A new type of luxury hotel in Reno
310 Rooms / 18 Suites
Whitney Peak Hotel is a statement to Reno’s burgeoning eclectic-but-chic scene. Nestled in the heart of the city next to the famous Reno arch, this non-gaming, non-smoking hotel is an oasis in the florescent playground of downtown.
Whitney Peak is an upscale boutique hotel with an adventurous twist. The interior infuses the clean angles of Chicago architecture with the hanging gardens of Portland and the retro vibe of San Francisco. Throw in the world’s tallest artificial climbing wall on the exterior of the building and you’ve got the perfect concoction for the refined outdoor enthusiast.
Step outside and you’ll find yourself in the company of the bright lights and excitement of Reno’s main casino strip. Stroll a few blocks farther to explore the Riverwalk District, downtown’s hip neighbor to the south. Here you’ll find cafés, theaters and art galleries — all of which meander along the banks of the Truckee River.
The rooms manage to be both modern and fun. Floor-to-ceiling murals done by local artists establish a sense of intimacy. Sleek furniture with wood details creates a contemporary aesthetic, while funky love seats make the space playful. The do-not-disturb door hangers feature Happy Days’ Fonzie, with each side asking you to decide between “Aaayyyyy” (clean the room) or “Whoaaa” (do not disturb).
Guest suites boast a parlor area containing a kitchenette, high-top bar, living area that doubles as a second bedroom and exclusive access to the Club Lounge on the 16th floor. Opt for the upgrade and revel in the retro steel lamps lit by Edison bulbs that flank a blue felt sofa giving the room an almost surreal aesthetic. Be sure to strut across the shag rug and fling the curtains wide; you don’t want to miss the birds-eye view of Reno’s neon skyline.
Heritage’s Victorian-industrial space is both a nod to history and a wink to modern architecture. High ceilings, an open kitchen and a spacious floorplan establish a communal setting, while design elements like unfinished stones, chicken wire, succulents and stacks of chopped wood give off a rustic feel that complements the local, American fare. Hanging macramé chairs punctuate the area, beckoning you to carry that glass of cabernet over and swing into the night.
Sidle up to the bar and sip on a Canyon’s Crest, a signature cocktail containing gin, strawberry-lime cider, cucumber basil water and lime juice. Or take a seat at a wooden high-top, where a server wearing a Canadian tuxedo (denim on denim) might suggest the warm beet salad followed by the grilled Atlantic salmon.
Play your cards right, and you might just have the opportunity to enjoy live music from the intimate stage area near the front entrance.
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking for a challenge or a corporate leader hoping to build trust within your team, Basecamp, the climbing area located on the third floor, offers an experience you won’t soon forget. Summit the world’s tallest outdoor climbing wall (16 stories) for an exhilarating vista of downtown Reno — plus bragging rights. A state-of-the-art gym and sauna are also available to loosen ligaments.
Snag a ticket for the latest show at the Cargo Concert Hall located on the first floor. The venue draws acts big and small, both local and international. From Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros to the area’s indie bands, there’s no shortage of talent rocking Cargo’s stage.
Whitney Peak also has more than 20,000 square feet of event space, including two balconies that overlook the Reno arch. Organize a meeting in one of the 11 conference rooms, or take advantage of the 5,124-square-foot ballroom capable of hosting gatherings of up to 550 people. This space fuses elegance with edge — modern chandeliers drip from the ceiling, illuminating crumbling brick walls (don’t worry, it’s just convincing wallpaper) and colorful Pop art murals.