My wife and I were at the Rio about fourteen years ago and from what I remember not a lot has changed. I stayed at the Rio on a Friday after being in Vegas for a business trip during the week. I chose the Rio mostly because of the price, I was able to get a room on a Friday for about $80 including breakfast*. I also chose it because I remember the hotel being a fairly decent place to stay.
I arrived on a Friday about 5 PM just as a bus load of 50 people arrived. The line to check in moved much faster than at the Hard Rock earlier in the week and I was in my room in about twenty minutes.
I stayed in the Ipanema tower. My room was large, I had a king bed and a living room area with a couch, chair and armoire that contained an old CRT TV. There was a closet and a vanity in the hallway leading into the bathroom. The bathroom had another sink, for couples traveling together, so they can each have their own sink. The bathroom also had a tub with a shower instead of a walk-in shower that most hotel bathrooms have now days.
The room was clean. The furniture in the room was in good condition, none of it had damage or showed signs of wear but it looked like it was from the early '90s. The vanitys were made of a manufactured material, probably Corian, rather than granite which is standard in most hotels now days. I'm not complaining because if the room had granite counter tops and new furniture I'm sure that I would be paying $150 or more per night.
My only complaint about the room, other than it did not have a large flat screen TV, is there was an adjoining door between my room and the one next to it and the doors are not good sound insulators. I heard people next store when they came home sometime after 2 AM and I heard them about 8 AM in the morning.
The casino area was okay but when you compare it to other casinos on the strip it seemed a little small and it lacked the glitz of the other casinos.
It's a short walk over the bridge to get to Caesar's Palace but the hotel runs a shuttle every half hour that will drop you on the strip. I probably could have walked to Caesar's faster than the shuttle ride took because of the round about route we took. The shuttle dropped me at Harrah's but they had shuttles to two other locations on the strip.
*I never did get my free breakfast. When I checked in I was given two tickets to use for breakfast but wasn't told anything about them. I went down to have breakfast Saturday morning and was told that I had to pay $32.50 and they thought the charge would be credited. I wasn't going to take a chance so I declined. It kind of felt like a scam, they give you a voucher for breakfast but you are not told how to redeem it. I'm good with the fact that I didn't get breakfast, I thought the room was a good enough deal even without breakfast.
The Rio isn't the newest or nicest hotel but I got a lot of value for the money. The location is good, it's not on the strip but it's close enough. If you are looking for reasonable accommodations that are close to the strip the Rio will work for you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Spacious suites and luxurious amenities complement the gaming thrills, sumptuous dining and hot entertainment found at Rio. The excitement of Carnival radiates throughout the casino floor and out to the pools of VooDoo Beach where guests can soak up the sun in both family-friendly and adults-only areas. Inside, guests can dine at celebrity chef Guy Fieri's restaurant El Burro Borracho, feast on over 300 dishes prepared daily at the Carnival World & Seafood Buffet or experience the city's finest panoramic views at VooDoo Steak. Enjoy the KISS by Monster Mini Golf 18-Hole miniature golf course filled with state-of-the-art video, special effects and unique KISS props. See Las Vegas in the most thrilling and spectacular way when you ride the Voodoo Zipline and soar more than 400 feet above the ground at exhilarating speeds. Back on the ground, entertainers Penn & Teller and the Chippendales keep audiences enraptured nightly or rock out to the great rock songs of the 80's when you watch the worldwide smash hit musical, Rock of Ages. Of course, you may prefer to dance above the lights and under the stars at VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub located 51 floors about the excitement. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rio All-Suite Hotel And Casino
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- Rio Suite Hotel
- Rio Hotel Las Vegas
- Rio Suite Resort
- Rio Casino
- Rio Suites
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