We stayed here for a long ski weekend and found it to be overall a good hotel. Not quite Embassy suites, but close enough and the price point makes up for the minor shortcomings:
- Rooms are very clean, but seem a little smaller than Embassy suites. Also, the sound proofing does not seem quite as good. One can hear cars on the parking lot, neighbors talking in the room next door, foot steps (ski boots?) from upstairs and door shutting from the hallway.
- The beds were not too comfortable. The King bed mattress was very hard and did not work for me as a side sleeper, but my wife loved it and I had to evade to the sofa bed. That was softer, but also not very comfortable.
- Breakfast was good with nice selection of eggs, meat, cereal, fruit, bread and bagels, waffles, juice, coffee, but was very crowded during our stay. That meant lines and bumping into people at the buffet and trouble finding a spot to sit.
The location was the best part of the hotel, so a little more detail on that (from a ski trip perspective):
- There are plenty of restaurants and shops in the area and everything seemed fairly new and safe. For skiing, we found the Sierra Trading post outlet with great deals on brand name clothing and equipment right across the freeway next to Whole Foods. A few miles North is Walmart with amazing deals on basic ski gear. There are too many restaurants and other stores to mention. You can find pretty much anything you want within 5-10 minutes drive. Make sure to check yelp for reviews on the restaurants.
- The closest ski resort is Mt. Rose, about 6 miles down the freeway and another 10 miles up Mt. Rose highway, which seemed reasonable well driveable without chains even in light snow, about 1/2 hour total. Best deals are online, in particular multi day packages for lessons and lift tickets. There is also a small snow gear rental just a few miles before the resort, $20 for adults and $15 for kids for the set per day, which is a little cheaper than the resort itself.
- There are a couple of good (and free) sledding areas nearby. The first is Galena park about 5 miles before Mt. Rose. This has smaller slopes and is best for little kids. About 5 miles past Mt. Rose is another great sledding area with football field size slopes and steep mountain slopes if you dare.
- Another 5 miles down Mt. Rose highway leads you to Lake Tahoe with breathtaking views along the way and nice restaurants in Incline Village, Kings Beach, etc.
- If you want to go gambling, the closest Casino the Atlantic is about 5 miles away, Reno downtown 10 minutes, with plenty of parking. Reno is not as flashy as Las Vegas, but you can lose your money at about the same rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Reno Nevada hotel is centrally located just minutes from downtown Reno and Reno-Tahoe International (RNO) Airport, located near numerous local businesses. We do everything we can to make our guests comfortable. The Homewood Suites by Hilton Reno Nevada hotel features a business center, complimentary Suite Start® hot breakfast buffet daily, and a complimentary Welcome Home® Reception on weekdays. ... more less
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