Here I am but 14 hrs away of going home and here are my 1st time impressions of Rio. We booked this last minute 2 weeks ago on a comp stay, 3 nights Sun to Wed. It looked like a nice property and we've never stayed off strip so we said what the hell and gave it a shot. The good...... I somehow got a Samba comped and jumped on it. I did the $20 trick and it got us an upgrade to 30th floor strip view, comped resort fee, comped early check in and WTF free coffee?!? It's a nice property and we love the room, as in it looks new so king smoking room on the corner. We tipped house keeping $2 a day and today we had a chance to chat with ours. They really appreciate the tip. The bed is comfy enough and having a fridge is a bonus. The bad...... Drink service is very very spotty. The drink service sucked in the masquerade area of the casino. Early morning until around 9PM you could die of thirst. However a short walk to the Ipenama area and you would almost drown in drinks. Room service is double the time they quote you for arrival. Late night eats and snacks are tough to come by....... I would avoid the Burgerking thing and the pretzel place, neither were good enough that I could finish the meal. We never did find out when the tattoo shop opened either, we went there at various times and it was closed up. Not really a gripe but right now we can hear the Voodoo club some 20 floor above us. It's not loud but we can hear it. All in all it rates a pretty good in my book, it's the off strip thing that's in the way. If this place was on strip, well, I think we would choose this one. BTW, if you read this check out the post I will post in a few min about what happens to left over booze at a CET property, it's an eye opener. I'll put it in misc. Vegas chat.