In Nevada, Wednesday saw the city of Reno reportedly welcome its first non-gaming branded hotel after the owner of the former Siena Hotel finished converting the 214-room property into the new Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel.
According to a report from the Associated Press news service, the venue closed in late-June of 2015 but has now re-opened with its 22,000 sq ft casino replaced by a family-friendly entertainment venue offering games of bocce ball, shuffleboard and skee-ball alongside a restaurant and a pair of 50-foot projections screens.
“Northern Nevada, specifically Reno, is quickly emerging as a premier destination beyond its gaming roots and the opening of the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel will raise the standards for hospitality in the city,” read a statement from Fernando Leal, the man behind the enterprise that bought the property at auction for $3.9 million in 2010.
Opened as the Holiday Hotel in 1956 without a casino, the property added gaming a year later but continually struggled to make a profit. Leal is now hoping the new-look venue, which has joined the 5,700-strong family of properties managed by Maryland hotelier Marriot International Incorporated, will become a success due to its more traditional offering and the addition of a 15-foot outdoor restaurant deck that will allow up to 90 diners to eat while suspended above the Truckee River.
“It’s hard to believe but it is the only property over the actual river with outdoor drinks and dining,” read the statement from Leal. “The number of people that we’re going to be employing here is going to be higher than when it was a casino.”
Leal explained that this deck additionally includes a wrap-around fire pit that creates a wall of fire between visitors and the river while guests at the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel can also enjoy an outdoor pool and hot tub as well as exercise facilities.
As if this wasn’t enough, the property moreover features 38,200 sq ft of meeting and events space while a 10,000 sq ft outdoor recreation area comes complete with a bar and restaurant offering a buffet-style sushi menu alongside an assortment of up to 100 canned beers.
Furthermore, the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel is pet-friendly and offers a facility where guests can have a personalized tag engraved for their animal before being used and subsequently saved for future visits.
“Pets humanize and ground us,” read the statement from Leal. “They are a big part of the experience we are creating here; an environment where people feel welcome and comfortable.”
Mike Kazmierski, President for the Western Nevada Economic Development Authority, welcomed the new hotel and declared that he expects it to draw a different kind of tourist to Reno.
“In the past they’ve come here to game [but] now they are here to experience the entire region,” Kazmierski told the Associated Press.