Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
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Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
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The Wall Gaming Lounge
The first phase of The Wall Gaming Lounge has opened in Masquerade Village, and is open 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Sunday. It's Caesars Entertainment's first permanent eSports venue. Designed as a multi-phased, 24,000 square-foot project, The Wall features 30 high performance Alienware gaming PCs, a number of console gaming stations, a self-serve beverage wall, and mobile food/drink ordering. “The Wall. . .is designed to be highly interactive and enables our guests to enter the space and feel immersed in a highly-visual and dynamic gaming atmosphere,” says Caesars Executive Vice President of Gaming and Interactive Entertainment. The next phase, expected to open in the fall, will feature additional chef-driven food and beverage offerings, as well as a competitive gaming experience.
The former King's Room is home to the Comedy Cellar, its first "West Coast" location. The Cellar, as insiders call it, brings its unique vibe from the iconic, underground, Greenwich Village original location in New York.
Other permanent venues host Penn & Teller,
the Chippendales and WOW - The Vegas Spectacular , “an intimate theatrical water show adventure unlike any other,” according to promotional materials.
is a live music club at Rio that features nationally acclaimed artists in an intimate, up-close, and personal experience. Audiences also can enjoy upscale cuisine – elevated fusion dining, highlighted by sushi – and craft cocktails from around the world.
Showtimes and dates vary for each venue, so check the Rio website for details.
And, other than the aforementioned "bevetainers" on Friday and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to midnight, there is live entertainment on the stage in the Masquerade Casino.
Dining choices here are the widest – and most culturally diverse – of any Caesars Vegas property, with the possible exception of Caesars Palace: VooDoo Steakhouse At The Rio, Hash House A Go Go, the Royal India Bistro, Kang's Kitchen and KJ Dim Sum & Chinese Seafood restaurant are top choices in their categories. Guy Fieri's El Burro Borracho replaced the former Buzio's Seafood Restaurant.
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.
Most of the rooms really aren't "suites," just "plus-size" rooms with large sofas, and are located in one of three separate towers. Rooms have separate dressing areas and refrigerators, but no offeemakers. High-speed Internet access is dependable. "Mountain" or "Strip" views are the choices, if they ask.
With a name like Rio, you'd expect a Carnivale-type atmosphere. You won't be disappointed. A section of the casino near the Carnival World & Seafood Buffet is a little quieter and less hectic than the others, but this place caters to a younger, hipper crowd for which the response to the question, "Is this too loud?" is, "No, louder!" The beverage servers double as "bevetainers" (many proving they should stick to what they were originally hired for!). Like most Caesars properties, Rio features all the typical slots and table games one would expect. Complimentary drink service in the casino is relatively frequent; and dealers, slot attendants and servers all are extremely friendly and helpful.
Not only is the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas 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.
Under a franchise agreement with Dreamscape Companies LLC, Hyatt Hotels Corp. will renovate and rebrand the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The 2,510-room hotel will be rebranded into multiple Hyatt full-service brand flags. One of the towers will become a 1,501-room Hyatt Regency Hotel, while the other rooms are expected to be affiliated with other Hyatt brands. Redevelopment will include the gaming, retail, food, spa and fitness, and pool areas; however, it wasn’t immediately clear if the property would still operate as a casino. The announcement did not give a timetable for the renovations or the reopening of the property. Caesars Entertainment Inc. sold the Rio in December 2019 to Dreamscape Properties for more than $516 million.
■ The direct number to Rio is (702) 252-7777. The toll-free number of the casino's website takes you to a Caesars call center.
■ Rio has several self-check-in/out kiosks near the front desk.
■ Enjoy half-off bottles and glasses of wine at Rio's Wine Cellar daily from 4 to 6 p.m.
NOTE: All shows, events and deadlines are subject to postponement or cancellation due to temporary casino closings and/or safety and health measures implemented by the state.
■ The complimentary shuttle between Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino and Bally’s has been discontinued, as has the shuttle between Rio and Harrah’s.
■ Rio is one of the few Las Vegas casinos that does not charge for self-parking.
■ VIP check-in is open Saturday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to midnight on Fridays.
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.
Special Seven Stars benefits*
In addition to the special Seven Stars
entrances for the buffet and complimentary/priority admittance to the VooDoo Lounge (to see the view), as well as a dedicated taxi line, Seven Stars cardholders and a guest receive complimentary entry to the spa and fitness center.
Seven Stars and Diamond cardholders get a 10 percent discount on tickets and priority access on the VooDoo ZipLine (see below).
Seven Stars Lounge There is no Seven Stars Lounge, but the Laurel Lounge (former 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 Laurel Lounges on a "Mediterranean Diet," but it's a tasty selection of hummus, pita triangles, pretzels, potato chips, bruschetta, etc., as well as cookies and mini-desserts. From 4:30 to 6 p.m. (or 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.
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 an “upgrade fee” and get your hand stamped with the sea creature-of-the-day, visible only under black light. Check the website for current pricing.
■ If you opt out of housekeeping services during your stay (minimum two-night stay), Rio will give you a $10 per stay food and beverage credit. You still can request additional towels or other amenities, but your bathroom will not be cleaned, bed made, etc. If you didn’t get a pre-arrival email asking you to opt-in, just let the front desk know when you check-in.
■ "Local" Seven Stars and certain eligible Diamond cardholders have several dedicated reserved parking spaces in the outdoor Carnival self-parking lot. Parking here requires a special hang-tag which players receive in the mail.
■ The ZipLine accepts Reward Credits, but at 2:1.
■ Unique to the Rio is its Wine Cellar & Tasting Room. Click here for details.
With the Laurel Lounges temporarily closed, Diamond Plus through Seven Stars cardholders are being given an alternative daily beverage credit. In addition, Seven Stars cardholders will receive a daily $10 food credit. Seven Stars Companion cardholders are not eligible for the food credit, but, if applicable, would qualify for the beverage credit based on their own personal tier level. The beverage credit is limited to four drinks per day, with each drink valued at no more than $20. The credit is good only for the cardholder and can be redeemed directly at the participating outlet. The beverage credits may be redeemed all at one location, or split among the currently open casinos. For example, a cardholder could redeem two beverage credits at Caesars Palace, and one each at Flamingo and Harrah’s. For a list of participating outlets, visit the Caesars Rewards Desk or click here.
"Daredevils" may want to experience the 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. Check the website for current hours of operation and ticket prices -- including special offers for multiple rides on the same day, discounts for Caesars Rewards cardholders, Nevada residents, military, etc.
KISS Mini GolfKISS 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 check the website for current hours of operation and ticket prices -- including special offers for Caesars Rewards cardholders and Nevada residents, military discounts, etc. If you want to use your Reward Credits, first go to the Rio Box Office and purchase your tickets there.
Should you choose this for your Annual Retreat?
If you're looking for an "off-Strip" property, this is it. Just keep in mind, it's not within walking distance of any of the other Caesars properties.
That said, 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 meals and other eligible expenses, even if they take place at another Caesars property in Las Vegas.
When you check-in, be sure to verify that your $500 comp account has been set-up and ask what it includes – specifically which restaurant and bars (city-wide). At a minimum, meals and alcohol charged to the room (at participating outlets) counts toward your $500 in expenses, but not gratuities. Best advice is to keep all your receipts until you settle your final bill.
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