For everyone planning to travel to Reno, Nevada at any point in time, you'd be advised to look online for hotel sales often! They have some AMAZING deals online often that they don't advertise overly well. The Silver Legacy Hotel and Resort in particular is one that I would recommend. It's not exactly your Hilton standard place, but it's great for a student like myself searching for something a little nicer and very affordable during a sale or shared with friends.
In general, Reno is a fun place to get away to for a few days, taken in some light entertainment, gamble a little, and do it all affordabley (unless you've got a gambling problem, in which case, don't go to Nevada at all!). And remember my fellow Canadians and all other world-wide travellers... .FREE Alcoholic beverages for all those gambling in the casino! Even if you're like me and you play nickel and penny slots at a snails pace for several hours. I call it the laid back man's Vegas! Enjoy!