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A review of the Rio Hotel and Casino that's 'just off the strip'

Rio Hotel and Casino ReviewHaving been to several Caesars hotels in the past (Flamingo, Linq, Paris and Planet Hollywood), my expectations for the Rio were very high. After my stay, however, I was quite disappointed with what I found and I'm not sure I would stay again. I booked this as a surprise for my boyfriend (because he loves the WSOP), so I had high hopes that it would be a special stay. I was on a budget but the Rio seemed like it would be the perfect Vegas hotel - a little cheaper than the strip, but with plenty of things going on and not that far away to enjoy places like the Bellagio etc.

Rio Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas.
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Before our trip I did read up on some of the reviews for the hotel, they seemed to be very mixed but still I remained hopeful that our experience would be one of the good ones!

Rio is a 3 star hotel with its location off-strip on Flamingo Road. With around 2,500 rooms, it's known as one of Las Vegas' largest properties. An average hotel all round tho - but the gaming area here is massive. You may just like it - but maybe not. The VooDoo rooftop nightclub is a big pull for party goers, too - as is the VooDoo zipline (if you dare!).

Once we entered the hotel it was clear that it was a little dated and could do with a little TLC compared to others we had stayed at in the past. There was quite a wait to check in as quite a large party were in front of us, there was no apology for our wait and the check in host didn't seem very interested, it seemed as though she wanted to check us in as quick as possible and lacked customer service almost entirely.

Rio Hotel sign.
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I asked if what room we in and if we were in one the newly renovated rooms, I was quickly shot down and told "no you would have to upgrade to have one" and handed our room key, there was no information on the cost to upgrade or how we would do this so we just took our key and proceeded to our room.

If you like the Rio, you would probably enjoy Palms, Gold Coast, Planet Hollywood, Luxor and MGM Grand.

We had to walk through the casino to get to the elevator for our room, which was strong with cigarette smoke but having stayed in casino hotels before this was already expected and isn't something I'm going to moan about. Once we got in the elevator the smell of smoke quickly disappeared.

I'd booked a deluxe suite room for our stay but as soon as we entered the room I could see that they were in dire need of a renovation, they looked really tired, out dated and didn't give you the wow factor that you normally get from a Vegas hotel (at this point I knew an extra amount per night would have got me a much better room experience at Aria or Vdara etc - but I had made my bed and had to lie in it - well, the maid had, but you get my point!), I was feeling really disappointed and I could see why they had started to renovate some of the rooms, however, we decided that we would just try and make the most of it, get ready and go for something to eat - after all we were in Vegas.

I have to say that the hotel was very clean (other than cigarette smoke in places). The staff were friendly and helpful for the rest of the stay and the food choices were great. We ate at the burger place on the second level, which we found was reasonably priced and it was really good food. The buffet however was overpriced and was the same every day.

We didn't use the pool facilities during our stay as our days were more about exploring the strip and a nice little afternoon Downtown. Like other areas of the hotel, although the pool areas were clean, they needed some care and attention and looked as though they were lacking in the maintenance department.

Overall I have mixed feelings about the Rio, I don't think I would stay here again as I have been left disappointed but I am left to wonder if it would be a different experience once they've finished with the renovations. If you are going to stay at the Rio hotel I would recommend booking one of the renovated rooms. Very 'meh'.

Rating ★★★☆☆

2nd Review of Rio Hotel, Las Vegas

The Rio located 3700 W. Flamingo Road off the Strip in Las Vegas boasts a hyped party atmosphere all day and all night. Supporting a resort/ hotel and an in house casino, large rooms and various high dining eateries Rio in Las Vegas has gone out of its way to provide guests with the most luxurious experience.

The Rio at a glance with its purple, red and blue neon colored towers speaks elegance and prestige from the start spreading the Carnival vibes of Rio in South America with contemporary style and cutting edge innovation.

Rio Hotel in the dark.
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Guests can explore with their taste buds at world class buffets such as Seafood Buffet, The Carnival World offering a wide variety of flavors to keep you coming back for more. If buffet is not your style, why not try the DJ Dim Sum Seafood and Chinese Restaurant or the Hash House for a homelier meal along with countless others to cover all taste buds.

In the terms of entertainment, the Rio has covered all bases catering for men and women with various sit down shows such as the Chippendales and X Rocks while Penn and Teller also mesmerize audiences with their mind blowing illusions and tricks up their sleeves. If guests are looking for a more laid back comedy style they will be entertained by the likes of Eddie Griffin and his straight talk comedic approach.

Rio also hosts the stage show classic Rock of Ages with talented actors and musicians to keep you enthralled and entertained with their captivating story lines and also bringing back timeless memories with renditions of old time classic songs of the famous Rock and Roll Era.

The Rio has it all from an 800-foot Zip line extending from VooDoo Rooftop night club to another towerin the facility. Other notable mentions are the I-Bar and the Flirt Lounge for all those night partying guests.

From outdoor pools to a 170 seater sports book with giant screen and well over 100 televisions the Rio has truly catered for all including traveling pets which are welcome at the resort. The resort also supports various Spa facilities and Fitness centers to provide guests with all the health needs.

The Rio is listed in our 10 best Las Vegas hotels for poker players.

The Rio also has tested the limits of engineering by creating a real sand beach along the outside recreation facilities to add to the tropical paradise and island getaway theme with the exquisite waterfall features along the three well equipped pool areas.

The casino section of the resort which covers 100,000 square feet is well equipped to handle the vast influx of guests and offers a verity of games from poker, 1200 slot machines and game lounges. It's a big place and easy to never leave :)

Being home to the Main Event of World Poker Series every year, the Rio succeeds in drawing and accommodating for the masses of guests which travel far and wide to witness this spectator yearly event which is broadcast nationwide.

Rating ★★★☆☆

Las Vegas' Rio Hotel Review

The Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino is one of the older hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Built in 1990, The Rio keeps in line with the Las Vegas tradition of themed hotels. When you step inside Rio, you find yourself surrounded by the bright pops of color, drinks and beads of Carnival. Located off Flamingo west of Las Boulevard, the Rio provides an affordable, colorful and fun hotel experience unlike any other on the Strip.

One of the best things about staying at the Rio is its accessibility from any direction. Driving on the Las Vegas Strip can be problematic if you're not sure where you're going. It can be easy to miss a turn or to end up in the wrong parking garage. If you miss the turn into the Rio's parking garage, the adjoining convention center provides plenty of parking.

Another great thing about the Rio is its collection of eclectic restaurants. One of the Rio's newest additions is Guy Fieri's El Burro Borracho. The colorful Mexican cantina is Fieri's second restaurant in Las Vegas; his Vegas Kitchen & Bar opened 2014 to favorable reviews. If you're in search of some fine dining options, the Voodoo Steakhouse is the way to go. Other affordable options include Hash A GoGo, The All-American Bar and Grille, and KJ Dim Sum and Seafood.

The Rio provides entertainment for its guests, although perhaps not as varied as some of the properties on the strip. Penn and Teller have been a staple in Las Vegas entertainment for years. Chippendales, as the other headliner at the Rio, still drive their audiences wild. Both shows show no sign of going anywhere, unlike Rock of Ages, which closed as of January 1st, 2017. Eddie Griffin is also in residence, performing Monday through Thursday every week.

The Rio is also a great place to stay if you're in town for a convention. The Rio hosts the annual World Series of Poker tournament, the Stark Trek Official Convention, and the Supernatural Convention, just to name a few.

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