Grand Sierra Resort
Grand Sierra Resort is a hotel and casino located three miles east of Downtown Reno, Nevada. The hotel has 1,990 guest rooms and suites, 10 restaurants, including two by celebrity chef Charlie Palmer and a casino with 63,584 sq ft of space; the Grand Sierra has a movie theater, a Race & Sports Book, nightclubs including LEX a 25,000 sq ft venue with a swimming pool, lake golf driving range, a two screen cinema and an RV park. It is operated by Southern California based investment group headed by The Meruelo Group. In 1975, officials from the Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Company began to scout out Reno locations for their proposed high rise hotel-casino they wanted to model after their high-profile Las Vegas casino, the MGM Grand. Following a deal with and approval from the City Council, MGM purchased land between Mill and 2nd Streets, at that time a gravel pit; the Summer of 1976 saw construction begin on the 26 story, 1,015 room property that would be one of the largest in the world. After two years of fast-tracked construction, the building opened with fanfare and media attention on May 3, 1978.
In the Summer of 1981, MGM opened an expansion of the hotel with a 26-story wing plus an additional 900 rooms, making a total of 2,001 rooms and suites. Three years in November 1984 MGM revealed plans to expand the Reno hotel further: a $60 million 26 story wing with another 954 rooms, which never materialized. After fights and issues with the City Council, the expansion was approved on September 23, 1985, amid rumors the MGM would be sold. Less than five months on November 16, 1985 those rumors proved to be true with Bally Manufacturing announcing that it would acquire the Reno and Las Vegas MGM's for $440 million, further questioning the newly approved expansion for Reno; the increased purchase price transaction was completed in April 1986 and MGM Grand Reno became Bally's Reno, the price to purchase the MGM assets came out being more than $550 million. The expansion for Reno was delayed indefinitely leaving the current structure with 2,001 rooms. On April 18, 1989, Bally's shut down the popular Donn Arden production "Hello Hollywood Hello", created for the MGM Reno.
It closed after performances in front of more than 7 million people. It remains still the longest-running production show to play in Reno. In 1990 Wall-Street began to tout financial problems with Bally Manufacturing. Three months in October 1990, it became known that Bally's was struggling with $1.8 billion in debts and announced a plan to restructure and reorganize to keep Bally's Reno operating. After two years of sluggish operations, on February 27, 1992, Bally Manufacturing, parent company of Bally's, filed for bankruptcy; the next month, in March 1992, the hotel was placed on the market in an attempt to aid their debt by unloading the non-revenue producing Bally's Reno, sister hotel Bally's Las Vegas was far more superior in terms of revenues. Bidding began between Hilton Hotels Inc and Harveys Casino; the bidding went on until June 1992. The transaction took a few weeks to complete. On July 31, 1992, Bally's Reno became the Reno Hilton. Free of financial problems and after the sale, Hilton began investing $86 million worth of renovations in 1994/1995 to transform the interior and exterior of the hotel and direct the theme towards a more Western image.
In December 1993, during the renovations, Hilton confirmed that it was looking into building a 1,000 room addition. The Reno Hilton's ownership was a series of managers and company names. In 2003, following a 2001 purchase of Caesars World, Park Place changed its name to Caesars Entertainment, with Hilton still holding an affiliation with the company. Around this time, the Reno Hilton was again being renovated. In May 2005, it became known that Caesars Entertainment, pending in a merger with Harrah's Entertainment, had to disassociate all hotels under the Hilton brand as Hilton had removed itself from the company and did not want to become part of the merger; the property was placed on the market and picked up by a group of investors known as the Grand Sierra Resort Corp. The purchase price was $151 million; the transaction from Caesars Entertainment to GSR Corp involving the $151 million sale of the Reno Hilton was lengthy. The sale was announced in early May 2005 but wasn't completed until June 2006 due to finance and licensing problems.
