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bufffalo ny
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the rio

hi can any one give me any info on the rio.Like how the buffet's are the Village Seafood Buffet and the Carnival World Buffet.AND are the slots are as tight as people said they are??i'm going in april and book my room so would like to know how the hotel is. thanks soo much!

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If the Rio was on the strip it would be my favorite Vegas hotel. We stayed there last a year ago in the Ipenama (sp.) tower and loved the room, which looked newly renovated. It had an entry foyer, a comfortable seating area with couch, chair and coffee table, and an extremely comfortable and cushy bed. The dressing area (with sink) had built in drawers and shelving and the bathroom was equally nice. I've stayed in fancier hotels but none that had a better overall layout.

We stayed there during football season and my husband commented several times on how much he liked the sportsbook. There was a snack bar adjacent to the sportsbook, which came in handy for quick bites. We also ate a late night breakfast at one of the restaurants (can't remember the name) that was quick and tasty. Both Carnival and the seafood buffets are two of the best in Vegas (with the caveat that no buffet is fine dining. A buffet is a buffet but these are quite good and better than Bellagio, in my opinion).

As for tight slots--I'd put Rio on par with most strip hotels. I did win $500 on dollar slots that visit.

The bad part of Rio--time wasted on the shuttle buses going back and forth to the strip. They're free so it's hard to complain but that's definitely an issue in my book.

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The Ipenama Tower is newley renovated, but the Masquerade tower has not been renovated since it opened in 1997. As far as I know there is no price difference between the 2 towers, it is first come, fist serve for them.

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The slots are extremely tight at any Harrahs owned casino. Sure you may see somebody hit a big jackpot once but your not going to see a lot of small wins at all.

The Rio is not within walking distance of the strip, especially after dark.

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The carnival world buffet is awesome, as my wife does not like seafood we have not done the seafood buffet. There is also a variety of seafood on the carnival world. The night we were there they had shrimp of several varieties, crab leg, fish of several different varieties. All of the food was delicious. Highly recommend it. Agree with the walking. I wouldn't try to walk to or from the rio to the strip at any time day or night.

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We've stayed at the Rio many times. It's a pretty hotel. The rooms, especially the renovated ones, are nice with big windows and lovely views. They have a little frig and a nice big closet. The Voo Doo Restaurant is certainly worth visiting. It has the best view I've seen other can Top of the World Restaurant at Stratosphere. You will love this view. The casino is not one of my very favorites. There are very few Wheels of Fortune. Maybe two or four at the most. Yes, they are tight. There is a Show in the Sky. It's fun the first time, but it gets old when you are trying to play slots in that area. It is very loud. There's a free stage show with lots of dancing that is kind of fun. There is a little bar area where you can get a table and watch it. The All American Grill is a pretty good restaurant and the general cafe is good for breakfast. The shuttle runs every 30 minutes, I think. It takes you to Caesars, Paris, or Harrah's. I believe those are the locations. It's not too bad. It's free. You usually don't have to wait because it gets full on each run. There is usually enough room to take everyroom who is waiting. It's a good hotel. My husband really likes it even better than I do. Enjoy!

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The Rio is truly a fascinating experience. If you like hookers, then this is the place for you! Looking for an entertaining night? Just sit at the circle bar at the front entrance of the Rio and watch the " ladies of the night " come in there searching for their prey. Have you ever seen the videos of wild dogs in the desert hunting down a young helpless deer? Better yet, Have you ever seen a bad car accident where you want to look away but you just can't? The Rio is the place where you watch men foolishly fall into the nest of the hooker, let's call it the Hooker's Nest. My friend ( maybe an IQ of 86 ) truly believed this one girl liked him, and she even told him that she was 17! A red flag didn't go in his head as he went on and on about how good looking she is. When i broke the news that this hotel has a million hookers in the hotel he was flat out heartbroken. Like a sad puppy waiting for his owners to come home aka The Puppy who Lost his Way ( Billy Madison ). He didn't believe me until later when we saw her come into the circle bar, wearing nothing and taking a middle aged man to his room. He was heartbroken for the second time in 4 hours, a new Vegas record.

My advice... Do Work.

Jersey
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The Rio is a fine hotel if you don't mind staying off-strip. The shuttle is reliable. The Seafood Buffet used to be good but- unfortunately-the quality of the food has gone down quite a bit and I can no longer recommend it. I would suggest Buzio's instead.

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^^^since the OP went in April I'm sure they'll be appreciative of your thoughts :}

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I gotta say that I've loved my stay at Rio both times I stayed there. Unfortunately, the location does suck. I do like the ambience and the "Carnival themed atmosphere", but I have never won any money a the slots there. Maybe it's just bad luck, though.

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Very much enjoyed my stay at the Rio earlier this year. I have been to both buffets there and both were very good, although they are charging now at the Seafood Buffet if you want lobster. I would say that if you can find a $10 off coupon its worth it. The line for dinner is generally pretty long.

As far as the slots go, I think I may be in the minority but I found the slots a lot more generous at the Harrah's places than at the MGM/Mirage casinos. Specifically at the Rio I had a lot of luck back in the Carnival area than near the entrance.

As others have said, if it was right on the strip it would be my location of choice.