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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.
     
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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

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    [​IMG] Poolside menu...

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  5. vinniemac274

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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

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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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    So they are replacing one Italian place with another? I never ate at Martarano's so I don't know if it needed to be replaced. If you eat at this new place let us know.
     
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    I never followed up on this, or maybe I did in the restaurant section but El Burro was pretty good. Still open only for dinner as far as I know. I've found Fierri's places hit and miss but this was pretty good. Still miss Buzzio's though.
     
  11. vinniemac274

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    Martarano's death warrant was signed by the opening of the location at Paris. It just didn't make sense for that chain to be open in two places with the Paris one hopping and the Rio one depending on conference traffic to have customers.

    I'll be at the Rio next month. I'll report if there is any activity in the space.
     
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    Was in Rio for the first time in 5-6 years. Man has that place gone downhill. It used to be lively and fun in my opinion. Doesn't look like they're doing a good job keeping the place clean either.
     
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  13. vegasdev

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    the Rio is a fine example of that famous CET "deferred maintenance"
     
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    I was there last week after a 4 year hiatus. We walked the casino and were really surprised there were no changes at all we noticed it to be dirtier than before as well.
     
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    Our friends were staying there on our last trip. It wasn't our first visit to the Rio but we were in their room and hung out more.

    The basic room was big enough. Bed and sitting area was large enough for the 4 of us to have a few drinks comfortably.

    What struck me was that it really needed a coat of paint and that would have went a long way. The room looked run down and tired but it was just the walls. A bucket of paint would have brightened it up so much.
     
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    Agreed. Stayed there quite a bit but have moved across the street to the Palms. Really hope CET sells the place to someone who gives a crap
     
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    Stayed there last month for the first time in two years (VP tournament was there). Room was OK, not great. Safe was broken, bathtub had paint peeling off of it. Casino was not very lively. Employees were friendly (as usual).

    As for the food: Burro Borracho was very good (wish they were open for lunch); All-American has gone seriously downhill. Hamburger was awful, service was awful.
     
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    The change I'm p*ssed at them for involves them removing almost every machine I liked there and replacing them with those so-called penny machines that cost the better part of a $ per spin minimum. Fortunately there's a better machine selection right across the street at Gold Coast! I also have to say that the buffet quality has slipped over the last couple of years. They also took out the separate D/P entrance, which was very nice, for the buffet.
     
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  19. gailtherese

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    RIO has been my home base for many years and my last stay a couple of weeks ago was NOT a disappointment - i still love the wall of windows and the great view it affords after dark (sleep w curtains open till daybreak); I love the hidden gem of the RIO Wine Cellar; and i have always loved the "vibe" in the casino. Room 37008 in the Masquerade Tower could of used a little updating; but the bed and pillows were excellent; i slept very well. I very much miss the Masquerade Show in the Sky - loved it! I also love that the Palms and the Gold Coast are within walking distance - providing a little community of entertainment - and playable BJ!! If only the RIO had playable BJ ........ And i miss Buzio's too - excellent seafood every time i went.
     
  20. azbob

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    Just spent two days there for the tournament. A couple observations:
    1) there is a second Starbucks location down the hall from the Hash House...lines are much shorter
    2) try the Vietnamese restaurant next to the sportsbook deli...very good especially when compared to the fried >fill in the blank< offered on the limited menu for that deli
    3) the only place for breakfast is now Hash House...neither the deli or American grill are open for breakfast
    4) room service menu is very overpriced...don't forget to add the $8 service charge to every order
    5) was in the Masquerade Tower...large room, no amenities other than two bars of soap, shampoo and lotion
    6) they have kiosk check-in where you have to scan both sides of your driver's license...didn't work very well so I went to the desk and also got the coupon book which I would have missed at the kiosk. Saved $15 on a margarita at Burro
    7) you have to spend $50 on a sports bet or $10 on a horse bet to get a free drink in the sportsbook
    8) you get a locals discount at all food outlets including Starbucks...I think it is 10%
    9) tried to check in at 1:30 and they said it would be an extra $20 before 3pm

    Still a decent option for me as you can also visit GC and Palms.
     
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