by Michael J. Shapiro | June 01, 2011
Meeting Hotels
Among the many properties in Reno are the 1,993-room Grand Sierra Resort & Casino, 1,702-room Silver Legacy Resort Casino, 1,630-room Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, 1,567-room Circus Circus Reno, 928-room Harrah's Reno, 817-room Eldorado Hotel Casino Reno, 800-room Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, 800-room Terrible's Sands Regency Casino Hotel, 318-room Boomtown Casino Hotel and 214-room Siena Reno Hotel Spa Casino.

Hotels in nearby Sparks include the 1,600-room John Ascuaga's Nugget and 220-room Holiday Inn Reno-Sparks.

In the scenic Lake Tahoe area are the 742-room Harveys Lake Tahoe Casino & Resort; 539-room Horizon Casino Resort; 525-room Har­rah's Lake Tahoe; 437-room MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa; 422-room Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino and Spa; 405-room Resort at Squaw Creek; 400-room Embassy Suites Lake Tahoe Hotel & Ski Resort, and 302-room Ridge Tahoe.

Convention Center
Reno-Sparks Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 381,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 53; (775) 827-7260;

Reno, Sparks, northeast side of Lake Tahoe: room tax, 13% to 13.5%; sales tax, 7.725%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13% to 13.5%

Southeast side of Lake Tahoe (Douglas County, Nev.): room tax, 13%; sales tax, 7.1%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13%

California side of South Lake Tahoe: city room tax (non-redevelopment area), 10%; city room tax (redevelopment areas only), 12.02%; city tourism assessment, $3 per occupied hotel room, $4.50 per occupied condo/timeshare unit; sales tax, 8.75%

Group Venues
Reno's Eldorado Hotel Casino revamped its nightclub experience this spring, in the form of the BuBinga Lounge, which opened in late March. A new light and digital sound system complement a 360-degree stage design, with the dance floor surrounding it. Two bars, a dozen large video screens and an elevated VIP party booth for up to 20 people help to shape the open design of the 400-person club. An upper VIP section accommodates up to 50, and an upper deck by the deejay seats 15. The BuBinga comes complete with the "Plan a Party" service, streamlining the preparations. Event requirements can be sent directly to [email protected]

Should a group require more elbow room, planners might consider renting a whole mountain. Private reservation of the Granlibakken Ski and Sled Hill at North Lake Tahoe provides a unique venue for outdoor team-building activities. The hill can be had for $750 per day, Monday through Thursday. Nearby, in Tahoe City, Calif., is the Granlibakken Conference Center & Lodge, which can host groups of up to 400 people.

Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, (775) 827-7600 or (800) 367-7366

Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau, (775) 832-1606 or (800) 468-2463

Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, (775) 588-5900

North Lake Tahoe Visitors & Convention Bureau, (530) 581-8703, (530) 581-8701 or (800) 462-5196