by Anne Vargas
Some people have brown eyes, some have blue. Some people in Reno know all about the new Reno Renaissance Hotel, some do not. If you are among the latter group, you are missing something; get thee to the “in” group.
Formerly the Sienna, but no longer recognizable as such, this deluxe, upscale nongaming hotel was stunningly renovated and officially opened last May as a Mariott Renaissance product, the Reno Ranaissance Hotel at One South Lake Street, just across from the Auto Museum and in the heart of the trendy new MidTown area.
The only hotel in Reno that is actually on the river, The Shore Room restaurant allows the chance to watch the Truckee rushing by just below from a table by the window, making it one of my favorite places for lunch. Even more delightful is watching it from the adjacent terrace that juts directly out over the Truckee, complete with the sound of roaring water patio fire for Al Fresco atmosphere and warmth. And that terrace is the best place in town to watch the Reno Aces fireworks.
Chef Jacob Burton has devised an interesting and eclectic menu that offers some unique dishes as well as new twists on old favorites. The delicious fries that accompanied a hamburger on a recent visit are quite understandably a “house special”.
Its proximity to the Pioneer Center makes it the perfect place to stop before or after a performance and their special Pre-Show Menu offers a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert for $30. Bottomless Mimosas are available for Saturday/Sunday Brunch; $12 per hour will keep your glass filled for the duration. Wine Wednesdays offers include no bottle corkage fee if you bring your own wine or 50 percent off selected wine bottles (changes weekly).
The bar area, also adjacent to the terrace, is one of the most delightfully inviting places I have ever seen where “Bar Bites” are offered all day with half price on both food & beverage, Monday-Friday between 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Shore Room is open, serving breakfast or lunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 775-682-3900
And that’s not all; what was the casino area in its former life has been reincarnated as extraordinarily poplar Bocce Courts that are seemingly continuously full, not only with hotel guests (they are flourishing in booking groups) but with locals as well.
If you decide to be among the “in the know” crowd, you may be in for a pleasant surprise.