Harrah's Reno Review

Harrah's Reno is the first casino opened by Bill Harrah, and it was the beginning of the Harrah's empire. Come here to use your Total Advantage points, but the slots and the games are tight. The food can be very good, though.


Harrah's seems to draw the traditional tourist, because of the pull of the Harrah's brand. It's a mix of business travelers, leisure travelers, and pretty much anyone. I always get the feeling that a lot of people here are using their Total Rewards points earned elsewhere.

Comfort & Safety

Harrah's is Harrah's. It is the classic, stereotypical casino. Lots of slots, bling, tables, and everything you'd expect. Bill Harrah virtually invented the modern casino.

Harrah's Reno Gaming

Harrah's pioneered the gaming industry, and yet we simply never find ourselves playing the slots here. They have a reputation for being tight, and we have no data to disprove that. Beyond the slots, the tables have friendly dealers.

Slot Machines (Review: C+)

Harrah's slot floor is spread out through the property. They have a variety of newer games, such as Star Trek, newer Monopoly-themed games, and others, as well as classic 3-wheel games. There's a few half-floor level changes, and everything is tied to their Total Rewards program. We've played here a few times, and honestly seem to go through our gaming budget pretty quick without winning. We observed the $0.25 Jack-or-Better odds to be 8-5, and there are plenty of 9-6 machines in Reno that make an 8-5 skippable.

Table Games (Review: B)

Harrah's Reno has a large table games section, and is one of the oldest operating casinos. The area is nicely lit, spacious, and well integrated into the casino area. We've found the dealers to be friendly, and there's always a variety of games being played. The rules for blackjack are not terribly tight or loose, and cater to the player who isn't a complete newbie.

Sportsbook (Review: C-)

The sportsbook keeps moving in Harrah's, but is always easy to find. The lines are not the strongest in town, and are often difficult to find half-points, and isn't the place to buy futures. The staff is friendly, but not terribly fast. Its a small book that doesn't accommodate high volumes. Its good for the casual better, but they will often only accept high dollar bets from known gamblers. The atmosphere is okay, but not great.

Harrah's Reno Dining

Harrah's Reno has a variety of restaurants ranging from the well-received Harrah's Steakhouse to several other fine places. Pretty much everything here is tasty.

Harrah's Steakhouse (Fine Dining, $$$$, A+)

Harrah's Steakhouse in Reno succeeds in delivering a great steakhouse experience: amazing meat, traditional decor, and top-notch service. We have been to many of the nation's finest steakhouses, and have no reservations about saying this experience ranks right up there among the best.

Ichiban (Fine Dining, $$$, B)

Ichiban is the fun Japanese Teppanyaki experience where the chef makes your food on a hot griddle in the middle of the table. Ichiban is about the experience, not the food. It can be a fun experience, but don't expect elegant food.

Andreotti's (CLOSED) (Fine Dining, $$$, No Grade)

As of January 2010, Andreotti's is currently closed with no plans for reopening.

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

Joy Luck Noodle Bar (Casual Dining, $$, No Grade)

Carvings Buffet (Buffets, $$, B)

A huge variety of food, casual atmosphere and a reasonable price make Carving's Buffet at Harrah's Reno a reasonable choice. Just remember you're going to a buffet.

Quizno's Subs (Snacks, $, B-)

Its Quiznos. A good chain sub/sandwich shop. My only knock is the noisy/small eating area.

Starbuck's Coffee (Snacks, $, No Grade)

Harrah's Reno Hotel

The hotel at Harrah's Reno is acceptable, meaning it isn't a standout, but they don't do anything wrong, either.

Pool (Amenities, Review: B-)

Harrah's has an outdoor pool and sundeck located off the 5th floor. Its open seasonally.

Spa and Salon (Amenities, Review: B-)

The Spa at Harrah's has a basic service range, including massage, skin treatments, waxing, etc.

Fitness Center (Amenities, Review: B-)

There is a small fitness center with a few aerobic machines, as well as some weights to work with.

Wedding Chapel (Amenities, Review: C+)

Harrah's can coordinate weddings and receptions with their banquet rooms and catering staff. There is not a dedicated wedding chapel.

Business Center (Amenities, Review: C+)

There is a small business center available to hotel guests.

Meetings and Conferences (Amenities, Review: B-)

Harrah's can accommodate groups and meetings of a variety of sizes, with up to 24,000 sf of banquet space available.

Cabaret (Amenities, Review: B+)

There is a variety of live entertainment. Additionally, Harrah's hosts a free Summer concert series that is always fun.

Airport Shuttle (Services, Review: B-)

Harrah's does run an airport shuttle.

Laundry Service (Services, Review: B-)

Laundry Service is available.

Room Service (Services, Review: C+)

Room Service is available.

Upgraded Rooms (Room Descriptions, Review: C+)

Both the East Tower rooms and West Tower rooms are claimed to be fully remodeled. They are, but they're not that fresh. They're fine, they're not old, but they're certainly not as nice as some of the newer remodels in the area.

Internet Service (Room Features, Review: D+)

Wireless internet service is available to hotel guests, for a steep $11 per day surcharge.

In-Room Refridgerator (Room Features, Review: B-)

Small dorm-sized refrigerators are available upon request. Be sure to mention this when you make your reservation, and again at check-in.

In-Room Coffee Maker (Room Features, Review: C+)

A few rooms are rumored to have a coffee-maker, but not all of them.

Late Checkout (Room Features, Review: B)

Call the front desk to ask for late-checkout.

Resort Fees (Room Features, Review: F)

On a $35.00 room, there is a $14.00 resort fee, and $3.00 "Other" fee, and $6.62 in taxes. As of March 2018.

Cancellation Policies (Room Features, Review: B-)

72-hour cancellation. Cancellation after that incurs the charge of the first night's stay.

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

Kennels are on-site, pets are not allowed in the rooms. BLW does not recommend leaving pets in Kennels unless absolutely necessary.