Not a bad hotel overall but not the nicest in Reno
Posted Sep 26, 2016
A friend and I were in Reno for the National Air Races, neither of us are gamblers so we picked the El Dorado on the recommendation of someone who used to live in Reno. The hotel was fine, room was clean and comfortable and there's a wide choice of restaurants on site. We were there for 8 days so I had ample chance to get to know the place!
As said, I don't gamble so can't comment on the casinos, the hotel itself was ok, a bit worn to the point of almost being seedy looking. And the entire place smelled of smoke because smoking is allowed in the casino. We actually walked through the Silver Legacy resort which is attached to the El Dorado and owned by the same company, it was much nicer than the El Dorado, beautiful lobby, stores, restaurants, if I were to go back I would stay there. The Silver Legacy brings to mind the nicer hotel casino's not he strip in Vegas while the El Dorado is more like the smaller, less impressive ones just off the strip.
Also the airport shuttle for the El Dorado was supposed to run on the half hour (all the others run every 15 minutes) yet I stood at the curb waiting for it for over an hour, my friend came in from another city and he had the same experience. We both ended up having to call the resort to ask when the shuttle was going to show up.
My room was nice, clean bathroom, typical mid-range hotel room, I lived in it for 8 days and it was fine.
Over all not a bad place but if the price is close I would opt for the Silver Legacy instead.