After all problems were addressed with all parties involved, the Reno Hilton became the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino on June 24, 2006. During the first ownership of the Grand Sierra Resort nearly $100 million was spent to convert the property into the new brand; the money was spent on reconfiguration of the public areas, a new swimming pool area, update for the casino that included keeping the original MGM-like ceilings, a refreshed hotel lobby and converting floors 17–27 into "hotel-condos" called The Summit. The company had larger-scale expansion plans that included a water park, boutique shopping, a water and laser show, 48-story condominium high-rises and further renovations; those never came to fruition. The hotel was home to Nikki Beach nightlife and Ashton Kutcher's Dolce Enoteca restaurant. In October 2008, in the midst of the economic crises, GSR's ownership or group of investors failed to make payments on their loans with their financier, JPMorgan bankrupt, the bank foreclosed on the
Silver Legacy Resort & Casino
Silver Legacy Resort & Casino is a hotel and casino located in Downtown Reno, Nevada. It anchors a network of connected hotel-casinos in the downtown Reno core that included Circus Circus Reno and Eldorado Reno and are owned and operated by Eldorado Resorts, it is the tallest building in Reno. Previous joint venture owners of Silver Legacy Resort & Casino were Mandalay Resort Group known as Circus Circus Enterprises and MGM Resorts International known as MGM Mirage In 1992, Don Carano, a long time Reno attorney and CEO/Chairman of the Eldorado Hotel Casino and Clyde Turner, CEO of Circus Circus Enterprises joined together to design the Silver Legacy. At the time, Las Vegas in Southern Nevada was growing fast and far overtaking Reno with larger and more lavish casino-hotels. Carano wanted to create a competitive hotel casino-resort; the total cost was projected at $230 million. On July 22, 1993, the special use permit was approved to go ahead with the construction on land owned by Carano, two city blocks which would link the new resort with Eldorado and Circus Circus.
Carano and Turner announced the official name of the resort on December 15, 1994. Following a citywide competition to name Reno's newest resort in more than a decade, the winning name "Silver Legacy" was chosen. In June 1995, the Nevada Gaming Commission approved, it opened on July 28, 1995. Carano's eldest son, served as CEO of the property and on, his next eldest son, Glenn Carano, would join the executive team at the resort as Director of Marketing. In 2014, Glenn became the General Manager while Gary became CEO of Inc.. The Silver Legacy made the big screen, first in Kingpin in 1996 starring Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray, the movie showcasing the newest attractions of Reno-The Silver Legacy, the nearby National Bowling Stadium, too completed in 1995. Glenn Carano made a short appearance in many scenes were shot inside the resort. In 2002, Waking Up in Reno starring Patrick Swayze, Billy Bob Thornton, Charlize Theron and Natasha Richardson, was filmed inside Silver Legacy. In 2014, Carano was promoted to General Manager of Silver Legacy Reno.
At 42 stories tall, the Resort Casino is the largest building in Downtown Reno. The Legacy is lit green at night and is referred to by many as the "Emerald City" of Reno. In support of the Nevada Wolf Pack, the Silver Legacy will sometimes turn blue. In 2013, a contest was held online to vote on if the building should turn blue permanently, but it was the color Emerald Green that won the decision. In July 2013, Silver Legacy founded the Biggest Little City Wing Fest, a three-day chicken wing festival held on Virginia Street in front of the casino; the festival started with just a few local wing cookers but has since grown to feature 25 businesses from around the United States. In 2014, Wing King won an award for the Hottest Hot Wing and Paulie's Pizza won People's Choice Wing. While the resort was established in 1995, an awning on the building's front entrance states that it was established a century earlier, in 1895; this date is a nod to the building's 19th century theme. On July 7, 2015, MGM Resorts International agreed to sell its properties in Reno to Eldorado Resorts for $72.5 million.
