Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is the largest resort destination in the area with 2,000 rooms, 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, luxury amenities and 11 dining options (including the region’s only celebrity chef restaurant, Charlie Palmer Steak, 10 bars and lounges plus LEX Nightclub). It is nestled in the heart of the Truckee Meadows only 2.5 miles from the Reno airport.
There are poker tournaments twice daily. Cash games include hold ‘em and Omaha. There is a free players buffet at 2 PM and 10 PM and cash $500 drawings every Monday.
GSR boasts the largest casino in northern Nevada. The William Hill Race and Sports Book provides luxury sports viewing and betting, featuring 73 high-definition televisions, a full bar and seating for more than 100 people, including four separate VIP areas. There are 1,100 slots, including 125 in a nonsmoking area, with all the favorites plus progressive Wheel of Fortune and Megabucks. Keno abounds throughout the casino, in several restaurants and the sports book.
All 2,000 hotel rooms have been renovated. Rooms include one and two bed configurations, suites and luxury suites. All are spacious with HDTV, sitting area and upgraded bathrooms.
Restaurants and Bars
Master Chef Charlie Palmer, known for his American cuisine in top dining destinations including New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco, has two restaurants inside GSR. Charlie Palmer Steak features an extensive wine list and top-quality steaks. His family-style Italian eatery, Briscola, serves traditional Italian dishes. The 24-hour Grand Café features breakfast all day, a wok shop, classic sandwiches and burgers, salads, as well signature desserts and a full bar in a retro, pop art setting. Awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Elements Buffet offers a variety of cooking stations, international entrees, salad bar and a brick pizza oven. Diners can enjoy all-you-can-eat breakfast, lunch or dinner. There are also family friendly options: Johnny Rockets, Port of Subs, Round Table Pizza and Yogurt Beach.
The high energy, $16 million dollar LEX Nightclub is open Thursday – Sunday. It features three bars, 33 VIP tables, an indoor adult pool partially covered for dancing, a $2 million lighting and sound system contained in a 25,000 square foot entertainment venue.
The world-class spa at GSR includes steam rooms, saunas and whirlpools. There are co-ed lounges, whirlpool spa and couples treatment rooms. There is a cardio/fitness center with state-of-the-art treadmills, elliptical trainers and group fitness classes. There is also a full-service hair and nail salon, including waxing services.
GSR is home to the largest wedding chapel in northern Nevada with space for up to 125 people. Families aren’t forgotten. There’s FunQuest, Grand Adventure Land, a 50-lane bowling alley and shops on the lower level of the resort. There’s even an RV Park with complete hook-ups, many with river views.
Meetings and Conventions
The Grand Sierra Resort can accommodate groups from 10 to 4,000 people. There is 200,000+ square feet of flexible meeting space that includes an executive-style Board Room, Grand Ballroom and 35+ breakout rooms.
The GSRewards feature comps, dining credits, free play, promotions, hotel stays, special event invitations, VIP parking, direct mail offers, preferred reservations for the award winning restaurants.
My Quick Take from Four Aces in Reno
“Morning at the Grand Sierra Resort began with breakfast in the Grand Cafe, followed by a rejuvenating massage at their tranquil spa. Fed and relaxed, I headed to the tournament, where the affable circuit ring winner Charles Williams manages the poker room. There, I had my best finish of the week – 4th. Lunch was at the Cantina; super margaritas and table-side guacamole rule here. Evening found me dining at the iconic Charlie Palmer restaurant, followed by cocktails and music at LEX, GSR’s high energy nightclub. Over $50 million has been spent remodeling the resort and it shows.”