Grand Sierra Casino and Resort Review Reno, Nevada
The Grand Sierra is a casino resort off the beaten path of Reno. This beautiful, luxurious casino is nestled away from the downtown crowd. I will cover categories about the location such as room, restaurants, casino, amenities, ambience, value, family friendliness, and service. So here we go!
The Room – 7/10
The room at the Grand Sierra was pretty standard. The room had a fridge and microwave but I don’t think the cheapest rooms come with these. The room was very clean, which is always a plus. They provide you with all of your toiletries, coffee, and two free bottles of water a day. the bed was comfortable with plenty of pillows and blankets. The decor had a 50’s luxury feel from the over-sized faux alligator skin chair to the geometric art on the wall and rug. There was no tub which is always a bummer. Overall, I would say the room was nice but nothing really wow’ed me about it.
The Restaurants – 5/10
I have eaten at three of the restaurants at the Grand Sierra, including the buffet. I was not impressed by any of the restaurants here. The buffet was one of the worst I have encountered. I have never come across a casino lunch buffet with hamburgers and hot dogs sitting in dirty hot water and no carving station. I tried a few items from their slim selection of bland food. Most of the food was dried out from the heat pans and lamps. the best thing at the lunch buffet was the pho station. The Grand Cafe has a nice $5 steak and eggs special after midnight but they “aren’t allowed to advertise it.” Just make sure you have a player’s card because that special is supposed to be for players only. I also ate at the Cantina which was decent Mexican food with a bland serve yourself salsa bar. Nice selection of Mexican beers that come in big glasses and are free as long as you’re gambling at the bar. I haven’t tried the other restaurants at the Grand Sierra and the selection is pretty wide, with some franchise names on the lower levels such as Johnny Rockets and Round Table Pizza. Don’t expect greatness at many of their restaurants.
The Casino – 8/10
The casino at the Grand Sierra is pretty standard. The table minimums creep up pretty quickly but you’ll usually be able to find a $5 table for most games. There are plenty of tables and not too difficult to find a seat. The payouts on the machines are pretty good with 25 cent keno paying 422 for 6 out of 7 and 7,000 for 7 out of 7. There is plenty of 9/6 video poker (referring to payout of full house and flush). They have a great selection of slot machines with the premier machines such as Beetlejuice, Ellen, Lord of the Rings, Wizard of Oz, etc. Sport book has many screens and a great sport bar next to it. It’s your standard William Hill sport book. You also get drink tickets for placing bets. The poker room has little action. They will usually have a couple tables going with 1-2 NL games. There are daily tournaments which are nice and filter more players into the cash games after. All of the dealers are helpful, friendly, and personable. The casino is well organized and quite large. It’s a pretty standard Vegas style casino with most games you’d want to play with pretty low minimums.
The Amenities – 9/10
The Grand Sierra has great amenities for both children and adults. There are things to do for everyone. There are a great variety of activities from indoor mini-golf to lazer-tag to a 24-hour bowling alley with 50 lanes. I think the amenities here are some of the best in Reno. There is a movie theatre with $4 movies. Some of the movies are a little older but they are usually kid friendly. There are plenty of things to do with your kids or to keep them occupied while you hit the tables. Everything is pretty fairly priced too so you won’t go broke for your kids having fun for 30 minutes. When it warms up in Reno, which it can get pretty toasty, the pool is also a great way to beat the heat.
The Grand Sierra has great amenities for both children and adults. There are things to do for everyone. During the day, the ladies can have a spa day while the fellas tee off at the aqua range. You can also win some pretty sweet prizes if your golf game is on point. As the evening rolls around, put on your dancing shoes and head over to LEX. The LEX Night Club is the place to be for gettin your groove on or to see your favorite artists. Just make sure you dressed for the occasion, they have a pretty strict dress code. Keep it classy.
The Ambience – 6/10
The Grand Sierra doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. There is random avant-garde furniture placed near bars and when you get off the elevator on your floor. Some of it is kind of cool but it never really ties together. The entire casino is well-lit and brings a bright festive feel to the floor. Your typical non-threatening pop music is playing throughout the casino. It’s a pretty generic casino feel but it is a safe and fun atmosphere.
The Value – 8/10
I would have to say the Grand Sierra offers quite a bit of value. I was barely playing there before the free room, meals, and tournament entries starting blowing up my mailbox. Most things here are reasonably priced and the drinks are free as long as you’re playing. There is an $11.30 resort fee that is still charged when you get comped rooms. It’s worth it though with the amount of amenities provided. The restaurants will leave you full with entrees ranging from $8-$15 at the cafe and casual places. The buffet is a little cheaper than other buffets I’ve encountered (~$17) but the quality is on the lower end of the spectrum. There are a lot of daily deals so look out for those and always ask. Get a player’s card and start racking up comps and points!
The Family-Friendliness – 10/10
The Grand Sierra is one of the most family friendly places I’ve ever visited. They allow you to bring pets (for a nightly fee ~$30-$60 depending on demand). There are designated areas for pets on the casino floor. Also, the Grand Sierra has so many things for everyone that I would say it is the best place in Reno if you want to hit a place with your kids and pets. Cherish those that you love!
The Service – 10/10
The staff is always respectful, helpful, polite, and courteous. I truly believe they try their best to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. I have not encountered any rudeness on any of my trips to the Grand Sierra. They have always been quite accommodating to my requests. I give a big thumbs up to the staff at the GSR. Keep it up!
Grand Sierra – 78.8% (63/80)
I hope this review of the Grand Sierra Casino Resort has been helpful. Maybe I’ll see you at the tables. Good luck!
Contact information for Grand Sierra:
Grand Sierra Casino and Resort
2500 E. Second Street
Reno, NV 89595
Local: (775) 789-2000
Toll-Free: (800) 501-2651