The sale was approved and completed in November that year. In October 2018, Eldorado Resorts permanently shut down the Flavors! The Buffet, leaving The Buffet at Eldorado as the last hotel and casino property left under the same ownership. There are six restaurants inside the Silver Legacy including Café Central, Canter's Delicatessen, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Sips Coffee and Tea and The Pearl Oyster Bar & Grill; the Pearl Oyster Bar & Grill was opened in 2013 as an ode to Fairchild's an Oyster Bar, open at Silver Legacy until 2013. There are eight retail stores located in the Resort Casino including The Boutique, Tradewinds Casualwear, Carriage House, The Gift Shop, Chester's Harley-Davidson. In 2015, Silver Legacy opened two new retail stores inside including a new children's store named Lil' Big Stuff Kid's Sweet Boutique which sells children's clothing, accessories, a large variety of retro candy. Libellule Florals is the other retail outlet. Official website Media related to Silver Legacy Reno at Wikimedia Commons
Eldorado Resort Casino
Eldorado Resort Casino is a hotel and casino located in Downtown Reno, Nevada. It anchors a network of connected hotel-casinos in the downtown Reno core that included Circus Circus Reno and Silver Legacy Reno and are owned and operated by Eldorado Resorts. Plans for the Eldorado were announced in July 1972 by a group of six investors, including members of Reno's prominent Carano family; the hotel opened on May 24, 1973 with 278 guest rooms, two restaurants, a casino with 200 slot machines, 9 table games, a keno game. Incorporated into the property were a ballroom accommodating up to 750 people, an underground parking garage, executive suites. In 1979, the success of the Eldorado Resort Casino prompted what would be the first of many expansions and improvements. Guestrooms were brought to a total of 411 with a further expansion completed in September 1985 adding 20,000 square feet of gaming area and four new restaurants. By 1989, the Eldorado had grown to 814 hotel rooms and boasted its own on-site bakery and gelato shop and butcher shop.
In 1992, the Eldorado added a 10 story parking garage for added convenience to guests. The completion of another transformation for the Eldorado happened in 1995. Coinciding with the construction of Silver Legacy Reno, a 50/50 joint venture between Eldorado Resorts and MGM Resorts International, the Eldorado added a crossover to the new downtown property connected by the first micro-brewery in a casino, The Brew Brothers; the Spa Tower was created. A coffee roasting company was added to the list of on-site services and the casino now totaled 78,987 square feet with more than 1,500 slot machines, 55 table games, a keno lounge and sportsbook and poker room. In 2016, Eldorado Resorts announced. Eldorado’s master plan for the three connected properties, which span eight city blocks in downtown Reno includes renovation of more than 4,100 guest rooms; the properties’ upgrade announcement comes a week after the company’s agreement to acquire Isle of Capri Casinos. The showroom seats has rotating productions.
The casino houses an on-site microbrewery, The Brew Brothers, which operates as a music venue and night club. A second Brew Brothers is planned for Scioto Downs Racino in Ohio. Official website Media related to Eldorado Reno at Wikimedia Commons
Sands Regency is a hotel and casino located in Downtown Reno, Nevada. It is operated by Jacobs Entertainment; the Sands Regency opened in the casino. The hotel tower stood 15 stories and was not in the most prospective area of town at that time and in some regards to this day but it grew. By the late 1970s early 1980s a second tower and more casino space was built. By this time, the company was known as Sands Regent and the hotel's name became "Sands Regency" By the late 1980s, a third and final tower had been constructed giving the hotel a total of 800 rooms, in the new tower came a parking garage; the new tower was detached from the main two towers but at the same time connected with a link between it and the original towers. The Sands Regency is popular among locals and Cribbage players, whom they cater to in great numbers. In the mid-1990s, Tony Roma's Ribs House opened a location inside the hotel, a comedy club opened in 2000 along with an original "Mel's" diner, all gaining to the Sands' credibility.
The parent, Sands Regent, by 2006 operated three properties, all in the Reno Sparks area. Las Vegas–based Herbst Gaming, famous for its "Terrible's" trademark, began looking into the Reno market in 2005 and liked what they saw, they wanted to get into the market and saw opportunity with Sands Regent. They bid for and won the company assets, closing their deal in October 2006, renamed all of the Sands Regent properties without "changing" the names; the Sands Regency became Sands Regency, "A Terrible's Property", while the other two properties became "Terrible's" Rail City and Gold Ranch respectively. The Sands Regency began a major renovation in 2005, Herbst Gaming finished it in 2007, they renovated and expanded Rail City, which Sands Regent started. Sands Regent CEO Ferenc Szony remained on board. Many Reno locals know the Sands for its vibrant exterior color schemes. After the Herbst buyout, they painted it a softer gold with red accents to depict a skyline on the hotel towers' facade that received media attention for creativity.
