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“Club Cal Neva Hotel Casino... not at all fancy, clean & basic & would stay again”

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Club Cal Neva Hotel Casino
Ranked #25 of 64 Hotels in Reno
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39 reviews
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“Club Cal Neva Hotel Casino... not at all fancy, clean & basic & would stay again”
Reviewed 29 July 2011

Cal Neva Hotel & Casino has been around; well almost forever and it is a minor inconveinence to walk a short 100 feet across the road to the just as old casino and having the free and very courteous and prompt valet parking just a few steps from check in makes up for it. The gambling is as fair as any place in Nevada (you decide what that means), the food is great and extremely reasonable at the Top Deck and even better in the Pasta Cafe and the Steak House Cafe, but due to the poor economy these two cafes don't operate seven days a week, but you should catch one open during your visit & the Top Deck is open 24/7. Reno is a very easy town to get around in, so save money on the hotel room at Cal Neva, spend it on gas & go to the other casinos and also don't forget the antique mall just about a mile South of the Cal Neva on Virginia Street. If you like "fancy" then don't stay at the Cal Neva, but you know once the lights go out in a hotel room they all seem just the same... for the most part!

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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Long Beach, CA
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Reviewed 8 July 2011

About the least expensive place to stay in Reno. Frayed around the edges, but the bedding and bathroom linen were clean and well maintained. If you want upscale - pay for it. If you want just a clean place to sleep, try this place. As others have noted, the parking is a problem. The hotel [where the rooms are] is in a separate building across the street from the casino. There are two parking garages, one is two blocks away. The parking garages are free.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 28 June 2011

First off I want to say, I enjoy playing blackjack at Cal Neva. Lots of tables, not so busy as other casinos. I haven't stayed in the hotel for quite awhile and for me, it's my last resort if I can't get a decent room with my comps or offers or price. That will usually occur on a weekend if I'm up there. The last time I stayed there was the same as before. Really it's like a motel, very very basic. I can't describe staying there as nice, it's just a room to try and sleep in. The bed and pillows aren't comfortable. The pillows are junk. The hotel is actually just adjacent to Cal Neva across a very small street crossing. The people in the hotel are kind and helpful though, I will say. I just don't consider this hotel a prime option and think their pricing is not value for the rooms as they are low tier compared to the rest of downtown, not including Sands, as I haven't stayed there before.

I was inspired to write this review because of my recent visit to their steakhouse which is only open on Friday and Saturday nights. I had the unfortunate pleasure of going there recently for the second time and left flabbergasted. I ordered a rib eye steak. It took a long time to get it after ordering it. The salad was so so, the bread was good. When the steak came, I couldn't wait to go at it. Well, it wasn't worth the wait. I ordered medium rare, and it came medium to medium well at best. It was dry and tasteless. I wasn't even sure it was a rib eye the more I thought about it. I'm wondering now if I got someone else's steak? Also, my vegetables that came with it were incredibly horrible also. No taste, no nothing. It wasn't prepared with love, that's for sure. I tried to eat the meal but just stopped and asked for the bill. The staff inside were ok, but it's not professional like you would expect, but I realize this is a lower end operation. I should have asked for the manager to check if this was really what they considered a representation of their restaurant, but I was so upset that I just left. I used my comps to pay, so maybe if I paid cash out of my own pocket I would have. I should have complained. Either way, I won't be going back.

The coffee shop is to me good value. It's not going to be as nice as other hotels, but it's 24 hours and lots of cheap decent meals can be had. The service is so so, but it's cheap eats. I'll be using my comps in there. The pasta restaurant is nothing special. It's very ordinary but cheap.

The casino has lots of single deck, double deck and super single deck black jack at $3-5 minimums mostly. The dealers are mostly pretty friendly. They have other games like craps, pai gow and other side games but it's mainly blackjack for table games. On one side they have karaoke and dancing in the casino. There are some pretty decent singers on most nights and then you get some really bad ones too, but it's entertainment.

I only consider Cal Neva a place to play some blackjack and get a value meal early morning or late night at coffee shop. So many other places to eat otherwise during normal business hours.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled solo
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Leland, Iowa
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

The hotel was very nice, we stayed in a newly remodeled room for $35 a night. The Wi-Fi is outrageously expensive so we spent the night with no internet which was no big deal since they have $5.99 Prime Rib and 1/2 pound of fries in the casino right across the street then went on to enjoy a little gambling and free drinks. The hotel is nice, clean, quiet and comfortable!! Would definately stay there again!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Milford, NH
Level 6 Contributor
142 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 393 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2011

Cal neva is a great place for the budget. Their rooms are old but clean and comfortable. So the TV has a tube, big deal ! I did not come here to watch tv. Some people just have to complain. Their eaterys are excellent!! Good specials with good service. They get quite busy at times because it is good.
Gambling is fun at Cal Neva. 2.00 roullette and BJ and 3.00 Let it Ride, slots that actually pay out money. They have 3 floors of fun.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Eureka, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 January 2011

Very nice staff, large rooms, and personally i love the hard beds! clean, no bugs nice view of ice skaters!

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled solo
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Fresno, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2010

The hotel and casino are older, but I have never been treated better by anyplace. From the hotel staff to the casino workers, they know what it means to take care of the customer. I had the most fun I've had in any casino. The pit bosses and dealers were wonderful and made you feel like you were one of their high rollers, even though I was only betting $5 a hand. They like to have fun with the customers here. Very laid back atmosphere. The cocktail waitresses I had made sure my glass was never empty. As I said the hotel and casino are older, but I will always patronize this establishment due to the exceptional service and treatment by the staff.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Club Cal Neva Hotel Casino
Address: 38 E 2nd St, Reno, NV 89501-1410
Region: United States > Nevada > Reno
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 64 Hotels in Reno
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Club Cal Neva Hotel Casino 3*
Number of rooms: 186
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Club Cal Neva opened on April 2, 1962 in downtown Reno, Nevada. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Reno, is just minutes from the areas major convention and events facilities including just 2 blocks away from the National Bowling Stadium, the new MLB Triple A baseball stadium and Reno Events Center. The hotel offers some of Northern Nevada's lowest rates on comfortable and spacious rooms including rooms with views of the Truckee River. The casino features over 1000 loose slots and table games and was selected by USA Today as "one of 10 great places to court Lady Luck." Three floors of casino gaming action and six restaurants span 2 downtown city blocks! Inside you'll find downtown Reno's largest Race and Sportsbook, voted "Best Race and Sportsbook" by locals year after year. Two giant parking garages make it easy to park, stay and play! ... more   less 
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