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Is the Rio on the way out?

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by kevthegrad, May 30, 2016.

  1. kevthegrad

    kevthegrad Tourist

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  2. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    With hotels on the strip hurting a bit (actual level is wide open to debate, but...)..... the Rio stands somewhat by itself and off strip. CET has so many other properties you can walk to and from, the RIO just sits over there. Selling it would be difficult - since you need a willing buyer.
     
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    I wish CET would sell it and a new owner would restore it to what it was during the Marnell days.
     
  4. nostresshere

    nostresshere Mr. Anti Debit Card

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    Even if it was much better, could they get enough traffic over there to keep it going?
     
  5. Camp Rusty

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    We stayed there for March Madness, and before that last October, and had a nice time.......fancy it ain't though.

    The Book bartenders were friendly and would stop to chit chat if they had a second, the ticket writers in the Book were totally cool even with the masses betting on the games. Check in was mellow, quick and efficient, a nice view offered up even without a tip.

    Mrs. Rusty played a lot of Pai Gow Poker and had nothing but good things to say about the dealers and the other people at the tables. I enjoyed all the random staff I came in contact with, housekeeping was friendly and efficient.

    We are low roller CET members, so the Rio is kinda' the best bang for our buck. However, we never stayed there when it was a happenin' spot and I must admit our suite from last October, regardless of it's size was pretty damn thread bare and worn around more than just the edges.

    One thing we did learn, sadly, was that the show in the sky mechanics in the ceiling, ( is that Masqueade Village ? ) the rails and stuff are now out of OSHA or whatever specs for safety and the cost to redo them are prohibitive so that will not be coming back. Apparently they are going to put in a KISS themed mini golf. Huh ?
     
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    Some of it is because of the recession - with less people coming and spending money in Las Vegas a lot of "extras" and things like that were cut back on... the other part being it is Caesars Entertainment: they really aren't known for doing any kind of upkeep on their properties and just letting things go.
     
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    I've been a yearly vistor since '02..And have seen some things head south but not enough yet to not stay there again..Getting a friendly hello from the bartenders is all it takes for me though...Miss the 24 hour restaurant though that is a Hash-House now and even the GoldCoast across the street did away with thiers,now a Fridays....Sucks and the resort fee also but we gotta roll with the punches..Rooms are still big enough to spread things out and stay awhile..

    I check in and check the room for real glasses and a coffee maker..if not there a tip to housekeeping is all it takes..Done deal.
     
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    The rooms need renovating, it had a weird smell :(. It's a shame because i actually like the casino.
     
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    I've stayed at the Rio three times now (all with CET ownership) and I've never been disappointed...For what it is, it's perfectly fine.
     
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    I guess I'm weird but I still think the Rio is a great value property. Not what it was 20 years ago but who among us is? Rooms are large and comfortable though a bit outdated. Plenty of decent food choices. Gambling not spectacular but about as good as it gets for a TR property. And I like the neighborhood as I also enjoy the Gold Coast and the Palms. I agree that it might be better if someone bought it but I think TR thinks it is worth more than it is.
     
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    I always figured hosting the WSOP was what kept Rio going, both from a revenue and marketing perspective. CET offers crap odds at most of their properties, and I never thought Rio was any different - putting it at odds (see what I did there) with the other "locals" off strip casinos.

    I enjoy the place for what it is, but only go there maybe once every 2-3 years and there is always a reason (Penn & Teller, WSOP, friends staying there).

    I was having dinner at the buffet there with about 16 family members back in 2004 when my niece who was 6 or 7 at the time absolutely lost her shit over one of the princesses in the sky parade. As good family members do, we have given her crap about that on a regular basis. This gives me a good opportunity to remind my now 18 year old niece of that!
     
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    I did forget the one thing about the rooms that makes me kind of crazy.......why in the world would you put the teevee and that giant cabinet in front of the windows ?

    I like to have a drink and look out the window on occasion, and I end up skooching a chair over and sitting on the side of the cabinet next to the drapes. One time it was even worse, we had the cabinet AND a column.

    D'OH ! Stoopid column :mad:
     
  13. NickPapageorgio

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    That's a non factor. The Rio's neighbor and properly managed Gold Coast, not far from being a dive itself is packed 24/7.

    Nick:beer:
     
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    The Rio needs to invent something new, how about the "Zika Party Pit", that would reach out and grab those customers :woot:
     
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    I've stayed 4 times over the past 3 years. I love the location, the frequent strip shuttles, the nice sized rooms and I've found service to be very good. However there is no doubt CET has stopped putting money into the place. The mattress we had lad last time was horrible. The tag on it said it was from 2005. My girlfriend called and they did bring another mattress right away and it was better but still not very good. You can tell the maintenance budget is smaller than most properties. The word is that the place can be had but that CET has priced it too high, for now anyway. We had booked it for part of our stay next month but changed our minds over the weekend and are staying at Palms Place for the second part of our stay.
     
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    Yeah, the main thing is a management problem. They keep changing marketing focus, fail to promote the better aspects of the property and they don't even make the minimum commitment to keep it at a quality level. It was so popular with so many higher TR players that it makes even less sense that they didn't at least keep the suites nice for them. It was expected to decline in room rate but it's CET's fault it has fallen that low.


    Yeah, the WSOP is probably the main source of business but also they have that convention center which is driving business for them. But with all the new convention space planned that business is up for competition.
     
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    They still have the best drink service on the floor, when they do the order taking on the tablet that is, which is not all the time.

    However, the time we went there over the holidays to do the buffet the lower casino was EMPTY and there was NO drink service down there.
     
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    It's kind of sad considering what it could be with a remodel Somebody must have left the iron on the ground and burnt the carpet in the room I was in a couple weeks ago. The head-boards were worn out and the counter-tops in the bathroom area had stains from cups and what not.

    I love the pools at the Rio and it's a nice facility overall, just needs some attention. The rooftop lounge is nice. I also like being next door to the Gold Coast, alcohol is dirt cheap in the gift shop. And about drink service, I was offered just two drinks in four days. I gambled for an hour at the Cosmopolitan and was offered drinks three times.

    I will stay there again, but wish they would do something with it to give it a boost.
     
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    What's kind of interesting about the Rio is the turnover in the space just south of the buffet. NOTHING seems to last very long there. It seems that everytime we go there it's either something new or under construction for something new!
     
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    I've found drink service to be very good there (at the tables anyway, I don't play slots). And as mentioned above at night they have one person take orders on a tablet and another person brings the drinks. Quick and efficient.