Sands Reno Review

The Sands is just off the main downtown "strip", and you might not stop in if you weren't looking for it. It's a destination with the value traveler in mind. It's on the smaller side of the casinos, but has a complete set of games. And if you're here in the summer, the Sands is famous for the "pool parties".


The Sands draws a value-oriented player, as well as many locals. Don't expect a lot of fanciness, but do expect to be comfortable!

Comfort & Safety

The Sands isn't new, but its comfortable. The casino floor wanders about the first floor of the building, with the main area having the Table games. Although it's only a block or two from Virginia Street, it's still not a fun walk in the middle of the night.

Sands Reno Gaming

The gaming area at the Sands Regency Reno isn't very large, but has friendly dealers and the lots are spread out. As you would expect from a value-oriented property, the bets are lower, the odds are loose, and there aren't as many high-limit or high-hand games. It's not fancy, but a fine place to play nonetheless.

Slot Machines (Review: C)

The Sand's slot floor is split up in two areas, the larger area is wrapped around the table games, and the smaller area is over by the hotel check-in and stage. They have a mix of newer games and traditional games. The floor isn't fancy, but the drinks come quickly. What we like about playing at the Sands is that we usually win a little bit! More information about the Sands Slot Machines.

Table Games (Review: C+)

There's only a few tables at the Sands compared to some places, but they're mostly always open and have reasonable minimum bets. The dealers are friendly and the games are fair. Its a comfortable place to sit and play without the intensity and impersonal feel of some places. Great to go if you're just learning, too. More information about the Sands Table Games.

Player's Club (Review: C-)

The Sand's Regency Player's Club is called Terrible's Club, since that is their parent company. Their best food promotions require that you have a club card, and we always advise that you should get one and track your play. We haven't gotten any offers from our test account, and found the staff at the desk could use a brief refresher from Charm School. More information about the Sands Player's Club.

Poker Room (Review: D)

The Sands has a small area set aside for a Poker Room. It is just barely large enough for three poker tables, and isn't very fancy. When we were there, two poker tables were sitting in the area adjacent to the Sportsbook and the Pipeline lounge. The chairs were basic banquet chairs, and the area was a big cramped. More information about the Sands Poker Room.

Sportsbook (Review: C-)

There is a small sportsbook window on the main casino floor. The lines are set and run by the Cal Neva. If you're at the Sands, its a place to make a bet. The sportsbook shares the same area as the Pipeline Lounge, and there are a bunch of TVs up and behind the bar.

Sands Reno Dining

The Sands Reno doesn't operate their own restaurants other than the buffet, but rather brings in smaller chains with which you may or may not already be familiar. There's inexpensive choices here for people looking for low prices.

Mel's Diner (Casual Dining, $, B-)

Mel's Diner is a chain restaurant straight out of the movie Grease, and also serves as the Sand's 24-hour coffee shop. It's not fancy, but the $3 Player's Breakfast is an amazing value. Outside of that, it was a very average experience. If you need a $3 breakfast at 3am or 3pm, or just like the "diner" experience, this is the place to come.

Fuzio (Casual Dining, $$, No Grade)

This is the "Fuzio Universal Bistro" chain out of Northern California, and this is their only Nevada location. We were looking forward to trying out Fuzio on Sunday afternoon, but they do not open until 4pm each day.

Sands Buffet (Buffets, $$, No Grade)

The Sands Buffet opens at 4pm daily.

Cabana Cafe (Snacks, $, B-)

The Cabana Cafe is a little place that's a great value for a hot dog, a sub, and a quick place to sit down and eat.

Arby's (Snacks, $, C)

This is just an Arby's fast-food joint with a little space in the Sands. Mel's, Fuzio, and the Cabana Cafe are all better choices.

Pipeline Lounge (Bars, Lounges, and Clubs, $, C)

The Pipeline Lounge is a small bar adjacent to the Sportsbook at the Sands. And, that's exactly why you should be hanging out here - so you can walk a mere 15 feet to make a bet.

Sands Reno Hotel

The Sands is a basic room for someone wanting to spend a very small amount and stay at a downtown Reno casino.

Pool (Amenities, Review: B+)

The Sands has an outdoor pool on their property--but when you hear "Sands" and "Pool" together, they're known for their weekly Summer Pool Parties. Hosted every Friday night, the pool parties bring out a younger crowd intent on a free party. There's a volleyball court and outside blackjack, as well as bar and grill service. More information about the Sands Pool.

Spa and Salon (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

The Sands has a small boutique located on the main casino floor. They specialize in haircuts, styling, coloring, manicures, pedicures, etc. More information about the Sands Spa and Salon.

Fitness Center (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

The health club and fitness center is located on the top floor, and has a great view of the Valley. There's several workout stations, as well as a steam room, sauna. Massage services are available by appointment. More information about the Sands Fitness Center.

RV Parking (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

There is a small outside lot at the Sands, but there are better choices for RV parking in the region. That being said, they are only one of two places that have an outside parking lot in downtown Reno.

Wedding Chapel (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

The Agape Wedding Chapel is located inside the Sands, although it is a separate business from the Sands. The two coordinate well together if you need rooms for your wedding, or larger banquet space for a reception. More information about the Sands Wedding Chapel.

Meetings and Conferences (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

The Sands can accommodate business meetings and conferences, as well as catering for these events. More information about the Sands Meetings and Conferences.

Cabaret (Amenities, Review: No Grade)

There is free live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night from 9pm to 1am. More information about the Sands Cabaret.

Airport Shuttle (Services, Review: No Grade)

The Sands shuttle leaves every hour on the hour from 6am to 11pm daily.

Concierge/Bell Desk (Services, Review: No Grade)

Valet service is available.

Standard Rooms (Room Descriptions, Review: C-)

The Sands calls their standard rooms, accurately enough, "Standard Rooms". Gotta love their honesty! The King Suite is a little larger, but it is neither recently remodeled, or really a full suite. More information about the Sands Standard Rooms.

Suites (Room Descriptions, Review: No Grade)

The Luxury Suites at the Sands are relatively large at almost 800 square feet, although they do not have two separate areas. More information about the Sands Suites.

Penthouse Suites (Room Descriptions, Review: No Grade)

There is one Penthouse at the Sands called the "Presidential Suite". At 1100 square feet, its quite large, but not as large and fancy as some of the best penthouses in Reno. More information about the Sands Penthouse Suites.

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

In-room refrigerators are only available in the Luxury and Penthouse Suites. More information about the Sands In-Room Refridgerator.

Resort Fees (Room Features, Review: F)

On a $35.00 room, there is a 13.5% room tax, a $3.00 City Surcharge, and a $9.99 Resort Fee. As of March 2018.

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

The Sands is pet friendly, with a fair pet policy. One pet up to 50 lbs, $15 per night pet fee, $50 REFUNDABLE pet deposit. Please check the Sands website for minor additional rules. They are 2 blocks away from Wingfield park and the Truckee River for good dog walking. More information about the Sands Pet Friendly Rooms.