If staying in downtown Reno, the Siena is your best bet for comfort and ambiance, but not necessarily the workout. Amidst the flash and sparkle of other Reno accommodations, this fairly new boutique hotel (185 rooms, 29 suites) is a welcome reprieve from the hoopla boasting warm earth tones and elements of nature. It's one of Reno's more recent hotel arrivals and a change in ownership led to a $5 million facelift, but, alas, only exterior changes took place.
Jetting up into the Reno sky, the highrise property's spacious rooms offer upscale bedding, ample desk space and complimentary high-speed internet. Rooms with the premium view overlook the briskly flowing Truckee River and the rest of downtown. Don't worry about reserving a non-smoking room because all guest quarters at Siena are smoke free! (Puffing is allowed in the hotel casino, unfortunately.)
The fitness center does not share the same high-quality elements as other areas of the hotel. While the room's appearance is uplifting with warm tones and plenty of natural light, the equipment inside is sufficient for a desperation sweat. Older StarTrac cardio machines, a few newer Hoist weight stations and 5-50lbs. dumbbells furnish the space.
Those in search of a true health club experience should consider a 10-minute drive to Sports West. Lap swimmers can drive 5 minutes (or jog 15 minutes) to the Idlewild pool (seasonal), but the most convenient off-site option may be a run along the Truckee river path.
Reward yourself after a workout at Siena's Spa and Salon which offers an extensive (50+ choices) and expensive ($115 for 60-minute deep tissue massage) selection of treatments and services.