They'll have everything you want to play. The casino is on the lower level of the property.

Slot Machines (Review: B)

Circus has a wide variety of newer slot machines, mostly from IGT. They do have other game manufacturers on the floor if you like variety, too. There are some progressives, as well as a variety of video poker. The floor feels larger than the 900 machines they say they have. The low ceilings of the lower level do give Circus a slightly older and different feel.

Table Games (Review: B)

The Table games at Circus are located on the lower level in the middle of the gaming floor. There's a variety of games, and several blackjack tables. They have many $5 tables open for the newer player, and Circus advertises that all their payouts are 3:2--just like blackjack should be!

Poker Room (Review: C+)

The Poker Room at Circus is just a small collection of tables near the sportsbook.

Sportsbook (Review: C)

Circus sets their lines from the MGM Mirage, their parent company. They claim to take $50,000 bets, which would make them the highest in Reno. Its a small, dedicated room, and most of the TVs are set to horse racing. They do not take half-points. It is an older room, and their lines are written on white-boards rather than electronic screens or TV screens.

Circus Circus Reno Dining

One of our favorite stops is the little BBQ place here, Smokin' Geckos. Circus has a bad rep for their food, but that hasn't been our direct experience for at least the last decade.

Steakhouse at Circus (Fine Dining, $$$$, No Grade)

Smokin' Gecko's BBQ (Casual Dining, $, B+)

Smokin' Gecko's BBQ opened up in the Circus in 2009, and brought us the areas first BBQ restaurant. The place is nice inside for a casual restaurant, the food was tasty, and the menu was definitely inexpensive. Its a bit different from the standard coffee shop or bar, and we'll definitely go back!

Kokopelli's Sushi (Casual Dining, $$$, B+)

Kokopelli's Sushi delivers a fine $17 all-you-can-eat lunch meal. It's a very standard all-you-can-eat sushi lunch experience compared to other choices in Reno, so dig in and enjoy.

Main Street Deli (Casual Dining, $, No Grade)

Americana Cafe (Casual Dining, $$, No Grade)

Courtyard Buffet (Buffets, $$, No Grade)

Circus Circus Reno Hotel

The hotel is a bit older, but the circus acts can make up for a lot of that.

Arcade, Fun Center, Activities (Amenities, Review: A+)

The arcade at the Circus has a lot of carnival-style games, like skee-ball, basketball shooter, and things like that. Its not as heavy on the typical video games, but great fun for the carnival/older style stuff. And, yes, for adults too! There's also a circus-style trapeze show!

Fitness Center (Amenities, Review: C+)

The small fitness center at the Circus will do the trick for the in-shape traveler.

RV Parking (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

The only mention of RV Parking at the Circus is "Oversized and RV Parking (no RV hook-ups)", free of charge. We haven't seen what they do with your RV, so we won't rate them yet.

Wedding Chapel (Amenities, Review: B)

The "Chapel of the Sierra" located inside Circus can accommodate weddings. Additionally, their catering and banquet facilities can help coordinate the reception.

Business Center (Amenities, Review: B-)

The business center at the Circus can handle basic requests: copying, faxes, internet terminals, packages, etc.

Meetings and Conferences (Amenities, Review: B)

There are a variety of conference rooms and meeting spaces, as well as catering.

Gift Shop (Amenities, Review: B)

The gift shop at Circus is called "The Veranda Store".

Retail Shopping (Amenities, Review: B-)

There are five small stores located at the Circus, some inexpensive clothing, a jeweler, gifts, etc. There's no high-end, large, or fancy stores here.

Cabaret (Amenities, Review: B)

The Cabaret stage at the Circus is located on the main casino floor. Most shows are on the weekends.

Airport Shuttle (Services, Review: B)

The Circus shuttle leaves the Reno airport every 30 minutes at the :15 and :45 from 5am to Midnight.

Gift Cards Available (Services, Review: B)

Circus has gift cards available. Please note, these gift cards are not valid for Gaming.

Standard Rooms (Room Descriptions, Review: C)

"Double Queen Bedrooms" and "Single King Bedrooms" are available in both the North Tower and Sky Tower.

Suites (Room Descriptions, Review: No Grade)

There are "Mini Suites" and "VIP Suites" at the Circus.

Penthouse Suites (Room Descriptions, Review: No Grade)

At just over 1000 square feet, we'll classify the "Executive Suite" as a Penthouse. Be aware, BLW has not seen the inside of this particular Penthouse.

Internet Service (Room Features, Review: C)

Wireless internet service is available at the Circus for $9.95 for a 24-hour period.

In-Room Refridgerator (Room Features, Review: No Grade)

Fridges are available only in the Suites.

In-Room Coffee Maker (Room Features, Review: A)

Coffee Makers are available in all rooms at the Circus, with complimentary coffee.

Resort Fees (Room Features, Review: F)

On a $38.25 room, there is a $17.03 Resort Fee, and $5.16 Tourism Tax, and a $3.00 Tourism Fee. As of March 2018.

Pet Friendly Rooms (Room Features, Review: D+)

There are 8 kennel spaces available at Circus. They also ask that owners clean each kennel. Its nice they have a kennel, but BLW prefers properties where pets are allowed in the rooms, and where there's places to walk them outside.