the rio stands in a class by itself. the beautiful hotel-casino offers the extravagance of suite living, the excitement of first-class shows and lounges, the action of non-stop gaming, and the luxuries of the world's top resorts. the rio is one of las … see full wiki
Cons: really far from the strip; A pain in the butt to get to
The Bottom Line: It's average. You can definitely find better on the strip.
Okay, okay. I admit it: I go to Vegas a lot. So sue me. I live less than 4 hours from the place, so everyone that visits me also wants to visit the Adult's Playground of Las Vegas. Of course, I'm more than happy to oblige.
I have always stayed on The Strip - old and new - when I've gone to Vegas. Well, there was one time when we stayed at the Hawthorne Suites, but that was due to miscommunication with Priceline.com, as usual. I enjoy staying on The Strip. It's closer to everything, such as casinos and restaurants. You get more of a choice of where you want to lose your money or what shows you'd like to see. It's prettier there at night. Staying in a hotel on The Strip is more convenient than having to drive or take a cab or shuttle to your hotel at 2am. You can just stagger up to your hotel room and pass out, should you want to.
This is not the case with The Rio, as it is about 5 miles from The Strip. Now, all those that have never been to Vegas are thinking, "5 miles? That's all? That's nothing!" Well, as a seasoned vet of slot machines and show girls, I GUARANTEE you will be singing a new tune after your first night of not staying at a hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard, within walking distance to at least The Venetian. Trust me.
Why did we stay at The Rio in the first place? Easy. My mother received two complimentary rooms for the same night in Las Vegas. One was at Paris and the other was at Harrah's. unfortunately, Harrah's was sold out, so they offered us a suite at their sister property, The Rio. Of course, we took it. Since they were Mom's comps, she got to choose where she was going to stay. Of course, Mom chose Paris.
We planned to check into The Rio first, then head over to Paris. It seemed like a good idea, until we got COMPLETELY lost. Not every road around The Rio went into The Rio. it was SO frustrating. SO... For those of you staying there, here are directions for you from Las Vegas Blvd:
Head North on Las Vegas Boulevard from Tropicana Avenue (Towards "Old Las Vegas") Make a Left on Flamingo Make a right on Rio Hotel Road (or something with "Rio" in the name... You can't miss it.) Viola! You're at The Rio!
See how easy it is? Believe me, if you go the wrong way, you can get confused very easily.
As soon as you park, you have to walk through an unenclosed skywalk to the hotel and casino. It was FREEZING and I didn't have a jacket. Oh, well. So, just remember to bring a jacket with you when it's chilly.
When you enter the building, you are in a small shopping area above the casino. And, the casino is HUGE. You can't see all of it from where you enter the building from the skywalk. It was strangely quiet; very unlike the casinos on the Strip. You then take an escalator down into the Masquerade Casino and proceed to hotel registration. It's all the way through the casino. Yet another walk.
Check in was very easy. The staff was pleasant and attentive. We were given a room on the seventh floor in the Masquerade Tower, which is apparently one of the new hotel areas. Yet again, you have to walk and walk through the casino. After we checked in and were heading to our room, there was all of this music. The Rio has a free show throughout the casino complete with Mardi Gras beads and floats. These floats are actually above the casino and people literally brawl over the beads. I was lucky enough to snag myself some purple dice beads without injury or incident.
We finally got into the elevator and headed to the seventh floor. It's actually the 10th floor, as there is the Casino level and two other levels before the first floor of hotel rooms.
For those of you that don't know, The Rio is an all suite hotel. That means that every single room in the hotel is a suite. I was informed that each "standard" suite is 625 square feet. It was so nice! As soon as you walk into the room, to the right it a mini-fridge, shelves, dresser, closet, safe, bathroom, and dressing area with a mirror that has Hollywood lights. There is a lounge area in front of the king-sized bed. The view of The Strip was really nice, and the television was enormous, complete with N-64. unfortunately, the games cost $6.95 per hour to play. Personally, I'd rather spend that on slots!
That's the only thing that was special about this hotel and casino. The casino was large, but not spectacular. I didn't even bother to get a player's club card. It was a nice stay, but a royal pain when we had to drive from Paris at 2am.
Oh, and I forgot to mention the children. There were SO many families at this hotel, I didn't know what to do with myself. I don't see why people bring their children to Vegas. I really, really don't. But, it appears as though a lot of families with children like staying at The Rio. Definitely not a plus in my book.
If you don't mind the drive (believe me, most people will), or the noise in the casino every 2 hours, then this might be a nice place for you to stay. The staff is great. Check in and check out were a breeze. It was just a pleasant place. Then again, I can find the same thing on Las Vegas Boulevard.
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