The multi-towered Rio stands in all its purple and red-striped glory just off the main drag of the Strip on Flamingo. Though it’s technically off-Strip, it’s got all the excitement of the storied Boulevard. This is definitely a rowdy spot geared towards revelers, so if you’re looking for a quiet getaway, the Rio might not be your cup of tea.
The other selling point here is the (usually) moderate price of the digs, but we must insert one warning: though it’s a self-billed “all-suite” hotel, don’t be misled. Instead of separate sleeping and living spaces, the rooms are merely bigger, clocking in starting at 600 square feet, with couches and coffee tables across from the beds. The newly-renovated Samba Suites add a much needed splash of teal to the otherwise neutral colors of the original rooms, as well as upgraded, dark-wood furniture and chrome finishes.
No matter which room you go with, floor-to-ceiling windows and a high floor choice offer spectacular views of the area.
There’s a vast array of entertainment options at the Rio, from long-running magicians Penn & Teller, to eye candy performances by the Chippendales, not to mention rooftop nightclub and lounge VooDoo. You won’t go hungry either, with its sprawling Carnival World & Seafood Buffet, Chinese favorite KJ Kitchen and Dimsum and Guy Fieri’s newest Mexican spot, El Burro Burracho. Just make sure you wait a spell after you eat if you’re going to take a ride on the VooDoo Zipline that suspends you 490 feet in the air and, well, zips you back and forth between the two towers. If a few rounds of golf is on your agenda, the Rio features access to Rio Secco and Cascata Golf courses.
- Grace Bascos