Tony Roma's Rib House was closed in 2006 and replaced with Fuzio Pasta and Steaks in 2007 as part of a renovation at the Sands, in 2011 it was closed down due to lack of popularity but replaced with a casual-upscale bistro called "The Copa". Mel's remains in operation. There is Taco's Tijuana inside the hotel just opened, as well as a coffee shop with free wi-fi, the hotel has a buffet with a different selection every night. On February 1, 2013, Affinity sold the Sands Regency, along with the Gold Ranch and another casino in Dayton, for $19.2 million to Truckee Gaming, a new company led by Szony. In July 2017, Jacobs Entertainment purchased the property from Truckee Gaming for $30 million. Cladianos, Pete Jr.. My Father's Son: A Gaming Memoir of Pete Cladianos. University of Nevada Oral History Program. Official website Media related to Sands Regency at Wikimedia Commons
Montego Bay Resort
Montego Bay Resort is a hotel and casino located in West Wendover, Nevada. In addition to the Wendover Nugget, it is located right on the border line between Nevada and Utah just south of Interstate 80; this casino as well as Rainbow and the Peppermill are operated by Peppermill Casinos, Inc.. From 1948 to 2002, the building before becoming the Montego Bay was called the A-1 Club, the Jim's Casino and the Silver Smith Casino. Peppermill Casinos
The Montage Reno
The Montage Reno is a high-rise residential building in Reno, Nevada. The building was converted into a condominium tower from 2006 to 2008, after 30 years as a hotel and casino, it was connected to Fitzgeralds Reno by a sky bridge. It is owned and operated by ST Residential LLC; the separate Virginia Street casino operated from 1955 until 1978 as the Primadonna. The main hotel/casino, on North Sierra Street, connected by an airwalk was opened in 1978 as Sahara Reno, owned by Del Webb; the Virginia Street location was opened as Siri's Casino in 2014. In 1981, the Sahara Reno became the Reno Hilton renovated in 1992 and became the Flamingo Hilton Reno. In 2000, Hilton declined to renew its licensing agreement with the Flamingo brand, the Flamingo Hilton Reno became the Flamingo Reno, returning to the original brand formed in the 1940s in Las Vegas; the 602 room hotel-casino made a profit until its corporate owner Park Place Entertainment, owned by a subsidiary of Hilton Hotels, decided the resort was no longer profitable in a declining gaming market.
They decided to close the property on October 21, 2001. The property was sold soon after closing to Vista Hospitality LLC of New York who pledged to renovate and reopen the hotel-casino; the new name—Golden Phoenix Reno—was announced in early 2002. The property's hotel reopened in April 2002; the hotel-casino property operated as a hotel, with one restaurant open, until the official hotel-casino grand opening in the Summer of 2003. Prior to the casino grand opening, in 2002, the movie The Cooler was filmed at the Golden Phoenix. Chicago real estate developer Fernando Leal put a bid in to buy the hotel-casino. Leal won his bid, announced plans to convert the hotel-casino property into "The Montage" following a $170 million investment that would take the hotel property down to its concrete support columns, rebuild condominiums based on the original platform. Leal closed the Golden Phoenix Hotel Casino Reno on December 6, 2005 and his crews began gutting the hotel building in Spring of 2006; the Montage Reno was completed in April 2008.
Leal envisioned The Montage Reno as a flourishing condominium resort with a signed lease for Ruth's Chris Steakhouse and the other retail pad planned for the high-profile Cafe Med. Both would fall out, and as a result, Leal would hand the completed project back to its lender to avert a foreclosure disaster in December 2008. The Montage is now owned by Chicago-based ST Residential, a subsidiary of Starwood Assets and Holdings, a global company; the property is still marketed as a condominium resort with Reno's most exclusive condo amenities such as a 24-hour doorman, resort style pool deck, owners lounge and top grade finishes. Official website
Western Village is a hotel and casino located in Sparks, Nevada. It is operated by Peppermill Resorts. Official website