By Walter Thomason

Recently, it has become more and more difficult to find a casino resort that is reasonably priced and family oriented. But the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada is an exception to current trends. 

Formerly the Reno Hilton, the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino then underwent a $25 million upgrade that included guest rooms, dining venues and entertainment spaces.

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The Grand Sierra Resort & Casino lit up at night

The Grand Sierra offers nearly 2,000 guest rooms, all containing at least 450 square feet of space, making them some of the largest rooms in the industry. Amenities include free airport shuttle, 24-hour dry cleaning and room service, ironing board and hair dryer, plus in-room internet access (fee applies).

For more luxurious rooms, the property’s Summit at Grand Sierra Resort offers extra features such as spa-inspired showers, mosaic tile floors, flat screen TV’s, and custom made Italian leather furniture. For those wanting larger accommodations the Grand Sierra also offers suites with wet bar, dining room, full living room, master bedroom with walk-in closet, a guest quarter bath, a minifridge, and a spectacular view of the Sierra Mountains.

A typical standard room at The Grand Sierra Resort & Casino

The casino is the largest in northern Nevada, with over 80,000 square feet of gaming space.  A wide variety of slots and table games are available, including live poker, Pai Gow Poker, video poker, Let it Ride, a Keno lounge, and all the regulars. The William Hill Race and Sports book is state-of-the-art, with 73 HD televisions and a 9′ x 16′ high definition theater screen. The poker room is home to the Pot of Gold Poker Tournament and the World Poker Challenge, plus it also offers daily tournaments and ring games.

Grand Sierra Resort also offers meeting and convention facilities with features including a sound and audio/visual systems, teleconferencing capabilities, and an advanced lighting and electrical system. The resort currently hosts at least 70 conventions a year and more than 1,100 business travelers per month, excluding conventioneers.

The State-of-the-art Race and Sports Book complete with 73 TVs

Family oriented amenities are what makes the facility stand out. This is one of the few resorts where it’s possible to enjoy casino gambling, conduct business, and still spend time with the family. In-house features include retail shops, headliner entertainment, two cinemas, a 50-lane championship bowling center, outdoor thrill rides, a 40,000-square-foot kids game room, a go-kart track and an aqua golf driving range. The 1,800-seat Grand Theatre offers headliners like Jerry Seinfeld, Dolly Parton, Brooks and Dunn, and ZZ Top, while the Crystal Lounge has nightly pianist performances.

Off-property activities include ski packages at 18 ski resorts like Squaw Valley USA, Alpine Meadows, and Mount Rose. Other packages offer golf and snowboarding, plus go-kart, motorcycle, and bicycle rentals are also available.

The aqua golf driving range is just one of the unique activities
The Grand Sierra Resort & Casino Offers its guests

The resort also offers a full service RV campground. The RV Park has 164 full hook up spaces, three comfort stations with key access showers and restrooms, a laundry facility and a designated dog walk.

Simply stated, The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is northern Nevada’s most complete resort destination. It’s got it all, and it’s waiting to entertain you and your family!

The Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is located at 2500 E. Second Street in Reno, Nevada. For more information, or room reservations, call them toll-free at (800) 501-2651, or visit their web site at