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Recent Changes At The Rio

Discussion in 'Off-Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by vinniemac274, May 9, 2016.

  1. vinniemac274

    vinniemac274 Tourist

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    I was in Vegas from April 20-25, and while I stayed at Harrah's, I thought I'd update some things about the Rio:

    1.) The buffets are merged into one at the Carnival World Buffet. While signage was removed from the Village Seafood Buffet, the space is basically untouched and blocked by black curtains. A bit creepy...

    2.) Signage is gone from Cafe Martarano, but a duplicate Rio Wine Cellar sign now replaces the sign above the staircase up to the restaurant space. (I think it's an option now to do really large wine tastings??)

    3.) BK Whopper Bar is walled off. Wall declares that a Smashburger is coming soon...

    4.) I liked Buzio's, but I can't deny that El Burro Boracho was VERY busy. Also, the back side is open as a to go taco bar for lunch... which connects to #5...

    5.) The Rio's pool restaurant is closed and completely walled off, with a HUGE to go menu for El Burro Borracho painted on it, send you up the steps to the previously mentioned back entrance.
     
  2. ThePicksHub

    ThePicksHub Tourist

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    They're putting KISS mini-golf in the former seafood buffet space. It used to be near the Hard Rock, I believe.
     
  3. vegasvic

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    I liked Buzio's too, sad to see it go. The early word on El Burro Boracho is pretty good.
     
  4. vinniemac274

    vinniemac274 Tourist

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    [​IMG] Poolside menu...

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  5. vinniemac274

    vinniemac274 Tourist

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    Apparently using El Burro Boracho as the poolside food option was a really bad failure. The normal poolside food place is back! (Thumbs up from me!)
     
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    Is El Burro still only open for dinner? I plan to check it out Tuesday but lunch would be more convenient for us.
     
  7. vinniemac274

    vinniemac274 Tourist

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    Yes. It had "lunch counter" hours when it was being used for pool food. That has ended.

    Other thoughts from the Rio this time:

    Smashburger replacing BK Whopper Bar has to be considered a vast upgrade. It seemed to have a decent flow of customers.

    KISS mini-golf seemed fun enough, but I didn't venture that way.

    The first pool (the sand one) was closed for the entirety of my trip. I didn't ask why; I prefer the adult pool anyway.

    El Burro Borracho is definitely busy. I miss Buzio's, but clearly the switch was the right business decision.

    VooDoo did an excellent job for my group's reservations for a table of 10. Table was ready, waiter was awesome, food was great.

    Regarding rooms: I had a Strip View Samba Suite on MT 37. That includes real glasses and a coffee maker. No complaints about room, but some jerk pulled a fire alarm at 3 a.m. and there also appeared to be some elevator problems that were resolved by the end of the trip.

    Other members of my group were on IT 11 with adjoining rooms. Clear that more was invested in *that* round of renovations as well as that the renovations are older. Still, everyone was pleased.

    I hate that Rio gets slammed on here sometimes. Has it decayed over the last few years? Yes. Are the employees absolutely awesome still? Double yes. Is there a better value given the free shuttle to the strip? I'd say no; in pool season I'd pick Rio over Harrah's every time.
     
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