Plan your Grand Escape: Top 10 things to love about Reno-Tahoe’s premier casino-resort

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

Article and photos provided by Grand Sierra Resort and Casino via The Publicity Lab.

From one-of-a-kind attractions and picturesque pools to delicious dining options and incredible art installations, there’s so much more to Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR) beyond the casino floor.

In Bloom
Gracing the resort’s front entrance, “The Blossom” is a one-of-a-kind creation that took more than 18 months to design, engineer and manufacture. Assembled on a custom-built steel structure, the chandelier spans 36 feet, weighs over 16,500 pounds and features 480 spotlights plus 5,000 LED lights that utilize a total of 10,500 watts. With more than 600,000 Egyptian crystals hand-knit into the sculpted brass frame structure, the design was inspired by the beauty and symbolism of the Sakura, or Japanese cherry blossom. In Japanese culture, cherry blossoms evoke purity, renewal and are a sign of wealth and good luck. Accompanying “The Blossom” is a spectacular mosaic tile floor, made up of more than 135,000 hand-laid tiles which were installed in 407 sections.

Additionally, the 19 crystal butterflies adorning the chandelier and laid into the mosaic tile floor, symbolize the significance of the prime number. Nineteen is an auspicious number that represents success and honor in Chinese numerology. The number is also associated with Kuan Yin, the goddess of mercy and compassion and one of the most popular goddesses in Asian culture. Closer to home, the inclusion of the 19 butterflies references the importance of the number in Nevada history as March 19, 1931 is the date the State legalized gambling.

“The Blossom” was designed by Nancy Paolino of Innovativo Design, who has led the design of the resort’s ongoing $175 million transformation. Please click here to view “The Blossom” in more detail.

Splash Year Round
The Pool at GSR is the ultimate destination to escape and unwind in a lavish resort setting all year round. From the stunning Resort Pool to the exclusive Infinity and Serenity Pools to the Splash Pad playground, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy the long lazy days of summer.  As the temperature drops, the fun doesn’t stop. When the seasons change, The Pool still beckons with hot tubs, fire pits, and The Ice Rink. The Ice Rink is the coolest place in Reno to skate every winter and is open to the public and hotel guests alike. The Ice Rink features 8,000 square feet of ice, offering plenty of room to skate to your heart’s content while taking in the cool winter air and stunning mountain views.

And, don’t miss the most recent addition to The Pool at GSR – Millie the Duck, a 12-foot-tall duck sculpture who recently arrived at GSR from the resort’s sister property, SAHARA Las Vegas. Millie was named after Mill Street, GSR’s street address, and is in the process of being repainted by renowned artist, Alexander Mijares. Stop by to snap a selfie with Millie the next time you’re at The Pool!

Home, Suite Home!
The suite life doesn’t get grander than this. Grand Sierra Resort offers suite hotel rooms filled with luxurious furnishings, elegant décor, pampering amenities, premium service and sweeping views. Guests have a choice of open floor layouts to entertain friends, celebrate or simply relax, ranging from the 791-square-foot Executive suites to the spectacular Chairman suite, with an astounding 2,110 square feet of space.

Going to the Chapel
Did you know that GSR is home to the largest wedding chapel in northern Nevada? The Grand Wedding Chapel provides an upscale, sophisticated and elegant wedding venue with room to accommodate more intimate groups for micro-weddings, as well as larger events up to 175 people. Featuring state-of-the-art bride and groom lounges, there are many options available for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, bachelor and bachelorette parties, spa packages, honeymoon hotel suites, and LEX Nightclub Table packages.

Family Fun
Whether you’re a kid, or a kid at heart, GSR offers plenty of places for the whole family to play. Grand Adventure Land is an outdoor family fun adventure park that includes go-karts with four different tracks and the Ultimate Rush thrill ride. Also outside is the Grand Bay Driving Range, featuring eight islands dotted along a large body of water, each varying in distance and difficulty. Inside, check out Fun Quest, a kid-friendly entertainment space featuring 40,000 square feet of games and attractions as well as party rooms, laser tag, carnival and arcade games, a Toddler Zone, Bumper Cars and Tumble Town climbing structure. Whether it’s a strike, spare or just pinning down a good time, the Bowling Center has 50 lanes with computerized scoring along with league bowling, professional instruction, full center buy-out reservations and nightly specials. Home of the first Zero Latency, free-roaming virtual reality (VR) experience in northern Nevada, the Max Action Arena also features an XD Theatre – a unique 5D thrill ride that allows participants to experience wind, surround sound and is capable of more than 100 movements a second with up to two Gs of acceleration to create heart-pounding adventure, along with Bad Axe – axe throwing in a controlled and safe environment to sharpen skills and throw real axes. Or, check out Reno’s number one escape room, Break Through Reno, located across from Fun Quest on the Spa Level.

