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First time staying at Riviera....NEED your input?

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First time staying at Riviera....NEED your input?

This Friday the hubby and I will be in Vegas and we will be staying at the Riviera Casino for the first time.

Any tips or suggestions...things to do, restaurants to eat at, bars to check out there or around the area?

Thank you in advance!

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1. Re: First time staying at Riviera....NEED your input?

Why the Riviera?

Check out RockN Rita at Circus Circus and the Peppermill next to the Riv.

The times I've been to the Riv, I found the bartenders to be a bit surly. Maybe I just don't fit in there.

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Bring lots of taxi money. What you saved in a room will be spent traveling. Monaco tower is remodeled. Others are old. Still better than quad but location is so bad only CC is walking distance in the daytime in the heat. Location really blows. Next door is Peppermill and they have a great lounge (scene in Casino with Robert Deniro and Sharon Stone).

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3. Re: First time staying at Riviera....NEED your input?

Just across the street is a Ross Dress for Less store. Lots of bargains to be found, but the store is kind of untidy and you need to search through the racks. Enjoy your stay.

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We stayed there in March and enjoyed it. Not too much going on in that area of the strip, but we went looking for relaxation away from center Strip. The pool looked so inviting but it was closed then, you might want to check that out.

We ate once in the buffet, never again. Food was terrible for the price, so stay away. We ate at Rock 'n Rita's at CC. It was just ok, nothing special. I'd take other's advice and go to the Peppermill to eat.

We loved the casino at the Riv, it was the only place in Vegas where I felt I got playing time for my money and actually came home with more than I took. The CWs were very friendly and the drinks were good.

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5. Re: First time staying at Riviera....NEED your input?

Check out the steakhouse at circus circus, expensive but very good

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6. Re: First time staying at Riviera....NEED your input?

Last trip stayed our first two nights at the Riv.


Smaller, less crowded, and not as young as many of the center strip casinos. Classic pool

-- I'm an adult so don't need anything more than a regular pool -- that is very relaxing. Spacious rooms. Stayed in Monte Carlo tower and wasn't disappointed -- sure decorations are a bit dated, is that important? -- spacious room w/ comfy bed (mattress & bedding/ sheets quality comparable to all upgraded hotels; similar to Flamingo Go), large tub, and fridge!

Bus out front makes getting around easy, location makes it easy to get to center strip or Fremont via bus or taxi a snap!

Also has two ABC stores, and shops near the pool -- oh and, at least when we were there, there wasn't a bar at the pool, so they aren't fussy about bring a drink from elsewhere in the casino into the pool area.

Things we enjoyed nearby were Circus Circus (love the kitchy circus theme), Stratosphere, Golden Steer steakhouse, Peppermill, taking pics if chapels & Sahara before it was dismantled, and going on the Haunted Vegas Tour. There was enough nearby to occupy our 2 days, but had we been there longer, getting around on the bus would have been a cinch.

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7. Re: First time staying at Riviera....NEED your input?

Peppermill I'd go with others as a great place to eat.

Get a 24 hr bus pass( $8) or spend a lot on cabs if you tire of the vicinity

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8. Re: First time staying at Riviera....NEED your input?

The Riv' is about 1 mile from Tiffany's @ White Cross Drugstore, a true hole in the wall,

Amazing people watching, especially at night!

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The Barrymore restaurant is a 5 minute walk away at the Royal Resort Hotel. I have never eaten there, but will be trying it this weekend. It gets rave reviews on TripAdvisor from locals and California natives.

Also this weekend the Riviera will be hosting Rollercon 2013! So if you are into roller derby (and who isnt) you are staying in the right place. Last year I was at the Riv main bar with a few friends at the end of the night. The local Sin City rollers league was have a post match party. Long story short, I got to see some roller girls have some fisticuffs with an abusive stripper/hooker who wandered into the party. It was awesome. I doubt it will be as exciting, but I am excited to party with the roller girls again this year.

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10. Re: First time staying at Riviera....NEED your input?

I always visit The Riv each trip as we love the English pub (Queen Victoria). Great beer and pub food.

I would also recommend the pool. As others have said it's nothing fancy but not too crowded and at the weekends they play a selection of decent music (mostly 80's).

My only major issue when I stayed there recently was with check in who refused to honour my suite reservation and tried to palm me off into a regular room, but that's another story.

Oh, and to get around I found walking over to LVH and catching the momrail an easy and relatively cheap option.

All in all a decent 'old Vegas' property.