Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Off the Strip, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Cons

  • Off the Strip
  • Dated decor in some rooms
  • Service can be slow
  • Topless pool closed

Bottom Line

The roomy standard suites at the 2,526-room Rio sleep up to five, making them a tremendous deal for small groups. The restaurants and seafood buffet offer better fare than many other budget-priced hotels do, and the view from the rooftop bar is memorable. The off-the-Strip location is a drag, but a free shuttle helps.

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 Scene

Expect more conventioneers than kids at this sexy Brazilian-themed hotel, with its popular seafood buffet and evening aerial dance performances.

VooDoo Lounge
VooDoo Lounge

With its sensual Brazilian theme, the 2,526-suite Rio is home to lingerie-clad cocktail waitresses and the "Show in the Sky," with Victoria's Secret-clad dancers writhing around on suspended Carnival floats. While parents do book here -- young kids can be found splashing around in the waterfall pool -- vacationing couples and conventioneers are far more prevalent.

Rio doesn't have MGM's lions or Paris' Eiffel Tower, but plenty of Strip traffic comes over to the two shimmering purple-and-red glass towers for the popular Village Seafood buffet. Fortunately, traffic goes both ways -- a free shuttle to the Strip ensures that guests at this off-the-Strip hotel aren't isolated from the action.

Rio welcomes the annual World Series of Poker, but the hotel has seen some unfortunate closings of late. The Lucky Strike bowling alley has shut down, and after prostitution arrests, the strip club-sponsored topless pool was shuttered. And Prince ended his club show recently.

 Location

A mile away from the Strip, with not much nearby. The hotel provides a twice-hourly free shuttle to the Strip.

On the corner of West Flamingo Road and Valley View Boulevard, Rio is about a mile west of the Strip, the densely packed three-and-a-half-mile-long stretch of hotel-casinos. Guests often head across Valley View to Gold Coast for its lower-stakes casino and authentic dim sum restaurant. Catty-corner to the Rio, the party-hearty Palms attracts visitors with its celeb-frequented clubs and casino. Otherwise, the area directly outside Rio can feel isolated. Few people are on the streets (most come and go via cabs or cars), nor is the area very well lit.

To get to the Strip, guests can take the free Harrah's shuttle, which leaves every half hour from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. and stops at the Rio, Harrah's, Paris/Bally's, and Caesars.

The Rio is about a $16 to $25 cab ride from the airport.

 Rooms

The suites aren't fancy, but they are huge -- 600 square feet -- with floor-to-ceiling panoramic views of Vegas.

The Standard Suite
The Standard Suite

What you'll find at the Rio are no-frills suites ideal for cramming in friends or family (the limit is five people per room) for relatively cheap rates (a little more than Bally's, but usually less than Paris and Caesars). Therein lies Rio's appeal. Huge, 600-square-foot suites, but the dated decor in the Masquerade Tower isn't as contemporary as in the newer section Ipanema Towers, which has neutral tones and dark wood furnishings.

  • All rooms are suites, so all have seating areas
  • Beds are Serta Perfect Sleeper
  • 32-inch flat-screen TV with pay-per-view
  • Stocked minibar
  • Two-sink, two-room bathroom with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries
  • Wi-Fi, for a fee
  • Rooms have either Strip or mountain views

 Features

Three busy pools (minus a now-closed topless one), a superb business center for conventioneers, and a garden-variety spa.

The gym
The gym
  • Voodoo Beach is a small ring of sand attached to the largest pool, which attracts most of Rio's kiddie contingent. Young and middle-aged couples swarm around the three main pools for a lively pool scene.
  • Gigantic 160,000-square-foot convention center -- and consequently a big business center catering to that crowd.
  • The fitness center has windows that let in light and afford a view of the pools. There is an additonal fee to access the spa and fitness center (typical of Las Vegas).
  • Spa offers the full gamut of services (massage, body treatment, waxing, etc.).
  • The two-floor Masquerade Village is more a space for Rio's a la carte restaurants than a real shopping mecca.
  • The World Series of Poker store and Chippendales store, proffering much in the way of campy bachelorette-party mementos, are the two main shops of note.

 Casino

A 100,000-square-foot casino that's home to the World Series of Poker -- and a sizable race and sports book with 38 TV screens.

At more than 100,000 square feet, Rio's substantial casino offers around 1,200 slot and video poker machines, 80 table games, a keno lounge, and a stylish race and sports book with six big screens, a dozen 70-inch TVs and more than 20 32-inch TVs. Rio is also home to the annual World Series of Poker and hosts a daily no-limit Texas Hold-'em tournament in its poker room.

 Entertainment

A free evening show with Carnival floats suspended from the ceiling, Penn and Teller, Chippendales, and a rooftop bar with killer Vegas views.

Chippendales billboard
Chippendales billboard

 Family

While the scantily clad cocktail waitresses would appear to gear this hotel toward adults, big 600-square-foot suites and plenty of kid-friendly eats say otherwise.

Buffet dessert section
Buffet dessert section

One look at the casino cocktail waitresses -- clad in nothing but a butt-grazing lace negligee held together by the grace of God -- and the message seems clear: This ain't a family resort. But the occasional family does book here, likely for the spacious suites.

The Rio will allow up to five people to crash in even the standard 600-square-foot suite, which is available with two queen-size beds. The couch doesn't pull out into a bed, but rollaways can be rented for a nightly fee, and cribs are free.

Parents will find a couple of great kid-friendly restaurants here, from the burgers at the All American Grille to the Carnival World Buffet with its mac and cheese, pizza -- and 70 types of pies.

 Food

Good midpriced meal options, including a popular seafood buffet and a spirited Italian joint, plus enormous room-service salads.

Snow crab legs
Snow crab legs
  • Village Seafood Buffet is a popular 24-hour, all-seafood buffet
  • Martorano's serves Italian for dinner
  • VooDoo Steakhouse serves Cajun and steak
  • Búzios Seafood Restaurant serves New England-style seafood and overlooks VooDoo Beach
  • KJ Dium Sum and Seafood serves casual Chinese
  • Wine Cellar Tasting Room offers more than 100 wines by the glass (and chocolate!)
  • All-American Bar and Grille serves casual American
  • São Paulo Café has a variety cafe menu and is open for breakfast
  • Carnival Buffet World is a large, eclectic buffet
  • There are several quickbite options available on-site, incudling a Burger King Whopper Bar and a Starbucks

 Bottom Line

The roomy standard suites at the 2,526-room Rio sleep up to five, making them a tremendous deal for small groups. The restaurants and seafood buffet offer better fare than many other budget-priced hotels do, and the view from the rooftop bar is memorable. The off-the-Strip location is a drag, but a free shuttle helps.

Things You Should Know About Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino

Address

  • 3700 West Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, US

Hotel Is Also Known As...

  • Las Vegas Rio
  • Rio Casino
  • Rio Hotel Las Vegas
  • Rio Las Vegas
  • Rio Suite Hotel
  • Rio Suite Hotel and Casino
  • Rio Suite Resort
  • Rio Suites

Room Types

  • Cariocas Suite
  • Masquerade Suite
  • Standard Suite
  • Strip View Standard Suite
  • Super Suite

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Hotel Features

Number of Rooms: 2526
Pool: Yes
Fitness Center: Yes
Spa: Yes
Internet Access: Yes
Cribs: Yes
Jacuzzi (in room): Some
Casino: Yes
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Hotel Information

Location: Off the Strip, Las Vegas
Address: 3700 West Flamingo, Las Vegas, NV, US
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