Rio’s unique party atmosphere permeates throughout every inch of the hotel casino. It is an all suite hotel with an enormous casino floor and a Brazilian carnival feel. It is home of one of the most popular Vegas free shows located above the casino floor replete with high flying acrobatics, tight rope acts, jugglers and more. It is located approximately 1 block west of the Strip on Flamingo directly across from another very popular party spot, The Palms hotel casino. While not directly on the Strip it definitely has a “Strip” feel and is priced similarly and with similar amenities, entertainment, and services of a Strip hotel. You can see the building from nearly anywhere in Las Vegas, easily identified by colorful glass exterior and “Rio” written in bright giant neon lights at the pinnacle.
It is an enormous complex and contains two separate buildings, the Rio and an additional more recent tower providing many more rooms for visitors. Rio caters to a younger party crowd, much like Palms across the street, but prices here are generally far more attractive, specifically the college crowd and locals. In addition to attracting a large number of visitors, the Rio and many of the bars and attractions within are a favorite of locals as well.
Rio offers a wide range of entertainment and is specifically busy during Spring Break and busy summer holidays. Booking well in advance is highly recommended year round but specifically during these times.
Rio has an enormous casino floor at 120,000 square feet and hosts all of the popular games like Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Craps, Keno, Let It Ride, Pai Gow Poker, Roulette, Baccarat and more. They have 1,621 slots with all of the popular games including Megabucks and Super Megabucks.
Rio is an all suite hotel with 2,563 rooms, which is a lot when one considers they are all suits. They are very spacious, modern, and beautiful. They are well rated by most visitors, clean and well kept. For the size the Rio is prices extremely well and if you are looking for a casino with a lot of action, not necessarily directly on the Strip, Rio is a wonderful option.
Prices are moderate when compared to Strip hotel casinos, not for off Strip hotel casinos. It is a really good option for the Spring Break crowd and similar popular weekends due to the atmosphere and the price. In fact for those looking at The Palms because they are familiar with it from popular television series may want to try the Rio, save tons of money, and have just as many if not more party options. Gambling limits, restaurants, and entertainment pricing is all moderate.
You have quite a few options when it is time to find something to eat. Some of the popular options include All-American Bar & Grille, Buzios, Café Martorano, Carnival World Buffet, Gaylord, Hamada Asiana, Mah Jong, Sao Paulo Café, Sports Deli, The Village Seafood Buffet, VooDoo Steak & Lounge, McFadden’s Irish Pub, Starbucks, Whopper Bar, and Wetzel’s Pretzels.
You won’t spend long thirsty at the Rio, there are bars dotting the entire casino area and many very popular spots like McFadden’s which caters to a local crows and tourists alike. Naturally drinks are free for gamblers, tipping is customary.
While the rest of the hotel has a Brazilian carnival theme their shopping center borrows from a North Italy theme. Some shops include Viva Vegas, Cashman's Photo Magic, Diamonds International, Elegant Pretenders, Field of Dreams, Kid Vegas, Rio & Logo Shop, Roland's Boutique, the Wine Cellar Tasting Room, Higuchi, Fortune Cookie, Paradise Island Wear, La Valiza, The Masquerade Store, Vegas Flags, Chippendale’s store, Harley-Davidson and Landau.
The nightlife at Rio basically continues 24/7, but when it comes to the kind of Vegas club scene Vegas nightlife is synonymous with try the I-Bar, Flirt Lounge, Crown Nightclub and the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub.
Rio has a wide range of services, and all of the services expected of any hotel on the Strip, though Rio’s not on the Strip, from maid service to laundry, luggage, room service and more. Rio offers shuttle service to and from the Strip as well which is a huge benefit to those staying and shuttle service is available to and from the airport for a fee through an outside company.
They have a very large convention floor at 160,000 square feet.
Rio has four large pools and five Jacuzzis.
Perhaps the best known show at the Rio is Penn & Teller. Other shows include Chippendales and the free Masquerade Show in the Sky. At the connecting Crown Theatre you’ll find The Platters, Cornell Gunter’s Coasters and the Marvelettes and Crown Comedy Jam.
They have a large spa with a number of services and a full salon.