Ive stayed here a couple of times, and Im pretty much a seasoned Vegas pro, so I’ll tell you everything I know here.
So pretty much, Rio is a pretty nice hotel. Its a BIG step up from the Trop last year, which was ass. Granted its a 10 min walk from strip but its nice nonetheless. Before recession, it was pretty standard to find rooms at least going for 170 night. I just checked and during the entire time frame of like say 7/12-7/21 you can get a room for like $70 a night. So I can only imagine what evo discount rate is. All rooms avg about 650 sq feet. All rooms have stdrd mini bar fridge/hair dryer/ironing board. Tne only problem I can see arising is that all you dudes who plan to sardine they have guards at elevators checking for room keys, so you basically need to be hooked up to a buddy with a key if you ever want to go back to room.
places to eat here.
All-American Bar & Grille
Bzios Seafood Restaurant
Carnival World Buffet
Gaylord India Restaurant
So Paulo Cafe
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding
Village Seafood Buffet
VooDoo Steak & Lounge.
The best place IMO is the Seafood Buffet. Second best buffet in Vegas besides the $60 Bally’s one. It is steep at $40, but worth it for all you can eat lobster. Opens at 4pm or something like that daily. I reccomend getting in line early coz line gets at long as 2 hours sometimes. Champagne Brunch at the world buffet is pretty godlike too on weekend mornings.
Cheapest option is the all american grille, and really its about $10 per burger combo, but its the cheapest youll find here. plus its the only place that is open 24/7.
So I just realized we are getting there on the 17th, which is right after the WSOP concludes its last events before final table, so the place should be good for poker comp if you go a cpl days before. As far as gambling is concerned, poker room constantly has 1-3 / 2-5NL games, as well as 4/8 limit games going at all times, and those are the smallest limits. Table games last i checked the lowest limit they have for blackjack is $15. Really rare to see anything lower than that.
Rio has shuttle running daily 10AM-1AM on M-THU and 10AM-4AM on FRI-SUN every 30 mins going from Rio to Harrahs/Ballys/Paris/Ceasars and back. dont need any ID or anything, you can just get on.
Here are shuttles from McCurran Airport for those who need them.
Heres a random map of the surroundings.
for those driving, i really reccomend using Koval Ln instead of Las Vegas Blvd because its never packed and itll take you 75% less time.
the only real walking distance hotel is Gold Coast and really I dont see any reason to go there unless you trying to get some cheap dirty chinese food real quick or play some $5 blackjack. the walk from Rio to any other strip hotel is atleast 15 min. however, intoxicated, this walk feels like 5 min.
Now i really recommend staying at the Rio to support the evo scene, but since price isnt really an issue with the economy being ass and all hotels being cheap, if you plan to sardine, id recommend the platinum hotel right behind Bally’s. its a 20 min walk from Rio, but rooms are dirt cheap, avg 1200 sq ft, and they all have jacuzzi tub/two lcd tvs/a couch bed/stove/fridge/bar area so its perfect if you got a lot of dudes. the only downside is that there is no casino on premises/no smoking/walk from rio, but i really like the place a lot just due to how fucking large the rooms are and that you can cook all your meals.
I’ll add to this post as the weeks come along, but for now thats all i really remember.
on a random note, Rio has a lot of dudes as cocktail servers which is kinda odd to see, but to make up for it, the cocktail waitresses wear short see thru skirts with thongs.
that is all.