Jet Set
Grand Sierra Resort is home to the Grand Theatre, one of the world’s largest indoor stages with more than a full acre of usable space. The 2,700-seat theater was first constructed to host MGM’s long-running, large-scale theatrical production “Hello Hollywood, Hello,” which ran from 1978 to 1987. The stage is so large that a centerpiece prop from the show, an iconic plane which boasts an impressive 80-foot wingspan, is still stored backstage. It’s too large to fit through the theater’s rear access doors! And, if you are lucky enough to find yourself backstage, take a look at the Wall of Fame, signed by GRAMMY Award-winning musicians, artists and well-known celebrities from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to Snoop Dogg and Billy Idol who have all performed at GSR over the years.

Take a Page out of our Sports Book
Northern Nevada’s largest race and sports book, William Hill Race & Sports Book, features 14,200- square-feet of ultimate viewing and betting experience with two separate VIP areas, private viewing, cocktail service and VIP restrooms.  With 76 televisions, state-of-the-art JBL sound system with multimedia Creston controls in VIP areas, a full bar including draft and craft beers, a hot dog cart with stadium snacks and over 750 seats between the race, sports and VIP area, GSR is the hot spot for any game day.

Find Me in ‘Da Club
LEX Nightclub is the premier nightclub in northern Nevada, rivaling the country’s top nightlife venues in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York. At 25,000 square feet, LEX is unmatched anywhere in the region, featuring three full bars, 40 VIP tables and a transparent dance floor elevated above a unique indoor water feature. The luxurious nightlife destination also boasts a multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art lighting and sound system that has provided an unforgettable setting for a number of today’s biggest names in entertainment including DJ Mustard, G-Eazy, Kaskade, Paul Oakenfold, Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, Tiesto, Trey Songz, Marshmallow and many, many more. Whether you’re visiting for a world- famous DJ, or simply celebrating good times with friends, LEX Nightclub is your ticket to a top night out.

That’s the Spirit!
It’s your favorite theme park treat, adult style! And, GSR is the only place you can find it in northern Nevada. Savor pineapple soft serve combined with Casamigos Reposado Tequila for the ultimate sweet treat in the Dole Whip Margarita, available exclusively at Uno Mas. With lush furnishings, premium bar service, and a selection of popular gaming machines on hand, the Crystal Lounge is the perfect place to meet and mingle while sipping on cocktails and enjoying some gaming fun. Savor a selection of specially-crafted libations, including the Rosita with Casamigos Mezcal, The Smash with Toki Japanese Whisky, or a Spicy Paloma or Rose Ginger Mule with Effen, while sitting at the custom-made blue agate bar. A full menu of beer, wine and classic cocktails accompanies stunning views of the beautiful champagne crystals that drape in an elegant waterfall effect from the floating wood ceilings. Boasting a total of 357 linear feet of crystal drape and 66,680 individual crystals, this ultra-lounge experience is not to be missed.

Park it Right Here
When it’s time to unhitch and unwind after a long day exploring Reno-Tahoe, effortlessly glide your RV motorhome into a fully powered, spacious site. Then kick back and enjoy a little luxury, GSR style. Just a short walk from the property, the Grand Sierra RV Park offers all the practical conveniences you need – like a general store, laundry room, restroom and shower facilities, and plus-size pull-through spaces for those big rigs. Options include Premium 50-Amp or 30-Amp Pull-Through Spaces, 30-Amp Pull-Through Spaces, and 30-Foot or 40-Foot Back-In Spaces.

Take in all that GSR has to offer, where leadership recently collaborated with health experts to develop GSR Clean, a program that enhances the resort’s already rigorous sanitation protocols and implements social distance considerations and hundreds of additional practices to minimize risk for guests and team members. A full overview of the GSR Clean program may be found at here.

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Located in the heart of the beautiful Reno-Tahoe region, Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) is an all-encompassing casino-resort with nearly 2,000 newly-renovated guest rooms and suites, 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, 1,400 slot machines, 50 table games, a poker room featuring seven tables and the Infinity High Limit Room. The destination’s premier gaming property offers visitors a wide variety of amenities including the 2,500+ capacity, critically-acclaimed Grand Theatre, home to Reno-Tahoe’s finest entertainment experience, exhilarating nightlife at the spectacular LEX Nightclub, more than a dozen delectable restaurant and dining choices including Charlie Palmer Steak and Lounge, a spa, branded retail shopping, a remarkable year-round outdoor pool and fire pit experience, Reno’s largest outdoor ice skating rink, a two-screen cinema, a 50-lane bowling center, adrenaline-pumping rides and an aqua golf driving range. For more information, please visit or to make reservations call 1-800-648-5080. For the latest and greatest news on GSR, find us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.