Harrah's Reno Review
Harrah’s Reno is located in the heart of downtown Reno, Nevada and is one of dozens of Caesars Entertainment properties scattered throughout the United States. Though certainly not as well-known as its Las Vegas counterpart, the Reno Harrah’s location holds its own. This hotel and casino is the perfect solution for residents in the California and Nevada area that don’t want to make the much longer trip to Las Vegas. Plus, if you live in California, you will find many benefits to crossing the border, whether it be games without fees, free drinks, or more casino options.
Reno is a unique gambling city in that it has a few different areas of town. Instead of finding every casino and hotel within walking distance, you will have choices that extend across many miles. From Boomtown Casino when you first cross from California into Nevada, to Eldorado and Peppermill a few miles away, Reno is the perfect city for the adventurous gambler.
Casino at Harrah’s Reno
The casino at Harrah’s Reno is two levels. You will find table games on the lower level, with machines dominating the upper level. There are a number of different table games to choose from, including blackjack, pai gow, baccarat, and Let it Ride. The biggest drawback to the main table games area is the lack of table volume. If you are playing at absolute peak hours, you may have a tough time finding an open table, especially if you are with a few friends. At any other time, however, you should be able to find open games with ease. It is hard to put too much blame on the casino for the lack of games as, in general, the tables just aren’t needed.
The slots and video poker selection is fairly strong. As is the case with most CET properties, you will not find a wide selection of good video poker machines. The best available are in the 98-99% payback range, with many that are significantly worse. We recommend walking the floor and examining each of the sections closely to find the machines that have the best paytables for video poker at Harrah’s Reno as these games and locations frequently change.
In terms of slots, there are many more machines than there are players. This, of course, is a net positive for visitors as it means that you will not need to be fighting for a seat at your favorite game. The main floor has the majority of slots at Harrah’s Reno. In addition to the floor, there is also a high limit slots section. In here you will find everything from $1, 2 credit machines up to $100+ machines. Unlike some casinos, there is not a mid-limit slots section. Even during prime hours, the high limit area was fairly quiet, and most of the play was taking place outside on the main floor.
Restaurants and Bars at Harrah’s Reno
The dining options at Harrah’s Reno are actually quite extensive when considering the size of the hotel and casino itself. On the lower end, Hash House A Go Go, Quiznos, and the Joy Luck Noodle Bar have something for everyone. The only food option that is open 24/7 is the Noodle Bar, which changes its late night menu entirely. While Asian cuisine is the featured menu during the day and evening, the late night choices at Joy Luck shift to traditional American “fast food,” namely burgers, chicken strips, and sandwiches. For the price, the quality of the food was good and the service was prompt.
For mid-range dining, your best options are found in either Carvings Buffet or Ichiban. The lines at Carvings tended to be fairly long on most days (especially the weekend), but this is to be expected. As is the case with other Harrah’s properties, you will be able to skip the line with a Platinum, Diamond, or Seven Star Total Rewards card. If you are instead looking for a high end restaurant, you will be able to make a reservation at Harrah’s Steak House. This restaurant has several accolades, including election into the Fine Dining Hall of Fame, so you are most likely to leave quite satisfied.
Several different bars are scattered throughout the Harrah’s Reno property. Most active was the Jade Bar, which also features table top video poker machines. Another bar can be found adjacent to the Joy Luck Noodle Bar on the same level as the table games area. Beyond these, the Sapphire Lounge features live music and drinks, though a moderate dress code is enforced.
Harrah’s Reno Promotions
Promotions at Harrah’s Reno fall under the umbrella of the Total Rewards program. Though there is not much available in terms of new player sign up bonuses, having a TR account will enable you to establish a history of play that can then be parlayed into comps, free rooms, and entertainment offers. There are a few Total Rewards desks at Harrah’s Reno where you can create an account and receive a personal players card.
Harrah’s Reno Hotel
The Harrah’s Reno Hotel is likely its weakest selling point. We put this more on the competition than we do on the property itself. Rates are low, and you will likely not be expecting a 5 star resort when you arrive at Harrah’s Reno, and this is right where your expectations should be. The rooms are ample and clean. They are spacious and the beds are comfortable. There wasn’t anything wrong with the rooms, though it was odd to see that instead of a standard light switch, the bathrooms had timers on the lights. Other than this, the rooms were fairly typical. There are two different towers at Harrah’s Reno, and they are called the East and West towers. If you have a preference, there is likely to be enough rooms available to allow for selecting the tower of your choice.
Rooms include a fridge (no mini bar) and other standard amenities. It is worth noting that Harrah’s Reno does not currently have room service available. The alternative to this is to order from Hash House A Go Go and pickup food to bring back to your room. This is likely a bit more work than a prospective room service user may be looking to put in, but it is not the worst option since they do allow call ahead orders.
There is also a pool at Harrah’s Reno, though its availability is limited by the seasonality of the area since it is located outside. It is reasonable to expect the pool to be crowded in the hot summer months that Reno is prone to experiencing.