Reno is the second-largest city in Nevada, affectionately known as The Biggest Little City in The World. Just ten miles from the California border, Reno is famous for casinos, nightlife, world-class restaurants and its proximity to the desert and the mountains. Reno is a short, scenic drive to Lake Tahoe ski resorts and just a three-hour drive to the ocean. One unique characteristic of Reno is that this city does not sleep- this 24-hour town is perfect for night owls. Most Reno bars and restaurants stay open late, so travelers arriving at odd hours can easily find a late-night snack.
For access to Reno’s neon-lit nightlife and cultural events, downtown is the best place to stay. The Truckee River runs right through the heart of downtown, offering a walkable waterfront view in an urban setting. Reno’s downtown casinos are always open, each one offering an array of restaurants, gambling, and live entertainment within walking distance. Reno is certainly a unique place- in one city block, visitors can go to the theatre, walk to the chapel and get married, and have a late-night wedding toast at the bar. Central, cheerful and convenient, downtown Reno is sure to provide an entertaining and memorable stay.
BEST LOCATED HOTELS IN RENO
North Arlington Avenue
101€ - 108$
Circus Circus Reno Hotel Casino at THE ROW
North Sierra Street
101€ - 108$
Courtyard by Marriott Reno Downtown/Riverfront
256€ - 274$
Eldorado Resort Casino at THE ROW
North Virginia Street
RECOMMENDED / BEST VALUE
144€ - 154$
Silver Legacy Reno Resort Casino at THE ROW
North Virginia Street
152€ - 163$
Whitney Peak Hotel
North Virginia Street
175€ - 187$
North Arlington Avenue
226€ - 242$
On the map, which shows the most convenient area to stay in Reno, Nevada, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.
Downtown / Riverfront District, the best area to stay in Reno
Downtown Reno is the ideal place to stay in Reno to enjoy the city’s vibrant urban culture amidst the natural beauty of the Truckee River, which flows right through the city.
The Riverwalk is the best place in Reno to visit galleries or find a snack or drink at one of the area’s dozens of coffee houses, bars, and restaurants. A stroll down the Riverwalk will lead to one of Reno’s most beautiful spaces, Idlewild Park. Built in 1924, this park is a natural oasis close to the heart of the city. Idlewild Park is one of the best places downtown to bring the family. A short walk from the park will lead to the tree-lined California Avenue, a favorite local hotspot for dining, shopping, and sightseeing.
Considered the cultural hub of Reno’s oldest neighborhood, The Old Southwest, California Avenue is a wonderful place for an authentic Reno experience.
Midtown- Reno's best area for Local Nightlife, Shopping and Entertainment
Midtown is the place to go for shopping during the day and late-night barhopping. Visitors can spend the day shopping at the area’s thrift shops, vintage and antique stores, as well as boutique clothing and jewelry shops. Over 150 locally owned businesses call Midtown home, and it is the best area of Reno to get a taste of Northern Nevada art and culture.
Midtown is Reno’s art district, and the bright street murals by local Reno artists are an enjoyable aspect of exploring this part of Virginia Street. Car fans will enjoy a trip to The National Automobile Museum, located downtown by the Truckee River. Hot August Nights is the nation’s largest classic car event, where spectators can admire the classic cars and hot rods passing through the city’s iconic landmark, The Reno Arch.
The Discovery is an interactive science center that was originally a children’s museum. Since 2011, it has evolved into a learning space with galleries and exhibitions for all ages and interests.
South Reno, Casinos, Commerce and The Reno-Sparks Convention Center
South Reno is the best place to stay for business travelers. The Reno-Sparks Convention Center is walking distance from the resorts and entertainment venues. South Reno is ten-minute drive from Reno-Tahoe International Airport, making arrival and departure by shuttle or taxi easy for travelers.
South Reno is the area to visit to go to the mall or shop at national chain stores. There are two shopping centers in South Reno, Meadowood Mall and Summit Sierra. A short drive by car from downtown, South Reno is ideal for tourists who like the convenience of urban amenities and close access to Carson City and South Lake Tahoe. Desert lovers and adventurers will appreciate this area’s convenient access to Virigina City, a real living ghost town.
An essential day trip from South Reno, Virginia City is a unique retreat into the past, and an authentic taste of the Wild West and Nevada history.
Northwest Reno, University Neighborhood and Scenic Suburban Retreat
Northwest Reno encompasses both urban and suburban areas and includes the outlying areas of Verdi and Somerset, found on the outskirts of Reno off highway 80. The University of Nevada, Reno is in the Old Northwest, and this neighborhood is the best area to stay for young adults who enjoy a late night out at one of the area’s college bars and inexpensive sandwich shops and pizzerias.
Nearby Northwest Reno attractions include Fleischmann Planetarium and Rancho San Rafael Park, home to the National Basque Monument. Those who seek a suburban experience with travel amenities nearby will enjoy Robb Drive. A ten-minute drive from downtown Reno, Robb Drive is a great choice with hotels, restaurants, and grocery stores, plus access to the McCarran Loop which circles all the way around Reno and Sparks.
For a more rural experience, the areas of Verdi and Somerset supply easy access to Reno and Tahoe.
Reno Airport Area, Central and Accessible Location for Business Travelers
One of Reno’s most attractive features is accessibility. Unlike other large cities, the airport is centrally located. Reno Tahoe International Airport is minutes from downtown Reno by car, with direct freeway access to every Reno-Sparks area.
Arriving travelers can take Plumb Lane directly from the airport to access Virginia Street, which is Reno’s principal thoroughfare. For business travelers catching a redeye flight, Aloft Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Hyatt Place Reno-Tahoe Airport are good lodging choices for next-door access to the airport. Airport Square Shopping Center is right down the street from the airport, where visitors can stop at Costco for supplies, or for a snack at one of the nearby restaurants.
The Immersium is an interactive escape center where one can enter another dimension to solve a puzzle. Located just minutes from the airport, participants will hop aboard a spacecraft on an alien planet or a 19th century wooden ship.
Sparks, Gateway to Pyramid Lake and the Black Rock Desert
Sparks shares a border with Reno, but it is an independent city about half the size of Reno. The last big city to stay and pick up supplies before heading out to Burning Man, Sparks is only two hours away from the remote, alkaline Black Rock Desert. It is the best place to stay for families seeking all-ages activities, shopping, and access to rural Nevada.
Nicknamed “Rail City” in a nod to its railroad history, Sparks is also the best place to stay for travelers heading East across the United States on Interstate 80. Visitors interested in trains can learn more at Sparks Heritage Museum. Sparks is the outlet shopping capital of Washoe County, and undeniably the best place to stay for visitors looking for deals on clothing.
For shopping, dining and entertainment, Legends is Sparks’ one-stop outdoor entertainment destination, featuring upscale outlet stores, a casino, restaurants, and a Galaxy Theatre. For more family-friendly fun, Wild Island Family Adventure Park offers an arcade with over a hundred games, bowling and mini golf.