Every time we drive cross-country (North Carolina to Nevada) to attend the Burning Man festival, we always arrive in Reno, Nevada a few days before and stay at the Sands Casino to refresh and prepare. After 2700 miles (4345 km) of driving we need to rest, eat, relax, buy supplies, and do laundry. We love the Sands.
The Sands is an older (1970's) casino, a bit worn in places, but always packed with people. Comparatively speaking, it's cheap, too. We meet the type people there that we can get along with. We know Burners (people who go to Burning Man) who paid a lot more for a lot less in Reno.
Our room rate this year was the same as it was when we were there two years ago:
- 8-26-11 (Friday): $49
- 8-27-11 (Saturday): $55
- 8-28-11 (Sunday): $29
Average for the three days: $44.33. A Motel 6 isn't much less and isn't nearly as fun. Cheap + kooky people = us. 😆
There was also a casino-wide drink special in effect while we were there. All domestic beer was $1 and well drinks were $1.50. :drunk:
Some other reasons we like it there:
- It's about the closest possible "happening" place to the Burning Man festival. From Reno, it's about two hours to where we needed to be.
- Reno is full of bars, places to eat, and places to buy supplies.
- The Sands has large RV parking. We can get our travel trailer in there no problem.
- The Sands was the scene for our psycho slot machine situation. Hours of gambling and I only lost $10. :up:
Heck, I'd like to be there right now just hiding away from life in general.
Image #1: I thought this casino-wide ad for bingo was so cute that I took it from the room. It made me so want to play bingo, but I never managed to be there when it was starting. Like the ad says, I wanted to B-1 (be one).
Image #2: the view from our 14th floor room. For the money, it was quite nice.