Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
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Not only is the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Caesars only all-suite property in Las Vegas, but it's the only one without a Las Vegas Boulevard ("Strip") address. There is a special Seven Stars/Diamond/Platinum check-in to the far left of the front desk.
Self-parking in one of two garages or on large surface lots is complimentary, but can be a bit of a walk if you have lots of luggage – especially if you don't know in advance in which tower you'll reside. Take advantage of the complimentary valet parking, and you'll be within a few steps of check-in.
The Rio boasts one of the most spectacular rooftop views in all of Las Vegas. Go at sunset to watch the city light up, but it's not for the faint of heart who fear heights (or glass elevator rides). And, unless you like really loud music, enjoy the view and head elsewhere, because the place turns into a lively and noisy nightclub at night. Hotel Guestrooms
The Carnival World & Seafood Buffet is a combination of the former Carnival World Buffet and the Village Seafood Buffet. If you want access to the optional roped-off specialty seafood section you’ll pay a $15 “upgrade fee” and get your hand stamped with the sea creature-of-the-day, visible only under black light. Lunch is $24.99, dinner is $32.99-$49.99, and brunch Saturday and Sunday is $31.99. For more casual dining there are the All-American Bar and Grille, the Sports Deli and Pho Da Nang Vietnamese Kitchen. Smashburger on the second level of the Masquerade Tower is also a good choice for a quick lunch or snack, and it also serves breakfast. In addition, there are two Starbucks located in the Ipanema Tower and Pavilion Corridor.
Seven Stars Lounge
There is no Seven Stars Lounge, but the Diamond Lounge – with its somewhat hidden entrance in the high limit slot area – offers priority entrance to Seven Stars cardholders. If there are others waiting to get in, simply walk to the head of the line and present your card to the host. The Lounge is located one level up from the casino, so you'll take a private elevator. Sit other than in the main room and you risk being totally ignored by the servers. There is no bar to sit at, and tables often fill quickly. Guests used to the comparatively "lavish" buffets in Atlantic City will be extremely disappointed at the lounge fare in Las Vegas. Caesars apparently has put all its Diamond Lounges on a "Mediterranean Diet," but it's a tasty selection of hummus, pita triangles, pretzels, potato chips, bruschetta, etc., and while many will disagree, it's a nice change of pace from the hoagies and hot dogs that used to be the main attraction. Starting at 4 p.m. (until it runs out), the lounge serves hot food, e.g., chicken wings, mini-burritos, etc. Two online computers are available for guests to check email or print boarding passes.
VooDoo ZipLine, a 70-second ride that takes off from the VooDoo Lounge atop Rio’s 50-story Masquerade Tower.
Riders cascade more than 800 feet to the Ipanema Tower and reach speeds up to 33 miles per hour. On the return trip guests – up to two at a time – ride an additional 800 feet to the starting point facing backwards.
The ZipLine is open daily from noon to midnight and tickets are $27.49 per person. Guests can re-ride on the same day of the purchased ticket for $14.99 (plus applicable service fees). To redeem this offer, guests must show the purchased ticket at the VooDoo ZipLine box office. Tickets for Nevada residents are $19.99 per person on all rides before 8:30 p.m. Guests must show a valid form of Nevada identification.
KISS by Monster Mini Golf is located on the Masquerade Village Casino level. A unique 13,000 square-foot “KISS themed” attraction that showcases an indoor glow-in-the-dark custom-designed 18-hole miniature golf course, it's filled with state-of-the-art video and animatronics, and never-before-seen KISS props.
The environment is filled with arcade games, a special event room, a KISS rock ’n roll gift shop, and a rock ’n roll wedding chapel with themed wedding packages. In addition, there is a DJ playing continuous KISS music, with trivia and other contests and prizes for all ages. There is no fee to enter, but the cost to play 18 holes of mini golf is $11.95. Show a Nevada ID or your Total Rewards card and save $2. If you want to use your Reward Credits, first go to the Rio Box Office and purchase your tickets there. KISS is open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight. Should You Choose This For Your Annual Retreat?
Las Vegas remains the gaming mecca in the United States, and is probably the most popular destination for Seven Stars trips. With eight other Caesars properties in town (Bally's, Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah's, The LINQ, Planet Hollywood and Paris), dozens of restaurants, nightclubs, golf, showrooms, the Forum Shops at Caesars (and other shops located inside Caesars properties), spa treatments, and relaxing by the pool (weather permitting), it would be easy to spend four nights (and $500) here – especially since you can "cross charge" to your room any meals, spa treatments, etc., even if they take place at another Caesars property in Las Vegas.
For those without other transportation, complimentary shuttles for Total Rewards® members run regularly among several of the Caesars-owned casinos.
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