Peppermill Hotel Casino
|Address||2707 South Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89502
|Opening date||April 23, 1971|
|Theme||Tuscany / Neon|
|No. of rooms||1,600|
|Total gaming space||80,000 sq ft (7,400 m2)|
|Permanent shows||Terrace Lounge|
|Signature attractions||Arcade Xtreme, EDGE nightspot|
|Notable restaurants||Romanza Ristorante Italiano, Bimini Steakhouse, Chi, Oceano|
|Owner||Peppermill Resorts Inc|
|Previous names||The Peppermill Coffee Shop & Lounge|
|Years renovated||1996, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011|
Peppermill Resort-Spa-Casino is a hotel and casino located in Reno, Nevada currently owned by Peppermill Resorts Inc. It opened on April 23, 1971 and includes a Tuscan themed pool deck, 1,630 hotel rooms, 785 suites, 10 unique restaurants, and over 106,000 sq. ft. of convention space. On June 21, 2011, Peppermill announced that AAA has awarded them with the prestigious Four Diamond rating for the first time in their 40 year history. The Peppermill has undergone nine major expansions including a $400 million Tuscan-themed expansion.
The Peppermill Resort Spa Casino houses 10 restaurants, from elegant fine dining to eateries offering a more casual fare, including the 24-hour Café Milano. Nightlife and entertainment options include 17 themed bars and lounges, including EDGE nightspot, Peppermill's nightclub.
Peppermill's Spa and Salon Toscana is a 33,000 square foot spa retreat with Northern Nevada's only Caldarium including indoor pool, sun deck and Secret Garden. 24 treatment rooms and a full-service salon are available. Spa and Salon Toscana also includes a 9,500 square foot health club, two heated, resort-style pools outfitted with fine patio furnishings, private cabanas, and an outside bar.
Since completing its $400 million Tuscan themed resort expansion, the property has been converting most of the existing resort over to the Tuscan theme, major projects completed since include the largest poker room in Reno with 19 tables and a VIP room, renovations to restaurants, and a remodel of the casino floor. The privately held company consisting of five investors has also invested significantly in the remodel of its Western Village Inn and Casino in Sparks also to a more refined Tuscan motif.
In 2009, the Peppermill began a project to heat its entire property with geothermal energy. A geothermal well was drilled just north of its Tuscany Tower. In September, drilling was completed, with the well tapping into a reservoir of hot water 4,421 ft (1,348 m) deep, averaging approximately 170 °F (77 °C). A temperature of at least 165 °F (74 °C) is required to be efficient enough to replace 4 boilers which had previously supplied all of the property's heating needs. In addition to providing all of the domestic heating needs of the facility (with the exception of the laundry facility, as well as a few dishwashers which still require natural gas), the wells provide some of the cooling for the facility, as well. Completion of the project was in early 2010. A reinjection well had already been constructed on the property just west of the marquee during a prior expansion. An addition reinjection well was also constructed to the south of the existing reinjection site, at the far southeastern corner of the resort's property (the most recent well is at the northwest corner of the property), allowing for the maximum possible distance between the extraction and reinjection sites. The Peppermill is expected to be the only hotel in the United States whose heating is provided solely by geothermal energy derived on their immediate property. In October 2009, the Peppermill hosted the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) and GEA Trade Show, highlighting its endeavors into Green Energy.
In addition, while the temperature of the well is not high enough to generate steam, an experiment was conducted which proved that electricity could be generated with the well. Unfortunately, at 160 °F (71 °C), the well was only able to produce 270 KW of electricity, far from the 9 to 10 MW annually required to power a facility of its size. While the test only developed 270 KW of power, recent developments in the area of binary cycle systems could allow for the resort to generate supplemental power. A similar system is used several miles to the south at the Steamboat Springs. Using such a system, the Peppermill could generate 3 to 4 MW of power, to be used during peak energy periods.
- "Casino in Hot Water". Reno News & Review. 11 March 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2010.
- "Peppermill now studies use of geothermal for electricity". Northern Nevada Business Weekly. 28 June 2010. Retrieved 26 October 2010.