Rio Las Vegas Hotel Review & Casino Tour – Why I Can’t Recommend Ever Staying at this Aging Megaresort!

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Rio Las Vegas Hotel Review & Casino Tour

Rio Las Vegas Hotel Review & Casino Tour

Las Vegas has slowly re-opened since June, but even today many casinos still sit shuttered. One of the long closed casinos was Rio, but it recently re-opened before the holidays. I was there on opening night to review the hotel and see what this property looks like after being closed for so long. Hint: It’s not great.

Unfortunately my Rio Las Vegas review isn’t a positive one, but that probably isn’t a surprise if you watched/listened to MtM Vegas where I talked about why I almost walked out. From serious issues with the front desk to no open restaurants my stay wasn’t a positive one, although I did manage to find some positive aspects to share with you.

Overall I can’t recommend this property and I just don’t see where it fits within the Caesars Entertainment lineup nor the Las Vegas casino lineup as a whole. With a location off Strip, a building in desperate need of TLC and employees who could use A LOT more training, this place has great history and quirks, but it isn’t somewhere you should stay.

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Rio Las Vegas Hotel Review & Casino Tour – Bottom Line

It truly is sad to see how far Rio has fallen from its heyday, but alas that is exactly what happened. The property is dated on every level and some of the staff doesn’t seem to care. I simply can’t recommend staying at Rio Las Vegas although I suppose the good news for Caesars Entertainment fans is they have tons of other (and better) options on the Strip.

Have you recently stayed at Rio Las Vegas? Do you remember what it was like “back in the day”? Let us know!

Shawn Coomer
Shawn Coomer earns and burns millions of miles/points per year circling the globe with his family. An expert at accumulating travel rewards, he founded Miles to Memories to help others achieve their travel goals for pennies on the dollar. Shawn also runs a million dollar reselling business, knows Vegas better than most and loves to spend his time at the 12 Disney parks across the world.

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    • I did choose to stay there. It’s my job and I shared an honest review. Job complete. BTW Palace Station is probably hipper than you think. They just spent $200 million redoing it in 2018.

    • Hahaha..”hip” places like Gold Coast and Palace Station? That’s pretty funny.
      And really it’s TRUE, you get what you pay for. I remember paying low rates and there werent resort fees, all in all had fine stays every time, cause my expectations werent so high. Matter of fact for the money paid, their rooms were spacious and I enjoyed that.

      • Low rates before resort fees was definitely the sweet spot! Of course with Founderscard and Caesars Diamond that is essentially what you get right now at Caesars properties. Tons of options for $10 a night.

        I think this is the 8th hotel I have stayed at since the reopening and the first that I really had an issue with. I was pleasantly surprised by Flamingo, Bally’s, Paris and Planet Hollywood so the problem is more with Rio than with Caesars or Vegas I think. Thanks Frank!

    • Yes the Carnival World Buffet was the best back when it opened! It ushered in a new era of buffets I think.

  1. The Rio has been long gone years ago. A second rate hotel. I stayed there a couple of times on comps over 5 years ago and swore it off. It is not even worth staying there for free. Avoid it.

    • I tend to agree. Especially now with rates being where they are. So many better options within the Caesars family and of course outside of it as well.


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