Best Hotels In Las Vegas: Rio Las Vegas Review 2021

Since its transformation from a gangster’s paradise in the 1950’s Vegas has become a top vacation destination.  Whatever you are into, whether its food, gambling, shopping, nightlife, or out-of-this-world entertainment, the world’s entertainment capital has got you covered. The city is most notable for its world-class casino hotels, such as the iconic Rio Las Vegas located on West Flamingo Road.

Opened in January 1990, the Rio, as it is commonly known, was the first all-suite hotel and casino in Las Vegas. Marnel Carrao Associates originally constructed it as a locals’ casino. In the decade following its opening, the Rio went through significant expansion to make it a tourist-oriented casino hotel. The Rio now features a sprawling casino, a maze of restaurants, lounges, and shops which entertain all crowds from vacationing families to bachelorette parties.   

Rio Las Vegas Features

Named after the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, Rio Las Vegas pays homage to the vibrant Brazilian culture making it the ideal destination for anyone looking to sample a taste of the exotic.  

The hotel towers, which are covered in blue and red glass, stand out prominently from the background of lights and glitter emblematic of the neon capital of the world. Visitors are treated to scenic views of the city or the mountains from the Floor-to-ceiling windows in every suite.

There is never a dull moment at the Rio. When you are not in your suite, you can enjoy a relaxing day at Rio Spa & Salon, a dip at the VooDoo beach, a mini-golf game at the Kiss By Monster Mini Golf or an electrifying experience on the Rio Zipline.   

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Selection of Rooms and Suites

The Rio Las Vegas hotel suites cater for everyone from budget travelers to those looking to indulge in extravagance. It boasts a broad selection of suits from the modest classic suites to the extravagant penthouse suites. Each selection further provides options for smokers and pet owners. 

Visitors can pay as low as $30 a night in a deluxe suite with a king or two queen beds, sofa, an in-room safe, and several amenities. The masquerade suites are also a budget option offering an expansive 1,600 square feet inclusive of separate living and dining rooms for only $230.

Further up the ladder are exclusive penthouse suites that offer 3,100 – 5,220 square feet of luxurious living space. They have varying layouts and designs which feature dazzling staircases, elegant hallways, and balconies overlooking the main floor.  For $532, you can spend the night and access amenities such as refrigerators, wet bars, and relaxing spa tubs in the large bathrooms. 

For the extravagant, the Rio offers sumptuous 1 to 6 bedroom Palazzo Villas ranging from 4000 to 13,950 square feet. The suites include a living and dining space, luxurious bathrooms, and a whirlpool tub on each bedroom’s balcony.   

Restaurant Options at the Rio

At the Rio, Overindulgence is strongly recommended. The all-suite hotel & casino features a broad selection of Las Vegas restaurants from elegant bistros that serve quick bites to casual buffet restaurants to upscale eateries that provide customers an unforgettable dining experience.

While at the Rio Las Vegas, you can enjoy exotic flavors from all over the world. Sample the tastes of India at Royal Indian Bistro, enjoy authentic Mexican dishes at Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho, or fill your belly with delicious steaks at the spellbinding VooDoo Steak.

  • Carnival World Buffet
  • VooDoo Steak At The Rio
  • Sports Deli At The Rio
  • Smashburger At The Rio
  • Royal India Bistro
  • Wine Cellar & Tasting Room At The Rio
  • Kj Dim Sum & Seafood
  • All-American Bar and Grille
  • Hash House A Go Go
  • Pho Da Nang Vietnamese Kitchen
  • Guy Fieri’s El Burro Borracho Restaurant

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Entertainment at the Rio Las Vegas

The Rio provides entertainment for all ages. Families can enjoy comedy, magic, acrobatics, and impressive choreography from the comedy cellar, the spectacular WOW show, or the hilarious Penn and Teller duo. For adults, the nightlife at the Rio Las Vegas offers an authentic Sin City experience.

Party lovers are entertained by nationally acclaimed bands at 172 live music club, while the Chippendales provides the ultimate Las Vegas girls’ night out for bachelorette parties. The whole year is packed with concerts and shows performed by some of Las Vegas’s biggest entertainers.   

The bars and entertainment joints at the Rio include:

  • iBar At The Rio
  • 172 Live Music and Japanese Cuisine
  • VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub
  • Flirt Lounge At Chippendales
  • Masquerade Bar Las Vegas
  • The Wall Craft Beer, Bar and Arcade
  • Purple Zebra Daiquiri Bar

The Casino

You cannot visit the gambling capital of the world and not try your luck at the tables. Rio Las Vegas is a gaming paradise that features an action-packed, high-octane Las Vegas casino. The casino is 100,000 square feet of gaming space with everything from your favorite table games to the latest slot machines to the latest themed video reels. You can play for modest payouts or go for life-changing jackpots while immersed in a Rio carnivore atmosphere.

The Rio is famed for its poker room, which hosts the annual World Series of Poker (WSOP) as well as daily tournaments, which allow players to pit their skills against each other. Even after you’ve left the Rio, you can continue enjoying online poker anywhere in Nevada on the WSOP site.   

Fast Facts about Rio Las Vegas

  1. Opened on 15th January 1990
  2. First all-suites hotel and casino in Las Vegas
  3. Initially constructed by Marnel Carrao Associates
  4. Famous for being the home of the World Series of Poker
  5. Features the Penn and Teller Theater
  6. The hotel tower’s blue and red glass windows make it a Las Vegas landmark
  7. Has a 160,000 sq. ft convention center

Rio Las Vegas is a pleasant 20-minute walk from the Las Vegas strip and a convenient 10-minute cab ride from the busy McCarran International Airport. It may be far from the tropics, but the Rio offers a truly exotic experience. When the Covid-19 pandemic is behind us, you should seriously consider making a trip to the Rio for a genuinely magical Las Vegas experience.  

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